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About The Umbrella's Artist-in-Residence Program

The Umbrella's Artist-in-Residence program offers a year long studio residency in a vibrant multidisciplinary art center with 50 artist studios, an independent ceramics classroom, makerspace, performance and gallery spaces in historic Concord, Massachusetts. Our Artists-in-Residence create new bodies of work for exhibition at the culmination of their residency and engage the greater Concord community in their practice throughout the year. Applicants must be within the first five years of finishing a BFA , MFA or equivalent training program. Contact Jess Muise our Visual Arts Manager via email at with any questions or for more information.

2020-2021 Artist-in-Residence Applications

The Umbrella Arts Center in Concord, MA is proud to continue its Artist-in-Residence program for the 2020-2021 season. Applications for our 2020-2021 Artist-in-Residence Program are due by March 1, 2020. Learn more here. 

Apply to be our 2020-2021 Artist-in-Residence


Announcing our 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence

Michael MacMahonPlease join us in welcoming our 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence, Michael MacMahon!

Michael MacMahon is originally from Ireland and now resides in the United States. He has shown work both nationally and internationally. He was recently awarded Boston's Dana Pond award for painting and maintains a rigorous studio practice. His paintings explore a diverse group set of subjects not limited to but including artistic and political history, methods of mass communication and explorations in color theory. In addition to painting he has enjoyed trans-disciplinary opportunities that bridge art and other ventures. He was program coordinator for Synergy an art and science collaboration between local artists and MIT. He is part of the painting faculty at School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and has been a visiting artist to numerous institutions, most recently The University of Massachusetts and SEA Semester at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Learn more about him and his work on his website:

Public Programs: Artist Talk Thursday December 12, 2:00-3:00pm, Black Box Theatre


Past Artists-in-Residence

2018-2019 Nicholas Mancini

Black and white photo of a man's portrait with beard"I am captivated by the sensation of the surreal within the ordinary. My subject matter develops out of my immediate surroundings and people closest to me. The origin of an image can be something as simple as walking through a plant shop, a newly acquired shirt, an old envelope rediscovered. More important than these catalysts is how they develop and grow through the making process. What is added, what is buried, what remains and what is finally revealed is the true subject of my work. It is this process that feels most akin to perception, a mixture of observations, memories and inventions. My hope is that my viewer questions how one sees, what information one absorbs and how one interprets space."


2017-2018 Elizabeth King

Elizabeth King HeadshotElizabeth King, a painter encouraging looking and the ways humans interact with nature; Check out Boston Magazine's coverage of Elizabeth's work during her residency. "In my nine month stay, I was able to produce a well rounded body of work. Coming right out of graduate school, The Umbrella provided me the time and space that I needed. I had my new paintings from the first half of the residency in a show in Ottawa, Canada. I was also asked to be a part of a show in the UK in March. Using the press that I inherited, I was able to produce the works on paper that I sent abroad.  And this summer I have work made during the residency in a show in Portland, ME. Without the free studio, I would not have been able to afford the time to accomplish these things."


2016-2017 Meghan Murray

Meghan Murray, a portrait painter interested in capturing human interactions through paint. Check out recent press on Meghan's exhibition at Percival Brewing May 18 - June 28 2019. "Ownership over my creative and art-making process was a challenge and a breakthrough this year. I learned quite a bit about the limits of my technical practice.  I learned quite a lot about some wonderful people. The paintings in the Selfless series display various types of relationships, mostly from The Umbrella community. I was privileged to meet with all of these people and talk with them, or just listen to them speak to each other. I consider myself fortunate to witness these narratives, and to share them through painting."


2015-2016 Sarah Fagan

Sarah Fagan, a realistic painter of still lives whose work focuses on the meaningful use of emptiness. "I grew up in New England, but spent many years in Portland, Oregon. The Umbrella residency was a way for me to move back to my "roots" and establish myself and my work in the art world of the Northeast. Regional art scene aside (and it is a wonderful one), I often need to push myself to explore outside of Concord itself. The town is a wonderful place to live and explore. The Umbrella is filled with good energy, inspiring working artists, and meaningful conversation. Then there is the magical red-floored studio itself, wherein I have produced more work than at any other point in my career. I will remember this residency as one of the greatest gifts I have ever, and will ever, receive. I will remember this year as the one where I found a substantial painterly voice."

2014-2015 Nina Earley

 "For an artist who has just finished graduate school, two of the most precious commodities are time and space. Leaving the structure of school, with its deadlines and feedback, and finding a way to establish a studio practice is a daunting task. This residency has given me exactly what I had been missing: a place where I can make art, complete with fellow artists with whom daily interaction is stimulating, and the time to figure out how my studio practice realistically fits into my every-day life. The opportunity to create and lead a collaborative project with fellow artists has allowed me to have meaningful conversations and learn about this historically rich area in a way that would not have been possible without this opportunity. As my work continues to change and I continue to make connections within this encouraging community of artists I am excited to see how this residency continues to impact my practice and work. This experience came at the perfect time in my life, and I would encourage anyone who is hoping to focus on his or her art, while exploring a new region, to apply."