2 weeks - 1 month between April and November
Paid by host 

Those invited to The Millay Colony are not required to pay a residency fee. Room, board, and studio space are provided.

Paid by artist 

Transportation costs are the responsibility of the artist. The Colony does not pay any stipend or living allowance.

Application guidelines 

Each year Millay Colony invites 52 visual artists, writers and composers for a colony residency. Residents are chosen anonymously by a panel of jurors in each discipline. The application process is competitive and based solely on on the merit of the artist statement and work sample.

Selection of Artists: Applicants are recommended for a residency by juries of professional artists in the same discipline. The jury members change each year.

Residency Season: The Millay Colony welcomes multidisciplinary groups of seven artists each for one-month residencies between the months of April - November.

Applications questions can be emailed to:[email protected]

Fees: A $35 (US dollars) fee or $50 for the Extended Deadline is required for both online application and mail in applications. Click here to apply online.

01/03/2018 01/10/2018


2 times per year: March 1 and October 1
private studio
paid by host
studio space
Artist colony
6-10 residents
How long
up to 1 month

The Millay Colony for the Arts

The Millay Colony for the Arts


Millay Colony for the Arts offers one-month residencies to seven visual artists, writers and composers each year between the months of April and November. Nurturing the work of artists of all ages, from a range of cultures and communities, and in all stages of their artistic career, the Colony offers private rooms, private studio spaces and ample time to work in a quiet, pastoral atmosphere. Next to the one-month residency programme, Millay Colony for the Arts offers 3 other ways to spend time as a resident artist: Two-weeks residency, Virtual Residency and Group Residency.

In order to accommodate artists who cannot partake of a month-long residency, Millay Colony is offering two two-week sessions in the month of September only, for up to seven artists per session.

The Virtual Residency accommodates artists who cannot spend prolonged time away from home but could benefit from the support of a residency in modified form. The 'Virtual Resident' can participate in one of The Millay Colony's month-long residency on weekends only and will receive a stipend of $1,000 to assist in securing time off/childcare/art supplies or other resources necessary to the making of new work. 

The Millay Colony awards one five-day Group Residency each year to a group of between three and seven collaborating artists. This is available to any artists groups, including but not only musicians and bands, publishing collectives, theater and dance troupes, galleries, etc.—or simply individuals collaborating on a project. The residency is awarded through a separate application process and includes private bedrooms, studios, public meeting spaces, and all meals. Please call 518-392-4144 if you would like more information, or apply here.

Accommodation Information 

In addition to providing each resident with a private room, Millay has a darkroom and photography equipment, a Yamaha U1 upright piano, a large collection of art books, a general library, a public kitchen, two lounges, a VCR, public telephones, wireless Internet access, and laundry. We also have a fax machine, a copier, a computer and a printer in the administrative offices which residents may use. 

Studio Information 

Each resident has a spacious studio in our Steepletop Barn or Main Building. The Steepletop Barn has four studios with beautiful meadow and mountain views. All are fully accessible to artists with disabilities.

Technical Information 

Computer, printer, internet/e-mail stations, a fax machine and photocopier.


The Millay Colony is located in eastern New York State, about 2,5 hours north of New York City and 2,5 hours west of Boston. Into the hills of Columbia County, Steepletop, a 600 acre national landmark farm-estate of woods, fields and streams. The grounds have outdoor furniture, a barbecue and views of the Berkshire Mountains. There is also a Colony car which residents may use for short trips. The closest town to us is Chatham, New York—about 8 miles away. Chatham has a number of good restaurants, a movie theater, a bookstore, a cafe, and other shops and amenities.

454 East Hill Road
PO Box 3
Austerlitz, NY 12017
United States
+1 518 392 3103

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