The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm is a program of Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) that actively connects the creative worlds of farming, conservation and the arts.

The purpose of the Fiore Art Center is to stimulate and advance the dialogue between human and environment within the context of agriculture and today’s culture at large. We hope to instill passion for preservation through the arts, create awareness and build community.

We do this through exhibitions and public educational events, through research and application of ecologically sustainable farming practices and by hosting residencies for artists on a historic farm. 

The Falcon Foundation – holders of the work of the late Joseph A. Fiore – generously supports our programs. Fiore was an artist and environmentalist. He and his wife Mary lived on a nearby farm in Jefferson, ME and supported MFT for many years. Much of Fiore’s art was donated to MFT and can be viewed at the Fiore Art Center.    

In 2019, we will be offering nine residency positions: six visual art residencies, one poetry residency, one performing arts residency and one academic writing residency.

*One of our visual arts residency placements is for an out-of-state artist, one for an international artist, and one for a Native American artist living in Maine.

**Please note that there are different applications forms if you are a member or non-member of Maine Farmland Trust.**

Please contact anna@mainefarmlandtrust.org with any technical questions or issues regarding your application.

DESCRIPTION OF RESIDENCY

The Visual Arts Residency is one month long, with 2 artists per month attending for July, August and September. It includes a private room with shared bathroom in the renovated farmhouse at Rolling Acres Farm, shared kitchen and living space, and a very basic private studio space in the barn with a large art table and easel.

Aside from a fellow visual artist, resident artists can expect to be sharing the house with a resident gardener and either a writer, or performer/interdisciplinary artist/musician. All residents have in common that their work relates to the land or the environment in some meaningful way.

The residents will have three shared dinners a month which will be attended by the residency directors and one or more guests from the art/creative/farming community (two dinners will be prepared by a local chef, one will be a potluck). At these gatherings, there will be opportunities for structured critiques by established artists. Beyond these shared dinners, residents will be responsible for all their own meals. 

Residents will receive a $1000 stipend and access to all the fresh food grown in the garden, on site. 

EXPECTATIONS

  • Residents will need to provide all art materials and equipment aside from the table and easel.
  • Residents will have to provide their own transportation to the residency, and while at the residency. Please be advised that this is a remote location, 15 min. by car from the nearest grocery and art supply store. There is no public transportation. (International / out-of-state artists: there is one bus per day from Portland, Maine, to Damariscotta, where we can pick you up. Carpools with fellow residents can usually be set up to get groceries).
  • Residents must develop at least one new piece of work, and provide evidence thereof, visually or in concept/writing. Also, residents are expected to be working on what they described in their application. We do not wish to block creative flow; however, residents should follow through with their proposal with the understanding that this proposal is what led them to be selected. We understand that this creative process may lead in new directions.
  • Residents must attend all three dinners, which include informal studio visits, and participate in weekly group check-ins as scheduled by the co-directors.
  • Residents are expected to participate in an open studio day at the end of their residency, to contribute a page to the residency journal during their stay, and to make at least one piece of work available for an exhibit in the following year.
  • Residents must reside at the Fiore Art Center during their entire residency. Day trips which enrich the residency experience are permitted, overight absences are not (with minimal exceptions granted for special circumstances, which must be disclosed beforehand).   

APPLICATION PROCESS

Three of our six visual arts residency placements will go to artists living in Maine. 

In addition, we have reserved three of our six residency placements for: 1 out-of-state artist, 1 international artist, and 1 Native American Maine artist. 

Artists at any career stage may apply, whether attending an art program or educational institution or already established in their career. (However, experience of previous residents has shown that an artist must be very comfortable being self-directed and in a more isolated area to enjoy this residency and reap its benefits.) 

We accept representational, non-objective and conceptual work in any 2D or 3D disciplines. Please note that our studios are not set up with any special equipment beyond a table, easel, and slop sink, and artists must bring their own materials and equipment.

Applications are to be submitted online and open December 1st, 2018, and close March 1st, 2019.

Applications are juried by a professional jury during the month of March. Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their work samples, their artist statement, and demonstration that their work has a relevant connection to the environment at large, or rural Maine/agriculture specifically. 

