Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How are people selected for summer workshops?
Workshops at Haystack are open to anyone 18 and over. After the application deadline, a review committee meets to place students in workshops for the summer. Space in each studio is limited and selections are made based upon the need to maintain a diverse student body. Your answers to the questions on the application form are an important part of the review process. For more details please read the Application Rates/Fees page on our website or the General Application Procedures and Selection Criteria section of our printed catalog.
Do I have to be an accomplished artist to attend a Haystack workshop?
No. For each workshop we select a wide range of students from varied backgrounds and skill levels. Unless otherwise noted in the course descriptions, workshops are open to all students from beginners to advanced professionals.
How much does it cost to attend a workshop?
Aside from travel costs, the main expenses for students attending Haystack are tuition, room and board, and materials fees. Materials expenses vary for each individual workshop. Students in glass or blacksmithing can typically expect to pay the most for materials. 2014 rates are posted on our Summer Session Rates/Application page and available in our 2014 course catalog.
What can I expect to pay for shop and material fees during a workshop session?
For Work Study, Minority Work Study, and Regular (non-scholarship) applicants, shop fees cover the cost of materials for common use in a studio. In blacksmithing the shop fee will be approximately $100 per week, and in glassblowing approximately $500-$700 for two-week sessions and $250—$350 for the one-week session. In all other studios the fee may range from $5 to $75 per week. For clay workshops there will be a charge for clay in addition to the shop fee. Participants will be informed of the specific amount of their shop fee at the conclusion of their session. Supplies not provided for in the shop fee may be purchased at the school store.
Do you offer scholarships?
Yes. Haystack has a competitive scholarship program which awards over 100 scholarships each year covering the cost of full tuition, room, and board. Recipients are responsible for paying shop fees and materials costs only. For full details on the specific criteria for selection and the required application materials, please review the Scholarships page under Application Rates/Fees on our website or the Scholarship Program section of our course catalog. The Scholarship application deadline is March 1st.
Can I apply for more than one scholarship?
Yes. Applicants submit to the scholarship program once in SlideRoom and can indicate more than one scholarship category and workshop choice on the application form. The Scholarship application deadline is March 1st.
If I do not receive a scholarship, can my application be considered for regular (non-scholarship) workshop selection?
Yes. When completing your online application form, there is a place to indicate if you would like your application to be considered in the regular (non-scholarship) workshop applicant pool if you are not seleced for a scholarship - you will list your workshop choices on the application form.
Do I have to send images with my summer workshop application?
Unless otherwise specified in the course description, only students applying for the Technical Assistant scholarships should submit images of their work when applying. Technical assistant applicants apply online via SlideRoom (haystack.slideroom.com). Up to five images are required for technical assistant applicants. SlideRoom addresses file size requirements at SlideRoom Applicant FAQ.
Can I submit my workshop application electronically to Haystack?
Yes. Regular (non-scholarship) applicants, may complete the application form in the printed catalog and mail (with a complete copy of application and additional materials, if required) to Haystack, or applicants can complete an application downloaded from our website, and email it to us at email@example.com. Applications may also be faxed. However, please choose only one method to submit your application and materials—mail, email, or fax (when appropriate).
How are people selected for the Open Studio Residency?
Haystack's Open Studio Residency is open to anyone 18 and over. After the application deadline, a review committee meets to select residents. Space in each studio is limited and selections are made based upon the quality of work, the ability to work in an intensive community, and, if applicable, the nature and scope of work that will be done during the residency. Haystack residents are selected by an independent review panel, which is comprised of a revolving group of distinguished professionals who work in a variety of artistic mediums. For more details please read the Summer Residency page on our website or the Residency Application Procedures and Selection Criteria section of our printed catalog.
How much does it cost to attend the Open Studio Residency?
The $35 application fee, travel costs, and materials costs are the responsibility of the residency participant. There is no charge for tuition, room & board. 2014 rates are posted on our Summer Session Rates/Application page and available in our 2014 course catalog.
Does SlideRoom have a step-by-step guide for applicants?
Yes, this guide is located on the SlideRoom website here: http://slideroom.besnappy.com/applicant-guide.
Is there a resource guide for applicants in need of technical assistance?
