2016 Monhegan Residencies Open for Maine Artists and Art Teachers

Monhegan, photograph by Alina Gallo, Residency Artist 2011

Monhegan, photograph by Alina Gallo, Residency Artist 2011

Applications are being accepted for the Monhegan Artists’ Residency for Maine artists. In addition to two five-week residencies on Monhegan Island for Maine-based visual artists, the program offers a two-week residency for a Maine art teacher.

“Thanks to the generous support of individual donors, the Horizon Foundation, the Maine Community Foundation, and other charitable organizations, we are again able to support three residencies this year,” said Susan Danly, chair of the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation (MARC) board of directors.

The application deadline for all three residencies is March 15, 2016. This year applications for the residency program are being accepted on-line only. For guidelines, a history of the program, and a list of past residents, visit monheganartistsresidency.org. Applicants will be notified by April 15th of the jury’s decision.

The residency program provides living quarters, studio space, and a $150 per week stipend. The two 5-week residencies run from May 28-July 1 and September 3-October 7. Only Maine residents are eligible to apply. The two-week Maine art teacher residency runs July 2-15 to accommodate the school-year schedule.

The residency program is aimed at visual artists working in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, or the digital arts. An important goal of the program is to enhance the careers of serious artists who have yet to gain wide recognition. Quality of work is the primary criterion for selection. The jury of art professionals this year includes MARC board member and artist Sissy Buck, Polly Saltonstall, editor of Maine Boats, Homes, & Harbors and noted collector of contemporary Maine art, and the artist Duncan Hewitt, whose retrospective exhibition is currently on view at the Portland Museum of Art.

Previous Monhegan artist residents include Sarah Knock, Marguerite Robichaux, David Vickery, Lynn Travis, Joe Kievitt, Jim Dugan, Karen Adrienne, Kenny Cole, Jan ter Weele, and Justin Richel.  Founded in 1989, the Monhegan Artists’ Residency program is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by donors, art galleries, corporate sponsors, and foundation grants.