Applications will be accepted until the applicant pool meets our criteria. Candidates will be chosen based a combination of merit and their potential to benefit from this residency. 

The 2020 residency will run in two sessions at the same time as the school is in session, benefitting the Four Pillars artists with increased interactions with the influx of visiting artists associated with the school.

2020 residency info and application will be available by the end of October.


  • The Four Pillars artist residency is designed to promote artists beyond school who are working to build their careers and connect with audiences.

  • If you are currently enrolled in or working on a portfolio for a degree granting undergraduate, post baccalaureate, MFA or certificate program please consider applying to the Mount Gretna School of Art's Intensive Program or Studio Seminar. We may refer you to one of these programs if we determine it will benefit you more than Four Pillars.

  • Applicants are selected on the basis of merit and our assessment of the potential benefit this residency may have. We also seek a diverse demographic of artists.

    • Early to mid-career artists are encouraged to apply.

  • This residency is open to all eligible applicants so that you do not need to have been a MGSoA alumni to apply. However two of the four residency spots may be reserved for qualified and deserving MGSoA alumni. A special purpose of this residency is to reconnect MGSoA alumni with non-alumni artists of the residency and the community of Mount Gretna.

  • Applicants must clear a criminal background check, especially with regards to sex offences.

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old.


  • Thanks to recent developments this residency is now free. Artists are responsible for their art supplies and materials.

The Give and Take:

  • Artists participate in a public presentation and/or panel discussion in the PA Chautauqua's Hall of Philosophy.

  • Artists receive a private bedroom and a semi private workspace.

  • Artists participate in at least one four person exhibit of their work. We'll do our best line up additional shows to promote and sell your work.

    • a standard "gallery-style" sales agreement with our non-profit ensures that the sales commission benefit the next round of "Four Pillars" artists.

  • Artists live "family-style" in the Artist Cottage and are mutually responsible for household cleaning and chores, sharing food and meals together. A CSA farm share is provided weekly with fresh organic seasonal veggies. The cottage and the work-space is strictly off limits to any commercial use such as sales of art-work from the studio area, or related visitors. Four Pillars wants to maintain an art-making atmosphere in the cottage and work areas, not an art sales atmosphere.

  • For the first time in 2019 Four Pillars will operate at the same time as the Mount Gretna School of Art so that the artists in residence can benefit from the influx of visiting artists, lectures and activities associated with the school.

  • Artists perform up to 12.5 hours per week of service to the school per week.

Four Pillars artist residency is a non-profit service of the Mount Gretna School of Art (MGSoA) whose non-discrimination policy flows through to the Four Pillars artist residency and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, genetic information, or age in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, employment, or any other program or activity.

This info is subject to growth and change.