The Monhegan Artists Residency Corporation (MARC) is the recipient of a $7,500 grant from the Quimby Family Foundation.

The Quimby Family Foundation and MARC share a mission, to provide accessibility to art opportunities for Maine residents, said Susan Danly, chairwoman of the MARC board. For well over a century, Monhegan has inspired great art, yet today an extended stay on the island is beyond the financial reach of most Maine artists. The five-week residency allows for creative exploration and experimentation “in the crucible of artistic tradition that is Monhegan Island,” she said.

The Quimby Family Foundation grant will provide general operating support to expand MARC’s donor base and increase the level of donations of current supporters. Additional grants from the Underhill and Davis Family foundations have helped support the residency program, now in its 21st year.

Since its founding in 1989, MARC has hosted 41 Maine artists on Monhegan Island. Alina Gallo of Portland and Gail Hollenbeck of Bailey Island are the 2011 Monhegan Island artists-in-residence. Previous residents include Nicole Duennebier, Joe Kievitt, Sarah Knock, Marguerite Robichaux, Carol Sloane, Lynn Travis and David Vickery.

The program depends upon the financial support of individual donations and foundation grants. For more information, visit monheganartistsresidency.org.

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