Traditional Residencies – year round
applications accepted and reviewed on rolling basis

Zea Mays Printmaking is one of the premier green studios in the USA. Housed in a late 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 artist community. We strive to create an environment that is both professional and personal with great respect for the creative process of each artist.  Residencies at Zea Mays Printmaking provide artists an opportunity to learn the latest developments in safer and non-toxic printmaking.

Our 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 green printmaking studio. In addition an artist can add workshops, personalized instruction, and individualized critique to their residency experience. It can be a time of learning and experimenting, or editioning or the execution of a pre-conceived project. We hope to establish lasting relationships and invite our residency artists to return to Zea Mays Printmaking throughout their careers.

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.


Full Residency ~ 2+ weeks in a Private studio (the Annex)

Enjoy the luxury of a fully equipped private print studio within our print shop.  The Annex is equipped with a 42″ x 70″ Takach etching press, large work tables, and inking tables, plenty of wall space for work in progress, sink, ferric etching tank. 24 hour access/ 7 days a week. Spread out and dig in!

Full Residencies are scheduled in 2, 3 and 4 week blocks and can be combined for up to 12 weeks. Full Residencies include on-site accommodations.


Mini Residency ~ 6 days in our Members’ studio

Join Zea Mays Printmaking members in the upstairs studio for a burst of printmaking intensity. The Members’ Studio (2200 sq. ft.) is on the 2nd floor of our building and houses 3 etching presses (max. size 24″ x 48″) and a relief press. There are private work areas for 7 artists, a hotplate, small etching facility, members’ kitchen and library. The Members’ studio is a monitored space with a knowledgeable studio representative always on hand to help set the presses and maintain the space. The Members’ studio is open Tues-Wed 10-8, Thurs-Fri 10-6, 2nd and 4th weekends of the month (Sat & Sun) 10-5. It is closed Mondays and alternate weekends.

Mini-Residencies are 6 days in length and include on-site accommodations.



Zea Mays Printmaking has several different studio spaces within our 6000 sq. ft. building.

The ground floor houses our Teaching Studio where we host workshops, our main etching facility, darkroom, screenprinting studio, computer room, archives, and the private studio we call the Annex.

The second floor houses our Members’ Studio, kitchen, library, office and Residency Apartment.

The entire building is heated and air-conditioned and there is wifi throughout.

Our open hours are Tues-Thurs. 10-8, Fri 10-6, 2nd and 4th weekends of the month (Sat & Sun) 10-5. During these hours all of the facilities are open and available for use by members and residency artists (scheduling required).


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, nightstand, lamp, shelves and hooks. The walls have ample space to hang work in progress. 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. We have 2 bicycles with locks and helmets available for our residency artists to use.  There is wifi throughout the building. The entire building is heated and air-conditioned.

view pictures of the apartment here


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.


Full Residency in the Private Studio (the Annex)
$1500 for 2-week session, includes accommodations in on-site apartment.
$2250 for 3-week session, includes accommodations in on-site apartment.
$3000 for 4-week session, includes accommodations in on-site apartment.


6-day Mini-Residency in the Members’ Studio:
$600  includes accommodations in on-site apartment.


Private Lessons or critique: $65/hour
Workshop during residency: members’ price (10% discount)
Extra occupant in room: $350 per week or $75 per night

Applications are accepted on an on-going basis.  



Residencies are self-funded by the artist.  Here is a partial list of grant opportunities for residencies.

Puffin Foundation:
Awards grants of up to $2500 to individuals pursuing projects aimed to
inform the public about current national or global issues.

A variety of funding opportunities open to women artists.

Creative Capital:
Awards funding and access to artist development resources to artists
with original project ideas.

Artist’s Resource Trust (A.R.T) Fund for Individuals:
Available to New England and New York-based artists with some
experience in their field and demonstrable financial need.

Rhode Island Foundation Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson
Available to emerging or mid-career artists who live in Rhode Island.

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation:
Offers grants to artists who demonstrate maturity in their practice
and financial need.

The Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation:
Awards up to $1500 to artists with a developed portfolio and a new
project in mind.

Sustainable Arts Foundation:
Awards $6000 to artists with children under the age of 18.

Funding for artists from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los
Angeles, and San Francisco.

The Awesome Foundation:
Awards $1000 a month for a variety of projects.

MCC/ LCC Grant Program:
Offers funding to artists who bring art to the Northampton, Florence,
and Leeds communities.