Haystack's Open Studio Residency program will complement our renowned workshop programs, offering an opportunity for makers to create new work and explore ideas for future work—in specific craft media and interdisciplinary work, making use of new technologies. The residency will give people unfamiliar with craft media a chance to explore new materials and create a dialogue among a range of artistic and scientific fields. Approximately fifty artists and people from other creative fields will have uninterrupted time to work in six studios (ceramics, fiber, graphics, iron/glass, jewelry, and wood) to develop ideas and experiment in various media. Participants will have an opportunity to move among studios and there will be technicians in each studio to assist with projects as needed. Haystack’s open studios and small scale foster a dynamic exchange of ideas among peers. Haystack’s fab lab will also be open, providing an opportunity for experimentation with digital fabrication as a way for participants to augment their creative practices. In addition to open studios, there will be time for participants to share work and discuss ideas across disciplines.
Haystack has long been on the cutting edge of craft exploration and research, with initiatives that allow the school to continue investigating new ideas relating to craft practice, and provide opportunities for makers to explore new ideas for their own work. Central to this has been the school’s commitment to interdisciplinary work.
Residents will include established and emerging artists working in a range of visual art and craft media, and scientists, designers, and writers who have participated in Haystack's invitational symposia over the last ten years. Approximately three-quarters of participants—from the US and around the world—will be selected through open competition and one-quarter will be invited. Criteria will include quality of work and ability to work in an intensive community.
Haystack’s 2013 Open Studio Residency is supported by grants from an Anonymous foundation, Quimby Family Foundation, and Haystack’s Program Endowment Fund.
Deer Isle, Maine: United States
Deer Isle, Maine: United States Built on a cliff overlooking Jericho Bay in the Atlantic Ocean, Haystack’s campus is located on 40 quiet, wooded acres in the small island community of Deer Isle. The campus was designed in 1960 by noted architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, and in 1994 was awarded the American Institute of Architects Twenty-Five Year Award, one of only forty buildings in the United States to receive this distinction. In 2006 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The dramatic central stairway, cascading down to the swirling waters below, grabs your attention first. It is flanked on either side by weathered cedar-shingled studios, a spacious dining hall, and the student and faculty cabins. Standing at the top, one can view the white and pink granite shores along Merchants Row, an archipelago of 30 or 40 islands peppering the horizon. The 100-seat Gateway Auditorium is a central gathering place for lectures, performances and end-of-session auctions. Haystack’s library, rebuilt in 1997, holds over 1000 titles, including fine craft books, exhibition catalogs, art journals and scholarly monographs. Also on site is a well-equipped store that provides artists’ supplies and quality books.
Residency Length: Two weeks
Average number of artists in residence at a time: 50
Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 2013 will be the first year of Haystack's Open Studio Residency program.
Total applicant pool in most current year: N/A
Application type: Open application
Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
Additional eligibility information:
Approximately three-quarters of participants—from the US and around the world—will be selected through open competition and one-quarter will be invited. Applicants must be 18 or older and criteria will include quality of work and ability to work in an intensive community.
Application deadline: March 01
Facilities & Services
Housing: Shared bedroom
Haystack’s campus offers a range of housing options. All of our cabins are simple, “camp-like” accommodations with electricity and twin beds. We have shared rooms, rooms with private bathrooms or rooms near central, shared bathrooms. We also have one 4-person room with a wheelchair accessible bathroom. Housing accommodations include: • Twin with bath • Quad with bath • Twin (near central washroom) • Triple (near central washroom) • Dorm (near central washroom)
Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
All meals provided.
Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
Handicapped accessible in many areas, including Gateway auditorium, campus store and library, dining hall and main deck, two ADA accessible studios, one 4-person room with a wheelchair accessible bathroom; and two lifts. Internet access - limited: There are two computers in the library with satellite service and while adequate for checking email they are often very slow for surfing or downloading. The library also has wireless access through the same connection for students who bring their own computers. On Island there are also some public wi-fi sites that we can suggest. Please contact Haystack with any questions.
Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Ceramics / Pottery, Fiber arts, Fine metals / Jewelry making, Glass blowing, Heavy metals / Blacksmithing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Woodworking
Additional studio information: Graphics studio and digital fabrication lab (Fab Lab) also on site. Studios are open 24 hours during the residency and are staffed by Technical Assistants.
Application fee - $35; The program is designed to foster artistic exploration at the highest level, and those selected will attend for free - room, board, and meals are included. Residents are responsible for transportation to and from Haystack; materials and supplies; ; and shipping of works of art, materials, and personal property.
Stipends / other support
Haystack does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Additional expectations / opportunities
P.O. Box 518
Deer Isle, Maine 04627