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Goetemann Artist Residency

The Goetemann Residency at Rocky Neck Art Colony nurtures excellence in the visual arts and celebrates both a broad range of artistic approaches as well as the rich artistic culture of Rocky Neck. Located in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the Residency includes a waterfront live-work studio at no charge and access to a rich and varied cultural community.

Link to the online Application:


Gloucester, Massachusetts: United States

Our studio sits on the Smith Cove waterfront in the heart of the Rocky Neck Art Colony. Offering privacy as well as accessibility to the local community, artists can easily visit restaurants and shops, 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: 1-5
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 3
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 40


  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application deadline: March 15
  • Additional deadline info:
    Applications are due by March 15 2017. There are three one-month residency periods: These are also listed on the application form at May 15 - June 15 August 28-September 28 October 1-October 29

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 attached to a home whose owners oversee a marina. There is access to a deck on the ground floor overlooking Smith Cove and the City of Gloucester. Spotlights on the ceiling direct light toward white homasote walls. The studio has excellent air circulation as it gets a breeze from the water. There is a single bed and a small dresser. For cooking a small kitchen exists with hot plate, microwave, cabinets, sink and full size refrigerator. A modern bathroom and shower adjoins the studio and is shared with boaters who rent at the Marina. 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
    It would be difficult for a standard size wheel chair. There are large doors to enter the studio but the bathroom entrance is standard width.
  • 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. Whatever the artist's discipline, there will be others with whom to work.

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.

Stipends / other support

Additional expectations / opportunities

During the first week of residence the artist gives an introductory presentation at our Cultural Center to introduce their artwork to 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. During the residency it is requested that the studio be open 3 hours a week to interface with the community during times of the artist's choosing.

Contact Information

c/o Rocky Neck Cultural Center
6 Wonson Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
United States
Tel: 617 462 9171 or 978 515 7004