Artist Residency at NISDA



OAR will resume July 2023. Applications will be available in March 2023.
If you are interested in joining us for a future Artist Residency, please fill out the information and your future dates of interest starting Summer 2023. Please feel free to include questions and ideas may have.



    Our Offshore Artist House and Residency Cottages are just a short mile down the road from our Historic Seaview Farm school facilities – to create, work and collaborate with the other Artists, the Community and enjoy our 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 climate for personal renewal. You may work NISDA’s Long Shed at SeaView Farm, in your cottage or in the Nantucket landscape.


    NISDA’s Wauwinet Artist Residences offer small, medium and larger studio-living, within the beautiful, natural landscape, adjacent to NISDA Seaview Farm Art Center Studios, Lectures, Gallery and resources are available and adjacent to Nantucket Land Bank Property and Eat Fire Spring. Nantucket Land Bank property, with Polpis Harbor a short distance away and Pocomo Point and Wauwinet Beaches just down the road! Enjoy your private living quarters, and also join fellow Residents for social gatherings in the on-site courtyard and in the common living, dining and kitchen spaces in the Offshore Artist 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 studio area within your Residency suite, or join others in the Main Offshore Artist House, or at the Seaview Farm for ideas and inspiration! You can take advantage of all the Island has to offer from the Atheneum Library, museums and galleries, to the moorlands, forests and beaches.


    Our Painting, Drawing, Sculpture and Mixed Media Studios and Deck Spaces at the Dairy Barn Building, just a short mile down the road from your Residency, with textiles, photography with black/white darkroom, Little Silo Gallery with outdoor pavilion in the school meadow. Our Long Shed Barn houses our Open Air Ceramics Studios with two Skutt electric kilns.


    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 by painters and artists creating temporary site specific works.


    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 in summer 2019 due to restoration projects.

    Our long shed barn houses a ceramics studio with two Skutt electric kilns. There is also a small painting studio. These studios are accessible for the summer of 2019 through October 31st.


    Town amenities include: grocery store, bakeries, coffee shops, post office, restaurants, laundromat, retail, theatres, library, bookstores, museums, galleries, bike rentals.

    About our islandcommunity 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 year round. Walking and Bike paths are parallel to the major roads. Maps are available at bike rentals and on the Shuttle website


    Service pets are accommodated through request and special scheduling.


    Your may ship what you need to:
    c/o NISDA, 71 Washington St. Nantucket, Ma 02554

    Basic Art supplies that you might need: 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 Offshore House. Residents bring sheets and towels. There are laundry facilities on-site in the common space in the 55 Offshore House.


    Artist may apply for the Summer Residency Exchange. Residents may apply to present a Lecture at NISDA’s Cultural Arts Lecture Series, Teach a Workshop. AIR Artists may also arrange to exhibit their work at select times at NISDA’s Seaview Farm Art Center.