“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.

Notifications will be sent by April 2, and attendance confirmations must be made by April 9, 2018

Our 2018 season will run from mid-June through the end of September.

New for 2018: we will offer a limited number of stipends to parents who need assistance with child care during their time time at Hewnoaks. We are currently fundraising to support this effort. Artists may apply for the stipend at the time of their regular application, using the separate application, or may wait until receiving an acceptance invitation. https://hewnoaks.submittable.com/submit/107113/2018-hewnoaks-parent-childcare-stipend

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


Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

Painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, choreographers, actors, musicians, writers…we are open to all kinds of artists. Curators are also welcome to apply. If you have been a resident of Hewnoaks both of the past two consecutive years (2016/2017), 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. We are working towards stipends for parent artists who are leaving behind children that need additional looking after in their absence. The application can be found here.

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 the majority of applicants and accepted artists will be currently living in Maine. In 2017, 80% of our participants lived in Maine.

Can groups apply?

We encourage collaborative applications from artists wanting to work together on the same 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 work, like a mini conference or workshop, with stated goals (this requires good planning before the application)

Not good fit group applications:
– 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

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.

Can I apply on my own and also as part of a group?

No. We have limited space available. You must choose one or the other and submit only one 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: http://hewnoaks.org/index.php/facilities/

How are artists selected?

A team of independent arts professional jurors reviews applications. Artist selection is based primarily on the stated intention of how the residency time will be used, and artistic merit is also considered.

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 info@hewnoaks.org.