I’ve done four artist residencies over the past few years and I find them incredibly worthwhile. The idea behind them is simple — allowing artists the time and space to do their work away from the distractions of daily life. They vary immensely, of course… some are a week long, some are six months long; some are solitary and some encourage artist residents to interact and possibly collaborate with each other; some expect a piece of work to be donated at the end while others do not; and so on.
The most comprehensive place to find about art residencies is res artis — they provide a rolling list of upcoming deadlines of artist residencies worldwide. Another good list is from the Alliance of Artists Communities. In this post I’m going to focus just on artist residencies that are based in Maine and that are open to photographers.
The 2019 deadline has passed for two residency programs here in Maine, but the Tides Institute in Eastport and the Acadia National Park Artist-in-Residency program are both work checking out for future years.
The new Monson Arts center is now accepting applications for their residency program, with applications due February 15th. I saw an early version for their facilities and I think it is going to be a really nice space (and is an amazingly beautiful part of Maine).
The Maine Farmland Trust has their 2019 residencies at the Fiore Art Center open for submissions. They have quite a few disciplines for different types of artists, including visual artists, and submissions are due March 1st.
Hewnoaks is a wonderful residency on the shores of Kezar Lake in southwestern Maine – I was a resident there a few years ago. Applications open on February 2nd and will be due March 4th.
The Norton Island residency looks great and submissions are due March 15th.
The Monhegan Artists’ Residency program has been around for a while and I’ve had my eye on it for years, but I don’t think I can do the 5-week timeframe at this point in my life. It looks amazing, though, and submissions are due March 17th, 2019.