Since 2007, the ‘Brown Foundation Fellowship Program’, based at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France, has offered residencies of one to two months to mid-career arts and humanities professionals to focus on their areas of expertise.
Located in Ménerbes, one of the most beautiful villages in France, this 19th-century townhouse was the property of General-Baron Robert (1772-1831), a native of Ménerbes who received numerous honors during the Napoleonic wars in Spain, and was bought in 1944 by Dora Maar, surrealist artist and photographer. Companion and muse of Picasso from the late 1930s to the early 1940s, following their breakup Dora spent each summer in solitude in Ménerbes. After her death in 1997, an American arts patron, Nancy Brown Negley, bought and renovated the house to create a residency for writers, academics, and artists.
We invite mid-career artists and humanities professionals to apply to our program.
What does the Fellowship include?
one to two months in residence at the Dora Maar House
a private bedroom and bath, and a study or studio in which to work
expenses paid for round-trip travel from a fellow’s home to the Dora Maar House
a grant based upon the length of stay at Dora Maar House
What is expected of the Fellows?
that you enjoy the opportunities this remarkable residence offers you;
that you help us learn about the residence’s strengths and weaknesses and suggest how we can improve the Dora Maar experience;
that you use your time well;
that you are friendly to the citizens of Ménerbes while you are there; and make one public presentation during the monthly “Salons”;
that you donate to Dora Maar House one drawing, publication, etc. created during your stay there;
and, should a publication come from your work there, that you recognize The Residency Program at the Dora Maar House in your acknowledgments.