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The Dora Maar House
Living room at the Dora Maar House
the garden
Bedroom at the Dora Maar House
Salon in the garden

Dora Maar House

In 1997, a friend of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston purchased the former residence of Dora Maar. In a five-year effort, the owner rehabilitated and updated this spacious eighteenth-century, four-story stone residence in the village of Ménerbes. Her goal was to make it a retreat for scholars, artists, and writers, where they could work undisturbed on their research, art, or writing, for one to three months.
In 2006 the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston was asked to direct this project, which is now known as The Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House. Here outstanding midcareer professionals are offered fellowships that enable them to reside in the Dora Maar House and focus on the creative aspects of their work.

The Brown Foundation Fellowship provides
• one to three months in residence at the Dora Maar House
• a private bedroom and bath and a study or studio in which to work
• expenses paid for round-trip travel from a fellow’s home to the
Dora Maar House
• a grant based upon the length of stay at the Dora Maar House


Menerbes, Vaucluse - Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur: France

…a place for mid-career writers, artists and others in the arts and humanities, to step away from their daily obligations, in order to concentrate on their fields of expertise… The Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House is located in one of the most beautiful regions of Southern France, about 40 km southeast of Avignon, the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes is an 18th century residence. In 1944 Pablo Picasso purchased the four-story mansion for Dora Maar, an artist and surrealist photographer who was his companion and muse in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Dora Maar owned the house until her death in 1997.


  • Residency Length: 1 to 2 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 3
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 21
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 200


  • Artist Status: Mid-career Artists
  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Online Application with $10 fee

  • Application deadline: February 15, October 15
  • Application Ongoing: Yes
  • Additional deadline info:
    There are two application cycles each year. Applications must be submitted online by October 15 for fellowship terms beginning February 1 or after and ending no later than June 30. Applications must be submitted online by February 15 for fellowship terms beginning July 1 or after and ending no later than December 15.

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Since 2006 we have had over 130 residents. They include: Piotr Klemensiewicz, Carla Diana, Eric Guirado, Peter Plagens, Jane South, Laurie Fendrich, Tom Sleigh, Barbara London, Anne Wilkes Tucker, Nene Humphrey, Cleopatra Mathis, Salvatore Scibona, John Jesurun, Jennifer Grotz, Alice Miceli, Milagros de la Torre and Luljeta Lleshanaku.
"The house is beautiful, the village is beautiful and the light is beautiful...I need to mention the studio especially. I've been through many studios in my life and indeed I have a very nice one now, but I've never had a studio as lovely as that in the Dora Maar House, with such perfect north and east light and such views outside my window."
— Laurie Fendrich
"Menerbes is a place where a walk to the epicerie can lead to an interesting conversation while standing in the middle of the street, a glass of wine, new ideas, new friends. The Dora Maar House continues to be a serene retreat in beautiful Provence where talented people can think and work undisturbed."
— Katherine S. Howe

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Private bedroom, separate studio and private bathrooms for each Fellow. Shared kitchen, living room, dining room, salons and gardens.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    There is no meal service. Fellows have the use of a large fully-equipped communal kitchen for their meals.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
  • Additional studio information: 
    There is one visual arts studio, two studios for writers/scholars. Fellows must bring their own equipment. The house has Wi-Fi, a laptop and printer, scanner, fax, for general use.

Residency Fees


Stipends / other support

There is a stipend of $50 a day, based on the length of the stay at the Dora Maar House

Additional expectations / opportunities

What does the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ask of Brown Foundation Fellows? That you enjoy the opportunities this remarkable residence offers you; that you use your time well; that you are friendly to the citizens of Ménerbes while you are there; and make one public presentation to them; that you donate to Dora Maar House one drawing, publication, etc. created during your stay there; that you help us learn about the residence’s strengths and weaknesses and suggest how we can improve the residency experience; and, should a publication come from your work there, that you recognize The Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House in your acknowledgements.

Contact Information

58 rue du Portail Neuf
Menerbes, Vaucluse - Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur 84560
Tel: +33