Notices will be mailed out in the first week of April, 2019.
 

DESCRIPTION OF RESIDENCY

The Visual Arts Residency is one month long, with 2 artists per month attending for July, August and September. It includes a private room with shared bathroom in the renovated farmhouse at Rolling Acres Farm, shared kitchen and living space, and a very basic private studio space in the barn with a large art table and easel.

Aside from a fellow visual artist, resident artists can expect to be sharing the house with a resident gardener and either a writer, or performer/interdisciplinary artist/musician. All residents have in common that their work relates to the land or the environment in some meaningful way.

The residents will have three shared dinners a month which will be attended by the residency directors and one or more guests from the art/creative/farming community (two dinners will be prepared by a local chef, one will be a potluck). At these gatherings, there will be opportunities for structured critiques by established artists. Beyond these shared dinners, residents will be responsible for all their own meals. 

Residents will receive a $1000 stipend and access to all the fresh food grown in the garden, on site. 

EXPECTATIONS

  • Residents will need to provide all art materials and equipment aside from the table and easel.
  • Residents will have to provide their own transportation to the residency, and while at the residency. Please be advised that this is a remote location, 15 min. by car from the nearest grocery and art supply store. There is no public transportation. (International / out-of-state artists: there is one bus per day from Portland, Maine, to Damariscotta, where we can pick you up. Carpools with fellow residents can usually be set up to get groceries).
  • Residents must develop at least one new piece of work, and provide evidence thereof, visually or in concept/writing. Also, residents are expected to be working on what they described in their application. We do not wish to block creative flow; however, residents should follow through with their proposal with the understanding that this proposal is what led them to be selected. We understand that this creative process may lead in new directions.
  • Residents must attend all three dinners, which include informal studio visits, and participate in weekly group check-ins as scheduled by the co-directors.
  • Residents are expected to participate in an open studio day at the end of their residency, to contribute a page to the residency journal during their stay, and to make at least one piece of work available for an exhibit in the following year.
  • Residents must reside at the Fiore Art Center during their entire residency. Day trips which enrich the residency experience are permitted, overight absences are not (with minimal exceptions granted for special circumstances, which must be disclosed beforehand).

APPLICATION PROCESS

Three of our six visual arts residency placements will go to artists living in Maine. 

In addition, we have reserved three of our six residency placements for: 1 out-of-state artist, 1 international artist, and 1 for a Native American Maine artist. 

Artists at any career stage may apply, whether attending an art program or educational institution or already established in their career. (However, experience of previous residents has shown that an artist must be very comfortable being self-directed and in a more isolated area to enjoy this residency and reap its benefits.) 

We accept representational, non-objective and conceptual work in any 2D or 3D disciplines. Please note that our studios are not set up with any special equipment beyond a table, easel, and slop sink, and artists must bring their own materials and equipment.

Applications are to be submitted online and open December 1st, 2018, and close March 1st, 2019.

Applications are juried by a professional jury during the month of March. Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their work samples, their artist statement, and demonstration that their work has a relevant connection to the environment at large, or rural Maine/agriculture specifically. 

Notices will be mailed out in the first week of April, 2019.


DESCRIPTION OF RESIDENCY

The Literary Arts Residency is one month long, and takes place in either July, August or September. This year, the focus of the residency is on poetry.

The residency includes a private room with shared bathroom in the renovated farmhouse at Rolling Acres Farm, shared kitchen and living space, and a writing space adjacent to the bedroom with a large desk and sofa – plus use of a lot of outdoor space. In addition, there is a small outbuilding which can be utilized as an outdoor writing space. 

Aside from two visual artists, the resident literary artist can expect to be sharing the house with a resident gardener. All residents have in common that their work relates to the land or the environment in some meaningful way.

The residents will have three shared dinners a month which will be attended by the residency directors and one or more guests from the art/creative/farming community (two dinners will be prepared by a local chef, one will be a potluck). At these gatherings, there will be opportunities for structured critiques by established artists. Beyond these shared dinners, residents will be responsible for all their own meals.

Residents will receive a $1000 stipend and access to all the fresh food grown in the garden, on site.

