Vesna Jovanovic at the Studios (2019)

Vesna Jovanovic at the Studios (2019)

The MASS MoCA complex

The MASS MoCA complex

Hyun Jung Ahn in her studio (2018)

Hyun Jung Ahn in her studio (2018)

Downtown North Adams

Downtown North Adams

studio space

studio space

Ariel Basson Freiberg in her studio (2019)

Ariel Basson Freiberg in her studio (2019)

studio space

studio space

discussing the work of Andrew Fish (2018)

discussing the work of Andrew Fish (2018)

studio space

studio space

Lilliam Nieves and Ivelisse Jimenez at the Studios (2018)

Lilliam Nieves and Ivelisse Jimenez at the Studios (2018)

residency bedroom

residency bedroom

residency bedroom

residency bedroom

August 2021 cohort with work by Steve and Dorota Coy

August 2021 cohort with work by Steve and Dorota Coy

Studios at MASS MoCA

North Adams , MA, United States

The Studios is MASS MoCA’s artist and writers residency program situated within the museum’s factory campus and surrounded by the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. Operated by MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program, the residency runs year-round and hosts up to 10 artists at a time. Artists of any nationality can apply for stays of 2-8 weeks.

We offer great studio space and housing (private rooms in shared apartments), one group meal per day, member-access to MASS MoCA's galleries, and access to professional development webinars though our "Assets for Artists" program.

Contact

1320 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams , MA 01247
United States

Year Founded
2015
Context
Urban
Rural
Remote
Residency Structure
Embedded in a museum
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
2 weeks - 8 weeks
Languages
English
Spanish
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
10
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Discipline
Drawing
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Painting
Printmaking
Sculpture
Visual Arts
Book Arts
Installation Arts
Paper Arts
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Fiction
Literary Nonfiction
Literature
New Genres
Nonfiction
Playwriting
Poetry
Screenwriting
Translation
Writing
Performance Art
Music
Animation
Augmented Reality
Digital Media
Documentary
Electronic Arts
Film
Moving Image
Multimedia Arts
Photography
Sound Art
Virtual Reality
Illustration
Environmental Arts
Landscape Architecture
Public Art
Social Practice
Companions
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Residents granted leave during residency
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Immersion in new culture and/context
Unstructured time
Access to studio space to create new work
Access to equipment, specialized facilities and/or technical support
Inspiration from natural environment
Inspiration from cultural context
Professional development support and/or trainings
Opportunities to develop relationships with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Opportunities to collaborate with other artists/residents
Opportunities to develop relationships with other artists/residents
Additional Eligibility Information

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR APPLICATION PROCESS HERE

REGULAR APPLICATION

January 8 deadline for residencies between: July 1 - December 31
July 8 deadline for residencies between Jan 1- June 30

Most people apply through our general application, which is typically for residencies 3-9 months out from the award date. In our regular application, you can opt to be considered for financial aid or one of our fully funded fellowships. Because our regular application includes financial aid, it is our more competitive option. Artists requesting financial aid typically pay between $0 - $450/wk depending on their needs.

EARLY APPLICATION

Need more time to plan? Our "Early Application" is for artists who could benefit from additional lead time to plan their stay (9 months - 15 months) and to apply for outside funding from sources such as their university or international or regional arts councils. Accepted Early Application residents will have first pick of our calendar. Artists applying with the Early Application will NOT be considered for MASS MoCA's financial aid budget OR fellowships, so you should only use this particular application if you are planning to fully fund your stay through outside grants or personal funds at our already subsidized rate of $650 per week.

Click on the link below to find more information and to view the application.
https://massmoca.org/studios/

Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
150
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
1000
Artist Stipend
0
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
0
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
650
US Dollar (USD)
Fee Details

The already subsidized, standard artist residency fee is $650/week (it’s $750/wk of actual costs), but every artist applying through our regular application can be considered for both partial need-based financial aid, so don’t let that number deter you! Simply fill out the quick financial questions at the bottom of your application, and your financial aid package will be sent to you along with your award letter. Unless you receive one of our full-ride fellowships (see below), you will be asked to pay at least some portion of your residency fees.

