Alchemy Artist Residencies

Alchemy Artist Residencies

Alchemy’s AIR program is a unique opportunity to live in an immersive arts community on San Juan Island, connect with the wider SJI community via teaching and outreach activities, and have focused time to create art in an environment that supports collaboration, cross-pollination, and innovation.  Artists in Residence are encouraged to work in all of Alchemy’s studios (regardless of their area of expertise), and experiment with mediums they may not have tried before.  Alchemy’s studio technicians and infrastructure specialists are available to provide support in learning new techniques, helping AIRs take project ideas to the next level.  

All AIR opportunities include a work exchange of 12-15 hours per week, a substantial component of which is community engagement.  This can mean teaching adult level classes, leading free workshops in the park, mentoring small groups of young people, or simply interacting with Alchemy’s many studio members and visitors.  Ideal candidates are people who enjoy people, and who are energized and inspired by collaborative interactions.

Professional opportunities available to AIRs can include a final exhibition in the dome space at Alchemy, an artist talk at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, and a shared vendor booth at the San Juan Island Farmers Market.  Artists who are newer to teaching are also encouraged to gain experience by leading free all-ages workshops in our community.

Special Projects Artist Residency (Summer)

One, two, or three month residencies available June 2, 2024 – August 30, 2024

This residency is for artists who are interested in developing a special project that will remain at Alchemy after they leave.  Past projects have included an intricate stained glass window (Maya Djiji) installed in our welcome kiosk, and a wood fired kiln (Sulli Yost and Joel Diepenbrock).  Projects could be geared more towards infrastructure or decorative elements.  This residency is available for 1-3 months, depending on the project.  Applicants must be comfortable living semi-outdoors, and sharing communal bathroom and kitchen space with up to 8 other people.

Ideal candidates for this program are: 

  • Artists who are interested in working on special projects in support of AAC’s infrastructure, studio facilities, etc.
  • Artists with knowledge and experience in the materials they will be using to create their project
  • Familiar with ceramics, printmaking, or photography
  • Flexible, self-motivated, and good at managing their time
  • Have the ability to teach within our studio setting

Exchange:
The work exchange for Special Projects AIRs is 15 hours per week.  They will primarily focus on their special project, but may also teach, help with studio maintenance, and work with youth mentees. A personal living expense stipend of $300 per month is included in this program.

Optional Opportunities: 

  • Participation in a final exhibition in the dome space at Alchemy
  • Artist talk at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art
  • Shared vendor booth at the San Juan Island Farmers Market

Website link: Artist Residency Opportunity — Alchemy Art Center

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