Traditional Residencies – year round

Residency applications are accepted and reviewed on rolling basis.

Founded in 2000, Zea Mays Printmaking is one of the first community studios in the USA to focus on safer and non-toxic printmaking practices. Housed in a mid-19th century brick factory building in a sleepy section of Northampton, Massachusetts, our studio comprises 6000 sq. feet of printmaking bliss.

Our Residency Program provides an opportunity for artists to work in a cutting-edge studio, research center, educational institution and artistic community. We strive to create an environment that is both professional and personal with great respect for the creative process of each artist.

Residencies are designed to fit an artist’s unique needs and desires. The core of the Residency is a prolonged time to work in our well-equipped printmaking studio. In addition, an artist can add to their program personalized instruction in a host of printmaking techniques. It can be a time of learning and experimenting, or editioning, or the execution of a preconceived project.

Artists can apply for a residency as individuals, or as a pair of artists who are willing to share the space.

Residencies are self-funded by the artists and their supporters. Applications are reviewed by the studio director, Liz Chalfin, residency coordinator, Sheldon Carroll and rotating members of the studio.


  • Residencies are 2-12 weeks in length.
  • Residencies begin on Mondays (check-in 4-6 PM) and end on Sundays (at midnight)
  • On-site accommodations are provided in the 2nd floor apartment at the studio. The apartment includes two private bedrooms and a shared kitchen, bathroom and living room. Other occupants of the apartment during your residency might include another resident, a faculty member or a workshop participant.
  • Upon arrival Residency Artists will receive an orientation to the studio and equipment.
  • In-Depth technical instruction needs to be arranged in advance and costs $75/hour.


The clean, cozy apartment on the second floor of our building is designed specifically for our residency artists. The apartment consists of two private bedrooms, a shared kitchen, sitting room and bath. Each room has two windows and high ceilings. Each bedroom has an XL full-sized bed (the width of a full/length of a queen), a 2’x4″ work table and chair, lamp, shelves and hooks. The kitchen is fully equipped with a gas stove, microwave, full size refrigerator, table and chairs. Dishes, pots and pans, cutlery, coffee maker, kettle are all provided. The sitting room is furnished with a sofa, easy chair and tables. The bathroom has a shower, sink, toilet, and shelving. There is an additional ½ bath (wc) in the hall outside the apartment. There is WiFi throughout the building. The entire building is heated and air-conditioned.

The Environs

Florence is a village in the city Northampton, which is nestled in the Connecticut River Valley and the renown 5-college district, which is comprised of Smith College, The University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Hampshire College and Mount Holyoke College. Each of these institutions have excellent museums. Northampton is known regionally for fantastic food, shops, music and galleries. This unique location offers the amenities of a thriving intellectual and cultural community and the outdoor distractions of the woodlands of the Berkshire Mountains and fertile farms of the Connecticut River Valley.