The Lighthouse Works, a nonprofit arts organization, is devoted to encouraging the development of artists through a fellowship program and to the restoration of the year-round cultural vitality of Fishers Island, New York.

Ashleigh Pedersen, Winter Fellow 2012 , writes in her studio.


The Lighthouse Works’ primary purpose is to provide artists with the space and time, free from material concerns, to do their best creative work. We bring artists on fellowship to beautiful Fishers Island, where they are provided with room, board and studio space, giving them ample opportunity for quiet productivity in a serene, supportive environment.

The Lighthouse Works accepts artists working in a wide range of media: fiction writers, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction; painters, sculptors, those working in video and installation, and other visual artists; musicians and composers. Artistic excellence is the primary criterion for acceptance as a Lighthouse Works fellow.

Our organization's efforts also support and enrich the Fishers Island community through a letterpress print shop, open studios, readings, concerts, and workshops for students and adults. By assisting artists at critical junctures in their careers, we aim to be a significant force in preserving and promoting the central role of the arts in our culture. We hope our work will also inspire the creation of other small businesses and organizations in our community, making Fishers Island an enclave of creativity and a cultural destination.


Fishers Island, New York, is a small island located in the Long Island Sound just off the coast of Connecticut. We are accessible by ferry from New London, Connecticut, and by private or commuter boat from Noank, Connecticut. We like to say the island is isolated, but not remote; New York City and Boston are both within three hours of the island, and public transportation from here to any major east coast city is easily accessible.

Please see our “Life on Fishers Island” page for more insight into the joys and comedies of island living.


Mary B. Burnham
Heather Ferguson Burnham
Vice President
Harry S. Parker III

Whitney Armstrong
Cary Brown
Margaret O’Neil Frank
Meredith James
Susan Lawrence
Elizabeth Miller
Charles Thomas O’Neil


Kelly Ramsey
Co-Executive Director

Nate Malinowski
Co-Executive Director



The Lighthouse Works
P.O. Box 385
Fishers Island, NY 06390


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