Resident Artist Program

Resident Artist Opportunities

TEN-MONTH RESIDENCY – Applications Due May 1, 2020  This program provides up to three emerging artists with personal studio space, time, and tools to make and pursue their goals in a structured studio environment. Residents apply in their primary studio area, and the program includes access to all studios, metals, clay, wood, and the Smith Fab Lab. Residents are required and compensated for teaching two, three-hour community classes each week, one for youth and one for adults. Residents oversee the Gallery and participate in bi-monthly meetings with peers and staff to discuss projects and the practicalities of being a self-supporting artist. Residents assist staff with various administrative tasks for up to 10 hours a week and the residency begins August 1, 2020, and runs through May 31, 2021. Pocosin Arts cannot accommodate pets. 

Residents arrive August 1 to begin ten-month residencies.

Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft is in the picturesque town of Columbia, North Carolina, with a population of approximately 900. Our campus is located on the banks of the beautiful Scuppernong River and within walking distance of several restaurants, a public library, hardware, and grocery store. It is a community that provides plenty of solitude and distraction-free time to work.  Other nearby attractions include North Carolina’s famous Outer Banks, the town of Edenton, “The South’s Prettiest Small Town,” and Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads are 1.5 hours northeast.

The strongest candidates demonstrate a commitment to their craft that is evident in their work. Ideal applicants are:

  • Self-motivated, focused on their work, and have a clear vision for their time in residence
  • Enjoy teaching and sharing their knowledge of craft with students ranging in age from six and up
  • Want to contribute and be of service to the community and the school


Studio Hours: Residents are required to be in their studios five days per week from 10:00 am. until 5:00 pm. During this time they engage in their work, oversee the gallery, teach or assist staff. 

Resident Gallery:
The Gallery is light filled 250 square foot storefront and features resident work and contemporary craft exhibitions.  The ceramics and metals studios overlook the gallery through floor to ceiling windows and residents greet and talk with visitors, handle sales and provide information about the school.  

Residents mount and manage exhibitions during their residency including a resident’s invitational show. 

Studio Coordinator:
During the Residency period Pocosin will host about six workshop sessions. Resident Artists serve as the studio coordinator in their primary studio and are responsible for:

  • Managing their primary studio space and coordinating with staff to ensure that studios are organized, clean and all equipment is in good working order
  • Preparing the studio for workshops, conducting assistant and instructor orientations, answering questions, distributing materials and overseeing studio safety

Guest Liaison: 
Residents assist lodge guests with minor issues and questions, inform staff of guest concerns and secure the lodge at the end of the day

Residents are an important part of our education program and teach weekly youth and adult classes. Youth programs include Art After School, Summer Art Camp, and other special programs.  Community classes for 18 years and up are offered weekly in metals, ceramics, painting and the Smith Lab.  Residents are compensated for teaching and are expected to teach one 2.5 hour youth and one 3 hour adult class per week.A

Applications Due May 1, 2020
Pocosin Arts is accepting applicants for clay, metals, and the Smith fab lab for 10-month residencies. The residency is open to U.S. citizens and residents are selected through a competitive process. Residencies begin August 1, 2020 and end May 31, 2021.

Financial Information
Residents receive a monthly stipend ($300/ month), housing, utilities and kitchen, laundry and studio space/use without additional charge. Resident artists are compensated for teaching at a rate of $15.00/hour. Residents supply all materials and consumables used in personal work. The commission rate for residents is 30% on gallery sales and commissioned work