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Visual Arts Residency


The Visual Arts Residency is one month long, with 2 artists per month attending for July, August, and September. It includes a private room with shared bathroom in the renovated farmhouse at Rolling Acres Farm, shared kitchen and living space, and a very basic private studio space in the barn with a large art table and easel.

Aside from a fellow visual artist, resident artists can expect to share the house with a resident gardener and either a writer or performer/interdisciplinary artist/musician. All residents share the common thread of creating work that relates to the land or the environment in some meaningful way.

The residents will have three shared dinners a month which will be attended by the residency directors and one or more guests from the art/creative/farming community (two dinners will be catered, one will be a potluck). At these gatherings, there will be opportunities for structured critiques by established artists. Beyond these shared dinners, residents will be responsible for all their own meals.

Residents will receive a $1,000 stipend and access to fresh food grown in the Center’s garden.


  • Residents will need to provide all art materials and equipment aside from the table and easel.
  • Residents will have to provide their own transportation to the residency, and while at the residency. Please be advised that this is a remote location, 15 min. by car from the nearest grocery and art supply store. There is no public transportation. (International / out-of-state artists: there is one bus per day from Portland, Maine, to Damariscotta, where we can pick you up. Carpools with fellow residents can usually be set up to get groceries).
  • Residents must develop at least one new piece of work, and provide evidence thereof, visually or in concept/writing. Also, residents are expected to be working on what they described in their application. We do not wish to block creative flow; however, residents should follow through with their proposal with the understanding that this proposal is what led them to be selected. We understand that this creative process may lead in new directions.
  • Residents must attend all three dinners, which include informal studio visits, and participate in weekly group check-ins as scheduled by the co-directors.
  • Residents are expected to participate in an open studio day at the end of their residency, to contribute a page to the residency journal during their stay, and to make at least one piece of work available for an exhibit in the following year.
  • Residents must reside at the Fiore Art Center during their entire residency. Day trips which enrich the residency experience are permitted, overnight absences are not (with minimal exceptions granted for special circumstances, which must be disclosed beforehand).


Three of our six visual arts residency placements will go to artists living in Maine.

In addition, one or two of our visual arts residency placements typically are for an out-of-state artist, one for an international artist, and one may be reserved for a Native American artist living in Maine.

Artists at any career stage may apply, whether attending an art program or educational institution or already established in their career. (However, experience of previous residents has shown that an artist must be very comfortable being self-directed and in a more isolated area to enjoy this residency and reap its benefits.)

We accept representational, non-objective and conceptual work in any 2D or 3D disciplines. Please note that our studios are not set up with any special equipment beyond a table, easel, and slop sink, and artists must bring their own materials and equipment.

Applications are to be submitted online and open December 31st, 2019, and close March 1st, 2020.

Applications are juried by a professional jury during the month of March. Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their work samples, their artist statement, and demonstration that their work has a relevant connection to the environment at large, or rural Maine/agriculture specifically.

Notices will be mailed out in the first week of April, 2020.

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