NANTUCKET AIR  Artist in Residence Program

The Nantucket AIR program awards sponsored residencies for artists to become part of a dynamic year round Nantucket’s 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 exhibition. Artists selected for this program are at all stages in their careers in painting and drawing, printmaking, ceramics, digital arts, and crafts.

Program Goals

To provide a restorative experience space for artists of all levels who are dedicated to taking their practice to the next level. 

To connect artists into a professional network of creative practitioners and thinkers.

  • To encourage artists to explore their ideas and work within the context of Nantucket’s natural beauty, diverse culture, and preserved history.
  • To create opportunities for engagement with local artists and audiences.

Selection Criteria

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 a bright, spacious studio apartment, furnished with a dining area, living area, desk equipped with Apple desktop, kitchen, and attached private bathroom. 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.

The Hale Residency Apartment

Private Studio 

We provide a  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. 

Upcoming 2020 Artists in Residence



Since the early 1970s, Georgia Marsh’s landscape paintings have been informed by minimalist abstraction. By cropping charcoal drawings of tree limbs and flowers into rigid shapes, the artist highlights the tension between organic and geometric, as well as, representation and abstraction. Shes calls this formal structuring of nature, “A futile attempt at organizing chaos.” Marsh has had a solo exhibition at the Aldrich Museum of Art in Ridgefield. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The National Museum of American Art in Washington DC, Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and Provincetown Art Museum. She has received many awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, an NEA international fellowship, and a Pollock/Krasner Foundation Fellowship.

STORY RESIDENCY - MARIO A. ROBINSON is a watercolorist, pastel artist and oil painter who is a member of the National Arts Club, Salmagundi Club, and Pastel Society of America. His work has been featured in many prestigious art magazines, including the cover of American Artist magazine. While earning his BFA at Pratt Institute, Mario studied classical techniques, becoming an avid student of realism. However, his own sensibility of realism is distinctly defined by American painters like Wyeth, Homer, and Eakins. With a timeless, universal aesthetic Mario depicts simple day to day moments of solitude and reflection. Among his numerous awards and accolades, Mario was chosen to paint a portrait of one of the Charleston Church Shooting victims. Widely collected painter, award winning artist, Youtube demo-er, and workshop teacher, Mario is also the author of Lessons in Realistic Watercolor,  and an Winsor Newton Ambassador.


MARGARET SHELDON graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design’s School of Architecture, and worked in the Boston area for years. Later Sheldon turned her creative eye to painting, devoting herself to painting florals and plein-air landscapes. She is the co-host of the podcast Artists Helping Artists.

SEA RESIDENCY - SHANE MCCLATCHEY is an emerging artist working, exhibiting, and teaching in Southern California. Inspired by surfing, diving, and lifeguarding, Shane’s paintings search out a balance between curiosity and vulnerability, internal and external realities, ocean and land. These fleeting boundaries echo in his studio practice, as he negotiates form and shape in positive and negative space. Shane received both his BFA and MFA in Painting at Laguna College of Art and Design, where he was mentored by contemporary figurative master painters such as F. Scott Hess and John Brosio. Shane teaches Figure Drawing at Citrus College and California School of the Arts. He is represented by Main Street Gallery in Manasquan, New Jersey.



BERND HAUSSMANN is a German-born abstract artist, now living as a US resident in the north shore of Boston and western Maine. Haussmann’s work is internationally exhibited, and hangs in numerous private, corporate, and museum collections around the world. He has also taught at several American universities and colleges, and teaches mindfulness workshops in Iceland, Germany, and the US. From 2012 to 2015, Haussmann engaged with scientists in a non-verbal dialogue, "Dialogues" as artist-in-residence at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. He embraces his audience with environmental inclusionary, interactive projects and collaborations. Presently, Haussman is leading workshops from his home in Maine, where he where he also works with his wife Anne on a 450-acre nature project. 

2021 August

ZOEY FRANK is a Colorado based artist who studied art at Seattle’s classical atelier Gage Academy of Art, before being accepted by Laguna College of Art and Design’s Painting MFA Program in California. At LCAD Zoey met Bo Bartlett who inspired the evolution of her style from an academic, traditional approach to a dynamic exploration of color, space, and narrative. After graduation she won the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant four times, and was a four time finalist in the Art Renewal Center Salon show before being awarded their TIAC award. Zoey’s work is represented by Danese/Corey in New York City, and is internationally exhibited and collected.



