Hewnoaks Artist Residency

2022 Update: This year, instead of our ordinary open application system, Hewnoaks will be trying something new. In 2022, some of our residency slots will be filled by artists who were deferred from the cancelled 2020 call. We’ll also be offering slots to artists through a new nomination process to encourage a more diverse pool of candidates and ensure our mission reaches more artists in Maine.

We will not be accepting applications for the 2022 season. If you are interested in applying in 2023, please join our mailing list for updates!

Read about our COVID-19 policies and protocols here.

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 mid June until early October each year and offers self-catered accommodation in rustic cabins complete with basic kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.

Although we can’t offer dedicated studio space in the traditional sense, our participants have found ways to make use of the property to advance their practice, whether it be experimenting with new work, finishing projects already in progress, or conducting research for future endeavors. We ask our applicants to tell us how the time spent will be helpful to their work, and we’re less concerned with what’s produced during the period of the residency (although we like to learn about that, too).

Our participants largely arrive with an interest in focusing on their own work for the bulk of their residency, with some social time mixed in. We are not prescriptive about how each cohort decides to interact; some gather in the evenings for drinks or shared meals, some conduct studio visits or show-and-tell sessions, some go on hikes or canoe adventures together, and some decide to have very little interaction at all.

One evening each session we host a gathering of the participants, to which we invite our board, donors, community members and arts colleagues to come learn about Hewnoaks and meet the artists.

After completing the residency, we hope that our participants stay in touch and keep us informed about how they are sharing their work in the world, through performance, exhibition, publishing, screenings, or other means, so that we can celebrate this work and share it with our communities.