art Residencies

Monson Arts’ residency program supports emerging and established artists and writers by providing them time and space to devote to their creative practices. During each of our 2-week and 4-week programs throughout the year, a cohort of 5 artists and 5 writers are invited to immerse themselves in small town life at the edge of Maine’s North Woods and focus intensely on their work within a creative and inspiring environment. They receive a private studio, private bedroom in shared housing, all meals, and $1,000 stipend ($500 for 2-week programs). The Abbott Watts Residency for Photography offers access to the photography studio and darkroom of Todd Watts in nearby Blanchard, adjacent to the former home of Berenice Abbott. Click here to read more about this unique opportunity specifically for photographers.

Applications for a residency at Monson Arts are open to anyone at any stage of their career, working in visual arts, writing, and related fields (i.e. audio, video, photography, woodworking, movement, screen and playwrights). Open calls for residency applications currently take place 3 times throughout the year with deadlines on January 15, May 15, and September 15. Each application period corresponds to specific residency offerings 3-6 months out.

Residents’ studios are located in newly renovated Main Street buildings that have been designed specifically for visual artists and writers. All of our studio spaces are outfitted to be as flexible as possible so that we can accommodate a variety of creative practices. Our visual arts studios are spacious and light-filled with large work tables and sinks. Shelving and portable storage carts are available as needed. Access is available to woodshop and metal shop facilities in nearby buildings for any fabrication needs. Our writing studios are comfortably furnished with work tables, office chairs, bookshelves, and reading chairs. For those working in time and sound based media: apply to the Writing category if quiet contemplation would be best for your project or the Visual Arts category if you need room and the opportunity to make and play sounds out loud.

Residents live in newly renovated historic homes throughout town, within walking distance to studios and everything that downtown Monson has to offer. These are mostly 3 bedroom structures that are fully furnished and comfortable all four seasons of the year. Houses all have shared kitchens, bathrooms, and common areas with laundry machines, telephone, and other amenities as well. Wifi is available in all of our buildings through high speed fiberoptic service.

Application Requirements include:

  • Up to 5 images / 5 minutes of media OR 5 pages of writing examples
  • A letter of intent for your time at the residency
  • C.V. or Resume (limited to 6000 characters)
  • Two reference names

Our next application period will be open Apr 1st – May 15th for residency sessions taking place in the Fall of 2024.

 

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RESIDENT SHOWCASE: Naomi Cohn

RESIDENT SHOWCASE: Naomi Cohn

Naomi Cohn is a writer and artist whose work explores reclamation. Her forthcoming book, The Braille Encyclopedia: Brief Essays on Altered Sight (Rose Metal Press, October 2024), explores midlife vision loss, learning braille, and re-learning to read and write as an...

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RESIDENT SHOWCASE: Clay Gonzalez

RESIDENT SHOWCASE: Clay Gonzalez

Clay Gonzalez is a composer and music director based in Southeast Michigan. He founded and developed Regenerate!, a project dedicated to producing site-specific “regenerative immersions” that welcome people of varying backgrounds to participate in communal...

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RESIDENT SHOWCASE: DAYRON LOPEZ

RESIDENT SHOWCASE: DAYRON LOPEZ

Dayron Lopez, a Monson Arts Resident in the fall of 2023, co-founded the art collective Chachacha! in the Azcapotzalco neighborhood in Mexico City in 2010. Dayron started Chachacha! with his best friend, Raymundo Rocha, in an effort to bring art into their community...

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RESIDENT SHOWCASE: JEFFERY RENARD ALLEN

RESIDENT SHOWCASE: JEFFERY RENARD ALLEN

Jeffery Renard Allen was a Monson Arts Resident in the Winter of 2023. He is a Chicago-based writer who has published six books of fiction and poetry. Among many other accomplishments, he is a recipient of the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Fiction, the Ernest...

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RESIDENT SHOWCASE: ASH DAVIDSON

RESIDENT SHOWCASE: ASH DAVIDSON

Ash Davidson is the author of the novel Damnation Spring. Her work has been supported by Monson Arts, MacDowell, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. What was the best part for you about being at Monson Arts?  Being gifted the...

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RESIDENT SHOWCASE: NEENA PATHAK

RESIDENT SHOWCASE: NEENA PATHAK

Neena Pathak is a writer, producer, and editor whose work has appeared in podcasts like Invisibilia (NPR), This American Life, Another Round (BuzzFeed), The Daily and Still Processing (The New York Times). Her work has been honored by the Pulitzer Prize Board,...

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RESIDENT SHOWCASE: DAMILOLA ONWAH

RESIDENT SHOWCASE: DAMILOLA ONWAH

Damilola Onwah is a Nigerian writer and culture critic whose work explores identity and belonging, unconventional family structures, the struggles and triumphs of the underdog, and how faith is gained and lost. She moved from Nigeria to the United States in 2014, and...

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Resident Showcase: Loretta Violante

Resident Showcase: Loretta Violante

Loretta Violante is an interdisciplinary artist living in New York City and recently earned an MFA from The City College of New York. Loretta did a Monson Arts Residency in October 2023. 1) What was the best part for you about being at Monson Arts? It's so difficult...

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Resident Showcase: Amber Zora

Resident Showcase: Amber Zora

Amber Zora, is an interdisciplinary artist based in Rapid City, SD and did a Monson Arts Residency in October 2023.  1) What was the best part for you about being at Monson Arts? I don’t know how to name one thing. The support from the Monson Arts crew and the support...

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Preview our 2024 Residency Schedule

Preview our 2024 Residency Schedule

Monson Arts plans to welcome a total of 100 residents in 2023. Check out our complete lineup of residency dates for next year. Winter applications will be open August 1 – Sep 15.

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Time and space to create. Monson Arts is a new artists’ residency and arts center in Monson, Maine. Programs include residencies for artists and writers, intensive shorter workshops, and educational partnerships with area secondary schools.

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