Apply Now for the Arts/Industry Residency Program

Nov 14, 2023

Arts/Industry Residency Program applications open through February 1, 2024

Sponsored by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Applications are now open for the Arts/Industry Residency. Apply by February 1, 2024 for the 2025 cohort. For 50 years, hundreds of artists from 25 countries, have completed the residency which is administered by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and hosted by Kohler Co. Arts/Industry offers artists the time, space, resources, and technical assistance to focus on the creation of new work in the foundry or pottery of the Kohler Co. in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Many artists-in-residence come to the program with no experience in clay or metal. It is asked only that artists come with an open mind and eagerness to learn and work. Many artists say that Arts/Industry is like a master class in mold-making and casting, and they come away from their residency with a whole new set of skills.


The Residency provides the following:

  • 24-hour access to studio space
  • Industrial Materials
  • Use of industrial equipment
  • Technical Assistance
  • Photographic Services
  • Housing
  • Round-trip Transportation
  • Bi-weekly stipend

The residency consists of three fourteen-week cohorts, with four artists participating in each cohort.

Arts/Industry encourages artists to work in their studios during the daily Monday –Friday factory tours so visitors are able to see the residency program in action. At the end of their residencies, artists are required to donate two of the works they created in the Arts/Industry program, one to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and one to Kohler Co. The artist-in-residence and program director decide together on the works to be donated.

Unlike any other residency studios, the Arts/Industry studios are located right on the factory production floor in the Pottery and Foundry areas of Kohler Co.’s Kohler, Wisconsin, campus.


All artists are welcome to apply and need not have experience with clay or metal, just an interest in how the industrial environment and processes can influence their creative practice. International artists are welcome as well.

Deadline: February 1, 2024


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