Applications are being accepted for the Monhegan Artists’ Residency for emerging Maine artists. Formerly called the Carina House Residency, the program provides a visual artist with the opportunity to live and work on Monhegan Island for five weeks.

The application deadline is April 1, postmarked. For guidelines, a history of the residency program and a list of past residents, visit monheganartistsresidency.org. Applicants will be notified by mid-May.

The residency program provides living quarters — a large, sunny apartment in the Inn at Fish & Maine with newly constructed studio space on the first floor — and a $500 stipend. This year, the residency will run from Aug. 28 to Oct. 2. Only Maine residents are eligible to apply.

The program seeks to support emerging 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 win wide recognition. Quality of work is the primary criterion for selection.

A jury of art professionals will select the 2010 artist. This year’s judges are painter and printmaker Alison Hildreth; Nathaniel May, director of the Space Gallery; and painter Marguerite Robichaux, a former Carina House Residency artist.

Previous artist residency recipients include Sarah Sorg of Bangor, David Vickery of Cushing, Phil Poirier of Livermore Falls, Sarah Knock of Freeport and MaJo Keleshian of Ellsworth.

Founded in 1989, the Monhegan Artists’ Residency program is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by individual donors, art galleries, corporate sponsors and foundation grants.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.