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ABOUT THE RESIDENCY: In 2008, MECA alumna Barbara Rita Jenny MFA ’02 and her family donated the use of her family’s summer home in New Edinburgh, Nova Scotia with the intention of creating a unique artist residency program that is inclusive of artist’s partners and families.

The house is situated directly across the road from Baie Sainte-Marie and the property includes 200 feet of water frontage and several outbuildings.

ELIGIBILITY: This residency is open to MECA degree-holding alumni, faculty, and staff who are visual artists, writers, and/or scholars.
Non graduated alums, SALT graduates, Post Baccalaureate graduates, Continuing Studies faculty and students are ineligible to apply.  

TEAM / GROUP RESIDENCY: If more than one person is applying for the residency, the group should select a lead contact person who is a MECA faculty member, staff member or an alum. The lead contact person should submit a single application, a combined statement of purpose for the entire group, and is responsible for including all group members’ documents (resume, work samples, etc) into the application.

If you do not plan to apply as a group, please use the individual application, here.

FAMILY FRIENDLY: The Pace House Residency is a family-friendly program. The spouses, partners and children of selected artists are welcome for the full stay. The residency is also pet-friendly but does require a pet deposit. All other non-family members must apply as part of a team residency.

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 as a team or group
  • Biographies for each artists
  • Resume / CV for each artists
  • Work Samples (20 for teams)
  • Image descriptions that correspond to your images which include title, medium, size and year of completion.

 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 11:59PM EST on February 29, 2020. Notification of awards will be made in mid-April 2020.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit Baie Ste. Marie Residency page on Meca.edu

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning the residency or requirements contact: Isabelle O'Donnell '17, Alumni Relations & Events Coordinator at isabelle.odonnell-staff@meca.edu or 207.699.5018


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