EXPECTATIONS

  • Residents will need to provide all materials and equipment needed for their residency (e.g. a laptop; there is Wifi in the house, but no printer. There is however a print shop in nearby Damariscotta).
  • Residents will have to provide their own transportation to the residency, and while at the residency. Please be advised that this is a remote location, 15 min. by car from the nearest grocery and art supply store. There is no public transportation. 
  • Residents must develop at least one new piece of work, and provide evidence thereof, visually or in concept/writing. Also, residents are expected to be working on what they described in their application. We do not wish to block creative flow; however, residents should follow through with their proposal with the understanding that this proposal is what led them to be selected. We understand that this creative process may lead in new directions.
  • Residents must attend all three dinners, which include informal studio visits, and participate in weekly group check-ins as scheduled by the co-directors.
  • Residents are expected to participate in an open studio day at the end of their residency, to contribute a page to the residency journal during their stay, and to make at least one piece of work available (or documentation thereof) for an exhibit in the following year.
  • Residents must reside at the Fiore Art Center during their entire residency. Day trips which enrich the residency experience are permitted, overight absences are not (with minimal exceptions granted for special circumstances, which must be disclosed beforehand). 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants living in Maine, in the relevant category may apply: Poetry (focus for 2019).

Writers at any career stage may apply, whether attending a literary arts program or educational institution or already established in their career. (However, experience of previous residents has shown that a resident must be very comfortable being self-directed and in a more isolated area to enjoy this residency and reap its benefits.) 

Applications are to be submitted online and open December 1st, 2018, and close March 1st, 2019.

Applications are juried by a professional jury during the month of March. Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their work samples, their artist statement, and demonstration that their work has a relevant connection to the environment at large, or rural Maine/agriculture specifically. 

Notices will be mailed out in the first week of April, 2019.   

DESCRIPTION OF RESIDENCY

The Literary Arts Residency is one month long, and takes place in either July, August or September. This year, the focus of the residency is on poetry.

The residency includes a private room with shared bathroom in the renovated farmhouse at Rolling Acres Farm, shared kitchen and living space, and a writing space adjacent to the bedroom with a large desk and sofa – plus use of a lot of outdoor space. In addition, there is a small outbuilding which can be utilized as an outdoor writing space. 

Aside from two visual artists, the resident literary artist can expect to be sharing the house with a resident gardener. All residents have in common that their work relates to the land or the environment in some meaningful way.

The residents will have three shared dinners a month which will be attended by the residency directors and one or more guests from the art/creative/farming community (two dinners will be prepared by a local chef, one will be a potluck). At these gatherings, there will be opportunities for structured critiques by established artists. Beyond these shared dinners, residents will be responsible for all their own meals.

Residents will receive a $1000 stipend and access to all the fresh food grown in the garden, on site.

EXPECTATIONS

  • Residents will need to provide all materials and equipment needed for their residency (e.g. a laptop; there is Wifi in the house, but no printer. There is however a print shop in nearby Damariscotta).
  • Residents will have to provide their own transportation to the residency, and while at the residency. Please be advised that this is a remote location, 15 min. by car from the nearest grocery and art supply store. There is no public transportation. 
  • Residents must develop at least one new piece of work, and provide evidence thereof, visually or in concept/writing. Also, residents are expected to be working on what they described in their application. We do not wish to block creative flow; however, residents should follow through with their proposal with the understanding that this proposal is what led them to be selected. We understand that this creative process may lead in new directions.
  • Residents must attend all three dinners, which include informal studio visits, and participate in weekly group check-ins as scheduled by the co-directors.
  • Residents are expected to participate in an open studio day at the end of their residency, to contribute a page to the residency journal during their stay, and to make at least one piece of work available (or documentation thereof) for an exhibit in the following year.
  • Residents must reside at the Fiore Art Center during their entire residency. Day trips which enrich the residency experience are permitted, overight absences are not (with minimal exceptions granted for special circumstances, which must be disclosed beforehand). 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants living in Maine, in the relevant category may apply: Poetry (focus for 2019).

