The Nantucket AIR program awards residencies for artists to become part of our dynamic year round art community. We invite our residents to reflect, restore and revitalize their art practice as they explore Nantucket’s natural beauty and engage with our island artists.
We offer a range of residencies to visual artists in terms of funding, duration, and season. Residents are encouraged to share their work through workshops, slide presentations, demonstrations, and exhibitions. Artists selected for this program are at all stages in their careers in painting and drawing, printmaking, ceramics, digital arts, and crafts.
Residents will be chosen based on the merit of work, readiness to engage with and benefit from the residency experience at Nantucket AIR, and the potential to develop creative practice that impacts our island community and beyond. Fully funded residencies will be awarded to artists who exemplify creative excellence according to the specific focuses.
Residents stay in the AAN’s bright, spacious studio apartment located in our Visual Art Center (VAC) on 24 Amelia Drive. This apartment is fully furnished with a dining area, living area, desk with Apple desktop, kitchen, full bed, and attached private bathroom. Residents also are provided with a private studio with tables and chairs, easels, glass topped rolling carts, a large sink, and cleaning supplies. (Our printmaking and ceramic studios are available for resident use, but personal use must not conflict with regular classes, so please make sure we can meet your studio needs.)
The VAC is located in the center of the island and is convenient to all services. Although we have great bike paths and public transportation, in the colder months residents may choose to ferry a car over, especially if traveling with extensive supplies.
Artists chosen receive $500 toward travel and a $2000 stipend for materials and living expenses.
The Hale Masters of Fine Art Residency funds artists who either have recently graduated (within 5 years) from or are currently enrolled in an MFA graduate program. This is a month long residency is designed for an artist whose work explores aesthetic beauty. The Hale MFA Residency provides space and time for artists to focus solely on their work. There is no expectation to teach, exhibit, or present work. Hale Residencies take place only during the months of January, February, and March. There is no expectation for the resident to teach, but we do encourage exhibition and other community engagement.
Land, Sand, Story, Sea, Wind and Star Residencies are inspired by Nantucket’s abundance. These two week residencies take place between May and September. During the first week residents are encouraged to engage with the community through presentation, demonstration, and radio interview. For the second week residents are required to teach a three day workshop. All applicants should have teaching experience, and propose a workshop that highlights their area of interest.
The Star Residency is awarded to artists who exemplify mastery of their creative discipline. Inspired by island astronomer Maria Mitchell, special consideration will be given to applicants whose concentration belies a sense of light and discovery.
The Sea Residency is awarded to artists whose inspiration is drawn from underwater exploration, maritime art or travel, seascapes, or conservation of coastal life. Applicants may choose to collaborate with the Shipwreck or Whaling Museums.
The Sand Residency is awarded specifically to craftspeople whose work shows a high level of skill, design, and dedication. Both innovative artisans and classic crafters are encouraged to apply.
The Land Residency is awarded to artists whose work is influenced by a sense of place and a connection to the earth. This residency is for artists who use natural materials to create, or those whose work reflects the landscape in imagery, environmental awareness, or flora and fauna.
The Wind Residency is awarded to artists whose work investigates the boundaries of our world and looks for innovative direction whether through travel, science, or energy. This is a visionary award, and could be given to any genre or media.
The Story Residency is awarded to artists whose work incorporates a strong narrative element, whether in imagery, history, or a literary nature of actual illustration or bookmaking. Besides figurative and portrait art, abstraction that uses the written word, letters, or symbols will also be considered.
The Artists Association of Nantucket welcomes two week and one month residents to be part of our community in late fall, winter, and early spring. Teaching and other events may be proposed at the time of application, or upon award.
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Send your full application in a PDF to Elizabeth@nantucketarts.org