Founded in 2013 and now in its eighth year, The StudioWorks Artist-in-Residence Program at the Tides Institute & Museum of Art (TIMA) offers residency opportunities to visual artists from the U.S. and abroad to deepen and develop their practice within a community setting. Our studios, museum, and housing are located within the historic downtown and working waterfront of Eastport, Maine and overlook the U.S./Canada boundary. TIMA’s downtown StudioWorks building contains private studios, common work areas, and a ground floor printmaking and letterpress studio. TIMA is also developing a nearby larger scale North Church Project Space which provides additional studio workspace and exhibition opportunities.
The StudioWorks program mission, supported by two national awards from ARTPLACE and many additional funders, is to place the arts in the center of the community, utilizing the arts and artists to foster, engage, and create a vital and vibrant downtown. A StudioWorks residency provides an artist with a unique experience to play an active role in our creative community and region through socially engaged projects, educational outreach or public programming. Since 2013, 57 artists from 17 different states and three foreign countries have participated in the program.
Duration of residency
Most residencies are for 4 weeks. We also offer 2-week terms for those with commitments that prevent them from coming for a longer term. Each year we offer 8-week terms for residencies with a focus on art education and outreach in the community.
Artists stay in either a private apartment or a private bed with private bath in a shared house.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Visual artists may apply, and we welcome applications from artists working in any media. Our studios are set up with basic equipment, and there is a printmaking/letterpress studio on site. We have basic tools and studio supplies for artists but do not have specialized equipment (kiln, etc.). Our studios are centered in the community.
Tools, Equipment, and Supplies Available:
The StudioWorks Artist-in-Residence Program has basic shop and hand tools for artists
to use, including a jigsaw, circular saw, portable drill, hammers, etc. Other tools and
supplies include an iron, ironing board, studio blender, studio hot pot, hot plate,
portable electric 2-burner stove and extension cords/power strips. Supplies may need to
be shared with other artists-in-residence.
StudioWorks print studio equipment:
Custom-designed etching press (Peter Lindenmuth/Hyman Bloom) (24”x 48”);
Vandercook No. 4 letterpress; Ettan etching press (12”x 24”); Sigwalt tabletop letterpress
(6”x 9”); Line-O Scribe tabletop letterpress; Nolan tabletop proof press. Miscellaneous
collection of wood and metal type, inks, screen printing frames, and other printmakingrelated
tools and supplies. Full inventory list available to accepted artists.
Studio / Workspace
Artists are provided with private studios.
Ground-floor private studio and separate print studio: each approx. 450 sq. ft. Shared ground
floor accessible bathroom. Second-floor common area, shared kitchenette and
laundry and second bathroom.
Studios may be equipped, as needed/desired, with stainless steel or folding tables,
folding chairs, stools, portable desk lamps, clip-on lights. A sink is in each studio. Studio
walls are sheet-rocked and primed, but not finished with final paint coat. Wireless
internet and landline telephone are provided.
North Church Project Space Facility:
Ground-floor private studio, approx. 500 sq. ft. Studio is equipped with folding tables,
wood workbenches on casters, shop sink. Studio has concrete floors and plaster walls,
and south-facing windows.
Fees and support
There is no cost for the StudioWorks Artist-in-Residence Program. Artists are provided with a stipend, $2,000 USD for a 4-week term; pro-rated for other term lengths.
Expectations towards the artist
StudioWorks artists-in-residence are challenged to engage the community in some way during their stay. For example, artists may use community input as a point of inspiration or for feedback to work in progress, with information gathered during open studio events, surveys, etc.; artists may create site-specific installations in their studios with collaboratively made components; artists may offer workshops or educational opportunities; use items from the collections of the museum as research materials for work to be created and shared with the public.
StudioWorks is committed to the community and our central downtown location is key to making studios open for public engagement. Artists are expected to schedule open hours during their residency term, in addition to giving an artist talk/hosting an open house during their last week in residence. These details will be reviewed with artists-in-residence before their term begins.
Artists who seek solitude and privacy may not be well suited to the StudioWorks program.