About Pocosin Arts

Resident Artist Program

Pocosin Arts One Year Residency – Applications Due April 8, 2019 This program  provides three to four emerging artists with studio space, time and tools to make their work and pursue their goals. The program is structured to encourage exploration with access to all studios, metals, clay, wood and the Smith Lab. Residents teach one to two classes each week, participate in a weekly meeting with peers and staff to discuss projects and the practicalities of being  a self supporting artist. 

Pocosin Arts 10-Day Summer Residency – Applications Due April 1, 2019 This ten day residency is for up to 21 artist to enjoy uninterrupted studio time to explore a new direction, experiment or collaborate, in one of three studios, ceramics, jewelry and mixed media/painting. Residents may also schedule time in Pocosin Arts’ “Smith Lab” using digital fabrication to supplement their primary studio work.

One Year Residency

Applications Due April 8, 2019

Selected artists arrive in early June to begin year-long residencies. Artists receive a monthly stipend, a furnished, private room and bath, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, and personal studio space.  Pocosin’s Main Street gallery features and sells the work of current and former resident artists and also presents an annual juried exhibition organized by the residents.


Pocosin Arts is located in the the Town of Columbia, with a population of approximately 900.  Our rural North Carolina community is situated in the northeastern part of the state and the School is just a few steps from the Scuppernong River and a short drive to North Carolina beaches. Within walking distance are several restaurants, a wine/coffee shop, public library, hardware and grocery store. Residents will find plenty of distraction free time to pursue their work however, Columbia is a welcoming town and Resident Artists are encouraged to  participate in community events and activities. 

Other nearby communities include Edenton, “The South’s Prettiest Small Town”  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 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 are willing to share their craft with students of all ages from 6 and up
  • Actively engage with the public; talking with gallery visitors about theirs and others work in the gallery


Gallery Monitor:

Resident Artists are present in their studios from 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m., five days a week unless teaching or performing community outreach. Resident studio spaces overlook the gallery, and residents greet visitors, share the Pocosin Arts story, show their work and handle sales. This gives residents the opportunity to talk about and sell their work and fellow residents.


Near the conclusion of the residency Residents participate in a “Closing Exhibition” and also manage an annual juried exhibition.

Studio Coordinator:

Pocosin Arts hosts workshops taught by practicing artists . We average one or two workshops each month which last from two to ten days. Resident Artists serve as the studio coordinator in their primary studio and they are responsible to:

  • Manage their primary studio space and coordinate with staff to keep studios stocked, clean and in good working order
  • Prepare the studio for workshops and  conduct orientation for workshop assistants and instructors, answer questions and distribute materials  
  • Oversee safety procedures

Guest Laison:

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 


Residents are an important part of our local community, sharing the creative experience with others. Residents teach our youth and adult programs. Youth programs include “Art After School” and “Summer Art Camp”.  Adult community classes are offered weekly in metals, ceramics and painting.  Residents are paid at a rate of $15.00/hour for  teaching hours and are expected to:

  • teach one Art After School class each week during the school year, 
  • teach at least one week-long Summer Art Camp session during the summer,
  • teach one adult community class each week (year-round.)

Applications Due April 8, 2019

Pocosin Arts will select one clay and one metals resident in 2019 for year-long residencies. Residencies begin and end June 1, with the possibility of an option to extend for a second year.

Financial Information: The residency is open to U.S. citizens and artists are selected through a competitive process. Year long Residents receive a monthly stipend ($300/ month). They also receive housing, utilities, studio space/use free of charge. Resident artists are compensated for teaching hours, in addition to their stipend at a rate of $15.00/hour. Resident Artists provide materials and consumables used in their work. The commission rate for residents is 30% on gallery sales and commissioned work.

10-Day Summer Residency

Applications Due April 1, 2019

Ten-Day residencies begin May 30 and end June 8.

May 30 – June 8, 2019, is set aside for Pocosin Arts School of Fine Crafts’ first Summer Studio Residency. The program is intended to provide twenty-one artists, emerging through established, with ten consecutive days of shared studio space (7 artists per studio) and time to pursue work in one of three studios: ceramics, jewelry, or painting/mixed media. Residents may also schedule time in Pocosin Arts’ “Smith Lab” using digital fabrication to supplement their primary studio work. Each studio and the Smith Lab will be staffed with a coordinator from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. to help with any equipment or studio related questions. However, they are not intended to provide instruction. The residency is designed to encourage an environment in which artists work individually and or in collaboration.

Housing: Residents will share accommodations in a quad room with up to three additional residents. Each room has a private bath, and all bed and bath linens are provided.

Meals: Residents have access to a fully equipped kitchen and a gas grill and may opt to share meal cost, preparation and clean up with other residents. There are also several restaurants within walking distance of the studios.

Materials: Residents are responsible for supplying their own materials and may ship items to Pocosin Arts in advance of the residency.

Costs: Each resident will pay a fee of $150 and any applicable fees at the end of the residency. Fees cover consumable materials, kiln firings, etc.