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Artist Residency in the U.S.

The Millay Colony for the Arts

Austerlitz, New York  
Mission Founded in 1973 and located on the former home of poet/activist Edna St. Vincent Millay, The Millay Colony for the Arts is an artists’ residency program and artists’ center located in the Berkshire foothills of Austerlitz, New York. Our mission is to nurture and promote the vitality of the arts by supporting artists with rural retreats and workshops, and to support students, our artists-to-be, with a range of free arts programs and mentorships. In all that we do, the goal is to encourage creative intensity and exploration and foster community among artists from every background and at every stage of their career.

Overview Residency Options One-Month and Two-Week Residencies: The core of our program is the one-month residency. However, in order to accommodate artists who cannot partake of a month-long residency, we now offer two two-week sessions in June and September. Both options include private bedrooms/studios, and all meals.

The Group Artist Residency: The Millay Colony awards two five-day Group Residencies each year to between three and seven collaborating artists. This is available to any artists’ groups, including but not only musicians, publishing collectives, theater and dance troupes, galleries, etc.—or simply individuals collaborating on a project.

Applicatoin Requirements 
Applications must be submitted online via Submittable.  Applicants are judged blindly by a jury of professionals (including alumni of the Colony) in that field. Please visit out Application Page for more information.

Email notifications to all applicants regarding the status of their application will be sent out by the end of January for the October deadline & the end of May for the March deadline.  

For more information, please contact Co-Director and Manager of Residency, Calliope Nicholas at 518-392-3103 or email

Facilities and Grants 
We provide groceries and Chef Donna cooks delicious family-style dinners weeknights.  We accommodate all dietary restrictions; we also have a bbq grill and firepit.
Our beloved historic Barn (built from a Sears-Roebuck kit in 1926) features four private bedrooms and studios.  The Main Building (fully ADA-accessible) features 3 private bedrooms and 2 studios, as well as shared living/dining/kitchen space. In addition, the Main Building houses the Nancy Graves Memorial Library, a Yamaha U1 upright piano and the Martha Dupee Darkroom.  Other amenities include washer/dryer, WiFI, printer/computer/copier/fax.

Application Deadlines
MARCH 1 for August-November Residencies and OCTOBER 1 for April-July Residencies of the following year. Late deadlines March 8 and October 8.