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Marble House Project

Marble House Project is a multi-disciplinary artist residency program that fosters collaboration & the exchange of ideas by providing an environment for artists across disciplines to live and work side by side. Our residency program is uniquely curated to bring together a diverse group of artists to facilitate exchange of different expertise, histories, techniques and perspectives.  With a focus on conservation of natural resources, integration of small-scale organic food production and the arts, residents sustain their growth by cultivating and participating in the surrounding grounds, working on their artistic vision and forging partnerships within the community. Marble House Project is founded on the belief that the act of creating, whether in the studio or in nature, is how human potential expands and community thrives.

Applications are accepted in all creative fields. This includes but is not limited to visual arts, writing, choreography, music composition,performance and the culinary arts. Each session has eight to ten artists, creating small, dynamic interactive groups. Residents are selected by a jury process composed of past-years residents, staff and members of the board. Artists are selected based on the quality of their work and their project description. Each session is specifically curated in order to maximize the art residency experience for each individual artist.

Marble House Project provides private bedrooms, food and individual studio space. Residents are responsible for all transportation and material costs. Each residency lasts for approximately three weeks with the exception of the family friendly residency which lasts approximately two weeks. Marble House Project accepts over sixty artists each season.. Applications for the artist in residency program are open for the 2019 season until December 16th, 2018. The collaborative residency applications are open in March, 2019 for November, 2019 and March 2020. . To apply for 2019 please visit


Dorset, Vermont: United States

Marble House Project is located in Dorset, Vermont on over 38 acres of land. The Manley-Lefevre House, on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in the Federal style in approximately 1815. Its formal gardens were designed in the Italianate style by Charles Downing Lay. Individual studio spaces are designated for each artist. Dorset, Vermont is located in Southern Vermont about 4 hours from New York City and 4 hours from Boston.


  • Residency Length: Approximately three weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 8
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 58
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 700


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Artists must apply individually during the core residency program

    If you are a family friendly applicant and your partner is an artist you must apply individually in order to guarantee studio spaces.

    If you are applying for the collaborative residency you must apply as a group or collective

    Artists must be 21 years or older

  • Application deadline: December 16
  • Application Ongoing: No
  • Additional deadline info:
    The Artist Residency, Family Friendly Residency and Culinary Residency deadline is 12/16/18 for the 2019 season. Notification by email on or before 2/28/19. -- The Collaborative Residency deadline is 5/30/18. Notification by email on or before 6/30/18. Collaborative residency applications will be posted in March, 2019

Past Residents & Quotes

I was very lucky to be invited to participate in The Quarry At Marble House Project residency this past July 2014. My experience was magical. To have the opportunity to live and work in the beautiful setting of the Green Mountains in Vermont, surrounded by the trees, the stones and the company of other artists was a dream. During my time there, I executed a study for an idea that I had been wanting to put forth for many years: Shou Sugi Ban (Charred Wood). The Buddhist Temple I was raised in, in Japan was clad in Shou Sugi Ban and I had an idea for creating a large-scale installation art piece with the material. I found some Vermont Maple wood in the local lumber yard and one evening after one of our ‘family dinners’ with the other residents, I charred the wood in the embers of the fire we had used to cook our delicious, farm-harvested meal. It is such a sweet memory to recall the other residents and I laughing while I used Bar-B-Que tongs to carefully char and then quench the wood. Three months later, I had a solo exhibition in New York at Sundaram Tagore Gallery. The exhibition was titled ‘Kisetsu’ (Seasons) and I created a large-scale installtion piece; a room clad in Shou Sugi Ban with a large (462 x 72 inches) contiguous painting on the inside walls. I titled this piece ‘Ku’ (Emptiness The Sky). This installation piece was then selected to be exhibited during the 2015 Venice Biennale. MIYA ANDO 2014
— Miya Ando 2014 Resident
“Located amidst the Southern Vermont Mountains on a two hundred year old marble quarry with its adjoining home and historic architecture, the Marble House Project provides an extraordinary intersection of diverse communities. What drives this unique art residency, farm, educational institution and event space is a brilliant design, that supports activity rather than dictate it, where natural resources and the people who come together to use them are mutually benefited and enriched, where experience is privileged over product, and where humanity and sustainability is valued in service of incalculable growth. Much like the science of permaculture that uses existing strengths in any natural resource to create an even stronger microclimate, the Marble House Project has taken great care in how each stone is placed, artist is welcomed, and local community invited in. As a result, Marble House Project has created a cultural microclimate that exponentially widens the possibility for what might ordinarily grow there and lays the foundation to make such unprecedented individual flowering possible." COCO KAROL 2016
— Coco Karol 2016 Resident

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Housing: Private bedrooms in the house with the exception of the family friendly residency where families might share with their children. Private and shared bathrooms. Bedrooms are spacious.
  • Meals: Residents make own meals/groceries provided
    The organization provides a welcome and goodbye dinner. Residents pair up during the week and cook for each other Monday - Friday.. There is a large onsite organic garden which residents freely use.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    One bedroom in the main house and one studio space are accessible.
  • Studios/special equipment: Dance / Choreography, Music studio (non-recording), Painting, Sculpture
  • Additional studio information: 
    There are 10 studios on campus. Studios are private and vary in size and flexibility depending on the needs of the artist. There is also a culinary arts studio and a workshop with various tools.
  • Other facilities and services: 38 acres of land, marble quarry swimming pool, event barn, organic food gardens, hiking trails and bikes for transportation.

Residency Fees

There are no fees for the artist residency, culinary arts residency and family friendly residency There is a $500 per person fee for the collaborative winter residencies.

Stipends / other support

-Culinary artists who apply for the Family Friendly residency will receive a stipend in exchange for helping with meals. -Private Workspace -Private bedrooms -Photo and or video documentation. -Opportunities to engage with our local community through public performance, talks and open studios -Educational opportunities in Farming and gardening. -Yoga classes are offered twice a week at a 50% discount.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Residents will have the opportunity to present work to the community through open studios, performances, readings and farm to table dinners. Internal studio visits, studio support, visits to local farms and museums are also offered.In addition to our three week core residency program, we introduced a culinary arts residency which is incorporated into our artist residency program. We also offer a family friendly residency once a year in the summer for two weeks where artists can bring their children and partners. In 2017 Marble House Project launched our collaborative residencies. This residency is offered three times a year for 10 days during our winter months. This new residency program offers time and space designed for collective group-making and collaboration, as an alternative to residency programs geared toward more individual studio practices. All groups will be considered. Please visit for more comprehensive information about our residency programs.

Contact Information

1161 Dorset West Road
Dorset , Vermont 05251
United States