Artist Residency Program

The Art Center is excited to announce the Artist Residency Program, in our space at the Washington Street Mills in Dover, NH. We welcome artists working in a wide variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, fiber arts and mixed media, who are interested in temporary studio space and exhibiting in our gallery. (3) four month residencies will be available. This opportunity is made free to the selected artists thanks to a local benefactor. This opportunity of a lifetime is valued at $2,500.

Residency Program Periods

February through May (Deadline January 11)
June through September (Deadline May 15)
October 1 through January 31 (Deadline September 19)

This is a studio residency only; housing is not included

Artists will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in their art practice, with access to draw inspiration from Dover's historic downtown, the Cocheco river, and the local arts and culture scene. Artists will have full access to a studio space with a shared utility sink.

The selected artists will have four months to develop a body of work throughout their residency that will be displayed in the 2022 Artist Residency Exhibition in the gallery space at its conclusion.



  • Artist must be 18 or older
  • Artist must be committed to spending at least 20 hrs / week in-studio
  • Artist must complete a body of work to be exhibited
  • Artist must help coordinate two Artists Receptions
  • Artist must spend two hours a month mentoring with a Resident Artist
  • Artist must hang 1 exhibit during Residency Program
  • Artist must create weekly Resident Progress updates for social media
  • Artist must attend 2 workshops during their Residency Program
  • Artist must attend the Artists In Residency Exhibition
  • Artist is responsible for a $100 deposit to ensure there is no studio damage. To be returned at the conclusion of the residency.


Application Deadlines - January 11th, May 15, September 19

  • Completed Application Form below
  • Five examples of your work, CV and two character references with contact information emailed to
  • Application Fee - $25


The Art Center will retain a 30% commission on any work sold during the exhibition. USE RIGHTS: Artists retain full rights to their own images. The gallery may use the artist’s images for publicity purposes as well as in the exhibition catalogue. Please provide a high-res version once selected for publicity purposes.

Guidelines: Digital images should 1000 pixels on the longest side saved in JPEG format at 72 ppi. Each image should be labeled with your name, followed by sequential numbers, i.e. FirstName_LastName1.jpg. The number should correspond with the number on the application form.


Short bio/statement:

Email five examples of your work, CV and two character references with contact information to