Penland Winter Residency: 2-4 week project residencies in well equipped studios

Associated Residency Program

Penland’s Winter Residency program is a short-term residency opportunity for artists seeking to work independently in one of our 16 media specific studios during Penland’s quiet season. Practicing artists of all backgrounds and at any stage of their career are encouraged to apply for a 2-week or 4-week session. Shared studio access is provided to a small number of artists each session; we invite enough people to encourage conversation and creative camaraderie, but not so many that focused time in the studio is compromised. Residents’ time is their own; there are no workshops, critiques, or required activities. Our goal is to support creative experimentation by offering artists the time, space, and equipment they need to advance professional development.

Penland Winter Residencies are for:

  • Artists needing access to facilities for research and development that can be supported by Penland’s well-equipped studios
  • Art educators and administrators who are seeking focused studio time during a winter break or sabbatical
  • Collaborating artists who want to work on a specific project or simply alongside one another in order to share technical expertise and/or creative inspiration
  • Art professionals who need time away from daily responsibilities and distractions to focus on a creative project
Residency Length
2 weeks - 4 weeks
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Book Arts
Ceramics/Clay Arts/Pottery
Costume/Fashion Design
Digital Fabrication
Fine Metals/Jewelry
Glass Arts
Graphic Design
Installation Arts
Mixed Media
Paper Arts
Public Art
Social Practice
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Accessible Housing
ADA Compliant
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Meals Provided
Residents have access to shared kitchen
No meals are provided
Studios/Special Equipment
Shared Studios
Dedicated Studio/Shop Technicians - Part Time
Exhibition / Installation Space
Ceramics Workspace
Electric Wheels
Kick Wheels
Slab Roller
Clay Mixers
Plaster Room
Raku Kiln
Electric Kiln
Gas Kiln
Glass Blowing Workspace
Glass Casting
Dedicated Metal Shop
Heavy Metals / Blacksmithing
Fine Metals / Jewelry Making
Jeweler’s Bench
Anvils, Stakes + Hammers
Hydraulic Press
Soldering Workspace
Gas/Oxy Torches
Acetylene/Air Torches
Soldering Picks+Tweezers
Solderite Boards
Finishing Room
Bench Grinder
Buffing Machine
Bead Blaster
Casting Room
Enameling Kilns
Electroforming + Etching Room
Darkroom (Black And White)
Lighting Studio/Green Screen
Large Format Printer / Plotter
Printers + Scanner
Photo + Video Editing Suite
Painting Workspace (Oil)
Drawing Benches
Printmaking Workspaces
Book Arts Facilities
Etching Press
Glass Inking Table
Drying Racks
Aquatint Box
Hot Plates
Metal Plate Shear
Paper Soaking Sinks
Paper Tearing Table
Acid Room
Silkscreen Studio
Lithography Studio
Large Sinks
Large Exposure Unit
Washout Room
Papermaking Studio
Textiles Workspace
Floor Looms
Fiber Arts Workspace
Dye Area
Padded Screen Print Tables
Hooded Dye Mixing Station
Drying Room
Washer And Dryer
Dedicated Wood Shop
Woodworking Tools
Router Table
Wood Bending Equipment
Wood Vises And Wood Working Table
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Shared bedroom
Additional Eligibility Information

We encourage practicing artists of all backgrounds and at any stage of career to apply for a residency. We celebrate varied ideas, world views, and personal characteristics, and are 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 panel of artist peers, curators, educators, and other arts professionals who are looking for artists who demonstrate a proven level of proficiency in their work, engage in professional artistic practices, and present the ability to work independently in our studios. The panel’s dual goals are to reward artistic merit and achieve a diverse group of residents. Panelists rotate frequently to bring new perspectives to the application process.

All media supported by Penland’s studios are considered appropriate for the winter residency program.

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

The residency fee is $500 for two weeks in all studios with the following exceptions:

$800 for two weeks in flameworking (fee includes gas and torches; lathe access available by request only, applicant must include this request in their proposal)

 $1,500 for two weeks in the hot shop (fee includes 8-hr/day Monday-Friday access minus safety orientation and clean up; use of annealers, torches, hand tools, and garage; 24-hr access to hot shop kilns and cold shop)

Artists are responsible for their travel expenses and must supply their own food; meals are not provided but all residents will have access to a shared kitchen (please note that your kitchen assignment may not be in the same building as your housing.)

Housing costs vary depending on your choice of housing; we offer housing levels from a shared double/common bath to a private room/private bath. You will indicate your housing preference on the application. Resident arrival is on Monday between 1:00 and 5:00 pm; departure is on Saturday by noon.

Housing Rates for Two Weeks

  • Double/common bath: $250
  • Double/bath shared with roommate: $300
  • Single/common bath: $350
  • Single/private bath: $500
Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

Pending funding each year, we offer fifty or more merit-based fellowships which remove the residency fee for a two-week residency and provide a $250 housing stipend. Available fellowships are limited; anyone is eligible to request funding, but preference will be given to first-time applicants who self-identify as artists of color or LGBTQIA+. Our dual goals are to reward artistic merit while achieving a diverse group of residents. 

Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application