Artist Residency

Artist Residency

Artist Residency

Main Street Arts offers three-week and seven-week artist residencies. Resident artists have access to one of two 200 square foot studio spaces located on our second floor. Artists interested in becoming a part of the Main Street Arts community should follow the application process below for consideration.

Our artist residency program is currently on hold until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Join our email list for monthly updates on programming and events.


Studio Only: $200 for 3 weeks or $450 for 7 weeks
Studio and Housing: $400 for 3 weeks or $900 for 7 weeks

  • 24 hour access to your studio
  • Option to show your work in the gallery
  • Ability to sell work in our online store
  • Contemporary art gallery (studios on second floor)
  • Electric Kiln–Amaco (Model: AH 25 SF) 7 cubic feet, front-loading
  • Electric potters wheel
  • Etching press (Jack Richeson & Co. 23” Large Press)
  • WiFi
  • Central Air and Heat
  • Common kitchen area with coffee pot, refrigerator, microwave, sink
  • Off street parking in private lot behind gallery
  • A private apartment 1.5 miles from the gallery (resident will require a car).
  • A private studio apartment half a mile from the gallery.
  • Both apartment options require a $200 security deposit, which is returned following a walk through of the apartment after the residency.
  • Submissions are reviewed and awarded quarterly
  • Awards will be granted based on quality of work
  • Residents have the opportunity to teach a workshop during their residency
Application Deadlines
  • October 31 for a residency during January, February, or March
  • January 31 for a residency during April, May, or June
  • April 30 for a residency during July, August, or September
  • July 31 for a residency during October, November, or December

Still Deciding?

Still have questions about the residency program at Main Street Arts? Curious to know what other artists have to say about their experiences at Main Street Arts?  Check out our FAQ and Resident Testimonial pages.

Our Current Residents:

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We currently do not have any Artist residents. Check back soon!

This residency is really nice because you structure it yourself, you set your own schedule, you have a key and 24/7 access. There’s another resident artist while you’re here which is great because you can interact with them, get to know them, critique each other’s work, make coffee for them! Clifton Springs and the Finger Lakes region are really beautiful—the sunsets and sunrises were breathtaking. The landscape and skies I saw during my residency will inform my oil paintings in the future. I visited Sonnenberg Gardens and went to the Corning Museum of Glass. Part of coming to a residency is to recharge, see a new land and explore what’s out there. If I had locked myself in my studio the whole time I don’t think I would have had the same experience.

Ali Herrmann
Artist in Residence, 2017

"The residency allowed me to try more things with my work. Sometimes when I am at home, I am afraid to make a mistake because I have such limited time to work. It gave me freedom to explore—make something I didn’t like, put it aside, start something else. I could push myself in different areas and try new things."

Emily Long
Artist in Residence, 2017
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