In 2007, American artist Stephen Pace bequeathed his summer home in Stonington for use by Maine College of Art as a residency and gallery, to ensure its continued use as an artistic haven.

Stephen Pace was born in 1918 in Missouri and studied at the Art Students League in New York and the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris. He settled in New York and became an acclaimed artist known for his Abstract Expressionist work. In later years, he devoted himself to more representational paintings and drawings. Stephen and his wife, Palmina, bought the Stonington house, a turn-of-the-century sea captain’s residence set on a ledge overlooking the Penobscot Bay, in 1943. They summered there for sixty-four years, until their relocation to Indiana.

Stonington is a charming fishing village that retains the old-fashioned flavor of New England life. Lobstering is the mainstay of the economy. The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is located nearby and many artists and artisans have galleries, studios and workshops dotted throughout the island, which is connected to the mainland by a bridge.

The gallery at the Stephen Pace house is open to the public on Wednesday evenings from 5:00-7:00pm and Saturdays from 10:00am-2:00pm when artists are in residence. The residency season runs from June through September. Visitors are welcome to tour the first floor of the house and the studio to view the Stephen Pace paintings.

Application Instructions

Requirements and Instructions

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. Resume
  3. Work samples:
    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.
      1. Name your image files as follows: lastnamefirstnamenumber.jpg (i.e. smithjohn1.jpg, smithjohn2.jpg). Do not include any spaces, dashes, or other symbols when labeling your images.
      2. Image information, including title, date, media, and physical dimensions of each piece, must be supplied in the space below each image upload.
    2. For time based/ new media work: Supply URLs for 3 video or sound pieces. Submit links through YouTube. The selection committee may review only a small portion of time-based work. Please consider this when selecting your work to be reviewed.
    3. For writers or scholars: 2-3 writing samples that are one to two pages long. Save your 2-3 submissions into one document.
  4. All submissions must have been completed within the last three years.
  5. All documents listed above should be saved as a Word document or a PDF

Application Instructions:

  1. Complete application form.
  2. Upload documents: resume, statement of purpose.
  3. Upload video submissions (time based/ new media applicants only) or writing samples (writing applicants only). Skip this step if you are applying with images.
  4. Upload image (if you are applying with images) using the “Browse” button. Type all image information on the following line. After each image upload is completed, continue in the same manner until all 10 images are uploaded.
  5. Click “Submit.”

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

Before applying, please review all the information on application requirements and instructions, as well as information about the Pace House below.

Applications for 2017 are now closed but will re-open next winter with a deadline in February of 2018.

Information about Pace House


90 Indian Point Road
Stonington, ME


Residencies are available from June 3 through September 15, 2017 for one to four weeks.


Residency Length: one to four weeks
Number of residencies: three to five per season
Open to individuals, families, or small groups, up to eight people total.


Open to MECA alumni, faculty, and staff members
Disciplines: visual artists, writers, scholars
Preference for one of the residencies will be given to painters, in accordance with Stephen Pace’s bequest.


If more than one person is applying for the residency, the group should select a lead contact person who is a MECA 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 all group members’ resumes pasted into a single document, as well as the names of the group members and online links to their portfolios or websites.

Studio and Special Equipment

Large studio space available in barn. Pleasant backyard lawn and small vegetable garden. A woodland meadow is accessible through a pathway from the back yard. A scenic lily pond and the main village are within easy walking distance.


House can sleep up to eight people. There are four bedrooms and a living room. There is also a washer and dryer. A caretaker is located nearby.


Residents purchase and prepare their own meals. A variety store is located in the village and a larger supermarket is located in Deer Isle. House kitchen includes gas stove, refrigerator, microwave, dishes and cookware.

Phone/Computer/ Internet Access

House has no telephone or Internet access. Extremely limited cell phone coverage. WiFi available at Stonington Library and Deer Isle Library.


There is no fee to attend this residency.


Spouses, partners and children welcome for full stay.

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. The store at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts carries many art supplies, but is open during limited hours.

Gallery Hours

Artists-in-residence are required to open the house to the neighboring community and visitors two days a week, as part of Stephen Pace’s bequest. During this time they must remain on the property and oversee visitors. Gallery hours are Wednesday evenings from 5:00-7:00pm and Saturdays from 10:00am–2:00pm.


Applications must be received by 5:00pm on February 28, 2017. Late and incomplete proposals will not be accepted. Notification of awards will be made in April. Only online applications will be accepted.

Review Process

A review committee comprised of the Director of Alumni Relations, one Alumni Council member, the Vice President for Advancement, and one member of the MECA community will award the residencies. Proposals will be reviewed on a competitive basis. Priority consideration is given to degree-holding BFA, MFA, and MAT alumni who are painters. 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.

Past Residents

Michel Droge MFA ’10
Julie Freund ’81 (with Lindsay Hancock, Anne Ireland ’94, Anne Niles, Phoebe Porteous, Holly Ready ’94, and Jenny Scheu)
Ian Goldsborough ’14
Greta Grant ’16 (with Tabitha Bernard ’16)
Adriane Herman
Hilary Irons
Kate Katomski ’02
Adrienne Kitko MAT ’15 (with Meredith Leoni MAT ’15 and Ceri Nichols MAT ’15)
Sage Lewis ’04
Tessa O’Brien MFA ’16
Isabelle O’Donnell ’17
Maia Snow ’13
Sabrina Volante ’14 (with Nicole Holmes ’14)

Suzanne Anderson ’86
Margaret Lawrence ’93
Bruce Brosnan ’95
Gabriella Sturchio ’12
Adrienne Kitko MAT ’15
with Ceri Nichols MAT ’15
Shaun Aylward MAT ’15
Debra Schaeffer MAT ’15
Meredith Leoni MAT ’15
Jonathan Novak ’15
Samantha Haedrich

Joanne Arnold ‘79
Greta Bank
Louise Bourne ‘88
Thomas Cummins MFA ‘05
Jeremiah Demme MFA ‘05
Russell French ‘83
Shaun Jarvis MFA ‘05
Mary Anne Lloyd ‘83
Nancy Gibson Nash
Scott Nash
Tim Reimensnyder ‘84

Cindy Davis ’90
Nikki Farrand ’11
Rena Wood
Scott Nash
Russell French
Nancy Gibson Nash
Mary Anne Lloyd ’83
Judith Schneider MFA ’14
Kathleen Daniels MFA ’14
Cat Bates ’09
Hillary Irons
Lawrence Kumpf ’04

Anthony Bragg ’07
Andrew Haviland ’12
Emma Sampson ‘11
Jude Valentine ‘78
Scott Peterman
Anne Ireland ‘94

Mark Jamra
Larissa Mellor ’04
Rachael Eastman ’94
Nik Bsullak ’99
Dietlind Vander Schaaf

Richard Abbott ’78
Hannah Barnes ’02
Marguerite Lawler
Erin Sweeney ’94
Mary Linnea Vaughan MFA ’00

Matt Burnett MFA ’06
Quinlan Corey MFA ’06
Linsey Wallace ’08
Anne Garland ’93
Brett Walker ’06

Past Residents

Joanne Arnold ‘79
Greta Bank
Louise Bourne ‘88
Thomas Cummins MFA ‘05
Jeremiah Demme MFA ‘05
Russell French ‘83
Shaun Jarvis MFA ‘05
Mary Anne Lloyd ‘83
Nancy Gibson Nash
Scott Nash
Tim Reimensnyder ‘84



Contact Alumni Relations at 207.699.5016 or email