Application Deadlines

MARCH 1 for August-November and OCTOBER 1 for April-July of the following year.

A group of residents.
Residents at Millay

Participants in our artists residency programs are chosen anonymously by a panel of jurors.The application process is competitive and The Millay Colony accepts residents solely 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. We do not require references.

No fees are charged for these residencies.

How to Apply

Applications to our artists residency program are managed through the online system Submittable. Application submission via mail is also available:  snail mail address here.

Questions can be emailed to: or you can call our Residency Director, Calliope Nicholas, 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.  The online portal at Submittable links to PayPal and all others can use the DONATE button on our homepage.

NOTE: Transportation costs are the responsibility of the artist. The Colony does not pay any stipend or living allowance.

Writer Kavita Das working in her studio.
A writer working in her studio

Selection of Residents

Applicants are recommended for our residency program by juries of professional artists in the same discipline. The jury members change each year. After acceptance decisions have been made, we post the names and bios of our jurors on our Web site.

Notifications are sent out to all applicants by mid-January for the October deadline and late-May for the March deadline. We can not let applicants know the status of their application ahead of time.

Special Residencies

The Two-Week Artist Residency: In order to accommodate artists who cannot partake of a month-long residency, we now offer two two-week sessions in June and September. These sessions function exactly as our longer sessions do, including private bedrooms/studios, and all meals.

The Virtual Artist Residency: The Millay Colony will award one Virtual Residency each year. This residency is specifically for working artists and/or artists with children who 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.

Visual Artist in her studio
A Visual Artist in her studio

The Group Artist ResidencyThe Millay Colony awards two 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.

All of these artists residencies are applied for, as with our core month-long residencies, through Submittable.

Please call 518-392-4144 if you would like more information, or email Calliope Nicholas at