Residency Application procedures and selection criteria

Primary criteria include:

  • The quality of work
  • The ability to work in an intensive community
  • If applicable, the nature and scope of work that will be done during the residency

Applicants must be 18 or older.

Application is for the entire two-week session.

Haystack has partnered with SlideRoom to provide Residency applicants with an online application process. You may also wish to refer to Haystack’s extensive list of  Frequently Asked Questions. All residency applicants apply through the online application process. Applicants are not required to mail in hard copies of the application forms.

Supporting materials include:

  • Your current resumé
  • Up to five images of your work in digital format. SlideRoom provides a list of acceptable file formats and file sizes. When submitting an image, you will also enter the following information: image/work title, date, dimensions, and materials/technique.
  • All image filenames must include your name and the title of the work.
  • Two letters of reference.
  • A $35 application fee, which is nonrefundable.

Only complete applications will be considered.

Still have Questions? Please feel free to contact Haystack at (207) 348-2306 or Haystack staff are available M-F, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST to talk with you about your application and materials needed, and to assist you through the application process.

All residency applications, complete with supporting materials, are submitted online for the March 1, 2016 DEADLINE. Residency applications are reviewed by an independent review committee. Applicants are notified of admission status approximately 3 weeks after the application deadline.

Rates, Fees & Accommodations

Applicants pay the non-refundable application fee of $35 through a secure site on the online application. SlideRoom accepts all major credit cards and all major US debit cards. The residency program is supported by a grant from an anonymous foundation. Other than the application fee, there is no charge to attend.


Housing will be assigned at random from among the various options. If you have particular physical needs, please note these on your application.

Materials & Shop Fees

Materials costs, payable at the conclusion of the residency, are the responsibility of the residency participant.

Other Information

Participants are admitted to Haystack without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national, or ethnic origin. A memo detailing personal items you will need to bring from home, will be sent after your application has been approved.

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