What You Need to Know

Travel to the Island

Several mid-coast boat lines provide ferry service to Monhegan. Check schedules and make reservations at:

When packing your items consolidate them as much as possible, use plastic boxes, sturdy tote bags, or sturdy cardboard boxes. There may be a charge for extra baggage or freight. Do not use plastic shopping bags, paper bags, or open boxes. Label each piece of baggage with your name and the location they are going to. You could be traveling out in the rain so pack accordingly. On some of the boats your items will be stowed on the open deck and might get splashed with salt water. The crossing takes about an hour. When you land on the island there will be several trucks for hire on the dock to transport your belongings to the residency location. Have some cash on hand to pay for this (usually $2 to $3 per piece).

Advanced reservations are required for boat service. Long-term parking is available on the mainland for a fee.

Someone from the MARC board will meet you at the ferry to help you settle in. Be sure to let us know your arrival time and date.

Fish Beach, photo by Gail Scott

Fish Beach, photo by Gail Scott


There are groceries available on the island from a couple of small stores. Fresh produce, frozen meats, dairy products, and some general grocery supplies can be found. There is a fresh fish market as well. We recommend bringing some staples and non-perishables with you. Because everything has to be transported to the island the cost of food is higher than on the mainland. If you have specific dietary needs you should plan ahead and bring what you need.


Most cell phones will get reception on the island, but not all. There are several pay phones in public locations. The Monhegan Library has a computer and internet. Both residency locations have internet access. You can also receive or send mail, your address is:

Your Name
Monhegan Artists’ Residency
Monhegan Island, ME 04852

Artist’s Work Table, photo by Alina Gallo (Fellow 2011)

Artist’s Work Table, photo by Alina Gallo (Fellow 2011)

Art Supplies

Bring all the art supplies you will need for your time on the island.

Weather, Clothing, and other Items

Expect a variety of Maine weather: sunshine, hot temperatures, cold temperatures, rain, fog, and wind. Be prepared for it all. Bring a flashlight for walking around at night since there are no street lights. Most of the housing on the island is consolidated on one side and only takes up about a third of the island, making for a wonderful network of wooded trails to and around the dramatic cliffs of the back shore. The trails are rough in places and you should bring a good pair of walking shoes or boots.


Jim Dugan (Fellow 1991), South of Gull Rock, 1991, silver gelatin photograph

Jim Dugan (Fellow 1991), South of Gull Rock, 1991, silver gelatin photograph

No overnight visitors are allowed in accordance with our lease with the landlords. We request that you honor this. The Monhegan Residency is intended to be a retreat and time to work on your art.

Studio Show

While there is no requirement to produce a body of work during your residency or show your work while on Monhegan, some artists have an open-studio exhibition towards the end of their stay. In keeping with MARC’s noncommercial, nonprofit mission, there should be no art work sold during such studio shows.

“As the first photographer selected for a Monhegan Residency, I faced some challenges: how to see the product of my work in that pre-digital age. My solution: wing it. Not processing and finishing my work until after the residency freed me to do what artists really should do on Monhegan: see, think, and feel. And the more I dive into the instant gratification of digital, the more I have to remind myself that those basics are crucial.”

Jim Dugan (1991 Fellow)

The following websites provide a wealth of information about life on Monhegan, like boats, lodging, maps and cultural opportunities: