Hewnoaks gives artists time and space to create within a natural, rustic environment.

Supporting new imagined futures


In these urgent times, we support the work of artists who help us imagine new futures. Every one of the artists that came to Hewnoaks this summer brought their own unique intelligence about the world and a tangible desire to perceive it more fully.

As we prepare for another season next summer, we are also thinking about the long-term goals for our program and how to continue our strong tradition of creative thinking on the shore of Kezar Lake.

I want to support new imagined futures

I want to learn how to apply for future seasons

“No matter how well appointed a home studio is, or how much time is allotted for work, there is nothing that compares to the particular freedom of a residency. To think, and re-think, explore, and imagine a life outside and away from life at home is inevitably generative and a little wild. Only good can come of it.”
– Anna Hepler, 2018

Artist Residency

Artist Residency

Situated on the eastern shore of Kezar Lake in Lovell, Maine, Hewnoaks offers an extraordinary setting of inspiration and beauty. We encourage applications from emerging and mid-career artists and curators in all disciplines, especially for people with no or little residency experience. Maine artists are given preference, but anyone is welcome to apply.

Hewnoaks invites participants for one or two week sessions from late June until late September each year and offers self-catered accommodation in rustic cabins complete with basic kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.

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Hosting artists since 1901

Courtesy Maine State Museum

Hewnoaks was established in 1901 by artists Marion Larrabee Volk and her husband Douglas Volk, where it was the home of Marion’s drawn rug business Sabatos Handcrafts. The Volks hosted numerous artists there, inspiring the current use of the property as an artist residency.

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