Pollock-Krasner Mid-Career Residency

Allowing an artist to re-group, connect with colleagues of all backgrounds and ages, and look forward with renewed energy, can make a huge difference—not only for an individual artist, but for how we as a community honor artists as they age.

—Diana Kingsley, 2016 Pollock-Krasner Mid-Career Resident Artist


Deadline December 1st, 2019



The Fine Arts Work Center is excited to host month-long residencies for two mid-career painters, sculptors, or artists who work on paper, including printmakers. 

The two 4-week Pollock-Krasner Residencies at the Work Center will be scheduled at the convenience of the Residents—the first between January and mid-March, and the second between October and December, 2020. During their stay, Pollock-Krasner Residents would be expected to interact with the 10 visual arts Fellows in residence as well as the local arts community by offering:

• A studio visit to each Fellow

• An artist talk open to the public in the Stanley Kunitz Common Room

• An open studio evening during which the Fellows and townspeople would have an opportunity to view the Resident’s work. In conjunction with the open studio, the Work Center would host a public reception. 


Pollock-Krasner Residents would receive:

• A fully equipped private apartment with kitchen and bath

• A separate private studio

• A $750 per week living stipend

• Access to a state-of-the-art printmaking studio, digital media lab, and lounge.


Residency Dates

Spring 2020- a 4-week period between January 1 and April 30th
Fall 2020- a 4-week period between October 1 and December 15th

Application Instructions

Our application does not require recommendations or artist statements. It entails a simple questionnaire, a space for listing artistic/professional experience, and work samples. Please add essential information about your work; title, year created, medium, and size, in the description box upon uploading each work sample. Please do not list your name in your resume, description boxes, or in any of your work samples as the jury is anonymous, and applicants are identified by numbered ID.

Experience: Applicants will be asked to paste a resume or brief list of artistic/professional experience in the form section.

Work Samples: Applicants should upload the following: Images: 20 JPGS, (5MB maximum for each image)

Selection: Applicants are judged on the merit of their work. Other factors, such as an applicant’s biography or perceived ability to benefit from the residency may be taken into account, but the excellence of the work is the primary overriding criterion. The applications will be reviewed by three respected arts professionals.

Notification: All applicants will be notified via email whether or not their application has been accepted for a residency by mid-January.
Applications for the Pollock-Krasner Residency for a Mid-Career Painter must be submitted by December 1, 2019 via SlideRoom.

The application fee is $25.


If you have additional questions regarding this residency, please contact Visual Arts Coordinator Lydia Marie Hicks lhicks@fawc.org.



The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown is a renowned residency program dedicated to supporting emerging artists and writers at crucial, early phases of their careers. Founded in 1968 by a group of artists, writers, and patrons including artists Robert Motherwell, Fritz Bultman, Salvatore and Josephine Del Deo, Myron Stout, Jack Tworkov, and poet Stanley Kunitz, the Work Center has for five decades provided uninterrupted time and space to individuals of exceptional creative promise amid the unique natural beauty of the Outer Cape. Our founders hoped that the Work Center would perpetuate Provincetown’s seminal importance for the arts in America, overcoming modest means and geographic isolation to create an institution that now enjoys international renown. 

The Work Center’s Board of Trustees includes leaders from both its disciplines of art and literature. One such leader was the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s first Executive Director, Charles Bergman, who served the Fine Arts Work Center with distinction from 2013 until his death in 2018.  As a FAWC Trustee, Charlie frequently advocated for an enhancement of resources to bring mid-career artists as mentors to the Fellows. He noted the gradual disappearance from the art colony of historic figures such as Motherwell and Kunitz, whose presence during the early years had greatly enhanced the Fellowship experience. 

To fill this void, a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation allowed us to create a residency program for mid-career artists. The success of this experience has inspired us to include mid-career artists as part of the Fellowship year.

In addition to the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Work Center has successfully hosted residencies through the Stephen and Palmina Pace Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, CEC ArtsLink, Maryland Institute College of Art, Ohio Arts Council, Tennessee Arts Commission, and University of Michigan.