Through the Manoog Family Artist in Residency Program, we are proud to support the arts by creating new opportunities for rising artists here in our own community.  This program provides resident artists with resources and support services to pursue independent projects right here at the Plumbing Museum.  Artists are asked to create a body of work that reflects the relationship between art, architecture, and industrial technology within the city of Boston and Watertown. (The Manoog Family Artist Residency Program is administered by the Plumbing Museum in partnership with J.C. Cannistraro.)

Resident artists receive:manoog-studio-john-and-ryan

A 3 month residency
$2000 unrestricted funds
380 sq. ft. studio space
24/7 access to the studio
Professional development opportunities
Guided access to Cannistraro manufacturing shops and job sites
 Access to recycled fabrication materials
Full access to the Plumbing Museum library and collection
Full kitchen and bathroom (shared)
Free Wi-Fi

Facilities and Materials

The program takes place within a fabrication facility operated by J.C. Cannistraro. Artists are provided with a 380 sq. ft. studio as well as access to welding equipment, plasma cutters, and a wood shop upon request. Recycled fabrication materials used in mechanical construction are also provided to the artists when needed. Guided access to the Cannistraro job sites and other fabrication facilities can be provided with prior arrangements.

Education Programming

During the length of the residency, artists participate in a number of public events such as press events and interviews. In addition, artists are required to give a public artist talk or teach one public workshop.

Exhibition/Artists’ Work

The primary component of the residency is the final exhibition of the artists’ work, which takes place at the end of the program at the Plumbing Museum. The final exhibition production (including work installation & documentation) is arranged by the program staff. All of the work produced by artists during the term of their residencies belong to the artists. Artists are asked to donate one piece of original art created during the residency to the residency program’s permanent Alumni Collection.

Eligibility and Guidelines

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The Manoog Family Artist Residency Program is open to all artists of diverse cultural, sexual, and ethnic backgrounds. The artist must be 21 years old or older and not currently enrolled in any undergraduate or graduate degree program to apply. Artist participants are expected to make a serious commitment to the program for the entire three-month session and to utilize the studio actively and consistently (on average artists are in the studio 10-15 hours per week).

Application Requirements:

Applicants are expected to submit:

 Project proposal (700 words or fewer)
 Brief description of the project you intend to accomplish during three months of residency
• An explanation of what you want to investigate at the Manoog Family Artist Residency Program and why
Artist statement (250 words or fewer)
Resume or CV (PDF)
Work samples (up to 10 jpeg images, no more than 5 min worth of video or sound pieces)
• List of work including title, material, dimension, and date