Yes, applicants can use the Help link at the top of the application software to view SlideRoom’s applicant FAQ here: http://slideroom.besnappy.com/review-guide.
When applying to the Open Studio Residency program, do I have to submit images?
Yes, up to five images are required for all visual artists. SlideRoom addresses file size requirements at SlideRoom Applicant FAQ. If you work in another discipline please contact Haystack to see what would be most appropriate work sample to submit.
When applying for a scholarship or to the Open Studio Residency program, can my letters of reference be submitted to Haystack separate from my application materials?
No. Letters of reference are submitted online. Applicants identify their recommenders online during the application process. The SlideRoom system emails recommenders an invitation to submit a reference, with a summary and a link to a private portal for adding the letter. This is merged with the completed application and everyone receives confirmation. Applicants should contact their recommenders early in the process to give ample time for submitting a reference. These MUST be submitted by the March 1 deadline.
For the Open Studio Residency program, will I have my own studio space?
No, Haystack provides shared studio spaces, so it is important for residents to be able to work in a supportive community setting. Residents should be self sufficient and able to work independently.
Can more than one person apply to the Open Studio Residency program as a collaboration?
If you are collaborating on a project, individual application forms and supporting materials must be submitted by each collaborator. Each applicants will include the name(s) of all collaborators.
What are my housing options for the Open Studio Residency?
Housing will be assigned at random from among the various options. If you have particular physical needs, please note these on your application.
If I am applying for the Open Studio Residency AND a summer workshop session, do I pay one application fee?
An application fee is required for the separate programs. For example, a $35 application fee accompanies an Open Studio Residency application and a separate $35 application fee accompanies a summer workshop session application. The Open Studio Residency application is submitted online via SlideRoom (haystack.slideroom.com) and regular (non-scholarship) workshop applications are submitted directly to Haystack.
If I am applying for more than one Summer Workshop Session, do I pay a $35 application fee for each application?
No, one $35 application fee covers all (one or more) applications to summer workshop sessions.
Is there a discount for attending more than one program during the summer?
Yes, there is a 10% discount on registration fee for the Summer Conference for anyone who is also attending a session workshop.
Can I attend part of a two-week session or part of the Open Studio Residency?
No, participation in the programs is for the full session.
How do I get there?
Haystack is located in Deer Isle, ME, about 250 miles north of Boston. If you are flying, the closest airport is Bangor (BGR). From Bangor it is about a 1 ½ hour drive to Deer Isle. If you give us your flight information we will make arrangements for a cab to pick you up at the airport and deliver you to Haystack. You will be billed for the cab ride at the end of the session. If you come by bus, we can also arrange for a cab to pick you up at one of the bus stations in Bangor. If you are driving here take a look at our Directions page for detailed driving directions.
What are my housing options for summer workshops?
Haystack’s campus offers a wide range of housing options to make it comfortable and cost-efficient for everyone who attends. All of our cabins are simple, “camp-like” accommodations with electricity and twin beds. We have shared rooms or single rooms, rooms with private bathrooms or rooms near central, shared bathrooms. We have two dormitory cabins (men’s and women’s) that sleep 11 people. We also have one 4-person room with a wheelchair accessible bathroom. See the Campus section on our flickr Photo Gallery site for photos of cabin spaces. For details on housing options and costs please see the Summer Session Rates/Application page under Application Rates/Fees on our website or the Tuition, Room & Board, and Shop Fees section of our course catalog.
Do you have waiting lists for your summer workshops?
Yes. If you apply for a summer workshop and do not get in your name will automatically be placed on the WAIT LIST for that workshop. You will be notified if a space becomes available for you. Even after deadlines have passed, if you would like to add your name to the WAIT LIST for a workshop you may do so by sending in an application and write WAIT LIST on it. All applications should include a credit card number for the $35.00 application fee. If you are a wait list applicant, your card will not be processed unless you are placed into a workshop. If you have questions, please Contact Haystack.
Can I get academic credit for a workshop that I take at Haystack?
Currently, academic credit for workshops is offered only through the Maine College of Art and the University of Southern Maine. Arrangements may be made to receive credit at other institutions through MECA or USM. For more details see the Academic Credit section under Application Rates/Fees of our website and in our course catalog, or contact our office.
