New opportunity for art teachers

Call for Monhegan residencies

Jan 24, 2013
Courtesy of: Kenny Cole Monroe’s Kenny Cole was one of last summer's Artist Residents on Monhegan.

Monhegan — Applications are being accepted for the Monhegan Artists’ Residency for emerging Maine artists. In addition to two five-week residencies on Monhegan Island for Maine-based visual artists, the program is offering a new two-week residency for a Maine art teacher.

“Thanks to the generous support of donors and foundations, we are excited to be able to support three residencies for the first time,” said Susan Danly, chairwoman of the program’s board of directors.

The application deadline for all three residencies is March 15 (postmarked). For guidelines, a history of the program and a list of past residents, visit monheganartistsresidency.org. Applicants will be notified by March 29 of the jury’s decision.

The residency program provides living quarters, studio space and a $100 per week stipend. The 2013 residencies for emerging artists will run June 1 through July 5; and Aug. 31 through Oct. 4. Only Maine residents are eligible to apply. The Maine art teacher residency will run July 6 through 20 and is scheduled to accommodate the school year schedule.

The residency program is aimed at visual artists working in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture or the digital arts. An important goal of the program is to enhance the careers of serious artists who have yet to gain wide recognition. Quality of work is the primary criterion for selection.

A jury of art professionals will select the 2013 artists. This year’s judges are Suzette McAvoy, director of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport; Virginia Sassman Rose, director of the Rose Contemporary Gallery in Portland; and Charles Melcher, photographer and associate professor of graphic design at Maine College of Art.

Founded in 1989, the Monhegan Artists’ Residency program is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by donors, art galleries, corporate sponsors and foundation grants. Previous Monhegan artist residents include Sarah Knock, Marguerite Robichaux, David Vickery, Lynn Travis, Joe Kievitt, Jim Dugan, Phil Poirier, Karen Adrienne and Kenny Cole.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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