The KISMET Foundation Artist-In-Residence Program Application

The KISMET Foundation's "Artist-In-Residence" program supports and enhances the work of writers, artists and musicians, by providing uninterrupted time for work, reflection and collegial interaction in a setting of natural beauty.

Our cottage offers three bedrooms on over two acres on Casco Bay. In-town Yarmouth studio space and an on-site studio building foster a vibrant and quiet environment in which to create and teach.

This residency challenges you to really dig deep in the community.
— George Mason, past Artist-in-Residence

Statement of Purpose

Art helps build community, and it is part of the KISMET Foundation's mission to nurture this guiding principle. While the primary goal of the Artist Residency is to provide the gift of time and space for artists, writers, musicians and others to explore and create, we also look to this time as a gift to the community: an opportunity to forge relations and build bridges by embedding our artist residents in the community by sharing thoughts, aspirations, working methods, and paths that lead to other paths along the way.  We wish to demonstrate that art is a fundamental part of a life lived more fully; and that art is an equally vital component of Maine’s culture and economic well-being. 

It is our desire that each Artist-In-Residence will make time to share his/her work, vision, and experiences through demonstrations and/or informal discussions with the public at agreed-upon times during the residency.  Discussions with each artist prior to his/her arrival allow us to discover the best ways to explore these connection opportunities for effective engagement with local institutions; for instance, our local library, history center, schools, art centers, and other germane groups.

Recognizing that artists as individuals express themselves in a variety of ways, we look to engage our prospective Artists-In-Residence in a collaborative and fun approach to their time here, tailoring each residency to the interests of the artist and the community. 

Learn more about the KISMET Foundation artist residency.


Residence Program Details

Artists—emerging and established—who paint, draw, use pastel, ink and other graphic mediums, photographers, low-impact printmakers (sorry, no press on premises), writers and musicians are all welcome and encouraged to apply.

The key requirement for the month long residency is that applicants embed themselves into our community, hosting public open studios, workshops and demonstrations, and exhibitions of their art.

Acceptance to the KISMET Residency will be based on a review by a panel of arts specialists.


Please mail to:

The KISMET Foundation, 48 Railroad Square, Yarmouth, Maine 04096

and include the following:


  • Time period you would like to attend

  • A bio/cv and website link, if available

  • Statement of intent/purpose for attending— what do you hope to accomplish during your residency?

  • Additional details


Application deadline: We welcome applications throughout the year; however, we have a deadline of September 30 for each residency season (November to May).