SPACE Residency Program

We at SPACE are excited to announce the start of the SPACE Artist-in-Residence Program, the first arts residency program of its kind in Portland, ME.

In 2015, with the generous help of more than 300 donors and supporters, we successfully completed a capital campaign to purchase our four-story building, now called SPACE Studios, in Portland’s Arts District. In addition to our contemporary arts nonprofit, this building houses 30+ affordable artist studios and Pickwick Independent Press. One of the studio spaces will host selected residents as part our new mission-aligned artist residency program, designed to provide a unique working environment for national emerging and mid-career artists seeking uninterrupted time and space to devote to their practice, with a strong commitment to equity in representing LGBTQ artists and artists of color. The program will connect artists from outside of Portland to the city’s lively arts community and will offer engagement opportunities that fit the resident’s project needs.

Beginning in 2017, we will open up a formal application process for the program and a jury will select artists for residencies lasting between two weeks and two months throughout the calendar year. Chosen applicants will receive stipends as well live/work studio space.

This summer, we are excited and proud to be hosting four artists, all of whom are based in New York City, working in various disciplines as residents in the SPACE Studios building. The artists are:

June 12-19: Cobi Moules
Cobi Moules is a painter based in Brooklyn, NY. His intricately made oil paintings use the tradition of Hudson River School landscape painting to explore themes of transgender identity. His time in the studio building will be on the heels of a trip to Acadia National Park, where he is photographing the landscape for future paintings in his ongoing series Bois Just Wanna Have FunCobi will give an artist talk in the SPACE Annex on Thursday, June 16 at 5:30 PM. 

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Follow Cobi: @cobimoules

June 20-29: Jessica Lynne
Jessica Lynne is a Brooklyn-based writer and arts administrator, and the co-editor of Arts.Black, a journal of arts criticism from Black perspectives. Jessica's time here will focus on her ongoing art criticism work. Stay tuned for details on a possible workshop event. Jessica will give an artist talk in the SPACE annex on Wednesday, June 22 at 5:30 PM.

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Follow Jess: @lynne.bias


July 18-31: Tim Fite
Tim Fite is a musician and artist who has been called a "cultural gadfly" by the New York Times and "ferally original" by the New Yorker. He recently performed at SPACE in March, and his residency will be spent working on printmaking projects in Pickwick Independent Press. Join us for an artist talk/performance with Tim on July 19 at 6:30 PM.

Follow Tim: @timfite


August 8-20: Iyabo Boyd

Iyabo Boyd is a producer and filmmaker living in New York City. Her recent short film, Forever Ally, follows exchanges between a gay black man, Ronaldo, and his recently deceased cat named Ally. Iyabo's time here will be devoted to developing and practicing the script of her newest film project. Join us for an artist talk with Iyabo on August 24, 2016.

Follow Iyabo: @cohearts


SPACE is a nonprofit organization that supports contemporary arts projects, champions artists, and encourages an open exchange of ideas.

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Portland, ME 04101