Artist Residencies

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

In 2018 we will be offering the following residencies; please click on the residency of your choice to see more information about the residency and link to the online application.

Six, month-long residencies: two in July, two in August and two in September, for visual artists. One of our six residency placements is for an out-of-state or international artist, and one for an indigenous Maine artist.

One writing residency a minimum of four and maximum of six weeks long, during July through mid-August. Applicants in the following categories can apply -Poetry, Prose, Fiction/Non-fiction.

One performing arts residency a minimum of four and maximum of six weeks long, during mid-August through end of September. Applicants in the following categories can apply -Performance/Dance, Storytelling, Songwriting.

Art & Agriculture- 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 visual arts and writing residents, and is encouraged to use their time at the Fiore Art Center for their own creative pursuits if desired.  Opening in December: check for the job description and how to apply. Note: Deadline for this position is Feb. 1st.


Applications are open to artists from Maine, living in Maine, or with a significant connection to Maine (with one exception: we have one place in the visual arts residency program for an out-of-state or international artist). Applications must be submitted online. Please refer to specific application guidelines above.

Artist Residency Applications open December 1st and close March 1st, applicants are notified by April 1st. Resident Gardener Applications are due February 1st.

Applications are free for Maine Farmland Trust members whose membership is current. To check the status of your membership, please email Kim Sanborn:

Applications are $15 for non-members (your application fee will be counted towards a Maine Farmland Trust membership.)

For general questions about the residency programs, please contact Co-Director of the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center Anna Witholt Abaldo:

Applications for 2018 open December 1st, 2017. 

Follow links above to learn more about each residency.

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