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View of Smith Cove at Rocky Neck in Gloucester, MA.
@017 Resident Ian Everard's studio installation
The Goetemann Residency Committee with Resident Alex Peyton-Levine
2017 Environmental Installation artist Nathan Thomas Wilson's Great Auk at the Ocean Alliance work site.
Gordon and Judith Goetemann with artists Victor Valisek and Tom Nihan

Goetemann Artist Residency at Rocky Neck Art Colony

The Rocky Neck Art Colony is a non-profit organization that nurtures excellence in the arts and celebrates the artistic history and culture of Rocky Neck. One of the oldest working art colonies in the U.S., Rocky Neck sits on the harbor of Gloucester, Mass. Today Rocky Neck is home to many contemporary working artists and galleries, and is the site for exhibitions, workshops, residencies and a calendar of cultural events.

The Goetemann Artist Residency at Rocky Neck Art Colony celebrates diversity and creativity and seeks a range of the art of our time. It provides each of three visual artists and one environmental/installation artist with a four-week stay in a two-level, live-work studio with access to the rich cultural community of Gloucester. Selected artists demonstrate a high caliber of work, originality and seriousness of purpose. Given that we select only one artist for each of our month residencies, the Goetemann Artist Residency Committee (composed of eight artists) assists to engage the residents for as much or as little interaction as they request during their stay. Notable is a welcome dinner with the committee at one of our homes at the beginning of each residency.

Celebrating its 15th year in 2019, the Goetemann Artist Residency was founded by artist Gordon Goetemann (pronounced GET-a-min) in 2004 and renamed in his honor in 2010.

Artist residencies for 2019 are available for the following months:
May (May 5-June 1)
June (June 2-June 29)
July (June 30-July 27)
October (September 29-October 26)

The Environmental/Installation Artist residency is for the following month:
September (September 1-28).

Application period is open until February 10, 2019. Application is through SmarterEntry ( There is a $35 entry fee.

For further information:
Our website:
Details on the application process:
Our blog:
Email contact:

Goetemann Artist Residencies
There are four open months (May, June, July or October) for one artist at a time (the artist can tell us in the application process which month works best). Primarily, the Residency artists have been painters, environmental or installation artists and sculptors—in 2018 we hosted a sound artist. The studio does not have any technical facilities for film making or printing, but a printing studio does exist nearby (use requires a separate fee). Artists wishing to do anything of a technical nature would need to bring their own equipment.

Environmental/Installation Artist Residency
Launched in 2017, the Goetemann Environmental Installation Artist residency is designed to bring art out of the studio and make it both visible and accessible to the public. The Residency supports the creation of a site-specific installation that engages the public and draws attention to questions and challenges posed by environmental policies, politics, and/or social change. There is a $300 stipend for materials given to the artist for this residency. The current non-profit partner is nearby Ocean Alliance (, an organization dedicated to the conservation of whales and their marine environment through research and education.


Gloucester, Massachusetts: United States

The Residency studio sits on the Smith Cove waterfront in the heart of the Rocky Neck Art Colony. There is privacy for working but just outside the door is a vibrant community of working artists and galleries. The Cultural Center, hub of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, is the site for talks as well as ongoing art exhibitions. Downtown Gloucester, a picturesque working harbor, is 10 minutes away with the Cape Ann Museum, galleries, shops and restaurants. Beautiful beaches abound on Cape Ann. Seascapes are just outside the Residency studio. Boston is an hour away by train. It is strongly suggested that artists have a car. A bicycle is available.


  • Residency Length: one month
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 4
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 40


  • Application type: Open application
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information:

  • Application deadline: February 10
  • Application Ongoing: No
  • Additional deadline info:
    Application period is open until February 10, 2019. Application is through SmarterEntry ( ). There is a $35 entry fee. For further information: Our website: Details on the application process: Our blog: Email contact:

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
A partial list over the past 15 years includes: Samuel Guy, Molly Goldstrum, Ekaterina Smirnova, Nathan Wilson, Martin Swift, Deborah Redwood, Azita Moradkhani. Complete list is on
This was an amazing Residency, especially if you like working in and around ocean and ships. I found extraordinary support in both the artist and local communities.
— Deborah Redwood, Australia
The value of this Gloucester artist residency goes far beyond providing an artist time to do work; it is also the perfect ambassador for creativity on Cape Ann. Thank you for this opportunity.
— Jeffrey Marshall

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    The studio is a private space on two floors of roughly 500 square feet, located on Madfish Wharf. There is public access to a deck overlooking Smith Cove and Gloucester harbor. The downstairs working space features spotlights on the ceiling with direct light toward white homasote walls. Also downstairs are a galley kitchen (with stove, microwave, cabinets, sink and refrigerator) and bathroom. Upstairs is a single bed and a small dresser. Laundromat services are nearby.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    Residents have a kitchen and are responsible for their own meals. Groceries and restaurants are easily accessible from the studio.
  • Accessibility: no
  • Studios/special equipment: Exhibition / Installation, Painting
  • Additional studio information: 
    : The studio is a 500-square-foot space with white working walls, high ceilings and two 4' x 8' work tables. The studio does not have technical facilities for film making, printing, etc., but a printing studio does exist nearby. Artists wishing to do anything of a technical nature would need to bring their own equipment.
  • Other facilities and services: The Goetemann Residency is located in the midst of an arts community. No matter what the artist's discipline or interests, there will be other like-minded individuals on Rocky Neck with whom to share creative ideas and conversation.

Residency Fees

None. Artists are accepted to the Goetemann Artist Residency without regard for their ability to contribute financially to their residency. A contribution is requested but not required. Meals and transportation to and from the Residency are not included.

Stipends / other support

Volunteer members of the Residency Committee act as a support system for the artist, offering logistical help and informational resources. Volunteers will work to arrange supporting materials and/or space for artists working in print making, photography, ceramics or other media that require space or equipment outside of the standard studio offerings. There is a $300 stipend for the Environmental/Installation Artist.

Additional expectations / opportunities

The artist gives an introductory presentation at our nearby Cultural Center to introduce their artwork to the local community. At the end of the month, a group gathers in the residency studio for an informal conversation and summation of the month's work. Residents may, at their option, elect to open the studio to interact with the community at times of their choosing.

Contact Information

c/o Rocky Neck Cultural Center
6 Wonson Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
United States