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Resident Artist Program

Artist Residency

This program provides up to three emerging artists with studio space, time, and facilities to pursue their artistic goals. Artists apply in their primary studio area, and the program includes access to all of our studios: metalsmithing, clay, wood, and the Smith Digital Fabrication Studio. Residents are expected to be working in their studios for the majority of their time here. Residents also receive free housing and utilities, access to shared kitchen and laundry facilities, and a personal workspace. Optional part-time employment is available.

The residency is competitive, and selection is based on quality of work, a desire to teach, and clearly articulated goals. Pocosin Arts primarily accepts applications for metalsmithing, ceramics, and the Smith fabrication lab, though proposals from other disciplines are also considered. The strongest candidates will demonstrate a commitment to their craft, have a clear vision for their time in residence, and a desire to teach.

The residency begins September 2022 and runs through May 2023.

Arrival:
Residents arrive September to begin nine-month residencies.

Community:
Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft is located in the picturesque town of Columbia, North Carolina, with a population of approximately 900. Our campus on the banks of the beautiful Scuppernong River is near several restaurants, a public library, hardware, and grocery store. It is a small 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.

Qualifications:
The strongest candidates will 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

Teaching:
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.

Financial Information:
Residents receive free housing and utilities, access to shared kitchen and laundry facilities, and a personal workspace in their primary studio. Residents are also offered optional employment for up to eight hours per week at a rate of $15/hour, to assist staff with various campus duties. Residents also receive 70% on sales or commissions of their work through Pocosin’s gallery.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate partners, children, or pets in our housing.

Applications are closed and will resume in Spring 2023

Pocosin Arts primarily accepts applications for metalsmithing, ceramics, woodwork, and the Smith fab lab for 9-month residencies. Proposals from other disciplines are also considered, provided the applicant can fulfill our teaching requirement and provide their own equipment. The residency is open to U.S. citizens and residents are selected through a competitive review process. Residencies will begin September 2022 and end in May 2023.