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Rolling Acres Farm, with studios in barn
Artists painting by the lake at Rolling Acres Farm
Rolling Acres Farm as seen from the lake
Artist in residence Anne Alexander (Sept 2017) shares her sculptural work with visitors at the Open Studio Day

Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm

Emerging Program member

The mission of the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm is to actively connect the creative worlds of farming and art making.

Historically, artists have celebrated the beauty and richness of the American landscape. Our purpose is to continue and evolve the dialogue between human and environment within the context of our current culture and time.

We do this through exhibitions and public educational events, through research and development of new farming practices and by hosting residencies for artists on a working farm.

In 2018 we will be offering the following residencies; please click on the residency of your choice to see more information about the residency and link to the online application.

Artist Residency for Visual Artists:

Six, month-long residencies: two in July, two in August and two in September, for visual artists. One of our six residency placements is for an out-of-state or international artist, and one for an indigenous Maine artist.

Writing Residency:

One writing residency (a minimum of four and maximum of six weeks long) during July through mid-August. Applicants in the following categories can apply -Poetry, Prose, Fiction/Non-fiction

Performing Arts Residency:

One performing arts residency (a minimum of four and maximum of six weeks long) during mid-August through end of September. Applicants in the following categories can apply - Performance/Dance, Storytelling, Songwriting.

Seasonal Resident Gardener Position:

This is a part-time, 5-month seasonal position for someone with at least 2 years of organic gardening experience and an affinity with the arts. The resident gardener will be living on-site with the visual arts and writing residents, and is encouraged to use their time at the Fiore Art Center for their own creative pursuits if desired. See here for job posting:

There are no residency fees, but the artist is responsible for all travel costs to and from the residency, and for all art material costs. The residents will have three shared dinners a month which will be attended by the residency directors and one or more guests from the art/creative/farming community (two dinners will be prepared by a local chef, one will be a potluck.) Beyond these shared dinners, residents will be responsible for all their own meals. Residents will receive a $1000 stipend per month, and local food coupons for the value of $300.

For six of the eight positions (4 visual arts positions, the performing arts and writing residency), any artist living in Maine may apply, whether attending an art program or educational institution in Maine or already established in his/her career. We will also accept applications from artists with a strong connection to Maine. Two of the visual arts residencies are reserved for a) an international or non-Maine artist, and b) an indigenous artist from Maine. There is an application fee of $15 for non-Maine Farmland Trust Members, and no fee for Maine Farmland Trust Members.


Jefferson, Maine: United States

Rolling Acres Farm is a beautiful, 130-acre farm property located on Damariscotta Lake in the town of Jefferson. The setting is remote and peaceful, but not far from the lively and picturesque village of Damariscotta. The property boasts a large, renovated farmhouse with a large connected barn. For more information about Maine Farmland Trust please visit

Contact Information

97 Main Street
Maine Farmland Trust, attn. Anna Witholt Abaldo
Belfast, Maine 04915
United States