About The Residency

For well over 150 years, Monhegan Island has inspired countless artists, including Robert Henri, George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, Reuben Tam, Elena Jahn and Jamie Wyeth, to name a few. While Monhegan continues to attract artists from across the country and around the world, it is increasingly difficult for Maine artists to find affordable housing for an extended visit on the island.

View from Manana, photo by Alina Gallo (Fellow 2011)

View from Manana, photo by Alina Gallo (Fellow 2011)

To this end, the Monhegan Artists’ Residency provides free comfortable living quarters, studio space, a stipend of $150 per week, and time for visual artists to reflect on, experiment, or develop their art while living in an artistically historic and beautiful location. Each summer we offer three residency options.

Two 5-week sessions:

  • Late May through the end of June
  • Late August through the first of October

One 2-week session:

  • Two weeks in July for a Maine artist who teaches grades K—12 and is thus not free in the late spring/early fall time period
Mercedes Gilbert (Fellow 2007), Manana, 2007, photograph

Mercedes Gilbert (Fellow 2007), Manana, 2007, photograph

Artists are selected through an application process by a jury of art professionals. Quality of work is the primary criterion for selection. Past jurors have included Bruce Brown, Alison Hildredth, Lauren Fensterstock, Laurie Perzeley, Diana Tuite, and Britta Konau, among others.

There is no requirement to produce a body of work, although the residency should be viewed as an outstanding opportunity for artistic development.

Because the residency program is designed to provide uninterrupted time away from daily obligations, no guests (including family members) are allowed to stay during the residency.

Please see “How to Apply” page for more details.

For general questions about the Residency and application process, email us at: info@monheganartistsresidency.org