Writers at any career stage may apply, whether attending a literary arts program or educational institution or already established in their career. (However, experience of previous residents has shown that a resident must be very comfortable being self-directed and in a more isolated area to enjoy this residency and reap its benefits.) 

Applications are to be submitted online and open December 1st, 2018, and close March 1st, 2019.

Applications are juried by a professional jury during the month of March. Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their work samples, their artist statement, and demonstration that their work has a relevant connection to the environment at large, or rural Maine/agriculture specifically. 

Notices will be mailed out in the first week of April, 2019.  


DESCRIPTION OF RESIDENCY

The Performing/Interdisciplinary Arts Residency is one month long, and takes place in either July, August or September. 

It includes a private room with shared bathroom in the renovated farmhouse at Rolling Acres Farm, shared kitchen and living space, and a writing/drawing space adjacent to the bedroom with a large desk and sofa – plus use of a lot of outdoor space. There is no designated studio space with special equipment or stage. However, there is a small outbuilding which can be utilized creatively. This residency is specifically designed for an artist who is interested in creating work within the natural environment.

Aside from two visual artists, the resident performing/interdisciplinary artist can expect to be sharing the house with a resident gardener. All residents have in common that their work relates to the land or the environment in some meaningful way.

The residents will have three shared dinners a month which will be attended by the residency directors and one or more guests from the art/creative/farming community (two dinners will be prepared by a local chef, one will be a potluck). At these gatherings, there will be opportunities for structured critiques by established artists. Beyond these shared dinners, residents will be responsible for all their own meals. 

Residents will receive a $1000 stipend and access to all the fresh food grown in the garden, on site. 

EXPECTATIONS

  • Residents will need to provide all materials and equipment needed for their residency.
  • Residents will have to provide their own transportation to the residency, and while at the residency. Please be advised that this is a remote location, 15 min. by car from the nearest grocery and art supply store. There is no public transportation. 
  • Residents must develop at least one new piece of work, and provide evidence thereof, visually or in concept/writing. Also, residents are expected to be working on what they described in their application. We do not wish to block creative flow; however, residents should follow through with their proposal with the understanding that this proposal is what led them to be selected. We understand that this creative process may lead in new directions.
  • Residents must attend all three dinners, which include informal studio visits, and participate in weekly group check-ins as scheduled by the co-directors.
  • Residents are expected to participate in an open studio day at the end of their residency, to contribute a page to the residency journal during their stay, and to make at least one piece of work available (or documentation thereof) for an exhibit in the following year.
  • Residents must reside at the Fiore Art Center during their entire residency. Day trips which enrich the residency experience are permitted, overight absences are not (with minimal exceptions granted for special circumstances, which must be disclosed beforehand). 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants living in Maine, in the following categories may apply:

Performing Arts, Dance/Movement, Storytelling, Interdisciplinary Arts.

Please note that there is no designated studio space with special equipment or stage. 

Artists at any career stage may apply, whether attending an art program or educational institution or already established in their career. (However, experience of previous residents has shown that an artist must be very comfortable being self-directed and in a more isolated area to enjoy this residency and reap its benefits.) 

Applications are to be submitted online and open December 1st, 2018, and close March 1st, 2019.

Applications are juried by a professional jury during the month of March. Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their work samples, their artist statement, and demonstration that their work has a relevant connection to the environment at large, or rural Maine/agriculture specifically. 

Notices will be mailed out in the first week of April, 2019.

DESCRIPTION OF RESIDENCY

The Performing/Interdisciplinary Arts Residency is one month long, and takes place in either July, August or September. 

It includes a private room with shared bathroom in the renovated farmhouse at Rolling Acres Farm, shared kitchen and living space, and a writing/drawing space adjacent to the bedroom with a large desk and sofa – plus use of a lot of outdoor space. There is no designated studio space with special equipment or stage. However, there is a small outbuilding which can be utilized creatively. This residency is specifically designed for an artist who is interested in creating work within the natural environment.

Aside from two visual artists, the resident performing/interdisciplinary artist can expect to be sharing the house with a resident gardener. All residents have in common that their work relates to the land or the environment in some meaningful way.

