StudioWorks Artist-in-Residence Program

Lena Schmid, 2018, surrounded by some of the work she created at StudioWorks.

Founded in 2013 and now in its ninth year, The StudioWorks Artist-in-Residence Program at the Tides Institute & Museum of Art (TIMA) offers residency opportunities to visual artists from the U.S. and abroad to deepen and develop their practice within a community setting. Our studios, museum and housing are located within the historic downtown and working waterfront of Eastport, Maine and overlook the U.S./Canada boundary. TIMA’s downtown StudioWorks building contains private studios, common work areas, and a ground floor printmaking and letterpress studio. TIMA is also developing a nearby larger scale North Church Project Space which provides additional studio workspace and exhibition opportunities. See recent article in The Atlantic about the StudioWorks program and its impact on community: How Artists Build the Spirit of a Town.

The StudioWorks program mission, supported by two national awards from ARTPLACE and many additional funders, is to place the arts in the center of the community, utilizing the arts and artists to foster, engage, and create a vital and vibrant downtown. A StudioWorks residency provides an artist with a unique experience to play an active role in our creative community and region through socially engaged projects, educational outreach or public programming. So far, 62 artists from 18 different states and three foreign countries have participated in the program. For a list of alumni of the StudioWorks Artists in Residence Program click here: Alumni.

Housing for visiting artists is provided in two adjacent buildings, the GAR Hall / Royal Art Lodge and the Rathlin House, located one block away from StudioWorks and the museum. For a view and description of the Tides Institute & Museum of Art campus click here: TIMA Campus and Campus Map.

The application deadline (February 1, 2020) for the 2020 StudioWorks Artist-in-Residence program has now passed. Specific information about the 2021 StudioWorks program will be published on/around December 1, 2020, and the application process will open at that time. To learn more about the program in general, download a PDF of the 2020 StudioWorks AIR Program Overview.

The Tides Institute & Museum of Art / StudioWorks Artist-in-Residence Program is a member of Res Artis Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies.


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