Art|Work Residency

The ART|WORK Residency is a new program to provide artists in all media extended time to focus on their art, craft, and community. The ART|WORK Residency combines living space and a private studio with hands-on collaborative work rehabilitating an historic mill building on the banks of the Ashuelot River,

  • Length of Residency: Up to 3 months, Summer (June-August), Fall (September-November), Spring (March-May)
  • Available living spaces/art space: 1 studio room with adjacent bedroom, private bathroom, shared kitchen, space to park one 1 vehicle
  • or: 1 combined studio/living space, with private bathroom, soaking tub, shared kitchen, space to park one 1 vehicle
  • Available art spaces have: studios with river views
  • Costs: $550/month for minimum of 3 months, $750. for one month only
  • Application Fee: There is no application fee this year
  • Deposit: $450.*
  • Summer ART|WORK Residency application deadlines: 
    • Summer 2021: April 15, 2021, applicants will be notified of selection by May 1st, 2021.
    • Fall 2021: July 15, 2021, applicants will be notified of selection by August 1st, 2021.
    • Spring 2022: January 15, 2021, applicants will be notified of selection by February 15, 2021.
  • Covid Precautions: All participants must have had been fully vaccinated 2 weeks prior to the start of their residency. Masks worn in public areas is mandatory.

Each month during their residency artists should prepare a presentation of their work, either previous work or what they are currently working on, for the community. This presentation can be in-person following Covid precautions or digital at the artist’s discretion.

Artists will also take part in a community effort to rehabilitate 32 Main, an historic mill workers’ quarters, into a vibrant workshop, dormitory, and community arts space, one day per week. The nature and amount of this work is tailored to the interests and experience of participating artists.


To apply, send the following items to

  • The preferred dates for your residency.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • CV or similar document outlining past artistic work.
  • Up to 3 links to digitally viewable or streamable (i.e. no downloads please) examples of previous work.
  • Statement on what aspects of participating in the transformation of 32 Main are most interesting to you.

Selection Criteria

The statement of purpose and examples of previous work will be the most strongly considered aspect of an applicants submission. We are looking to support artists who have a strong, clear sense of how they wish to use their time in the ART|WORK Residency to explore new ideas/concepts/materials/communities that might transform their work into the future.

Regarding examples, we encourage you to show only the work that best represents your creative output; there is no need to send us more than 1 example unless you truly want to do so: the quantity of examples is not a factor in selection. 

Artists in media for which the production of examples may be a significant financial barrier (architecture, landscape design, music composition, and film/intermedia work, for example) we are very comfortable reviewing sketches, prototypes, models, listening to MIDI renderings, and so on. 

We recognize that not all artists have had access to the specialized instruction required to create a CV. If that’s you, feel free to send in a list of meaningful experiences you’ve had as a result of creating and sharing your art.

ART|WORK Residents

Summer 2021: Gahlord Dewald, experimental double bass
Experimenting with musical gesture in digitally-mediated performance environments.

*Deposits are non-refundable