deadline: Oct 1, 2016
The Millay Colony for the Arts offers a core program of one-month and two-week residencies to six visual artists, writers and composers each month between the months of April and November. We also offer a select number of group residencies for collaborating artists and virtual residencies for artists who can’t spend prolonged amounts of time away from home. Nurturing the work of artists of all ages, from a range of cultures and communities, and in all stages of their artistic career, we offer comfortable private bedrooms, private studio spaces and ample time to work in a quiet, pastoral atmosphere.
We are deliberately small in size and we do not emphasize events or production goals. We believe we can offer artists nothing more precious than the chance to work, and we provide everything an artist needs to organize her time for maximum productivity. The Colony does not oblige residents to participate in any events, nor are residents required to share or donate work.
Our campus is located on the property where the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay lived at the height of her literary career, starting in the 1920s. We have a seven-acre campus with meadows and forest in Austerlitz, New York, adjacent to the former Millay home and gardens and the exquisite Harvey Mountain State Forest. Our residents have access to trails for hiking and bicycles, as well as meadows for picnics (with wild blueberry, wild thyme and a delicious mix of plants and flowers) and creeks and streams for cooling off. In the Winter, residents may choose to go cross-country skiing.
The closest town to us is Chatham, New York—about 8 miles away. Chatham has a number of good restaurants, a movie theater, a bookstore, a cafe, and other shops and amenities. Great Barrington, MA is about 12 miles away and is a big Berkshire town with all the trimmings.
Our chef cooks healthy dinners and also provides food for residents to cook their own day-time meals. We are happy to respond to food allergies as well as vegetarian, vegan and other diets. We have a barbecue for outdoor grilling and get-togethers.
Each resident is given a private room and spacious studio in our Steepletop Barn or Main Building. The Steepletop Barn has four bedrooms and four studios with beautiful meadow and mountain views. The Main Building was featured in the July ’98 issue of Architectural Record for its sleek look and commitment to universal access. This building contains two residency suites, studios and common areas open to all residents, including the kitchen, dining and living areas, and a laundry room. All are fully accessible to artists with disabilities.The Main House also has a darkroom with photography equipment, a Yamaha U1 upright piano, a large collection of art books, a general library, a public kitchen, lounges, public telephone, wireless Internet access, and laundry. In our adjacent offices, we have a fax machine, copier, computer and printer which residents may use. Our spacious grounds have outdoor furniture, a barbecue and wonderful views of the Berkshire Mountains.
The Millay Colony does not provide artists’ supplies. We request that residents bring earphones if they wish to listen to music.
Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by one of our deadlines, either October 1 or March 1st. All residents are judged anonymously by a panel of artists in their field. We aim to make the jury process as transparent and “fair” as possible. You can read about past juries on our Juries page. Please visit out Application Page for more information.
Status of all applications are emailed out either late January for the October 1st deadline, or mid-May for the March 1st deadline.
For more information, please email or call our Residency Director Calliope Nicholas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-392-3103.