Can I take two workshops at once?
No. While you may visit other workshops that are taking place on campus while you are attending, you can only be enrolled in one workshop during each session. You are welcome to attend as many sessions as you like and oftentimes students wishing to take more than one workshop will stay for multiple sessions.
Do you have a gallery where I can buy artwork?
No, we do not have a formal, commercial gallery. Where we can, we will gladly connect you with galleries that represent artists who have come to Haystack. If you wish to purchase artwork made at Haystack you may do so during one of our session auctions or our summer auction in which works donated by faculty, students, and staff are sold to fund scholarship programs and studio improvements. Our Calendar of Events page will continue to be updated with 2014 events and will include the dates for all session auctions and studio walk-throughs, which are fee and open to the public.
Do you have programs for kids?
No. While we run special programs in the spring and fall for local high school students, you must be at least 18 years old to attend a workshop during one of our summer sessions.
Can I visit Haystack and see what’s happening in the studios?
Haystack offers tours to the public every Wednesday at 1PM during the summer. For a small donation, you can attend one of these guided tours through each of the studios to see workshops in progress. Other than the designated tour times the studios are closed to visitors. You may still visit the campus, walk up and down the main deck, visit our store, and get information from our office if you come any other time. We also have evening presentations by faculty and staff scheduled most nights throughout the summer as well as a studio walk-through and auction at the end of each session. To see a complete schedule of our evening programs, auctions, and walk-throughs check out our Calendar of Events, which will be update in May with information about the 2014 season. All evening programs and walk-throughs are free and open to the public.
What is your cancellation policy for summer workshops?
If a cancellation is received at least 30 days before a session begins, deposits are refunded, less a $50 cancellation fee. For cancellations received between 30 and 15 days before a session begins, there is a $250 cancellations fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made within 14 days of the start of a session. This also posted on our Summer Session Rates/Application page and in our course catalog.
When are your application deadlines?
The Open Studio Residency program deadline was March 1, 2014. For summer workshops, the scholarship application deadline was March 1, 2014. All regular applications must be in by April 1, 2014 for priority consideration. Workshop applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis and students may be accepted up until the day courses begin.
What should I bring with me?
Students accepted into our summer programs will be mailed a prep sheet that contains all the basic information you need to know when attending Haystack. It details any items you will need to bring from clothing items to studio supplies/suggestions.
What supplies do you sell in the store?
The Haystack store maintains an inventory of supplies basic to most courses. If you require particular or unusual supplies for your work, we advise you to bring these with you, as we are located far from major supply sources. A list of special items to be brought from home will be given to students in workshops that require more than simple basic supplies. The store also has a stock of drugstore items, stationery, selected craft books, clothing, snacks, refreshments, small necessities, and miscellany. There is no artwork for sale in the store.
Do you allow pets?
No. We have a policy of no pets on campus.
Can I have a guest visit me while I’m attending Haystack?
Guests are welcome to visit the campus but because of limited facilities, we are unable to accommodate friends and relatives at the school as overnight guests. Space permitting and with advance notice to the kitchen we can occasionally accommodate guests at dinner for a fee. Please check with the office if you would like to have a guest visit for a meal.
Do you have high-speed internet service?
No. Internet service on campus is limited. There are two computers in the library with satellite service and while adequate for checking email they are often very slow for surfing or downloading. The library also has wireless access through the same connection for students who bring their own computers. On Island there are also some public wi-fi sites that we can suggest.
Is there cell phone service on campus?
Yes, but like internet service, cell service on campus is limited. Some carriers get better reception than others. Use of cell phones is NOT permitted in the studios, cabins, dining hall, or on the decks.
Do I need a car while I’m at Haystack?
No. While our campus is very secluded and there are no stores within walking distance, many students get by just fine for two weeks without a car. You can get essentials at our school store or easily catch a ride into town with someone who has a car if you need something we don’t have available on campus.
Still have Questions? Please feel free to contact Haystack at (207) 348-2306 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Haystack staff are available M-F, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST to talk with you about your application and materials needed, and to assist you through the application process.