We now offer two chances to apply annually:
March 1 and October 1
Next Application Deadline: March 1, 2016
Each year Millay Colony invites 52 visual artists, writers and composers for a colony residency. Residents are chosen anonymously by a panel of jurors in each discipline. The application process is competitive and based solely on on the merit of the artist statement and work sample. Past jurors and their bios can be viewed on our Juries page. An article on the jury process can also be found in our Spring 2008 newsletter.
We look to make our programs accessible to as many artists as possible. Toward that end, we offer Month-long Residencies, Two-week Residencies in June & September, Virtual Residencies, and Group Residencies.
The Millay Colony accepts residents on the basis of artistic merit. Our admissions policy does not discriminate with regard to race, sex, sexual preference, religion, marital status, disability or nation of origin.
How to Apply
Online Application for 2016 Residency Season: Click here for instructions.
Note: Application submissions via mail also available. Click here to mail your application to the Millay Colony.
Applications questions can be emailed to:
Calliope Nicholas, Residency Director at 518 392-3103.
A $35 (US dollars) fee or $50 for the Extended Deadline is required for both online application and mail in applications. Click here to apply online.
NOTE: Those invited to The Millay Colony are not required to pay a residency fee. Room, board, and studio space are provided. Transportation costs are the responsibility of the artist. The Colony does not pay any stipend or living allowance.
Selection of Artists
Applicants are recommended for a residency by juries of professional artists in the same discipline. The jury members change each year. After acceptance decicions have been made, we post the names and bios of our jurors on our Web site.
Notifications are sent out by mid-January for the October deadline and mid-May for the March deadline. We can not let applicants know the status of their application ahead of time.
The Millay Colony welcomes multidisciplinary groups of seven artists each for one-month residencies between the months of April - November.
The Two-Week Residency
In order to accommodate artists who cannot partake of a month-long residency, we are now offering two two-week sessions in June and September, for up to seven artists per session. These sessions function exactly as our popular longer sessions do, highlighted by private bedrooms, private studios, and all meals.
The application process for the two-week residencies is the same as that for the month-long residencies. Applicants will note on their application form that they are looking for the two-week residency.
The Virtual Residency
Millay Colony will award one Virtual Residency each year. This residency is specifically for working artists and/or artists with children and/or artists who depend on specialized equipment who cannot spend prolonged time away from home but could benefit from the support of a residency in modified form. The 'Virtual Resident' can participate in one of The Millay Colony's month-long residency on weekends or no less than four total days during that month at the colony and will receive a stipend of $1,000 to assist in securing time off/childcare/art supplies or other resources necessary to the making of new work.
The application process for the Virtual Residency is the same as that for the month-long residencies. Applicants will note on their application form that they are seeking a Virtual Residency.
The Group Residency
The Millay Colony awards one five-day Group Residency each year to a group of between three and seven collaborating artists. This is available to any artists groups, including but not only musicians and bands, publishing collectives, theater and dance troupes, galleries, etc.or simply individuals collaborating on a project.
The basis for the application is work samples, a statement detailing the history of the collaboration or organization, and a project description describing proposed activities for the residency. The residency may be used to support the creation and dissemination of new or revived art works.
The residency is awarded through a separate application process and includes private bedrooms, studios, public meeting spaces, and all meals. Please call 518-392-4144 if you would like more information, or apply here.
Supplies & Equipment
The Millay Colony does not provide artists' supplies or individual computers or printers. We have a computer, printer, Internet/E-mail stations, a fax machine and photocopier for residents' use.
Residents are free to organize their time however they like. We recommend, in addition to ample work time, hikes and bike rides on the mountain trails, swimming in local ponds and lakes, bird-watching, waterfall splashing, seasonal picking of blueberries, wildflowers, apples -- etc.
The Millay Colony provides food for breakfasts, lunches, and weekend dinners, and will happily respond to vegetarian or other dietary requirements. On Monday through Friday evening meals are prepared by an excellent local chef. There is no obligation, however, to be present with the group at the prepared evening meal. We have our own organic gardens and a share in a nearby farm and so much of our food is local and fresh.