About the Artist-in-Residence Program

SPACE Gallery established the SPACE Artist-in-Residence Program in 2016, the first of its kind in Portland, ME.

After SPACE secured its building with generous support from its donors, one of the thirty-two artist studios became host to our artist-in-residence program. The live/work space was designed to provide a unique environment for emerging and mid-career artists, writers, filmmakers/media artists, curators, sound artists and collaborative groups.

The residency program serves two functions. First, it highlights the contributions of queer artists and artists of color working on projects independent of SPACE’s regularly scheduled programs, and second, it supports artists staging exhibitions, events and public programs that require dedicated time on site or in our community. We host calls for proposals on a semi-annual basis for independent residents as grant funds are made available. Be sure to check out the APPLY page for the most up-to-date information.

 SPACE’s residency program connects artists from outside of Maine to Portland's vibrant arts community and offers engagement opportunities that fit each resident's needs. Here artists can devote uninterrupted time and space to their practice.

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For more information including details on how to submit an application, visit the apply page.


The SPACE Artist-in-Residence Program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov