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Haystack provides opportunities to work both alone and with others.
The exploration of traditional and new materials and techniques is encouraged.

Haystack's Open Studio Residency

Haystack’s Open Studio Residency provides two weeks of studio time and an opportunity to work in a supportive community of makers. The program accommodates approximately 50 participants—from the craft field and other creative disciplines—who have uninterrupted time to work in six studios (ceramics, fiber, graphics, iron, metals, 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 do not leading workshops. If you are interested in learning specific skills, you may want to apply to one of Haystack's sessions.

The Open Studio Residency fosters a dynamic exchange of ideas among peers. The school’s fab lab is also 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 is 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.

The residency program is supported by Haystack’s Windgate Foundation Endowment for Programs. Other than the application fee, there is no charge to attend.


Deer Isle, Maine: United States

Deer Isle, Maine: United States Built on a cliff overlooking Jericho Bay in the Atlantic Ocean, Haystack’s campus is located on 40 quiet, wooded acres in the small island community of Deer Isle. The campus was designed in 1960 by noted architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, and in 1994 was awarded the American Institute of Architects Twenty-Five Year Award, one of only forty buildings in the United States to receive this distinction. In 2006 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The dramatic central stairway, cascading down to the swirling waters below, grabs your attention first. It is flanked on either side by weathered cedar-shingled studios, a spacious dining hall, and the student and faculty cabins. Standing at the top, one can view the white and pink granite shores along Merchants Row, an archipelago of 30 or 40 islands peppering the horizon. The 100-seat Gateway Auditorium is a central gathering place for lectures, performances and end-of-session auctions. Haystack’s library, rebuilt in 1997, holds over 1000 titles, including fine craft books, exhibition catalogs, art journals and scholarly monographs. Also on site is a well-equipped store that provides artists’ supplies and quality books.


  • Residency Length: Two weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 50
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 50
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 400


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Approximately three-quarters of participants—from the US and around the world—are selected through open competition and one-quarter are invited. Applicants must be 18 or older and criteria will include quality of work and ability to work in an intensive community.

  • Application deadline: March 01
  • Additional deadline info:
    Applications are available January 1, 2016. Deadline is March 1, 2016. The juried review will take place in late winter 2016. Please contact Haystack with any questions.

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
"The Haystack environment is a perfect place for new ideas." "The best aspect of this residency is the cross-pollination between studios." "What day is it? The weather has been beautiful the last few days, food is plentiful, studios are open 24 hours a day, and the makers that surround me are industrious. Haystack is a utopia where everyone is well fed and employed doing something they love." -- Harry Allen (three excerpts from 'Haystack Diary,' an article written by Harry Allen for MODERN magazine, Fall 2014).
"Amazing what happened in two short weeks - I was able to dig deep into a new line of inquiry in my own work. As that work plays out over the coming years it will carry the imprint of those in whose company it started - both through the conversations that were happening as we witnessed one another's progress and through the energetic lift that comes of working side by side with other makers whose commitment and intensity can't help but circulate." --Judith Leemann

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Shared bedroom
    Haystack’s campus offers a range of housing options. All of our cabins are simple, “camp-like” accommodations with electricity and twin beds. We have shared rooms, rooms with private bathrooms or rooms near central, shared bathrooms. We also have one 4-person room with a wheelchair accessible bathroom. Housing accommodations include: • Twin with bath • Quad with bath • Twin (near central washroom) • Triple (near central washroom) • Dorm (near central washroom)
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    All meals provided.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Handicapped accessible in many areas, including Gateway auditorium, campus store and library, dining hall and main deck, two ADA accessible studios, one 4-person room with a wheelchair accessible bathroom; and two lifts. Internet access - limited: There are two computers in the library with satellite service and while adequate for checking email they are often very slow for surfing or downloading. The library also has wireless access through the same connection for students who bring their own computers. On Island there are also some public wi-fi sites that we can suggest. Please contact Haystack with any questions.
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Ceramics / Pottery, Fiber arts, Fine metals / Jewelry making, Glass blowing, Heavy metals / Blacksmithing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    Graphics studio and digital fabrication lab (Fab Lab) also on site. Studios are open 24 hours during the residency and are staffed by Technical Assistants. 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 workshops.

Residency Fees

Application fee - $50; The program is designed to foster artistic exploration at the highest level, and those selected will attend for free - room, board, and meals are included. Residents are responsible for transportation to and from Haystack; materials and supplies; and shipping of works of art, materials, and personal property.

Stipends / other support

Haystack does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identification, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, economic status, or veteran status. All are welcome.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information

P.O. Box 518
89 Haystack School Drive
Deer Isle, Maine 04627
United States