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Emerging and experienced artists from around the world participate in Arts on Main’s Artist in Residence program. Sponsored by the Cook Foundation, invited artists come to Gloucester to enjoy deeply focused time to explore, to experiment, and to work independently. “We find artists who need a break in their routine. We offer them time and space at a beautiful setting in Gloucester, where they can work on their art however they choose, and, in return, every resident artist shares a creative encounter with Gloucester,” said Mollie Stewart, Director of the Artist in Residence program for Arts On Main.
Establishing an artists in residency program in Gloucester is the realization of a dream of Adrianne Ryder Cook Joseph, founder and president of the Cook Foundation. “Gloucester’s surroundings are exceptional in their beauty, tranquility and authenticity. By sharing our unique environment with artists from around the world, we hope to nourish the creativity of artists from all disciplines. The interaction of these artists with our community will, in turn, stimulate our own creativity, grow our artistic community, and develop our reputation as an arts center,” explained Joseph.
Residency periods range from 2 to 12 weeks and artists partner with Arts on Main for community engagement events. “We look forward to encouraging these artists with the support of the local community and engagement in events hosted by Arts on Main, such as demonstrations, talks, workshops or performances,” said Betsy Henderson, Executive Director of Arts on Main.
Residencies are available on an invitational basis. The Director invites artists to submit applications for consideration. Selection is based on two evaluations: how a residencey in Gloucester might benefit the artist; and how the artist proposes to share some creative part of themselves with this community. Residencies are open to artists 25 years and older who are not local residents. Students seeking a college degree at the time of application are not eligible.