Resident Artist Program

Resident Artist Opportunities


 This program is currently on hold until Spring 2022 pending completion of a campus-wide renovation entitled, “Crafting Community.” 

The campus-wide renovation plan is slated to begin in June 2021. The 1.2 million dollar project is possible through combined philanthropic gifts from The Nicholson Foundation of Newark, New Jersey, the Windgate Foundation of Little Rock, Arkansas, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Facilities Grant program.

Working with architect Mark Kasten of Nags Head, the renovations will enlarge and bring three studios under one roof at the historic 201 Main Street location. The plan calls for an enlarged footprint for metals, ceramics, and a woodshop that will occupy the entire first floor of the brick building, once known as the Davis Coffield building (circa 1910), which the School purchased in 2004. 

The Riverview Building, Pocosin’s waterfront event space, acquired in 2019, will also be transformed to house a new commercial-grade catering kitchen, floating and stationary docks, and an outdoor pergola where students and guests can sit and enjoy the spectacular Scuppernong River. The Riverview storefront facing Water Street will become a new gallery featuring handcrafted works and exhibitions by artists associated with the School. 

These long-awaited improvements to the School’s historic buildings will ensure that all of Pocosin’s facilities are fully accessible and can accommodate expanding programs, including a partnership with the Tyrrell County Schools for woodworking classes during the school year. 

In addition to Pocosin’s classes for local adults, K-12 students, and summer arts camp participants, the School has recently expanded its offerings through a virtual workshop program, necessitated by the pandemic. Participation in Pocosin’s online classes grew tremendously, and since June 2020, along with world-class craft artists’ instruction, Pocosin has served more than 2800 Students online worldwide.  

The physical expansion of the campus, once completed, will allow Pocosin Arts to continue serving the global community of makers while resuming its in-person workshops and residencies when the renovated studios open in the Spring of 2022.

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