Application Deadlines: MARCH 1 for August-November and OCTOBER 1 for April-July of the following year.
Disciplines: Theatre, Drawing & Painting, Media Art, Literature, Multi Media, Music and sound art, Sculpture
Duration: 2 weeks or 1 month from April to November annually
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 deliciousmix 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.
Individual rooms in shared house, The Millay Colony buildings are smoke free and animals are not invited except for aide dogs. There are visual arts studios, writing studios, and a composing studio.
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.
How to Apply
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.
Applicants apply to The Millay Colony using an Online portal at Submittable. The application for our next deadline, October 2016, will be up in early June: Click here for instructions. For the Online applicaiton, Click here.
Application submission via mail is also available. Click here to mail your application to the Millay Colony.
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.
A $35 (US dollars) fee or $50 for the Extended Deadline is required for both online application and mail in applications. The online portal links to PayPal and all others can use the DONATE button on our homepage.
NOTE: Transportation costs are the responsibility of the artist. The Colony does not pay any stipend or living allowance.
Selection of Residents
Applicants are recommended for a residency by juries of professional artists in the same discipline. The jury members change each year. After acceptance decicions have been made, we post the names and bios of our jurors on our Web site.
The Two-Week Residency: In order to accommodate artists who cannot partake of a month-long residency, we now offer two two-week sessions in June and September. These sessions function exactly as our longer sessions do, including private bedrooms/studios, and all meals.
The application process for the two-week residencies is the same as that for the month-long residencies. Applicants must note on their application form that they are looking for the two-week residency.
The Virtual Residency: The Millay Colony will award one Virtual Residency each year. This residency is specifically for working artists and/or artists with children who could benefit from the support of a residency in modified form. The ‘Virtual Resident’ can participate in one of The Millay Colony’s month-long residency on weekends or no less than four total days during that month at the colony and will receive a stipend of $1,000 to assist in securing time off/childcare/art supplies or other resources necessary to the making of new work.
The application process for the Virtual Residency is the same as that for the month-long residencies. Applicants will note on their application form that they are seeking a Virtual Residency.
The Group Residency: The Millay Colony awards two five-day Group Residency each year to a group of between three and seven collaborating artists. This is available to any artists groups, including but not only musicians and bands, publishing collectives, theater and dance troupes, galleries, etc.—or simply individuals collaborating on a project.
The basis for the application is work samples, a statement detailing the history of the collaboration or organization, and a project description describing proposed activities for the residency. The residency may be used to support the creation and dissemination of new or revived art works.