Maine Media Book Artist in Residence

Please note: The Maine Media Book Artist in Residence program application process will be temporarily suspended for 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The application process will be reopened in 2022.


MMW+C is pleased to announce the return of its Book Artist in Residence Program. The residency is open to emerging and practicing book artists, letterpress printers, and photographers combining word and image. The residency is designed to help the chosen artist complete their proposed, project in an edition by providing studio space, funding, housing, and support of a curious, interdisciplinary arts community.

The Book Artist in Residence has unlimited access to our dedicated book arts studio, which includes two Vandercook presses (a Universal I and a Universal III), a photopolymer plate maker, and bindery equipment. The studio is also adjacent to our alternative process photography lab, a center of activity for students working with a wide range of historic techniques. The selected artist is an important part of the vibrant community of students and faculty at Maine Media Workshops + College, hosting open studio hours, demonstrations, and presenting one or more lectures about their work.

The residency includes a weekly stipend of $350 for the four week residency, materials and expense support of up to $500, meals on campus, and accommodations overlooking Rockport harbor a short drive from campus. Dates of the residency are from October 1-31.

Selection is a two step process and is based on the proposed project the artist proposes to complete at Maine Media and past work. Submissions will be juried by a panel of artists and professionals in the field of book arts. We would particularly welcome an artist whose project incorporates digital or analog photography with the printed word in an innovative book form. 


For future applications, the process is as follows:

To apply, please send the following ELECTRONICALLY to the chair of the book arts program via email [email protected], as a compressed folder labeled with the artist’s name

  • Artist Statement and CV
  • A one-page description of the project, including anticipated materials and studio equipment needs
  • A materials budget
  • Ten images of recent work, along with short descriptions of the work (images should be 72 pixels per inch | 800 pixels on the longest side | jpeg format | Adobe RGB 1998 color space)


Submissions will be juried by a panel of artists and professionals in the field of photography and book arts. Finalists from the first round of jurying will be asked to submit a maquette of their proposed book project to be received at Maine Media. The maquette should be an actual size representation, or, at minimum, two spreads with an example of how it will be bound. All applicants will then be notified of final decisions via email. Selection will be based on the proposed project and past work.  

As an institution dedicated to interdisciplinary pursuits among the fields of photography, film, book arts, and writing, we encourage projects that combine artistic images with the printed word in innovative book forms. We ask that the recipient of the Book Artist in Residence donate two pieces from the edition / residency to the Maine Media Gallery, one for our permanent collection and one to benefit our scholarship fund. The Book Artist in Residence will also be asked to give a public lecture on their work, in addition to hosting several open studio events for the community.


Please feel free to email [email protected] with any questions about this residency and/or the application process.