Arts/Industry Residency 2025

For more than forty years, Arts/Industry has been connecting artists with the resources, technology, and materials of Kohler Co., and providing a place to explore new ideas, processes, and perspectives. Artists from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Each year, up to twelve artists are selected for residencies in the Pottery or Foundry areas of the factory through a competitive jury process. No experience with clay or cast metal is required, just an interest in pursuing a new body of work and being open to new ideas.

Arts/Industry residencies are three months in length and divided into three cohorts. There are four artists-in-residence in each cohort—two in Pottery and two in Foundry. Residents are expected to commit to the full three-month period. Artists-in-residence receive 24-hour access to studio space, industrial materials, use of equipment, technical assistance, photographic services, housing, round-trip transportation, and a modest weekly stipend.

Thank you for your interest in the John Michael Kohler Art Center’s Arts/Industry program. In 2024, Arts/Industry celebrates 50 years of providing artists with opportunities to utilize the industrial materials and processes at Kohler Co. 

To mark this occasion, the 2024 Arts/Industry cohort will be by invitation only. Artists will work alongside Arts Center curators and educators to bring the work of the artists-in-residence, the factory, and hands-on workshops to our galleries. 

Please direct non-media inquiries to Siara Berry, Arts/Industry program director, at sberry@jmkac.org. For media inquiries, please reach out to Pat Duchene, Communications Manager, at PDuchene@jmkac.org

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. 

Arts/Industry application materials must include:   

  • 10 images of the artist’s work 
  • A résumé/CV (3 pages maximum)
  • Statement of Interest (250 words or less)
  • Artist Statement (250 words or less)
  • 2 professional references 

If selected as a semi-finalist, you will be asked to elaborate on your residency goals and desired outcomes of the program by providing a project proposal. 


Applications open until February 1, 2024

Website link: https://www.jmkac.org/arts-industry/applications/

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