In 2008, MECA&D alumna Barbara Rita Jenny MFA '02 and her family donated the use of her family's summer home in New Edinburgh, Nova Scotia with the intention of creating a unique artist residency program that is inclusive of artist's partners and families.

The house is situated directly across the road from Baie Sainte-Marie/Wagweiik and the property includes 200 feet of water frontage and several outbuildings. This residency is open to MECA&D degree-holding alumni, faculty, and staff who are visual artists, writers, and/or scholars. Before applying, please read through all the information below.

Travel stipends for selected residents are provided through a generous grant from the Robert J. Jenny Memorial Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Location, Residency Length

714 Riverside Rd
New Edinburgh, Nova Scotia
BOW 3TO, Canada

Season: June 1 - July 31, 2023
Residency Length: two to four weeks
Open to: individuals, families, or small groups


Open to MECA&D degree-holding alumni faculty, and staff members. Preference will be given to artists who have not been awarded the residency in the past. Artists may no longer attend consecutive years in a row.

Non graduated alums, SALT graduates, Post Baccalaureate graduates, Continuing Studies faculty and students are ineligible to apply. 

Disciplines: Visual artists, writers, scholars.

If more than one person is applying for the residency, the group should select a lead contact person who is a MECA&D faculty member, staff member or an alum. The lead contact person should submit a single application, a combined statement of purpose for the entire group, and is responsible for including all group members’ documents (resume, work samples, etc) into the application.

Please use the Jenny Family TEAM Residency Application to apply as a group.

Residency Information

Studio and Special Equipment
Studio space available in shed, barn, tree-house, and basement. Outdoor sculpture is possible— half acre of mowed lawn, many acres of private woods plus public beach, jetties, tidal sand bar.

Three bedrooms on the second floor plus bunk room in attic that sleeps four. House can sleep up to 10 people.

Residents purchase and prepare their own meals. Grocery stores in nearby neighboring towns.

Phone/Computer/Internet Access
House has a telephone with local access only. Limited cell phone coverage. No Internet access at house. Internet use available at Weymouth Library, WiFi available at Weymouth Visitors Center.

Spouses, partners, children, and caregiver are welcome for full stay.

Residents are allowed to bring along their dogs (maximum 2 at a time). Dogs must be well behaved and live and sleep in the house with the residents. Residents should understand that there is no fencing on the property, and though traffic is minimal, cars can be quite speedy when they do come around. If bringing their dog, residents must check the requirements for dogs crossing the border (in both directions), and make sure they have all necessary paperwork.

Other Facilities and Services
Many art materials are not generally accessible in the area, so it is best to bring the supplies that you will need.

Please note: For the 2024 season there will not be a working heating system. There will be hot water, but the radiant heat will not be working.


BY CAR from Maine College of Art & Design, Portland, ME (8+ hrs)

BY CAT FERRY  from Portland, ME (5.5 hrs) to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The house is a one-hour drive from the Ferry terminal in Yarmouth.

BY FERRY from St. John, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia. The house is a half hour drive from the Ferry terminal in Yarmouth.

Citizens of the United States (U.S.) traveling between the U.S. and Canada require a valid U.S. passport.

There is no fee to attend this residency. Residents are responsible for all associated travel costs.

Open Studio/Exhibition
Artists in residence are required to hold at least one open studio or exhibition event for the neighboring community at some point during the residency.

Deadlines, Review Process

Applications for the 2024 Residency season open early December 1st, 2023, with a deadline of January 31, 2024.

Review Process
A review committee comprised of the Alumni Relations & Events Coordinator, a MECA&D Faculty or staff member, a member of the community, and a member of the Jenny family will make the selections.

Residencies will be determined based on the quality of work submitted, evidence that the applicant's career will benefit from the residency, that the nature and scope of proposed projects fit within the space and time limitations of the residency and that the applicant is able to work independently and responsibly.

Priority consideration is given to artists who can best take advantage of the space and for whom traditional residencies are not an option. Group projects and collaborations are encouraged.

Application Instructions & Requirements

Before applying, please review all the information on application requirements and instructions, as well as information about the Jenny Family Residency made available.

Application Instructions

  1. Go to the MECA&D Submittable page
  2. Create a Submittable account to start your application
  3. Select the Jenny Family Residency Application (individual or team)
  4. Complete your application via Submittable

Please note: If you do not receive a thank you confirmation and an email message after submitting your application, your application has not successfully uploaded. Contact the alumni office with any questions. or 207.699.5018

Application Requirements:

Prepare the following information in advance of submitting your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for review.

  1. One-page statement of purpose explaining why you want to attend this residency
  2. Biographies for each artist
  3. Resume / CV for each artist
  4. Image descriptions that correspond to your images which include title, medium, size and year of completion.
  5. Work Samples (10 samples for individual applicants, 20 samples for teams)
    1. For artists submitting images: 10 digital images of your work are required. All images should be formatted as jpegs with a minimum width of 800 pixels and a maximum of 1024 pixels per side, saved at a resolution of 72 dpi.
    2. Name your image files as follows: LastNameFirstNameNumber.jpg (i.e.CleoAlex01.jpg,CleoAlex02.jpg). Do not include any spaces, dashes, or other symbols when labeling your images.
    3. Image information, including title, date, media, and physical dimensions of each piece, must be supplied in the space below each image upload.
    4. For time-based/ new media work: Supply URLs for 3 links via YouTube, Vimeo or Soundcloud to video or sound pieces less than 8 minutes in length.
    5. For writers or scholars: 2-3 writing samples that are one to two pages long. Save your 2-3 submissions into one document.

All submissions must have been completed within the last three years. All documents listed above should be saved as a Word document or a PDF.

Past Residents

Marcy Chevali MFA ’08
Dylan Hausthor ’15
Lucas Ouellette ’18

Heather Beard MFA ’05
Jennifer Moller MFA ’03
Kyle Downs ’07
Caren-Marie Michel ’78

Celeste Roberge '78
Lucy Breslin (with Linda Casbon, Leslie
Volle, and Barbara Scott)
Allen West '10 (with Meghan Howland)
Carter Shappy '15

Matt Burnett '06
and Scott Fuller MFA '06
Liz Leggett MFA '06
Eric Vaughn MFA '12
Jamie Hogan

Emmeline Solomon '13
Catie Draper MFA '00
Sean Carnegie '94
Victoria Marsh '07
Rangeley Morton '14 & Ella Sevy '14

Kim Vose Jones MFA '12
Nicole Duennebier '05
Curt Cloninger MFA'08
Rob Licht '84
Mark Marchesi '99

Thomas Connolly '87
Mark Marchesi '99
Camille Davidson '89

Mark Marchesi ’99
Richard Metz MFA ’00
Crystal Heiden ’06
Conan Masterson
Christine Negus
Thomas Cummins MFA’05

Stacy Howe MFA '10
Celeste Roberge '79
Anne Garland '93
Joanne Clarey
Martha Almy '95
Alison Taylor '94
Willamain Somma

Tina Zagyva MFA '09
Celeste Roberge '79
Adriane Herman

Harold Philbrook '95
Fran Philbrook '06
Cole Caswell MFA '08
Jessica George MFA '09
Devin Dobrowolski MFA '08


Contact the Alumni Office at 207.699.5018 or email