“At Hewnoaks I had time, space and freedom to make without consequence, a most valuable combination of factors that I will forever seek to recapture.”

The deadline to apply for the 2018 was midnight at March 3, 2018. We are not accepting late applications. For a list of participants click here.

The 2019 application will open by February 2, 2019, and will be due in early March. Notifications will be sent in early April, 2019. The 2019 season will likely run from mid-June through the end of September.

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Have a questions? Check out our FAQ below. If you don’t see your answer, please ask us by emailing

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

Hewnoaks has invited visual artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, performing artists, and curators. We are open to all kinds of applications that meet the other guidelines, and if the historic property of Hewnoaks can be of use to you. We particularly want to support emerging and mid-career artists who don’t or haven’t had much access to resources like this. If you plan to attend other residencies this year, please leave room for someone else to be invited to Hewnoaks.

If you have been a resident of Hewnoaks both of the past two consecutive years (2017/2018), you may not apply for the 2018 season so that we can share Hewnoaks with as many artists as possible. Lists of past residents are available under the Residents tab in the navigation bar above.

Is there a fee? Do you offer stipends?

We have an application fee of $25 for individuals and $40 for groups, but no additional fees to attend. In 2018 we offered stipends for parent artists who are leaving behind children that need additional looking after in their absence, and we hope to offer something similar in 2019.

What do you mean by “Preference will be given to Maine applicants”?

We are excited to be able to provide this opportunity to Maine artists, especially those who are new to the residency experience. We hope to schedule at least one non-Mainer for each week of the summer, but expect that at least 75% of the invited applicants will be current residents of Maine.

“Hewnoaks seems to have an aura, an almost tangible invisible atmosphere that belongs to the old pines, the stretching lawn, the lake, the mountains beyond. At Hewnoaks I felt something spiritual and mystical in air. We all felt it. Work came to me in my cottage. It came to me as I walked. I had a sense at Hewnoaks of being my authentic self. I think we all felt this way. The quiet at Hewnoaks lets art in.”

Can groups apply?

We encourage collaborative applications from artists wanting to work together on the same generative project. Pairs or groups of artists who want to work independently on their own projects and use some of the time for critique should apply separately with a request to overlap their time (see below).
Good fit group applications:
– Collaborative practice by more than one person, generating work
– Geographically dispersed individuals gathering together for the purpose of collectively advancing some aspect of their outward-focused work, like a mini conference or workshop, or a group working on a publication, with stated goals (this requires good planning before the application, and we require that you discuss this approach with us before applying, by emailing
Not good fit group applications:
– Sets of Individuals who want to work on their own and spend time critiquing their work
– Self-focused groups who are developing an exhibition of their own individual work
– Nonprofit organizations who want to do planning or capacity building. (For such requests, please inquire via email).

Can my partner/friend and I apply together?

If you intend to spend your time at Hewnoaks working on the same project(s), please submit one application that explains the details of your collaboration. If you plan to work separately but want to overlap while at Hewnoaks, you must apply as individuals and note your preference to be in residence together (and willingness to share living/working space, if so). Your applications will be reviewed separately. If you are both accepted we will do our best to schedule you at the same time if you are not sharing living space.

Can I apply on my own and also as part of a group, or can two of my groups apply?

No. We have limited space available. Please choose one or the other and submit only one application.

I have a group application but I don’t know who is in my group yet, can I still apply?

You must name all of your group members in your application so that the jury can evaluate your group based on its members. If you think you have a special circumstance that makes this impossible please email us about your situation before you submit your application.

What kind of facilities do you have?

Hewnoaks does not have any studio facilities. We offer artists their own cabins to live in and use as workspace. Projects need to be relatively clean and artists must bring their own materials and tools. The cabins are outfitted with simple kitchens and bathrooms and have bedrooms and living/work space. There is electricity and running water in each cabin.

Our historic property has steep hills and unpaved paths; participants with limited mobility may have difficulty navigating the property.

Read more about our facilities here. 

How are artists selected?

Each year, a different jury of independent arts professionals  reviews the applications. Artist selection is based primarily on artistic merit, and the stated intention of how the residency time will be used. You can view a list of past jurors on our residents page, listed by year.

How long can I stay?

For 2018 we will be offering one week, ten day, and two week residencies. Residents must commit to stay the full time they request.

What expectations do you have of the artists?

We want the Hewnoaks experience to be of use to the resident’s practice, either in regards to research and experimentation or in the production of new work. We also hope the artists who are in residence together will benefit from meeting one another.

Acceptance of the invitation to attend Hewnoaks is a commitment from the artist, and we expect our participants to arrive on time and stay through the end of their residency period.

Can I bring friends, my dog, my family?

We are not able to accommodate guests, families or pets – although if someone drops you off or picks you up, they are welcome to look around and enjoy a swim in the lake.

If you have specific questions that are not addressed here, please contact us at