Artist in Residence Program



The Molokai Arts Center offers several opportunities for artist residencies each year. A small island located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and part of the Hawaiian islands, Molokai provides a perfect backdrop to create, explore and experience a unique culture. The purpose of the MAC Artist in Residency program is to provide guest artists with a respite from daily responsibilities to enable them to create and concentrate on their work.

Housing Provided

Housing is provided free of charge. Each Artist in Residence will have a local host who can help the guest artist get acclimated to the area.

Studio Space Provided

The Artist In Resident will have access to a studio space (if available) located at a selected site.

Other Expenses

Travel will be partially reimbursed and a stipend from MAC may be included. A vehicle is recommended. The MAC does not charge a residency fee.

Who May Apply

Residencies are considered in the disciplines of creative writing, visual arts, photography, sculpture, fiber arts, ceramics, music, dance, installation work, earthworks, and site-specific art. The selection committee will consider requests in light of suitability for our present facilities. Artists who are chosen are expected to make a presentation to the community during their residency. Artists may be asked, but will not be required, to donate to the MAC one piece of work created during, or as a result of, their residency at the MAC. Donated work will be added to the MAC collection. Works in the collection become the property of the MAC. In the event that MAC decides to de-accession a work to contain the size of the permanent collection, MAC reserves the right to auction/sell such work to generate funds to directly support the organization.

Selecting Dates

The length of the residency can vary according to circumstances and the artist’s requests. The MAC will not consider residency dates between February 1-March 31 and November 15-January 1.

How to Apply

Applications will only be accepted between May 1st through July 31st, annually. Complete the Artist in Residence Application Proposal form and submit as instructed.

-In addition to the proposal form, submit your resume and/or CV. (PDF file; 1MB maximum file size)

-For non-visual artists: 3 samples of your work ready to upload in a PDF file. Writers please submit poems,short stories, articles, published or unpublished. Musical composers please submit scores, audio files and/or performances. (1MB maximum file size)

-For visual artists: 6-8 images of your work in JPG, GIF, or PNG (1MB maximum file size per image 1260pixels on the long side or as close as possible).

-Artists who have websites are encouraged to submit their URL address.

-Follow-up if you do not receive an email receipt within a week of submission.

-Your proposal will go to the Board of Directors, which meets the first or second week of each month. Selection of 3-4 artists/writers will be made no later than September 30.

Please direct your email to the Executive Director if you have any questions.

Mahalo for your interest!