The program covers studio & utility costs, housing, 1 group meal per day, and unlimited access to MASS MoCA's galleries.
Full residency fee is $650/week (many artists receive financial aid to reduce the fee).
The online application is typically available for 2 months prior to the deadline.
The Studios at MASS MoCA launched in October 2015, offering residencies to artists from around the world. They provide private studio space (with 24/7 access) on the MASS MoCA campus in North Adams, Massachusetts, newly renovated housing right across the street (private bedroom, shared kitchen & bath), one communal meal per day, and the option to receive free artist-focused financial and business coaching through MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists program. The residency also includes temporary MASS MoCA membership (for the duration of the residency), providing free access to MASS MoCA's galleries so residents can visit the exhibitions as often as they like, while also enjoying discounts on performing arts tickets and museum store purchases. Currently, up to 12 artists at a time are in residence.
Artists use the time as they wish.
Each resident is provided with a private room in one of three newly renovated, four-bedroom apartments. Each bedroom is furnished with a bed and dresser, pillows, bed and bath linens, etc. (No need to bring any bedding unless you prefer to sleep on your favorite pillow, etc.). Each apartment also has its own shared bathroom and kitchen, wifi, and laundry. The kitchen will have some basic cooking equipment and coffee. Residents are responsible for providing their own breakfast, snacks and dinner. The apartments are within easy walking distance of the local grocery.
NOTE: Climbing stairs is required to enter the apartments, which are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of a walk-up building. If you are not able to use stairs, please contact us immediately so as to discuss alternate accommodations.
With the recent residency expansion, they now host studios in two buildings, B13 & B34. Each of the spaces and each of their studios have their own dimensions and provisions. Some studios have 8-foot walls in a 13-foot-high mill space; others are fully partitioned to the ceiling. Some are better for work made on the floor, some for work made on walls. The organizers do their best to pair the residents with a studio that matches their practice. The smallest studio is 120 sq ft and the largest is 280 sq ft. The average size is about 172 sq ft. Wall material ranges from drywall to brick to translucent plastic. Floors in B13 are plywood, while in B34 they’re cement. All studios are wheelchair accessible, lockable and safe to leave equipment and supplies in.
Each studio is minimally furnished with a desk or folding table, a chair, and most have a small shelf. Additional folding tables are available. Lighting is overhead LED troffers (typical commercial office lighting) and they have a clamp lights to augment. There are shared slop sinks in both buildings. Easels, additional worktables or alternative seating can likely provided, but you should consider bringing the essentials to meet the needs of your practice. If you have special pieces of furniture or equipment you would like to request, please make note in your application. Although they cannot guarantee special requests, they’ll do their best to help you find the proper equipment you’ll need for your time there. In addition, each studio building is equipped with a small tool library. All art materials and most equipment must be provided by the participant.
The private studios come with work-tables, chairs, easels, and clamp lights & shop lights, as well as a supply closet with basic tools. Residents can make use of a basement shop area if they bring their own power tools, but the main private studio area is for quiet work (and there is not suitable ventilation for oil painting).
North Adams, Massachusetts, is a small mill town in the Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts, formerly known for the textile and electronics manufacturing that occurred on the 27-building factory campus now occupied by MASS MoCA. Today, North Adams is best known for MASS MoCA, as well as for the nearby theater, art and outdoor recreation for which the Berkshires are famous.