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inspiring the next generation

Sustaining Craft

Open to aspiring artists in clay (and those who might work across more than one medium), the Worcester Center for Crafts’ Artists in Residence Program is designed to support the growth of pre-professional artists. Residents are chosen through a competitive process and are with the Center for 1 to 2 years.

Artists in Residence terms generally begin in September and go through 10 active months, culminating with a group exhibit in the Krikorian Gallery. Applications are accepted beginning in January of the year that a resident hopes to start. The application deadline is April or until the available spots are filled, whichever comes first.

The application package includes a resume, slides of your work, an application form and references. Please use the official application.

How We Support Residents

During the residency, the Worcester Center for Crafts supports our artists by:

  • Providing each resident artist a studio space with 24-hour access and storage for materials, supplies, and work
  • Giving advice and support with regularly scheduled critiques and peer reviews to assist in honing studio practice
  • Scheduling a gallery show in the Center’s Krikorian Gallery, planned and shared with other residents in late spring/summer
  • Securing membership in ArtsWorcester for residents to encourage them to be active in the larger regional arts community


How Residents Give Back

As an artist in residence, you will become part of the Worcester Center for Crafts faculty and staff. While continuing your focused pursuit of your creative work, you also have opportunities to teach (on average, 1 class per week), mentor students, provide studio support, and actively participate in the diverse studio communities that make up the Worcester Center for Crafts. Each studio area has the option, on an as-needed basis, to select a resident technician who, in lieu of teaching, oversees technical management of that studio area’s facility.

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Support the Artist-In-Residence Program

You can help the Worcester Center for Crafts in its support of Artists in Residence by:

Providing free or below-market-rate housing for a resident (1-2 years)

Volunteering to help with their exhibition and opening reception

Giving to the Worcester Center for Crafts to help underwrite the costs of the program

Endowing the program and ensuring that students of limited means can afford to apply for a residency

To discuss support, please contact Executive Director Elaine McKenna-Yeaw at emckennayeaw@worcester.edu