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A residency is an important creative interlude from the demands of everyday life, and allows artists, scholars, writers and performers time to recharge and develop their work with a clear mind. A residency can be a period of critical creative growth, from which both the resident and the public can benefit.

At the Fiore Art Center, we hope to cultivate the cross-pollination of different creative disciplines— farming and gardening, the visual arts, writing, performance and research— all weaving together to inform the continually evolving dialogue between human and environment.

From May through September, we employ a seasonal resident gardener and offer a number of residencies for artists, scholars, writers and performers. Applications are submitted online; the application cycle opens December 1st, and closes March 1st the following year. Applicants are selected by an independent professional jury and are typically notified by April 1st.

Applications are free for Maine Farmland Trust members whose membership is current. Applications are $15 for non-members (good news – your application fee will be counted towards a Maine Farmland Trust membership).

For more information about the residency and details on how to apply, please click on the residency of your choice.


In 2019 we will be offering the following residencies; please click on the residency of your choice to see more information about the residency. Our 2019 application process is now closed.

We offer six, month-long residencies for visual artists: two in July, two in August and two in September. One of our six residency placements is for an out-of-state artist, one for an international artist, and one for a Native American artist from Maine.

We offer one month-long writing residency in either July, August or September, depending on the applicant’s availability. For 2019, our residency will be focused on poetry.

We offer one month-long performing/interdisciplinary arts residency in either July, August or September, depending on the applicant’s availability. Applicants in the following categories can apply: Performing Arts, Dance/Movement, Storytelling, Interdisciplinary Arts.

The Academic Writing Residency is one month long, and takes place in either July, August or September. This residency is for applicants living in New England, who are in the writing stages of an academic paper or dissertation focusing on subject matter related to MFT’s mission, and would benefit from an extended period to focus exclusively on their project.

Seasonal Resident Gardener Position

This is a part-time, 5-month seasonal position for someone with at least 2 years of organic gardening experience and an affinity with the arts. The resident gardener will be living on-site with the residents, and is encouraged to use the time at the Fiore Art Center for  creative pursuits if desired. This position is not a juried residency. Interested candidates must submit a job application through MFT by February 1st.

Applications for 2019 are now closed. Stay tuned for 2020 residencies. 

Follow links above to learn more about each residency.

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