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Manoog Family Artist Residency

The Plumbing Museum in partnership with J.C. Cannistraro (Boston’s leading mechanical construction company) invites visual artists from the New England area to apply for a three month residency program. Selected artists will receive a 24/7 non-living studio space, $2000 stipend, full access to the Plumbing Museum’s collection and library archive, as well as recycled fabrication materials and access to mechanical construction equipment available upon request. The focus of the program is to support independent projects exploring the relationship between art and technology. A museum exhibition of the artist’s work will take place at the end of the residency.


Watertown, Massachusetts: United States

The residency takes place within the fabrication facility of J.C. Cannistraro in Watertown, MA approximately 10 miles west of Boston.


  • Residency Length: 3 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 2


  • Artist Status: Emerging Artists
  • Application type: Open application
  • Geography: Open to US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Any artists 21 years old or older and not currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program may apply.

  • Application deadline: January 31
  • Application Ongoing: No

Past Residents & Quotes

This was an incredible opportunity and the staff there were very supportive and helpful. Also the immediacy of getting any tool you needed ordered directly to the studio was incredible! I didn't realize this was an option until a bit into the residency but was blown away by the speed that any requested tool would materialize once I asked for it.
— Jenn Houle (2017)

Facilities & Services

  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Pets Allowed
  • Accessibility: no
  • Studios/special equipment: Exhibition / Installation, Heavy metals / Blacksmithing, Painting, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital), Sculpture, Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    The program provides resident artists access to the J.C. Cannistraro metal fabrication equipment (plasma cutters, welding and woodworking facilities) as well as recycled fabrication materials available upon request.

Residency Fees


Stipends / other support


Additional expectations / opportunities

Each resident artist is asked to participate in an educational outreach opportunity (e.g. artist talk, interview, studio tour, workshop, etc.) Each artist is also requested to donate to the Manoog Family Artist Residency an original piece of artwork created during the term of their residency. All donated artwork will become a part of the Manoog Family Artist Residency alumni collection.

Contact Information

80 Rosedale Road
Watertown, Massachusetts 02471
United States