Artist Residency at NISDA



If you are interested in joining us for a future Artist Residency please fill out our application form:
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NISDA’s OAR Atlantic House is just a short mile down the road from our Historic Seaview Farm Dairy Barn and Long Shed Community Center school facilities – we welcome you to create, work and collaborate with the other Artists, the Community and enjoy our Cultural Arts Lectures and Events!

The NISDA Artist Community welcomes emerging and professional artists and educators in all fields including, but not limited to, classical photography, painting, ceramics, textiles, writing, music, performance and any alternative projects committed to the creative process. NISDA is especially interested in interdisciplinary art, art in the environment and conceptual works. We welcome educators pursuing the integration of the arts and interdisciplinary projects in their classrooms. NISDA’s residency is an on-your-own, self-structured experience that provides time and your studio for personal renewal. Access to our ceramics studio can be arranged for an additional fee. Please contact for more information.


NISDA’s Wauwinet OAR Artist Residences at the Atlantic House options are small, medium and larger work-living studios, within the beautiful, natural landscape. NISDA Seaview Farm Art Center Lectures, Cultural Arts Lectures and, Gallery are resources. Nantucket Land Bank and Eat Fire Spring are our neighbors. Polpis Harbor is a stroll away and it is a short distance to Pocomo Point Wauwinet Beaches. Enjoy your private work-living studio, and also join fellow Artists for social gatherings in outdoors, as well as in the common living, dining and kitchen areas in the Atlantic House for use by all AIR’s to gather for crits, conversation and friendship. Collaborate with fellow Artists, and the Island Community as much or as little as you like – with plenty of space to work in your private live-in studio area, or join others in the lounge, dining or kitchen or the Seaview Farm, for ideas and inspiration! You may take advantage of all the Island has to offer from the Atheneum Library, museums and galleries, to the moorlands, forests and beaches.


In July & August additional studio space is not available at Seaview Farm due to ongoing programs of Painting, Drawing, Sculpture and Textiles. Residents in need of access to ceramics studio with Skutt electric kilns, slab roller and wheels will arrange their studio schedule with NISDA Admin/Clay Faculty. There is an additional fee for use of the studios. Clay studio has an additional lab fee which includes one 25 lb. box of clay, use of studio glazes and one complete firing. Additional clay and firings can be purchased for an additional cost. Please email for more information.


We’d be happy to answer any questions about the residency experience and the application process. Just email us at with your contact information and cell phone number and we will contact you.



Thirty miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket is a small island approximately 3.5 by 14.5 miles, which was formed by the receding glacial waters of the last ice age (14,000 years ago). The island has 80 miles of accessible beach on Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic. There are over 350 species of sea and songbirds, rolling heath lands covered in native wildflowers, low ground covers and hidden forests. More than 45% of the island is preserved in its natural state and is publicly accessible. The richness of the ever-changing colors and weather casts a seasonal light, which is an essential part of the island experience. Fall, winter and spring bring an increased sense of isolation, while at the same time an enhanced sense of island community. You can find maps, images and descriptions of the ecosystems and historical and cultural offerings online.

The offers acres of preserved land with varied character that can be accessed with formal application about project. Painters and artists may create temporary site-specific works with prior approval.


NISDA’s studios, surrounded by a meadow near Polpis Harbor are eight miles from town. Our Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Mixed Media Studios and deck space are in the dairy building along with textiles, photography with black/white dark-room, little Silo gallery with outdoor pavilion in the school meadow. ***Please note: Seaview Farm Barn studios are not accessible to OAR Artists in July & August, as Summer Season Art Programs are offered, however OAR Artists may arrange to exhibit their work at select times at NISDA’s Seaview Farm Art Center’s Silo Gallery.


In Nantucket Town there are grocery stores, farm stands, bakeries, bike rentals, coffee shops, post office, restaurants, many little shops, theatres, Atheneum library,  & wonderful bookstores (Nantucket Bookworks & Mitchell’s Book Corner). Also the Nantucket Historical Association’s Whaling Museum, Maria Mitchell’s Loins Observatory & Science Center, the Shipwreck Museum and many art galleries.

For more about our island community and businesses please see for information about the island and businesses.


Getting to Nantucket: Nantucket is accessible by Steamship Authority, Hy-Line Ferry or by plane via Nantucket Air or Cape Air.

Getting around the island: walk, bike, taxi, car rental or shuttle bus (shuttle bus only in summer months.

Bike rentals:,,, The Wave Shuttle bus, has limited service.


Service pets are accommodated through request and special scheduling.


Your may ship what you need to:
c/o Nantucket Island School of Design Artist Residency, 55 Wauwnet Rd., Nantucket, Ma 02554

Your Art Supplies: Access to art supplies on Nantucket is limited, and also expensive. It is prudent to order from your usual sources and bring or send UPS or FedEx. There is an art supply store: Create, 8 Amelia Drive, Nantucket, MA 02554 (508) 901-5186, definitely worth checking out, but if your needs are specific, best to be prepared.

There is internet and printer available in the common space at 55 Atlantic House. Artists should bring sheets and towels (and a beach towel). There are laundry facilities on-site in the common space in our 55 Atlantic House.


Artists may apply for a Residency Exchange for a reduction in their work-living studio fee space. OAR Artists may request a $200 reduction in their residency fee by agreeing to document their residency experience and the creative work they are doing in their live/work studio or in the landscape with photos/videos and a written press release (we can help you with this if needed) granting NISDA permission to use in future promotional materials. NISDA will have the option to submit the press release to Nantucket’s local/social media and will forward to the Artist’s hometown local media if desired. If interested, email