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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

Renamed in 2010 in honor of its founder, artist Gordon Goetemann, the Goetemann Aritst Residency is a prestigious residency at Rocky Neck Art Colony that provides each of two to three visual artists and one environmental installation artist with a four-week stay in a live-work studio with access to the rich cultural community of Gloucester, MA. Selected artists demonstrate a high-caliber of work, originality and seriousness of purpose, and are expected to give opening and closing talks as a part of the program.

Residencies for 2018 run June through October:

June 2-June 30
July 1 – July 29
September 1-September 29
September 30 -October 28

Application period open until February 10, 2018.

For further information or to apply:
Questions and/or more information about the residency:

In addition to the general call - this year we have a special opportunity in partnership with the Ocean Alliance.

SPECIAL CALL: Environmental Installation Artist

Rocky Neck Art Colony has launched a new residency program. Running alongside the annual Goetemann Artist Residency the Environmental Installation Artist program was created in an effort to bring art out of the studio and make it both visible and accessible to the public.The residency - created in partnership with Ocean Alliance - intends to support the creation of site-specific installations that engage the public and draw attention to questions and challenges posed by environmental policies, politics, and/or social change. Through partnerships with local non-profits and community programs, artists will be asked to respond creatively to the concerns of the greater Gloucester/Cape Ann Community. One artist will be awarded a month-long residency term which includes a waterfront live-work studio space and access to a rich cultural community. Residents are expected to host an opening and closing talk to engage with the Glouchester community.

For further information or to apply:
Application period open until February 10, 2018.


Gloucester, Massachusetts: United States

Our studio sits on Madfish Wharf on the Smith Cove waterfront in the heart of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, one of the oldest working art colonies in America. Offering privacy as well as accessibility to the local community, artists can walk to restaurants and shops, The Cultural Center, local galleries and artist's studios in the surrounding neighborhood. The city of Gloucester is rich in historic and cultural attractions. Besides beautiful beaches, The Cape Ann Museum, The Writer's Room, The Maritime Heritage Center and more are all within close proximity. The Goetemann Artist Residency is 45 minutes from Boston by train.


  • 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, February 10
  • Application Ongoing: No
  • Additional deadline info:
    Applications are due by February 10, 2018. There are three one-month periods for regular residency artists and one Environmental Installation artist applicant who will create a site specific work in a separate location: These are also listed on the application form at June 1-June 30 tentative date July 1-July 28. tentative date Sept 30-Oct 28. tentative date

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Partial List: Laurelin Kruse, Samuel C. Guy, Yuko Oda, Melinda Hannigan, Molly Goldstrum, Ekaterina Smirnova, Ken Beck, David Shapleigh, Elli Crocker, Alison Hornak, Brett Gamache, Alexandra Rosenman, Ethan Shapira, Sarah Hardesty, Marilyn Ranker, Marguerite White, Aria Martin, Complete list is on website at
The month I spent in residence at Rocky Neck is indelible in my memory: time to think and feel the landscape and the sea; people who both left me alone to do that and gave me help, hospitality and hugs when I needed them, a time to dig deep and be still.
— Ken Beck, Boston, MA
The community of Rocky Neck is built on decades of commitment to artists and their craft. Being able to offer the gift of time to our peers honors the traditions of this art colony and the work they produce while in residence enhances and inspires our own artistic practice.
— Kathleen Gerdon Archer, Director

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    Our studio is a private space roughly 500 square feet in size and located on Madfish Wharf. There is public access to a deck on the overlooking Smith Cove and the City of Gloucester. Spotlights on the ceiling direct light toward white homasote walls. There is a single bed and a small dresser. A small kitchen exists with stood, microwave, cabinets, sink and refrigerator. Laundromat services are within walking distance.
  • 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 4' x 8' work table. There is no wireless access, but most artists have used the local library or coffee shops for computer access. The studio does not have any 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 within the local community 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.

Additional expectations / opportunities

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

Contact Information

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