54 Main Street
Cummington, MA 01026

Contact:  Leslie Ferrin
Cell 413.446.0614

PROJECT ARTIST RESIDENCIES AND STUDIO RENTALS are available in a restored 19th century former mill building located in the small town of Cummington, Massachusetts.  The funded residencies are intended to provide a place and support for emerging and professional contemporary artists, writers, curators or critics to complete a specific project.  International artists working in ceramics with an upcoming US exhibition are encouraged to apply and produce works in the US to avoid costly international shipping.   Up to four studio rentals are available for ongoing production of art either short or long term.  One funded resident studio is available for a 150 square foot space in the shared group studio.  Other spaces are available in the group studio in 150, 200, and 400 square feet spaces and there is one private, 800 square foot studio.  Studios are rented monthly, include basic utilities, and cost $250, $300 and $350 respectively.   Artists have 24 hour access to their studio; however, hours between 8pm and 8 am are for quiet work only.  Artists are expected to maintain a relatively clean and organized environment in their own and shared spaces.

Project Art only provides studio space.  Housing, food, supplies, materials and firings are not included.  A list of local housing is available, some within walking distance.   While a car is highly recommended for a short term residency it is possible to exist without one.  There is a hardware and general store within walking distance.  Supplies can be ordered and delivered in advance.  Transportation to and from the airport can be arranged.

For artists working in ceramics – electric firings and spray booth are available on site.  Supplies can be purchased in advance and delivered.  There are several wood kilns in nearby studios that are potentially available to residents – a list can be provided but all arrangements are the responsibility of the artists.

STUDIO RENTALS – same as the residencies described above, however, the rentals are for year long terms, are not project based and can be renewed.

RESIDENCIES – Project Art seeks proposals for short term artist residencies that range from a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of three months.  In 2014, the residencies are offered June 15 – September 15.  Proposals will be reviewed and chosen according to individual merit, space needs and time availability.  Each year, one of the proposals is awarded a funded studio which is provided rent free for up to three months.

FUNDED ARTIST RESIDENCY – One 150 square foot studio space is available for up to three months.  It includes basic work tables and shelving, access to an electric kiln for firing, shared workspace and public areas.  Does not include cost of firings or materials.  Additional space may be available and is awarded based on quality of project and studio availability.

A public presentation of completed artwork or project is required at conclusion of residency.  The studio is not generally open to the public but there are periodic public events, tours and visiting professionals.

APLLICATION DUE DATE – postmark February 1, 2014


February 1, 2014 | All applications will be reviewed by Project Art director, Leslie Ferrin along with current studio artists.  Artists will be selected on the basis of quality of work, ability to produce work in a group setting and potential for positive interaction with the professional arts community in the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley and Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts.

April 15, 2014 | Notification – accepted applicants will have two weeks to commit to attending the residency.

May 1, 2014 | Upon confirmation, a security deposit of $200 is due by May 1, 2014 refundable upon completion of residency and return of space to original condition.  Written cancellation more than 30 days before start date will result in return of 50% of deposit.

TO APPLY – our application package must include each of the following items. Incomplete packages will not be considered.

1. Completed application form.

2. $15 non-refundable application fee – payable by check or money order to Project Art. FEE WAIVED for 2014

3. Ten images of recent work in jpeg format on a CD. (images must be at least 72 dpi).  Do not submit images embedded in a program such as PowerPoint or as a .pdf file)

4. Image List stating Title, Medium and Size corresponding to the image file names.

5. Bio (100 words max.)

6. Artist Statement (500 words max.)

7. Curriculum Vitae

8. Two references with name and contact information.

9. Residency proposal letter stating your intended course of exploration during your residency and space requirements and desired time frame.  (500 word max)

Please include a hard copy as well as a digital file of all documents on a CD.

Click Here for Project Art Residency Application Form

Please mail or fax application to:

54 Main Street
Cummington, MA 01026

Contact:  Leslie Ferrin
Cell 413.446.0614
Fax: 413.634.8833

If you would like your materials returned, please provide SASE

7 thoughts on “Apply for Residency

  1. This is a wonderful opportunity for artistic growth. If it is possible, I would like to be on the housing list as I may provide a furnished apartment for these residents.

    1. I am an Australian artist working in Jingdezhen, China and will be showing my work in “The New Blue and White” show at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, February 2013. I show my work with Adrian Sassoon in London.

      I am interested in working in the US over the summer but don’t need a studio as I am simply an on-glaze painter.

      I would bring my own porcelain and colours with me and I would need access to a small electric kiln.

      So I would need only the accommodation with a work table. I don’t make any kind of mess.

      Also I have a fully equipped and lovely apartment with a beautiful view of the mountains in Jingdezhen that someone could use while I am away – there is no studio attached but I can easily arrange a space in the sculpture factory.

      Let me know your thoughts and best wishes,


      1. Robin – great to hear from you – I am quite familiar with your work, at least in photo form – in fact, it is on the front of the catalog that Steven Bowers gave to me when I came to Adelaide last fall. And, I looked for your work in person both there and then again in Miami, as our stand was across from Adrian’s. We’d love to have you work in Cummington next summer, in fact I’d invited Vipoo and Steven to consider visiting if they could get funding so they could see the New Blue & White exhibition before it closed. Let’s figure out a way to make this work for you.

        If you could fill out the application for the residency by Feb. 1 with the proposed dates and space needs, the budget you have to work with, we can then see how you fit with the others that come in. As of now, its a blank slate for 2013 so be as expansive as you like with your schedule.


  2. I live in Leominster area. I am looking for a place to Raku work; I would bring my portable kiln and work to glaze and fire. Also interested in a quiet spot to work on my new series I have started silkscreen and am about to add this to a new series. My studio is small and not heated during winter. I expect to have a show at Higgins gallery Worcester Art Museum in the spring of 2015. The Project Art would be the prep for that. Hope to complete an entry. Thanks Colette

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