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Vermont Studio Center

Founded by artists in 1984, the Vermont Studio Center is the largest international artists' and writers' Residency Program in the United States, hosting 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world.

The Studio Center provides 2-12 week studio residencies on an historic 30-building campus along the Gihon River in Johnson, Vermont, a village in the heart of the northern Green Mountains. Residents receive an individual studio, private room, and all meals. In addition, VSC's program includes a roster of Visiting Artists and Writers who offer slide talks/readings and individual studio visits/conferences.


Johnson, Vermont: United States

Johnson (pop. 2,500) is a traditional Vermont village in the heart of the Green Mountains, located 40 miles east of Burlington.


  • Residency Length: 2 weeks - 3 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 55
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 660
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 4077


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

    Open to all artists and writers.

  • Application deadline: February 15, June 15, October 01
  • Application Ongoing: Yes
  • Additional deadline info:
    We accept applications on a rolling basis. However, applications for VSC Fellowships are reviewed and considered only three times a year: February 15th, June 15th, and October 1st. It is best to apply at least six months in advance of your preferred start date - though we will consider applications received as late as 8 weeks in advance of the month(s) for which you would like to apply. For more information visit:

Past Residents & Quotes

“It is places like VSC, places where temporary vibrant communities form, that remind us how wonderfully enriching everyday connections with other artists can be. Being able to see so many artists’ processes, share their ideas, empathize with their doubts and watch them work relentlessly to fulfill their vision has been both a joyful and revelatory experience."
— Maria Fernanda Nunez, April 2017

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    The Vermont Studio Center has studios and housing available to meet a range of accessibility needs: our Red Mill building is fully ADA accessible, including a 3-stop lift, and the Lowe Lecture Hall is equipped with an Assistive Listening Device. We seek to provide every VSC resident with an equal opportunity to pursue their creative practice and share their work, and to offer residents and visitors the opportunity to participate in and enjoy VSC's programs in an inclusive artistic and literary environment.
  • Studios/special equipment: Ceramics / Pottery, Exhibition / Installation, Heavy metals / Blacksmithing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    VSC has a well equipped wood and metal shop including MIG, TIG, Oxy-Acetylene, metal band saw, wood band saw, table saw, radial-arm miter saw, pneumatic tools for wood and stone carving, and a full array of power and hand tools. Additionally, we have two small electric kilns, black & white photography facilities and printmaking facilities, but no media/computer lab. Life modeling sessions are held on a daily basis.
  • Other facilities and services: Smoking permitted outdoors only.

Residency Fees

Application fee: $25; residency fee: $3,950/month (fellowships and financial aid available)

Stipends / other support

We offer about 200 Fellowship Awards and 300 Grant and Work-Exchange Awards to national and international artists and writers annually; some awards offer travel expenses and materials stipend. Please view our website for an updated list of available fellowships:

Additional expectations / opportunities

There are many lectures, readings, art openings, studio visits, yoga classes, and other community events that residents may participate in if they choose; however, participation is entirely voluntary.

Contact Information

PO Box 613
Johnson, Vermont 05656
United States