About the Residency

MMW+C is pleased to announce the return of its Book Artist in Residence Program for a fifth year. The residency is open to emerging and practicing book artists, letterpress printers, and photographers combining word and image. It is designed to help the chosen artist complete their proposed project by providing studio space, funding, housing, and the 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 polymer 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, materials support of up to $500, a travel stipend, meals on campus, and lovely accommodations overlooking Rockport harbor.

Dates: October 1-31, 2019

Selection will be based on the proposed project the artist plans to complete at Maine Media and their past work. Submissions will be juried by a panel of well-known 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. 

How To Apply

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 residency.

To apply, please send the following ELECTRONICALLY to [email protected], compressed into one folder labeled with the artist’s name

  • Artist Statement and CV
  • A one-page description of the project, including anticipated materials and studio 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)
The selection process

Applications will be accepted until midnight EST on Friday, May 31. Submissions will be juried by a panel of well-known artists and professionals in the field of book arts. Finalists from the first round of jurying will be notified by June 10, 2019 and will be asked to submit a maquette of their proposed book project (actual size, or, at minimum, two spreads with an example of how it will be bound) by June 23, 2019.  All applicants will be notified of final decisions via email by July 10, 2019. 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 photographic 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.