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

In addition, we now offer a limited, but expanding, number of full-ride fellowships, often in specific donor-identified categories. Certain fellowships may come with additional travel/material stipends.  Our fellowship opportunities change every season, so check back regularly, or join our mailing list to keep updated on what funding opportunities we are offering this year.

Examples of fellowships include:

  • Puerto Rico Fellowship
  • Fellowships for Black/Indigenous Artists or Writers
  • Massachusetts Fellowships
  • General Fellowships (open to all)

 

Application Fee
0
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Pre-orientation
Manual / handbook before arrival
Communication before arrival to discuss accommodations, medical conditions, or other health needs
Orientation upon arrival
Contact information and available accommodations for programs, events, and campus
Links to resources, effective practices, grievance procedures, etc.
Assistive listening devices
Staff/volunteer giving directions
Staff/volunteer providing guidance to help locate facilities or activities
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
Partially Accessible
Additional Accessibility Information

The Studios at MASS MoCA has studios in two buildings. Building 13 has an elevator to the studios on the second floor and Building 34 has a ramp to the first floor entrance. Stairs are not necessary for either space and both have wheelchair accessible, gender-neutral bathrooms with grab bars around the toilet. Neither building currently has a handicap door button for the main entrance. Housing at the Studios at MASS MoCA requires the ability to climb two flights of stairs. If you are not able to use stairs, please contact us immediately upon your acceptance so we can discuss alternate accommodations at a nearby hotel or AirBnB.

Caregiver/Aide/PCA
Local arrangements coordinated by resident
Case by case consideration by staff
Accessibility Contact Name
Carolina Porras Monroy
Accessibility Contact Email
cporras@massmoca.org
Type of Housing
Private housing off campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Accessible Housing
Inaccessible
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Case by case consideration
Accessible Communal Spaces
ADA Compliant
Common/Communal Spaces Information

 

Residents receive 24-hour access to private studio space on the MASS MoCA campus, plus lodging in newly renovated, furnished apartments across the street from the museum, right in downtown North Adams. We provide seven communal lunches per week in the company of your fellow residents. When many residents are arriving on the same day, we also host a welcome dinner for the group on that first evening. 

Each resident is provided with a private room in one of three newly renovated, four-bedroom apartments. Each bedroom is furnished with a bed and dresser, pillows, bed and bath linens, etc. (No need to bring any bedding unless you prefer to sleep on your favorite pillow, etc.) Each apartment also has its own shared bathroom and kitchen, wifi, and laundry. The kitchen will have some basic cooking equipment and coffee. Residents are responsible for providing their own breakfast, snacks and dinner. The apartments are within easy walking distance of the local grocery.

NOTE: Climbing stairs is required to enter the apartments, which are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of a walk-up building. If you are not able to use stairs, please contact us immediately so we can discuss alternate accommodations.

Additional Housing Information
Access to laundry on campus
WIFI available in housing
Air Conditioned Housing
Heat and Cool control managed by resident
Meals Provided
Some meals (at least 2 meals provided)
Residents have access to shared kitchen
Additional Meals Information
Vegan meal options can be requested
Vegetarian meal options can be requested
Gluten-free meal options can be requested
Food allergies and restrictions can be accommodated
Computer/Internet Access
Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared)
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Studios/Facilities Details

We host studios in two buildings, B13 & B34. Each of the spaces and each of their studios have their own dimensions and provisions. Some studios have 8-foot walls in a 13-foot-high mill space; others are fully partitioned to the ceiling. Some are better for work made on the floor, some for work made on walls. We do our best to pair our residents with a studio that matches their practice. The smallest studio is 120 sq ft and the largest is 280 sq ft. The average size is about 172 sq ft. Wall material ranges from drywall to brick to translucent plastic. Floors in B13 are plywood, while in B34 they’re cement. All studios are wheelchair accessible, lockable and safe to leave equipment and supplies in.

