​Mission Statement

The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation provides resources for artists, engages with community and promotes the legacy of the founding artists, Joan Beauregard and John David Ellis.

​Vision Statement

The vision of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is to encourage, expand and sustain the courageous and imaginative dialogue that is fundamental to the arts. The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation celebrates the value of art to transcend cultures and engage with diverse communities. Through its programs, the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation supports the exploration of the common ground that art occupies, the way it engages people, and its ability to reveal our shared human experience.

The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, in partnership with Portland Ovations, announces a $40,000.00 award for contemporary dance

The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is pleased to announce a national $25,000.00 award to a contemporary choreographer paired with an additional $15,000.00 to bring a performance of the awardees work to a Maine audience. The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is proud to partner with Portland Ovations to present the work of the awardee through their Raising the Barre initiative. Applications are being accepted through www.submittble.com by choreographers living in the United States beginning May 1, 2022 with a deadline of July 15 2022.

The Contemporary Dance Award is an effort to bolster the field, incubate new ideas and, thanks to our wonderful partnership with Portland Ovations and our amazing jurors, bring more dance to Maine. In its finest iteration, Contemporary Dance is transcendent and sublime, expressive and powerful beyond language. We are thrilled to join the conversation and support movement based art

Artists across America are welcome to apply. Applicants must be 18 years of age, US citizens and not enrolled in an educational program.


Kyle Abraham is an American choreographer and dancer. He founded his own company A.I.M by Kyle Abraham in 2006 in New York City and has produced many original works for A.I.M such as The Radio Show, Absent Matter, Pavement, Dearest Home, Drive, INDY, Studies on Farewell, and An Untitled Love. Kyle is a recipient of the McArthur Foundation “Genius” award.

Janet Wong is the Associate Artistic Director of the Bill T Jones/Arne Zane Dance Company. She was born in Hong Kong and trained in Hong Kong and London. Union graduation, she joined the Berlin Ballet where she first met Bill when he was invited to choreograph on the company. In 1996 she became Rehearsal Director of the Company, Associate Artistic Director in 2006 and Associate Artistic Director of New York Live Arts in 2016.

Philip Bither, Walker Art Center’s Senior Curator of Performing Arts since April 1997, oversees one of the country's leading contemporary performing arts programs. He has overseen significant expansion of the Performing Arts program, including the building of the McGuire Theater, an acclaimed new theatrical space within the Walker expansion (2005), the raising of the program's first commissioning/programming endowment, the commissioning of more than 100 new works in dance, music and performance, and the annual presentation/residency support of dozens of contemporary performing arts creators, established and emerging. Prior to this, he served as Director of Programming/Artistic Director for the Flynn Center, later becoming Associate Director/Music Curator at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). He received the Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award in 2009. He sits on numerous federal, state, local, and national foundation arts panels and he speaks and writes about the contemporary performing arts nationally.

Artist Residency Program

The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation recognizes that the arts are essential to an open, enlightened society. The residency program values innovation, experimentation and creative risk-taking in all genres, known and as yet to be discovered. We envision the residency as inclusive and diverse, prompting reflection and dialogue with other residents and the community, offering the gift of concentrated time and space in which to unveil new ideas and imagine new ways of working. Residents are expected to be full time active cohort participants. Please apply with that intent. However, if an important opportunity conflicts with your time in residence, we will try to come to an equitable solution.

Donna McNeil, Executive Director


The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, located on the coast of Maine in Rockland, will provide four light filled studios for residencies at Lincoln Street Center, a repurposed school in the heart of Rockland, and a stipend of $1200.00 a month per resident. Sleeping area in studio is provided. Interested artists may submit applications to the Foundation by visiting our website, Ellis-Beauregard Foundation no later than midnight, November 15, 2022  to Submittable. For questions please contact Donna McNeil, Executive Director at donna@ellis-beauregardfoundation.org or 207-594-5825


Artists must be at least 18 years old and residents of the United States.

Artists of any discipline may apply

There will be 6 month, one month and two month sessions. When you apply please indicate the dates you would like to attend.

6 month sessions

April 1, 2023 - September 30, 2023

2 month sessions

April 1 - May 31, 2023

June 1, 2023 - July 31, 2023

August 1 - September 30, 2023

1 month sessions

April1- April 31, 2023

May 1 - May 31, 2023

June 1 - June 30, 2023

July  1 - July 30,  2023

August 1 - August 31 , 2023

September 1 - September 30, 2023

Artists are expected to participate in events hosted by the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation and to credit the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation in all social media, exhibit announcements and any other public interface during the time their residency..

The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation sets up studio visits from critics, curators, artists and  museum directors during the residency sessions.


Lincoln Street Center Studios, 24 Lincoln Street, Rockland, Maine 04841. www.lscrockland.com

The residency is located in the lively creative community of Rockland, Maine, home to the Farnsworth Art Museum, The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Steel House, Salt Stage, The Apprentice Shop, The Camden International Documentary Film Festival, Rockland Shorts film festival, North Atlantic Blues Festival, Maine Lobster festival and many galleries.


Residency Length:  six, one and two month sessions at the discretion of the juror.

Number of artists in residence at a time: 4

Sleeping room provided in studio with shared bath and kitchen.

Meals: No meals/food provided

Companions: No Spouses/partners/children or pets allowed.


Building is ADA compliant

Keyed entry is 24 -7.

Studios are on the second floor with working elevator.

Facilities and services:

Studios are all large classroom spaces with big windows

Common room or meeting space available for residents’ use.

EBF Wing bathroom.

EBF Wing kitchen

Smoking allowed outdoors only.

There is a small theatre in the building with proscenium stage and raked seating. Use is negotiable.

Common area large service sink.

Wi-Fi provided.

How to apply:

Please submit application electronically to Submittable.com no later than 11:59pm December 1, 2021. Late applications will not be reviewed.

Please include:


10, 300 dpi jpegs of your work which may include details. Images should be current, no more than 2 years old.

Performing artists should submit work samples in currently popular, cross-platform, video formats which include mp4, mov, avi, flv, and wmv. Multiple videos may be submitted per application but their aggregate length must not exceed 2 minutes for single-project applications and 5 minutes for multi-component applications. Videos must be embedded in .pdf files with a maximum file size of 25 MB.

Proposed public engagement project is expected to evolve during the residency, is NOT a part of the application process, but is an essential component.

Review policy and notification:

Selection into The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Studio Residence program will be based on artistic excellence. Artists working at every level, emerging through established, are equitably welcomed and reviewed. Applications will be evaluated by a panel of experts in the field and applicants will be notified by email of acceptance into residency no later than December 2022


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