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Montserrat College of Art | Artist Residency Program

Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, in affiliation with its sister organization Cultural Association of Rosa Venerini (ACRV), is the site of our month long residencies, available from April through October of each year.* Located in the heart of Viterbo’s medieval quarter of San Pellegrino, the ACRV was founded in 2013 to educate and support cultural and scholarly activities across disciplines by hosting international programs with Montserrat College of Art. The site of the first public school for girls in Italy founded by Santa Rosa Venerini in 1600, ACRV continues the tradition of educating and empowering children and adults. In addition to the artist residencies, ACRV hosts Montserrat’s annual summer study abroad program. Only 75 miles kilometers northwest of Rome, Viterbo is located in the Lazio province, accessible via commuter rail, national train and bus lines that connect to a wealth of historical sites and natural resources in the area.

We encourage visual artists and scholars (including writers, art historians or researchers in any field) at all stages of their careers, to apply. Applicants should have a specific project geared to initiating new work or advancing/completing work in progress. Acceptance is based on the merit of the Residency Proposal, the applicant’s CV, the relevance to the applicant’s professional practice, the ability to adapt to another culture and environment, and the capacity to follow through on independent work. A rotating Peer Review Panel comprised of professionals from various disciplines screens and selects all applicants. Once in Italy, our ACRV Residency Coordinator helps with each resident’s orientation and the weekly group dinner and can be contacted for additional help or special projects, if needed.

Upon completion of the Residency, participants furnish a synopsis of their project with images, written material and/or links to relevant websites or publications for the online blog: Montserrat and ACRV Artist/Scholar Residency Program.
*Applicants may apply for longer and/or winter and early spring residencies, with an understanding that pricing and accommodations may need to be adjusted.


Viterbo: Italy

Via San Carluccio in the San Pellligrino quarter of Viterbo, Italy. Viterbo is 75 km. northwest of Rome with easy access by car, bus or rail. The ACRV is located in the heart of Viterbo’s medieval center


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

    Application deadline: Priority deadline for all residencies is February 1, with rolling admission until all spaces are filled

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility Separate studio or workspace Meals: Shared full kitchen for residents to prepare their own meals Computer/internet access: Computer and Wifi provided in common area / shared space Accessibility: on commuter rail between Viterbo and Rome, with bus service and national rail stations Studios/special equipment: none Easy access to art stores, markets, cafes, city center
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Accessibility: no

Residency Fees

$75 application fee $1,250 for month long residency Companions are allowed based on availability and require additional cost

Stipends / other support

Additional expectations / opportunities

Residencies can be up to 30 days in length from April through October. Opportunities to participate in ongoing ACRV projects or programming when relevant. The ACRV is a young organization in a 400 year-old building. Funding helps support the improvement of this beautiful building and its service to artists and scholars. Each resident is asked to serve the community by leaving their room and workspace in the same condition; providing a synopsis of the residency period with images and/or writing for Montserrat’s blog is also required. Visual artists may be asked to participate in group residency exhibitions at Montserrat.

Contact Information

23 Essex Street
Beverly, Massachusetts 01915
United States