The residents will have three shared dinners a month which will be attended by the residency directors and one or more guests from the art/creative/farming community (two dinners will be prepared by a local chef, one will be a potluck). At these gatherings, there will be opportunities for structured critiques by established artists. Beyond these shared dinners, residents will be responsible for all their own meals. 

Residents will receive a $1000 stipend and access to all the fresh food grown in the garden, on site.

EXPECTATIONS

  • Residents will need to provide all materials and equipment needed for their residency.
  • Residents will have to provide their own transportation to the residency, and while at the residency. Please be advised that this is a remote location, 15 min. by car from the nearest grocery and art supply store. There is no public transportation. 
  • Residents must develop at least one new piece of work, and provide evidence thereof, visually or in concept/writing. Also, residents are expected to be working on what they described in their application. We do not wish to block creative flow; however, residents should follow through with their proposal with the understanding that this proposal is what led them to be selected. We understand that this creative process may lead in new directions.
  • Residents must attend all three dinners, which include informal studio visits, and participate in weekly group check-ins as scheduled by the co-directors.
  • Residents are expected to participate in an open studio day at the end of their residency, to contribute a page to the residency journal during their stay, and to make at least one piece of work available (or documentation thereof) for an exhibit in the following year.
  • Residents must reside at the Fiore Art Center during their entire residency. Day trips which enrich the residency experience are permitted, overight absences are not (with minimal exceptions granted for special circumstances, which must be disclosed beforehand). 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants living in Maine, in the following categories may apply:

Performing Arts, Dance/Movement, Storytelling, Interdisciplinary Arts.

Please note that there is no designated studio space with special equipment or stage. 

Artists at any career stage may apply, whether attending an art program or educational institution or already established in their career. (However, experience of previous residents has shown that an artist must be very comfortable being self-directed and in a more isolated area to enjoy this residency and reap its benefits.) 

Applications are to be submitted online and open December 1st, 2018, and close March 1st, 2019.

Applications are juried by a professional jury during the month of March. Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their work samples, their artist statement, and demonstration that their work has a relevant connection to the environment at large, or rural Maine/agriculture specifically. 

Notices will be mailed out in the first week of April, 2019. 

DESCRIPTION OF RESIDENCY

The Academic Writing Residency is one month long, and takes place in either July, August or September. This residency is for applicants living in New England, who are in the writing stages of an academic paper or dissertation focusing on subject matter related to Maine Farmland Trust’s mission, and would benefit from an extended period to focus exclusively on their project. Subjects of focus could include: 

· Farmland protection, access, and transfer

· Farm viability

· Food systems

· Agro-ecology

· Soil health

· Climate change and agriculture

The residency includes a private room with shared bathroom in the renovated farmhouse at Rolling Acres Farm, shared kitchen and living space, and a writing space adjacent to the bedroom with a large desk and sofa – plus use of a lot of outdoor space. In addition, there is a small outbuilding which can be utilized as an outdoor writing space. 

Aside from two visual artists, the academic writing resident can expect to be sharing the house with a resident gardener. All residents have in common that their work relates to the land or the environment in some meaningful way.

The residents will have three shared dinners a month, which will be attended by the residency directors and one or more guests from the art/creative/farming community (two dinners will be prepared by a local chef, one will be a potluck). Beyond these shared dinners, residents will be responsible for all their own meals.

Residents will receive a $1000 stipend and access to all the fresh food grown in the garden, on site.

EXPECTATIONS

  • Residents will need to provide all materials and equipment needed for their residency (e.g. a laptop; there is Wifi in the house, but no printer. There is however a print shop in nearby Damariscotta).
  • Residents will have to provide their own transportation to the residency, and while at the residency. Please be advised that this is a remote location, 15 min. by car from the nearest grocery store. There is no public transportation. 
  • Residents must further their academic writing while at the residency, and provide evidence thereof. Also, residents are expected to be working on what they described in their application. We do not wish to block creative flow; however, residents should follow through with their proposal with the      understanding that this proposal is what led them to be selected. We understand that this creative process may lead in new directions.
  • Residents must attend all three dinners (which include informal studio visits for artists, and sharing of work for other residents) and participate in weekly group check-ins as scheduled by the co-directors.
  • Residents are expected to participate in an open studio day at the end of their residency (which for the academic writing resident, could be a public presentation of an excerpt or summary of their writing), to contribute a page to the residency journal during their stay, and to make at least one piece of work available (or documentation/summary thereof) for an exhibit in the following year.
  • Residents must reside at the Fiore Art Center during their entire residency. Day trips which enrich the residency experience are permitted, overnight absences are not (with minimal exceptions granted for special circumstances, which must be disclosed beforehand). 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants living in New England may apply.

