ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be MECA alums. 

Non graduated alums, SALT graduates, Post Baccalaureate graduates, Continuing Studies faculty and students are ineligible to apply. 

ABOUT THE RESIDENCY: Monson Arts is a new artists’ residency and arts center in Monson, Maine. Programs in development include residencies for artists and writers, intensive shorter workshops, and educational partnerships with area secondary schools.

Monson is located at the edge of Maine’s North Woods - a 3.5 million acres of forest bordering Canada. It is the last town on the Appalachian Trail before the beginning of the 100-Mile Wilderness that leads to Mount Katahdin.

Since it was founded in 1822, the community has had an economy based on natural resources.  In the late 19th through the early 20th centuries, slate quarries supported a thriving industry.  Moosehead Manufacturing produced wood furniture from the 1945 until its closure in 2007.  The region also has a rich arts tradition— ranging from Henry David Thoreau, who wrote about the area in The Maine Woods to photographer Berenice Abbott who lived in nearby Blanchard, to traditional makers such as the North Woods Canoe Company in Atkinson. 

In the spring of 2017, Maine’s Libra Foundation began investing in the development of an arts program for Monson as a way to spur economic and creative growth in the region.  The foundation has purchased and renovated over 20 buildings in the community to be used for residences and studios.  Stuart Kestenbaum, former director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Maine’s poet laureate, is advising the foundation on the development of the programs.

The program is open to visual artists and writers. All artists are given a studio which is a large empty classroom in a former school. In that same building, there is a clay studio with as kiln that offers classes to the public. 


Monson Arts will be offering 8 month-long residencies, and one two-week residency for artists and writers.

Dates for 2019 residencies are:  Feb 3-March 1; March 3-March 29; March 31-April 26; April 28-May 24; May 26-June 21; July 21-August 2 (two weeks); Sept 1-27; September 29-October 25; October 27-November 22.

Participants in the month-long residencies receive room, board, and studio space, along with a $1,000 stipend.  For the two-week residency, participants will receive a $500 stipend.  


  • Basic studio space
  • Housing (private room, shared bath)
  • Meals
  • Access to basic wood shop and metal shop
  • $1,000 stipend for month-long residencies
  • $500 stipend for two-week residencies

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Prepare the following information in advance of submitting your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for review. Please upload online the following documents and images, not zipped, but individually uploaded.


  • One-page statement of purpose explaining why you want to attend this residency (PDF)
  • Biography
  • Resume / CV
  • 10 Work Samples
  • Image descriptions that correspond to your images which include title, medium, size and year of completion.
  • Choice of top three dates

All submissions must have been completed within the last three years. All documents listed above should be saved as a Word document or a PDF.

Late and incomplete proposals will not be accepted. Only online applications via Submittable will be accepted.

TIMELINE: Deadline for applications is midnight EST on October 29, 2018. Notification of awards will be made in mid-November.

The Artists at Work grant helps BFA, MFA, and Art Ed students advance their studio and professional skills by accessing opportunities and experiences beyond the MECA classroom. Potential uses include but are not limited to: conferences, travel, exhibition costs, professional association fees, self-promotion, documentation, workshops and costs associated with entrepreneurial efforts. Funds cannot be used on equipment or for academic credit towards the completion of your undergraduate degree. Requests are capped at $500.

Review Criteria:
+ Artistic Excellence
+ Evidence that it will advance the professional development of the applicant
+ Ability to use the funds appropriately
+ Requested resource is not currently available at MECA

There are two categories for awards: graduate and undergraduate.

Application Requirements:
+ For BFA applicants: students need a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last semester. Freshman, sophomores, and juniors must be enrolled for the upcoming semester to qualify.

Next Steps:
+ Fill out the Professional Development and Entrepreneurship Grant application below


+ Deadline to apply is midnight, November 2, 2018

Grant Recipients:
+ All funds are contingent on prior pre-registration or anticipated graduation. Freshman, sophomores, and juniors must be enrolled for the upcoming semester to qualify.
+ All grant recipients are required to provide a summary report within six months of receiving the award.

General Questions: artistsatwork@meca.edu
Proposal Support: Contact Jessica Tomlinson, jtomlinson@meca.edu
     + Workshop: October 11, 2018 at noon in Artists at Work

Jessica Tomlinson
Director of Artists at Work

Maine College of Art (MECA)