DEADLINE: April 1 for following calendar year, but accepted year round

The Arts/Industry residency program is open to all emerging and established visual artists working in any discipline. Applying artists need not be trained ceramists or metal sculptors. However, they must have the capability of quickly mastering the industrial technologies. Artists may choose to work in either the Pottery or the Foundry/Enamel Shop or both. Not everyone who selects both areas may have the opportunity to work in both areas because of space and personnel limitations.

Arts/Industry is often cited as the most unusual ongoing collaboration between the arts and industry in the United States. Hundreds of emerging and established visual artists have benefited from the Arts/Industry program at Kohler Co. since its inception in 1974.   Participants are exposed to a body of technical knowledge that enables them to explore forms and concepts not possible in their own studios as well as new ways of thinking and working.

Artists-in-residence may work in the Kohler Co. Pottery, Iron and Brass Foundries, and Enamel Shop to develop a wide variety of work in clay, enameled cast iron, and brass including but not limited to murals and reliefs, temporary or permanent site-specific installations, and functional and sculptural forms.

Although certainly not mandatory, artists interested in a residency are encouraged to tour Kohler Co. in order to aid them in understanding the possibilities and parameters of the program and in preparing an application.

Applications are accepted year-round, but there is a deadline of April 1 for residencies in the following calendar year. The following materials are needed to apply:

  • Current resume.
  • Four (4) references: people who know you and your work, whom we may contact.
  • Brief summary of your proposal (limit proposal to 200 words).
  • Preferred area of concentration: Foundry/Enamel Shop and/or Pottery. If Joint application with Corning, please specify preferred area of interest at Kohler (Foundry or Pottery).
  • Preferred length of residency (from 2 to 6 months).
  • Twenty (20) digital images of previous work – images must be in JPEG format, and not exceed 1920 pixels x 1920 pixels, or 1mb per image.