Photograph by Dylan McLaughlin

The Studios at MASS MoCA Residency Program


Since October 2015, The Studios at MASS MoCA have hosted over 500 artists and writers for residencies of up to 10 weeks.

Applications are Open!

  • We are currently accepting applications for residencies in fall/winter 2020.
    The deadline is July 8, 2019. CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION & more information.

  • Want to plan ahead? We are also accepting EARLY APPLICATIONS for spring/summer 2020. The early application deadline is July 10, 2019. This option is for artists who, if given additional lead time, are likely to secure residency funding from sources such as university professional development budgets, or international or regional arts councils. Artists applying with this application will NOT be considered for MASS MoCA's financial aid budget, so you should only use this particular application if you need the longer lead time to position yourself for other institutional support to fund the residency at our full rate of $650 per week. CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION & more information.


We provide self-directed residencies of up to 10 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

  • 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 Or check out the application HERE.


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!

Are you currently an artist-in-residence with the Studios?
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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.


Former Studios at MASS MoCA Artists-in-Residents

Archive: Fall/Winter October 2015 - SEPTEMBER 2017