The Monhegan Artists’ Residency Program is open to visual artists who live in, or have significant ties to the state of Maine. Artists working in all visual art media including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, digital, video, or other new media, are welcome to apply. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and not enrolled in a degree program.
The 2-week artist residency in July is open only to K–12 visual art teachers in Maine.
2017 Residency Dates
May 27 – June 30th
July 2 – July 14th
September 2nd – October 7th
Kelly Finlay (MARC Board Member and art educator, Farnsworth Museum of Art, Rockland)
Hilary Irons (artist, co-founder and curator of Able Baker Contemporary)
Chris Stiegler (curator, art historian, and chair of the MFA in Studio Art, Maine College of Art, Portland)
The Monhegan Artists’ Residency application is submitted on-line though the website, Submittable.com. No mailed applications will be accepted.
The 2017 on-line application will be accessible on February 1 at:
The submission deadline is March 17, 2017.
The applicants selected by the jury for the 2017 Artists’ Residencies will be announced no later than April 15.
The Submittable application will ask for:
1 – Full contact information
2 – Type of residency you are applying for (5-week artist’s residency or 2-week artist-teacher residency) and preferred dates (which of the two 5-week residencies do you prefer?)
3 – An artist’s statement that reflects your artistic vision and expectation of what you would like to accomplish during the Monhegan residency (300 word limit; acceptable formats: DOC, DOCX or PDF file)
4 – A brief statement describing your significant ties to Maine (75 word limit; acceptable formats: DOC, DOCX or PDF file)
5 – A one-page résumé including a link to your website if you have one (acceptable formats: DOC, DOCX or PDF file)
6 – Examples of your art work (guidelines and formats below)
- Limit of six images of art work (JPG format, 1920 pixels on the longest side, 72 dpi)
- All art work must have been completed within the past 18 months
- Acceptable media include, but are not limited to, painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, digital, video, or other new media. Keep in mind the limitations of working on a remote island where there are space and capacity limitations in the Residency studios and no darkroom facilities.
- Label each image with Last name_First name_Image number
- Provide a description of each image that includes: title, medium, dimensions, year, and additional specifics if applicable
- For Video or Sound work provide URL (such as Vimeo or SoundCloud – with password if necessary) for two pieces
7 – One letter of recommendation from a professional individual in the field of your practice. Letter writers should upload letter to:
8 – $25.00 application fee paid with credit card on-line through the Submittable website.
If you have technical questions about the on-line application process, please contact the Help Desk at Submittable: 855-467-8264. For general questions about the Residency or its application process, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Adrienne’s Monhegan Residency came at a critical time as she prepared an installation piece for the Mobius Gallery in Boston. She said of her experience on the Island,
“The residency gave me the much needed time and focus to record the dominant sound component for the work. I circumnavigated the island and recorded the many complex sounds the water made as it hit the shore. This was the underlying current in the multi-layered sound track for the installation. The recordings filled my mornings and evenings, while drawings filled the afternoons. What bliss!”
Karen Adrienne (Fellow 1997)