Each studio is minimally furnished with a desk or folding table, a chair, and most have a small shelf. Additional folding tables are available. Lighting is overhead LED troffers (typical commercial office lighting) and we have clamp lights to augment. There are shared slop sinks in both buildings. Easels, additional worktables or alternative seating can likely be provided, but you should consider bringing the essentials to meet the needs of your practice. If you have special pieces of furniture or equipment you would like to request, please make note in your application. Although we cannot guarantee special requests, we’ll do our best to help you find the proper equipment you’ll need for your time here. In addition, each studio building is equipped with a small tool library. A full list of tools available is below. All art materials and most equipment must be provided by the participant.

Learn more at: https://www.assetsforartists.org/facilities

Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Dedicated Studio/Shop Technicians - Part Time
Printers + Scanner
Photo + Video Editing Suite
Easels
Printmaking Workspaces
Etching Press
Glass Inking Table
Drying Racks
Large Sinks
Textiles Workspace
Floor Looms
Fiber Arts Workspace
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
ADA Compliant
Studio Support/Tech
Studio/facility orientation provided
Studio support provided by dedicated tech
Air Conditioned
Additional Studio Information

PRINTMAKING STUDIO

With our recent addition of Building 34, we now have a rudimentary communal printmaking studio. Our local print technician typically offers a free tutorial to the space each session. If your schedule doesn’t coincide with one of this tutorials, or if you would like individual support for special projects, one-one-on assistance is available at $40/hour.

The Martech etching press: A generous donation to the program, this press has the reputation of being a well-designed etching press. It has large diameter rollers and the gear reduction hand-crank allows for smooth and easy travel even under extreme pressures and produces less stress to the etching plate and paper. Collagraphs and woodcuts are also possible on this press. The plate bed is 32” x 51” and the maximum recommended paper size is 22” x 30”.

Bradley Flat-bed Hydraulic Press: The flat-bed press is designed for relief printing, mono-printing and embossing; however, nearly all plates can be printed including etchings. When printing monoprints with movable applications, the downward force keeps everything in place and heavy ink does not spread across the print as it does with an etching press.

Printmaking supplies: We supply a small variety of etching inks and additives as well as an assortment of brayers and etching tools. Artists should come prepared with their own plates, paper, and any specialty tools or inks.

 

WEAVING LOOMS

We have two looms available in the B.34 studios. Looms can be reserved in advance by both experienced and beginner weavers. Private Instruction is available for beginners at a rate of $40/hr, offered by local weavers. Artists are expected to provide their own yarn.

22-inch Harrisville Loom: Jack-Loom, 4 harness
( set-up with roughly 110 heddles per shaft).

Accompanying equipment for 22” loom:

  • Crank Handle (stored in loom bench)
  • Reeds: 18 dent, 20 in. (currently on loom), 14 dent, 24 inches, 12 dent, 22 inches
  • Raddle: 27 inches with 1 in. spaced nails (attached to back beam)
  • Treadle tie ups: chain, 11 count
  • Lease sticks

45-inch Herald Loom: Jack-Loom, 4 harness
(currently set up with ample heddles)

Accompanying equipment for 45” loom:

  • Reeds: 6 dent, 45 inches, 8 dent, 45 inches, 10 dent, 45 inches
  • Raddle: 48 inches, with 1 inch spaced nails (attached to back-beam)
  • Treadle tie ups: nylon
  • Lease sticks: 2 x 47”

Additional Weaving Equipment

  • Loom bench (23” tall, 24” seat, 37” wide with side compartments)
  • Warping board 35” x 38”
  • Warping board 26” x 38”
  • Stick shuttle
  • Heddles
  • Boat shuttle
  • Assorted Bobbins