Photograph by Dylan McLaughlin

The Studios at MASS MoCA Residency Program


Applications will soon be open for the fall/winter residency season, with a deadline in July. Stay tuned for more information.

Massachusetts Artists:

We’re now offering special residency opportunities for 10 Massachusetts-based artists for sessions between Nov. 7, 2018 and Dec. 4, 2018. Artists and writers are encouraged to apply for 2-4 week sessions. 

Application deadline April 27, 2018.


We provide self-directed residencies of up to 8 weeks for artists and writers. Read below to learn more.

Selected artists receive:

  • Private, furnished studio space at MASS MoCA, available 24/7
  • Housing (private bedroom/queen bed, shared kitchen, and bath) in newly renovated apartments directly across the street from the museum
  • One communal meal per day in the company of fellow 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, offering shared use of two etching presses, a relief press, screen-printing, and book arts equipment, as well as floor looms, sewing machines, small tools, and work tables)
  • Optional one-on-one artist-focused financial and business counseling through the Assets for Artists program.

The full-price residency fee is $650/week, but many participants are offered both merit- and need-based financial aid. 

For more details on our housing and studios, visit our FAQs.

Questions? Email Krystal Henriquez at



If you want a week-long residency-like experience at MASS MoCA, but with a great instructor to help you reach new heights, and without the angst of a highly competitive application process for a self-directed residency, check out our workshop-in-residence opportunities. They come with all of the benefits of a private 24/7 studio space, private bedroom, and open access to MASS MoCA's galleries, with the added benefit of a workshop-style framework and guidance from professionals in the field. Learn more.


Here’s what artists are saying about their residency experience in the Studios:

Hospitality and administrative efforts were exceptional! I feel that the administrative team’s generosity, depth, and kindness set the tone for a culture that carried over to the residents.
— Brian Gillis, Eugene, OR
I was very impressed with how the residency was managed. Responses to questions were always prompt and friendly. This was so valuable to me, especially traveling from a long distance. I was able to really look forward to and enjoy the whole experience because of how well the residency details were managed.
— Jessica Bell, Vancouver
My residency at The Studios at MASS MoCA was a very special time of exploration, learning, stimulation, and fun. You have an unbeatable combination there: good studio space, nice accommodations, great location, congenial number and mix of artists, gracious staff, and the unusual bonus of the visual resources of the world-class exhibitions of MASS MoCA right there. A fantastic mix.
— Linda Stillman, New York

Meet Our Residents!

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Former Residents

Archive: Fall/Winter October 2015 - March 2016

Spring/Summer 2018


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