Academics at any career stage may apply, whether attending an educational institution or already established in their career. (However, experience of previous residents has shown that a resident must be very comfortable being self-directed and in a more isolated area to enjoy this residency and reap its benefits.) 

Applications are to be submitted online and open December 5th, 2018, and close March 1st, 2019.

Applications are juried by a professional jury during the month of March. Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their work samples, their application statement, and demonstration that their work has a relevant connection to Maine Farmland Trust’s mission at large, or the areas of interest specified above. 

Notices will be mailed out in the first week of April, 2019.

DESCRIPTION OF RESIDENCY

The Academic Writing Residency is one month long, and takes place in either July, August or September. This residency is for applicants living in New England, who are in the writing stages of an academic paper or dissertation focusing on subject matter related to Maine Farmland Trust’s mission, and would benefit from an extended period to focus exclusively on their project. Subjects of focus could include: 

 · Farmland protection, access, and transfer
· Farm viability
· Food systems
· Agro-ecology
· Soil health
· Climate change and agriculture

The residency includes a private room with shared bathroom in the renovated farmhouse at Rolling Acres Farm, shared kitchen and living space, and a writing space adjacent to the bedroom with a large desk and sofa – plus use of a lot of outdoor space. In addition, there is a small outbuilding which can be utilized as an outdoor writing space. 

Aside from two visual artists, the academic writing resident can expect to be sharing the house with a resident gardener. All residents have in common that their work relates to the land or the environment in some meaningful way.

The residents will have three shared dinners a month, which will be attended by the residency directors and one or more guests from the art/creative/farming community (two dinners will be prepared by a local chef, one will be a potluck). Beyond these shared dinners, residents will be responsible for all their own meals.

Residents will receive a $1000 stipend and access to all the fresh food grown in the garden, on site.


EXPECTATIONS 

  • Residents will need to provide all materials and equipment needed for their residency (e.g. a laptop; there is Wifi in the house, but no printer. There is however a print shop in nearby Damariscotta).
  • Residents will have to provide their own transportation to the residency, and while at the residency. Please be advised that this is a remote location, 15 min. by car from the nearest grocery store. There is no public transportation. 
  • Residents must further their academic writing while at the residency, and provide evidence thereof. Also, residents are expected to be working on what they described in their application. We do not wish to block creative flow; however, residents should follow through with their proposal with the      understanding that this proposal is what led them to be selected. We understand that this creative process may lead in new directions.
  • Residents must attend all three dinners (which include informal studio visits for artists, and sharing of work for other residents) and participate in weekly group check-ins as scheduled by the co-directors.
  • Residents are expected to participate in an open studio day at the end of their residency (which for the academic writing resident, could be a public presentation of an excerpt or summary of their writing), to contribute a page to the residency journal during their stay, and to make at least one piece of work available (or documentation/summary thereof) for an exhibit in the following year.
  • Residents must reside at the Fiore Art Center during their entire residency. Day trips which enrich the residency experience are permitted, overnight absences are not (with minimal exceptions granted for special circumstances, which must be disclosed beforehand). 


APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants living in New England may apply.

Academics at any career stage may apply, whether attending an educational institution or already established in their career. (However, experience of previous residents has shown that a resident must be very comfortable being self-directed and in a more isolated area to enjoy this residency and reap its benefits.) 

Applications are to be submitted online and open December 5th, 2018, and close March 1st, 2019.

Applications are juried by a professional jury during the month of March. Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their work samples, their application statement, and demonstration that their work has a relevant connection to Maine Farmland Trust’s mission at large, or the areas of interest specified above

Notices will be mailed out in the first week of April, 2019.