GRAHAM WHITE studied drawing and painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and continued his arts education at The Art Students League, the Museum School, and New York Studio SchoolWhite was a founding member of The (x) Gallery in 1990 and also worked as the Arts Program Director for the Artists Association of Nantucket, curating film and visiting artist programs, teaching drawing and printmaking, and organizing two group multimedia and installation exhibitions. In 2001, White joined with artists Michael Perrone and Jess Gorell to form the Exchange group to present a mixed media exhibition. An interest in video and computer graphics and the potential of the internet as venue for the presentation of art led White into the world of and establishing his own web design and development company. 


HUGH POCOCK Bringing us closer to the remarkable, power aspects of the world is a theme that Hugh has explored throughout his work at the Art Institute of San Francisco, and his graduate work at UCLA. Now on sabbatical from his tenured professorship at Maryland Institute of the College of Art, he has come to Nantucket for a “welcomed time of thoughtfulness” to create a proposal for No Man’s Land. Hugh Pocock’s current work explores the concept of the Rights of Nature in terms of re-imagining jurisprudence for the Earth Community, so that all beings have a fundamental right to exist and participate in evolution. He is seeking to create a 5 acre environment where human beings may not trespass. Ever. Never. Permanently.  


Didi Suydam + Peter Diepenbrock As BFA students at RISD, Light Metals major Didi Suydam met Industrial Design major Peter Diepenbrock and formed a thirty year partnership based on the love of art and design, as well as each other. Didi has shown and sold her contemporary jewelry collection worldwide, and won numerous awards including a DeBeers Diamond Design Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Didi now also explores Digital Photography and the evocative effects of movement, color, and light that stir the imagination and challenge visual understanding. 

Peter has become one of New England’s most prolific sculptors. He blends spatial reasoning, industrial design,and reverence for the poetic metaphor of form. His accolades include the award for ​Excellence in Design for Dansk International, as well as multiple Rhode Island State Fellowships in Craft, Design and Sculpture.


SCOTT BLUEBORN is a graduate of School of The Visual Arts who explores “maritime cosmology” by invoking the supernatural overtones of the Long Island’s rich nautical history of his Hamptons hometown. He distills seemingly familiar seaside icons into whimsically surreal imagery, with a master level skill in painting, drawing, printmaking and found object assemblage, and installation.


LENNY MOSKOWITZ received his BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy. He is a painterly figurative and abstract artist who embraces the creative spirit of the unexpected and unknown in order to develop a different vision of reality to emerge with order and smoothed edges. Lenny has exhibited his paintings and has been awarded several residencies nationwide. He teaches workshops in Connecticut, Block Island, and Nantucket and currently is an art professor at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. 


DINA GARDNER is an award winning pastel artist who became fascinated by pastels in her mid-fifties , educating herself through classes, workshops, and books, and diligently painting every day. As an artist living bicoastal, Gardner’s work is inspired by the seascapes and landscapes of California and Massachusetts. She is an Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America and a member of the Wellesley Society of Artists. She is also a founder and Signature Status Member of the Central Mass Pastel Society and a member of Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. Gardner recently became a Full Member of the Copley Society of Art in Boston, MA.


MERCY MOYO is a nationally exhibited Zimbabwean artist whose work portrays contemporary Southern African life in her country’s traditional painting style. A graduate of the National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design in 2003, Moyo explores gender, identity, coloniality, wealth disparities and resource allocation. Although her endless search into human behavior and its context is energetically expressed in vibrant colors and traditional African motifs, her paintings also call into question the wide range of her experiences living and working in countries affected by harsh social and political conflicts.


MEGAN HINTON is a visual artist based in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Hinton assembles materials in painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography to reassemble personal and public narratives. Megan is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Interdisciplinary Studio Art at Mills College in Oakland, California where she has received a nomination by faculty for The Dedalus Foundation Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture.  Megan has recently shown work at AMP Gallery in Provincetown, SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco and The State University of New York Adirondack Visual Art Gallery. In 2019 Hinton was awarded The Murphy Cadogan Scholarship from the San Francisco Foundation and an artist residency from 20 Summers in Provincetown. Additional residency fellowships have been awarded from The Women’s Studio Workshop, Les Amis De La Grande Vigne in Brittany, France, and Frans Masereel Centrum, an International Printmaking Center in Belgium.  Megan is also an art writer, educator, curator and lecturer.