Penland Resident Artist Program: 1-year or 3-year residency opportunities

Associated Residency Program

Penland’s Resident Artist Program, established in the 1960s, is one of the longest running residencies in the US. The program is designed for professional craft artists who are at a pivotal moment in their creative practice or career—the residency is an opportunity for them to pursue objectives that will have a lasting effect on their work and their lives. Depending on the nature of an applicant’s goals, we now offer two options for interested candidates.

  • 1-year project based residency; artists submit a project proposal and may use the time  to push technical and conceptual boundaries, to conduct research and development in a particular topic or process, or to explore an entirely new aspect of their work.  
  • 3-year career transition residency; artists submit objectives to advance their studio practice, to work out the practicalities of making a living, or to make a formative transition in their career path.
Residency Length
1 year - 3 years
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Mixed Media
Book Arts
Ceramics/Clay Arts/Pottery
Fine Metals/Jewelry
Glass Arts
Installation Arts
Paper Arts
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Public Art
Pets (Non-service animals)
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Residents granted leave during residency
Spouses/partners allowed for full stay (non-collaborators)
Children allowed for full stay
Stage of Career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Donate a work of art
Participate in public programming
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Give artist talk or presentation
Accessible Housing
ADA Compliant
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Meals Provided
Some meals (at least 2 meals provided)
Residents have access to private kitchen
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Additional Eligibility Information

We encourage self-motivated, focused individuals working in traditional and nontraditional studio crafts to apply for a residency. No prior connection to the school is required to apply. Penland celebrates varied ideas, world views, and personal characteristics, and is committed to being an organization that welcomes and respects everyone regardless of age, ability, ethnicity, race, religion, philosophical or political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nationality, geographic origin, and socioeconomic status.

Applications are reviewed by a national committee of artist peers, curators, educators, and other arts professionals who are knowledgeable about material-based work and the craft field in general and/or understand what it takes to be successful in a self-directed residency. Panelists rotate frequently to bring a range of new perspectives to the application process, and creating a diverse group of residents is one of the stated goals of selection. 

 Applications are evaluated using the following criteria:

  • We factor equity and diversity into all of our decision making.
  • Portfolios are scored in these three areas: innovation, intention, and skill.
  • Applications must present a clear, compelling proposal for a 1-year project or 3-year objectives that can be well supported, informed, and inspired by a residency at Penland.
  • CVs are reviewed to determine if a candidate is actively engaged in professional artistic practices.
  • The particular qualities of the available studios and a balance of media will also be a factor.

All media taught at Penland are considered appropriate for the Resident Artist Program: books, clay, drawing/painting, glass, letterpress, iron, metals, papermaking, photography, printmaking, textiles, wood. Most resident studios are not media specific; however, the particular qualities of the available studios and the balance of media represented by the current group of resident artists sometimes limits each year’s openings to a range of media.

The experience of living at Penland is shaped in many ways by its rural location, its mountainous terrain, and by the age and nature of the facility. A successful residency depends in part on expectations consistent with what Penland has to offer.


Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
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Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
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Residency Fees
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Fee Details

There is no cost to residents for housing, studio space, or utilities.

Artists are responsible for providing tools and equipment vital to their daily studio practices; resident artist studios are simply raw studio spaces. 

Artists are responsible for travel expenses to and from Penland

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
US Dollar (USD)
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application