General Information

CAI ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM is designed to encourage and assist artists to realize new projects and ideas. It is open to artists who want to experience living & working in a New England art ground. We anticipate artists inspired by this beautiful environment, intensely creating their artwork and conducting intellectual dialogue with other fellow artists. For artists who takes on 3 months or longer residency will be given a solo show in CAI Gallery. Our facility is open all year round; the period of artist residency typically varies from one month to seven months.

Our Ground is a 10-acre former granite quarry surrounded by nearly 100 acres of beautifully maintained trailed Town forest and Recreation Park with weekly outdoor concerts and culture program. CAI facility includes a 7,000 Sq feet multi-purpose building with 2 galleries, 1 classroom/workshop, 1 sculpture-music performance hall, in which artists have their own private room, wireless internet, shared office/kitchen/living room and 10 acres of outdoor sculpture park and working space. Our facility is equipped with industrial power and machinery to provide resources for artists to produce large-scale artwork. Our 1.5-acre pond offers beautiful scenery, inspiring artistic meeting places and recreational possibilities. CAI is located in Acton, 25 miles from the City of Boston with frequent train service, and is four hours by car from New York City.

Travel and Transportation

There is frequent train service from Acton to and fro Boston. By car, Boston is 40 minutes away, the pick up and deliver fee from Boston bus station is $10, from Logan Airport is $60. Free pick up and delivery when artists arrive in the beginning and leaving at the end of the residency.

Residency fees are $1,800/month for the following services:

HOUSING: private bedroom, wireless Internet, shared bathroom, office, living room, kitchen, laundry facility

FOOD: artist self-manage (CAI provides kitchen)

STUDIO: shared

FACILITIES: choice of outdoor working locations, heavy equipment with operator available when needed

MATERIALS: some materials such as granite, wood, and recycled metals are available to resident artists for free

EXHIBITION: will be held whenever possible (a solo show can be arranged)

TRANSPORTATION: free pick up and deliver to/fro Boston Logan Airport at the time of arrival/departure. If Artists wish to travel other times, the pick up and deliver fee from Boston bus station is $10, from Logan Airport is $60

For Artists (and/or Artists’ friend&family) who travel through and wish to stay short term, the fee is $50/per day, per person (food not included)

Resident Artist’s Responsibilities

  • Travel expenses (local and international) including air ticket
  • Provide own medical Insurance
  • Sign a liability waiver form
  • Provide own food and all consumables (living and art) expenses
  • Keep self living space clean and restore working spaces to their original condition at the end of residency
  • Comply with CAI’s rules and share the grounds and facilities with CAI’s scheduled events

Application Procedure

Email the following to: contemporaryartsinternational@gmail.com

  • BIOGRAPHY (brief, maximum 2 pages)
  • WORK SAMPLES: visual artists 3 digital photos; time-based artists a 3-minute video

Applications are reviewed all year round.