Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Name of Residency: Open Studio Residency

Haystack’s Open Studio Residency fosters a dynamic exchange of ideas among peers and provides two weeks of studio time and an opportunity to work in a supportive community of makers and those selected attend for free. The program supports approximately 50 participants—from the craft field and other creative disciplines—who have uninterrupted time to work in six studios (ceramics, fiber, graphics, iron, jewelry, and wood) to develop ideas and experiment in various media. Participants can choose to work in one particular studio or move among them depending on the nature of their work. All of the studios are staffed by technicians who can assist with projects. Please note that technicians will not be leading workshops. If you are interested in learning specific skills, you may want to apply to one of our sessions.

The Haystack Fab Lab will also be open, providing an opportunity for experimentation with digital fabrication as a way for residents to augment and complement their creative practices. In addition to open studios, there will be time for participants to share work and discuss ideas across disciplines. Residents include established and emerging artists working in a range of visual art and craft media.

Residency Programme since: 2013
Description of Organisation:

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, founded in 1950, was created as a research and studio program in the arts with an original mission to teach fine craftsmanship, develop latent or inherent creative ability, and carry on research and development in connection with the crafts. Over the years, the vision was refined to include the investigation of craft in an aesthetic climate, honoring tradition while acknowledging the rich potential of contemporary visual art.

The school supports lifelong learning in the arts by offering outreach, experiential learning, and professional development opportunities in a world-class intensive learning environment. People come to Haystack to develop and discover skills, to nurture their creativity, to ask questions, to reassess their work, and to push into the unknown. Haystack&rsquos core programs are its two-week residency and summer sessions. These programs are held between May and September. Participants are 18 and older. In the workshops, skill levels range from beginners to advanced professionals. In 2013 the six summer workshop sessions were attended by 484 students, from 46 states and 19 countries and another 1,000 or more visitors attend events, lectures, auctions, tours of our award-winning campus, and exhibitions.

Since its founding in 1950 as a research and studio program in the arts, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts has been on the cutting-edge of craft exploration and research. Haystack&rsquos formative role in craft education was recognized in 1987 when the American Craft Council gave the school its Gold Medal Institutional Award citing its &ldquotrailblazing leadership&rdquo and &ldquolongtime service&rdquo in education.

Haystack also functions as a &lsquothink-tank&rsquo in looking at craft&mdashpublishing annual monographs, and organizing retreats, conferences, and symposia that examine craft making in broader contexts. These include collaborations with other institutions like the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

In addition to the exceptional setting, Haystack provides twenty-four hour access to the studios, and its small scale fosters a collegial atmosphere. Many national and international craftspeople, who are leaders in their field, have taught or studied at Haystack. Textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen glass artists Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapietra choreographer Liz Lerman blacksmith and designer Tom Joyce potters M. C. Richards and Toshiko Takaezu weaver Anni Albers metalsmiths Arline Fisch and Robert Ebendorf are among the renowned figures whose work and ideas were also influenced by their involvement with the school.

Organisation founded in: 1950
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
Working Languages:
  • English
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
Number of studios: between 5 and 10
Number of artists in residence at one time: more than 20
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Textile Art
  • Music
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Library/research resources
  • Ceramic facilities
  • Welding tools
  • Woodworking tools
  • Metalworking tools
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Technical assistance
  • Networking
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Application process: Digital application
Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: Yes
Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: No
Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
Expenses paid by the artist:
  • Travel
  • Supplies
Expenses paid by the organisation:
  • Food
Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
  • No requirements
Other activities happening at the space:
  • Presentation
  • Exhibition
  • Open Studios
Selection process: By committee
Setting: Rural
Nearest Airport: Bangor, Maine US
Nearest Train Station: N/A
How to reach by plane: Maine airports most used are in Portland and Bangor. Haystack can help arrange taxi service to and from the airport. Please contact Haystack for specific travel options and suggestions.
How to reach by train: Please contact Haystack for specific travel options and suggestions.
How to reach by car: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts campus is located in mid-coast Maine on Deer Isle in the US. Haystack is approximately 250 miles North of Boston, Massachusetts 160 miles from Portland, Maine and 70 miles from Bangor, Maine. Deer Isle is connected to the mainland by a bridge over the Eggemoggin Reach.
Street & Number: 89 Haystack School Drive
Postal Code: 04627
City: Deer Isle
Country long: United-States
89 Haystack School Drive
Deer Isle 04627 ME USA
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