Calling Massachusetts-based Artists!

The Studios at MASS MoCA has a special opportunity for you! We are currently accepting applications from Massachusetts-based artists & writers for 2 - 4 week residencies. Sessions will take place between Nov. 7, 2018 and Dec. 4, 2018.

These residencies come with a deeply subsidized fee of $150/week and participants will receive a travel and meal stipend to further offset costs. But that’s not the only perk...

The artists selected for this residency opportunity will receive:

  • A private studio in attractive space on MASS MoCA’s re-purposed mill campus, with generous natural light, 24-hour studio access, plywood floors, a work table and chair in each studio, and shared slop sinks and bathrooms. (Certain applicants, depending on their projects, will be invited to share a communal studio space at Makers' Mill -- the printmaking and fiber arts studio -- in downtown North Adams.)
  • Housing across the street from the museum, in newly renovated apartments (private bedroom/Queen bed + shared kitchen and bath). These are lovely apartments, but note that it’s communal living (4 people to an apartment) in an active downtown location -- sensitive sleepers be advised.
  • One communal meal per day, in the company of other artists-in-residence.
  • MASS MoCA member benefits for the duration of the residency, including free access to the museum’s galleries and discounts on performing arts events and museum store purchases.
  • Free access to Makers’ Mill, a printmaking and fiber arts makerspace on Main Street in North Adams (a short walk from the museum), offering shared use of relief press, etching presses, silkscreen and book arts equipment, as well as looms, sewing machines, small tools and work tables.

In addition to these usual benefits, the artists selected for this residency will have the opportunity to participate in group workshops with artist-experts on personal finance and career development, and optional one-on-one assistance with financial planning and goal-setting, provided via MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists staff. Below are brief descriptions of the group workshops:


Financial Bootcamp for Artists, led by Esther Robinson
Led by dynamic filmmaker and artist educator Esther Robinson (Director of ArtBuilt), this 8-hour workshop reframes personal finance in artist terms and covers budgeting, credit, the value of an emergency fund, and strategies to build savings and generate new revenue opportunities, with a major focus on goal-setting.

Beyond the MFA: Business Planning for Artists, led by Kim Faler
Kim Faler is an installation artist who has been awarded Rauschenberg and Artpace residencies and has exhibited at MASS MoCA. In this workshop, participants will create a framework for understanding their practice as a business and a strategic plan for advancing their goals. Participants will receive guidance on improving their artist statements, portfolios, websites, budgeting, time management, and fundraising. Recommended for fine/non-commercial artists.

Taxes for Artists, led by Hannah Cole
Hannah Cole is a tax expert who specializes in working with creative businesses and artists. A long-time working artist with a high-level exhibition history, Hannah has a unique vantage point for understanding the financial challenges of freelancers and small creative businesses. In this workshop she will discuss the basic tax equation and tax issues specifically relevant to artists, followed by a Q&A period. Hannah Cole is the founder of Sunlight Tax and an Enrolled Agent with the IRS.

Application Deadline:
April 27, 2018 11:59pm EST.
No application fee.

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