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MASS MoCA aerial view
Inaugural group of artists-in-residence at MASS MoCA
Marion Belanger in residence
Elizabeth Knowles in residence

The Studios at MASS MoCA

The Studios at MASS MoCA offer residencies to 8 artists and writers at a time (expanding to 12 slots at a time in spring 2019).

Applications are currently accepted through January 7, 2019, for residency sessions between April 3, 2019 and September 30, 2019.

We offer great studio space and housing, one group meal per day, access to MASS MoCA‘s exhibitions, and one-on-one professional development coaching with the staff of our "Assets for Artists" program.

Click on the links below to find more information and to view the application.

The deadline to apply is January 7, 2019 5:00pm EST. There is no application fee.

To apply, go to:


North Adams, Massachusetts: United States

MASS MoCA is one of the world's largest and most renowned contemporary art museums, located in North Adams, Massachusetts, about 3 hours (by car) from Boston and New York. North Adams is a former industrial town of approximately 13,000 residents, nestled in the Berkshire Mountains. The surrounding region has tremendous hiking (the Appalachian Trail goes through North Adams, and there are numerous other trails in the surrounding hills -- Mount Greylock State Reservation, Clarksburg State Forest, Green Mountain National Forest, etc.). We also have fantastic arts attractions nearby, including the Clark Art Institute, Williams College Museum of Art and Williamstown Theater Festival just 10 minutes away, and Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, Shakespeare & Company, Barrington Stage and Berkshire Theater Festival less than an hour away.


  • Residency Length: 1-10 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 10
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 126
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 967


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

    Open to exceptional artists at all career stages.

  • Application deadline: January 07, July 07

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Some past residents include: Marion Belanger (, Donna Cleary (, Brian Gillis (, Sue Huang (, Elizabeth Knowles (, Linda Stillman (, and Rachel Sussman (
The proximity of working in a studio on the campus of MASS MoCA and having access to the museum provides a unique experience unlike any other residency I have attended. My residency week was not only incredibly productive but also refreshing and enlivening to my art making. I loved this experience! The hospitality and administrative aspects were superb.
— Elizabeth Knowles (
We're looking for exceptional artists with projects that will make good use of the resources of the residency.
— Blair Benjamin

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    The housing consists of beautifully renovated apartments directly across the street from MASS MoCA. 4 artists per apartment (4 bedrooms with Queen bed), shared kitchen and bath. All necessary linens and kitchenware are provided.
  • Meals: Some meals are provided
    The residency provides 1 group meal per day.
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
  • Studios/special equipment: Fiber arts, Painting, Printmaking
  • Other facilities and services: One-on-one financial and business coaching available to all artists-in-residence via MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists program (

Residency Fees

It is free to apply! The full residency fee is $650/week (many selected artists are offered merit-based and need-based financial aid).

Stipends / other support

Additional expectations / opportunities

We host an Open Studios nearly every month (as long as the current cohort of artists is interested in sharing their work with the public).

Contact Information

1320 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, Massachusetts 01247
United States
Tel: 413-664-4481 x8147 (email preferred)