Monson Arts resident Chelsea Ellis working in the Abbott Watts photography studio, October 2021

In the Fall of 2021, Monson Arts launched a new residency opportunity specifically for photographers. The Abbott Watts Residency for Photography at Monson Arts has been established to benefit artists whose photographic work leans to the experimental and/or who have a need to produce exhibitable work.

Each year, six 2-week or 4-week photography residencies will be awarded alongside Monson Arts’ regularly scheduled residencies for visual artists and writers. The opportunity will be made available to apply to during each of our open calls for our general residency program. Each awarded Abbot Watts resident will receive a private bedroom in shared housing in Monson, all meals, and access to the photography studio located nearby in the town of Blanchard (about a 5-10 minute drive from Monson Arts). The Abbott Watts Residency also offers a stipend of $500 for 2-week residencies and $1,000 for 4-week residencies.

The darkroom in Todd Watts’ studio offers world-class facilities for analog photography.

Two large-format enlargers in the darkroom.

The photography studio contains a darkroom that will accommodate silver gelatin printing up to 40” x 50” from negatives 35mm to 8″ x 10”. The darkroom also supports any other analog alternative process.

The facility also includes a private digital studio, with a computer workstation and Adobe Creative Cloud software. The resident can bring their own computer equipment if they prefer.

In the main studio there is a 44” Epson digital printer, scanners, trimmers and a 48 x 96” dry-mount press. There are both analog and digital cameras available. Residents are expected to supply their own materials, film, paper, chemicals, etc.

DSL broadband is available at the studio in Blanchard and hi-speed fiberoptic internet is available in housing in Monson. Cellular phone service is limited in both locations.

The Abbott Watts Residency offers access to the studio of artist Todd Watts in nearby Blanchard, adjacent to the former home of Berenice Abbott.

Private computer station for digital work is available above the main studio space.

We are currently accepting applications for Abbott Watts Residencies to be scheduled in the months of April, May, and June of 2022. The deadline to submit is 11:59PM on January 15, 2022. Click below to access our online application through SlideRoom:

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For questions about the photography residency and studio space, please contact Todd Watts at

For general questions about Monson Arts as well as housing and accommodations, please contact the Monson Arts office at

The Abbott Watts Residency is sponsored in part by Legion Paper.


Inaugural Abbott Watts resident Joanne Dugan, August 2021