Artists Association of Nantucket


Artist-in-Residence Program

In 2015, the Artists Association of Nantucket launched an Artist-In-Residence Program. Residencies are available from November&ndashApril. As part of the residency program, artists will have the opportunity to work with AAN members, students, and the Nantucket community. We ask that residents consider sharing their experience with an artist talk open to the public, teaching a class or workshop, or an exhibition of work created while in residence at the Visual Arts Center. Some of these options may reduce the residency fee. Residents are welcome to join us for a minimum of two weeks, maximum of two months.

Living at the Visual Arts Center

The residence includes a furnished studio apartment, with a full size bed, kitchen and private bathroom. The VAC is located in the center of the island and

is convenient to all services. Bike paths are everywhere, and limited public transportation is available year round, but a car may be necessary for longer stays.

Private Studio

A private studio, 340 square feet, is provided and equipped with a table, easel, painting cart with palette, sink, and cleaning supplies. A printmaking studio is also available for shared use.


The applicant must be a practicing artist. Artists working in any medium are welcome to apply, though we are only able to accommodate 2-D artists in terms of equipment. While we do have facilities for clay handbuilding and wheelthrowing, we are not accepting ceramic residents at this time, but feel free to inquire. Photographers, textiles/fiber artists, mixed media artists, and lost wax jewelers are encouraged to apply.

A letter of intent should accompany the application that explains how the experience will be of benefit to you.

For those who wish to teach, previous teaching experience is required. Please give an outline or proposal of a sample of a workshop. Workshop length and details will be discussed upon acceptance to the residency.

We practice greener safety practices at the VAC. Please contact us with questions.

Residency Programme since: 2015
Description of Organisation:

OUR MISSION The mission of the Artists Association of Nantucket is to foster the visual arts on Nantucket. We create a vibrant arts community by promoting, supporting and encouraging the work of Nantucket artists, providing educational programs in the arts, and preserving the legacy of Nantucket artists. AAN HISTORY AAN was born of necessity. The art colony on island bloomed throughout the 1920s, grew into a staple of the 1930s, and faced a crisis in 1943 when the lone exhibition gallery closed. A visionary patron spearheaded the transformation of an abandoned whaling-era warehouse on Straight Wharf into a new gallery space by the summer of 1945. The core of the art scene, both artists and dedicated patrons, formed the association that year, and our dynamic mission of promoting island artists, providing art education, and collecting Nantucket&rsquos art history insured the art colony&rsquos future. During the decades that followed, AAN has showcased fine art in a range from projects by school-aged students to exceptional works by professionals. The association has developed a museum-quality collection of historical island art, built and expanded its educational reach with the construction of the Visual Arts Center, and provided a kick start for many generations of artists. As we approach our 75th year, AAN remains dedicated to supporting and promoting the visual arts and the artists of Nantucket.

Organisation founded in: 1945
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
  • Part of a Gallery/Museum
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 1
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Textile Art
  • Music
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Application process: Postal application
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: N/A
    Nearest Airport: Nantucket, Hyannis, Boston
    Nearest Train Station: Boston, MA and Providence, RI
    How to reach by plane: Logan airport in Boston is the nearest international airport. Direct plane service to Nantucket is available year round from Boston and Hyannis, MA.
    How to reach by train: No train service
    How to reach by car: Drive or public transportation to Hyannis, MA where ferries and planes travel to Nantucket Island.
    Street & Number: 24 Amelia Drive
    Postal Code: 2554
    City: Nantucket
    Country long: United-States
    24 Amelia Drive
    Nantucket 2554 USA
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