“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 2019 Hewnoaks residency applications were due on Monday, March 4. Invitations will be sent in early April, 2019. The 2019 season began on June 20 and ends October 5 and includes:
10 one-week sessions
2 ten-day sessions
1 two-week session

The application for our 2020 season will open by February 1, 2020 and will be due at midnight on Monday, March 2. Invitations to accepted residents will be sent in early April, with an expectation that participants confirm their participation by April 10.

Have a questions? Check out our FAQ below. If you don’t see your answer, please ask us by emailing We REALLY want to help people figure out if this residency is right before they apply, so please do send us your questions, preferably before the day of the deadline. 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.

PARENT ARTISTS: You can apply for cash support for your childcare needs while you are away at the residency. You may submit this separate application in early April after being notified whether you will be invited to Hewnoaks.

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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. Students are not eligible, and applicants should be current in their practice with work samples generated in the last two years.

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 2019 season. Lists of past residents are available under the Residents tab in the navigation bar above.

Competitive applicants will:
– Be active in their creative practice (in the last year or two)
– Show how they share their work with others (publication, performance, exhibition, etc.)
– Share excellent work samples

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 have limited stipends for parent artists who are leaving behind children that need additional looking after in their absence. There is a separate application process for those funds, available after artists have been invited to attend. You may wait until your invitation to apply for those funds and commit to participation after receiving notification about the funds.

Can students apply?

No, students are not eligible, however students who are finishing their coursework in the spring and will graduate before the residency season may apply.

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 residency experiences in general. We love hosting folks from outside of Maine, 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?

Yes! 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 together
– 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 and we will see what we can do).

Can my partner/friend(s) and I apply together?

If you intend to spend your time at Hewnoaks working on the same project(s), please submit one group 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/all 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 has lovely rustic cabins that have their own bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms, as well as living space that artists make use of for their work. Hewnoaks does not have any studio facilities. We offer artists their own cabins to use, and don’t impose any sharing. Projects need to be relatively clean and artists must bring their own materials and tools. 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.

It’s also dark and can be very quiet. Not everyone is comfortable in this setting – if peaceful Maine woods settings aren’t your jam, Hewnoaks might not be for you.

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.

After participating, we hope that our alumni will stay in touch with us so that we can know what’s going on with their work and help celebrate / champion what they’re doing.

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.

Parent artists can apply for cash support for childcare needs while they are at the residency. You may submit this separate application in early April after being notified whether you will be invited to Hewnoaks. The application is simple, asking you to describe how you would use the funds.

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