Residency Program

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Residencies are available to established and emerging visual and literary artists 18 years of age and older without regard for race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion. The program is designed for single individuals, not for families or pets. Smoking is limited to outdoor areas. Facilities may be reserved in advance for groups and workshops.


We accept applications for residency on a continual basis; there are no deadlines. The applicant must submit the required application and samples of their artwork or writing as slides, digital photos or documents. A selection committee reviews all applications on an individual basis. Please allow a minimum of 90 days for the review process and response.
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Artcroft is located on a 400-acre working cattle farm in Nicholas County, Kentucky. The one-story 1840’s Greek Revival farmhouse has four bedrooms with a shared kitchen and bath. We also have two-story 980 square foot studio with a private bedroom and bath. The farm features a 1910 tobacco barn which has been converted into 3,520 square feet of studio space for woodworking, pottery and an exhibition gallery. There are two additional studios of 1,110 square-feet each, currently under construction. Primitive camping is available on the farm.

Artcroft’s rolling landscape has several distinct eco-environments. Walking trails, managed in conjunction with the Department of Forestry, offer enjoyment for residents and invited guests.
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Cost of Residency


The Fellowships Artcroft currently has available are:

  • The Elizabeth Locke Hughes Fellowships for Writers
  • The Florence Thorne Fellowships for Visual Artists
  • The Ed McClanahan Fellowships in Writing
  • The Ed Taylor Fellowship for Visual Artist
Care of the farm and farm animals can be included as work exchange.

Artists and writers seeking funding for their Artcroft Residency from corporations, foundations, government agencies or private sources are invited to contact Robert Barker, Executive Director, for assistance.

Artcroft is committed to working with cultural organizations and government programs that support creative individuals.


We are pleased to have worked with the U.S. State Department’s International Visitors’ Leadership Program, the Kentucky Arts Council, The Montgomery County (KY) Council of Arts, and The Hopewell Museum (Paris, KY). We welcome the opportunity to coordinate with other programs, foundations and funding sources.

Donors wishing to establish Named Fellowships, offer grants or in-kind services in support of the Artcroft Residency Program are encouraged to contact (859) 473-0552.

Work Exchange

Working in the gardens is another work exchange option

The operations of Artcroft are organized on a cooperative basis. All residents are expected to participate in the preparation of meals, cleaning of facilities, and development of gardens and studios. Paticipation in community arts programming is considered a Component of the work exchange. Many residents discover new skills and strengthen existing interests as they work with the animals, in the gardens, helping with construction projects, or even expressing themselves in the kitchen. Some residents have developed new career paths in harmony with their art, based on their experiences at Artcroft.

Our gardens yield fresh, organically grown produce for Artcroft’s kitchen. Artcroft grows additional produce to donate to area shelters.

Developing basic construction skills is yet another work exchange possibility

Opportunities in Community Arts Programming range from offering writer’s workshops, providing art classes for youth, exhibiting work at commercial galleries, and giving poetry or literary readings. When submitting an Application for Residency, please indicate your specific area of interest and provide us with advance notice of the resources you will need to present a Community Arts Programming event.
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