Artist Residency for Visual Artists

Artist Residency for Visual Artists

The Visual Artist 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 private studio space in the barn with a large art table and easel.

Aside from a fellow visual artist, resident artists can expect to be sharing the house with a resident gardener and either a writer, or performer/storyteller/musician. All residents have in common that their work 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 prepared by a local chef, 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 $1000 stipend and local food coupons for the value of $300. Residents will need to provide all art materials and are expected to participate in an open studio day at the end of their residency.

Application Process

Four of our six residency placements will go to artists living in Maine or originally from Maine; we will also accept applications from artists with a strong connection to Maine.

In addition, we have reserved one of our six residency placements for an out-of-state or international artist, and one for an indigenous Maine artist.

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 1st, 2017, and close March 1st, 2018.

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, 2018.


Required application materials include:

  • A brief explanation of why you are applying for this residency, and what this opportunity to create work in a rural and agricultural setting might do for your art work (why here, why now?)
  • Five examples of recent art work.
  • A resume focused on your art education/ career
  • Two professional references (names and contact information)

Submit to the Visual Artist Residency starting December 1st on Submittable.