Jury panel for this year’s residencies, left to right: Carl Little, Sarah Workneh, Amanda Beal and Andrew Marshall  Little photo by Gabe Souza; Workneh photo by Oscar Rene Cornejo
Jury panel for this year’s residencies, left to right: Carl Little, Sarah Workneh, Amanda Beal and Andrew Marshall Little photo by Gabe Souza; Workneh photo by Oscar Rene Cornejo
Applications for the 2019 residencies at Maine Farmland Trust’s (MFT) Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson opened in early December and will close March 1. 

The center will offer six visual art residencies — four for Maine artists, one of which is reserved for a Native American artist; one for an out-of-state artist; and one for an international artist — and will also offer one performance/interdisciplinary arts residency and one literary arts residency for Maine applicants, as well as a new academic writing residency open to applicants from New England.

The one-month residencies take place in July, August and September. Artist applicants are selected based on the quality of their work samples, their artist statement, and demonstration that their work has a relevant connection to the environment at large, or rural Maine and agriculture specifically.

Applicants to the new academic writing residency should be in the writing stages of an academic paper or dissertation focusing on subject matter related to MFT’s mission (e.g., farmland protection, access, and transfer; farm viability; food systems; agroecology; soil health; climate change and agriculture).

The Fiore Art Center also offers a five-month seasonal position for a resident gardener with an affinity for the arts.

This will be the fourth summer that the Fiore Art Center has offered its residency program. This year’s jury panel includes:

• Carl Little, who has written more than 25 art books, including “Paintings of Maine,” “The Art of Monhegan Island,” and “The Art of Maine in Winter.” Little’s poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies.

• Sarah Workneh, co-director at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, leads the school’s educational program and related programs in New York throughout the year, and oversees facilities on campus during the summer. Workneh also serves on the board of the Colby College Museum of Art.

• The academic writing residency will be juried by Amanda Beal, president and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust, and Andrew Marshall, MFT’s David and Cecile Wang Food & Farming Fellow. “We felt that our residency program at the Fiore Art Center provided a perfect opportunity to support academics working on important research for our farming community,” says Beal. Marshall has served as education director for Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and field director for Land For Good. He operates Dorolenna Farm and Forest in Montville with his family. 

For more information on residency application details, go to www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/jaf-art-center/.

The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center is a program of Maine Farmland Trust. The purpose of the Fiore Art Center is to stimulate and advance the dialogue between human and environment.