About Pocosin Arts

Resident Artist Program

Beginning in 2007, Pocosin Arts began a Residency Program to provide emerging artists the time and space to make, explore, and grow in a supportive community.

Selected artists, one in jewelry/small metals and one in clay, are offered residencies for one year beginning in June. Artists are provided a monthly stipend, a furnished, private room and bath, kitchen and laundry facilities, personal space in a well-equipped studio and a Main Street gallery reserved for Resident Artists.


Pocosin Arts is located in the small town of Columbia, population ~900, in rural Northeastern North Carolina. We are situated on the Scuppernong River, a few miles from the Albemarle Sound, surrounded by water, wildlife and natural beauty. Pocosin Arts is downtown; a short walk to several restaurants, a wine/coffee shop, public library, hardware and grocery store. Columbia is a welcoming town and Resident Artists are encouraged to join and participate in community events and activities. Those who enjoy living in a small town where there are few distractions will thrive here.

Other close-by communities include Edenton, “The South’s Prettiest Small Town” is 30 min. west, the Outer Banks and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore are 40 min. east, Greenville, home of East Carolina University and its thriving arts community is 1.5 hours west and Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads are 1.5 hours northeast.


The strongest candidates will have demonstrated a commitment to their craft that is evident in their work. Applicants should be self-motivated, focused on their work, with a clear vision for their time in residence. They should enjoy engaging with the public; talking with visitors to the gallery and studios about their work. As we rely on the Resident Artists to help sustain arts in this community, candidates must be willing to teach and share the creative experience with others – particularly younger learners


Gallery Stewards: Resident Artists may work in their studios as much as they wish, but they also share responsibility for keeping the gallery open from 11 – 5 Monday through Saturday. Since the studio spaces dedicated to Resident Artists overlook the gallery, this is easily managed. When responsible for the gallery, Residents greet visitors, share the Pocosin Arts story, show their work and handle sales. The gallery features the works of current Residents and offers the opportunity to talk about and sell their work.

Exhibitions: Near the conclusion of the residency Residents participate in an annual “Resident Exhibition” and are also encouraged to participate in other exhibitions and events as they arise.

Workshop Assistant: Pocosin Arts hosts workshops taught by some of the very best visual artists in the United States. We average one or two workshops each month which last anywhere from one to four days. Resident Artists are responsible for assisting the instructors and may, in that capacity, actively participate in the workshop. Workshop assistants help prepare the studios, answer studio questions, distribute materials, collect payments for studio and material fees and help with presentations, as needed.

Studio/Lodge Attendant: Residents assist workshop guests with minor issues and questions, inform staff of guest concerns, secure the lodge at the end of the day and ensure the trash and recycling is set out for collection at the end of the week.

Teaching: Our Residents are an important part of our local community, sharing the creative experience with our friends and neighbors. Residents teach in both our regular youth and adult programs. Our youth programs include “Art After School” which provides 2.5-hours of instruction twice a week while school is in session. Residents supervise weekly arts activities for the Tyrrell Middle and High School “Art Clubs”. Summer Art Camp offers two, daily, 3-hour classes for seven weeks each summer. Weekly classes for adults may also be offered. We contract with Resident Artists and other local artists provide instruction for these programs. 

Long-Term Residency

Applications Due April 1, 2019

Pocosin Arts selects one clay resident and one metals resident for year-long residencies. Long-term residencies begin and end June 1, with the option to extend for an additional year.

Financial Information: Resident Artists are selected from across the United States through a competitive process. Long-term Residents receive a monthly stipend. They also receive housing, utilities, studios and exhibition/gallery space at no cost. Resident Artists are responsible for materials and special consumables used in their work. Pocosin Arts has a reduced commission rate of 30% on gallery sales and commissioned work.

Short-Term Residency

Applications Due February 1, 2019

Short-term residencies begin May 26 and end June 9.

Financial Information: Resident Artists are selected from across the United States through a competitive process. Residents receive housing, utilities and studio access. Resident Artists are responsible for materials and special consumables used in their work. Pocosin Arts has a reduced commission rate of 30% on gallery sales and commissioned work. The cost of a short term residency is $100. 

Submission Process: Applications and all supporting materials must be received by the applicable due date:

To apply for the Resident Artist Program, please complete and submit the Resident Artist Application below. Provide the requested information by uploading files as provided in the application, by separate email to residency@pocosinarts.org or by mail to:

Pocosin Arts
Attn: Resident Artist Program
PO Box 690
Columbia, NC 27925

For further questions regarding the Resident Artist Program, contact the Executive Director, Marlene True, at marlene@pocosinarts.org or (252) 796-2787.

1. A cover letter, no more than one page, describing what you plan to achieve during the residency

2. A resume

3. Ten digital images of your work between 2 – 2.5 MB each, labeled: ArtistLastName_#.jpeg

4. Two letters of recommendation. These must be included in the materials you submit.

5. A separate document identifying all dates you anticipate you will be absent from Pocosin Arts during the Residency

6. An application fee of $25 by submitting a credit card payment here.

Pocosin Arts also rents studio space and lodging for artists seeking special short-term residencies in a community such as ours. If you are interested in applying for a special short-term residency, please contact us at (252) 796-2787 or email info@pocosinarts.org for more information.