Arts/Industry Residency

For more than forty years, Arts/Industry has been connecting artists with the resources, technology, and materials of Kohler Co., and providing a place to explore new ideas, processes, and perspectives. Artists from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Each year, up to twelve artists are selected for residencies in the Pottery or Foundry areas of the factory through a competitive jury process. No experience with clay or cast metal is required, just an interest in pursuing a new body of work and being open to new ideas.

Arts/Industry residencies are three months in length and divided into three cohorts. There are four artists-in-residence in each cohort—two in Pottery and two in Foundry. Residents are expected to commit to the full three-month period. Artists-in-residence receive 24-hour access to studio space, industrial materials, use of equipment, technical assistance, photographic services, housing, round-trip transportation, and a modest weekly stipend.

The residency occurs within the Kohler Company

Year Founded
Residency Structure
Embedded industry or for-profit business
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
14 weeks - 14 weeks
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Visual Arts
Ceramics/Clay Arts/Pottery
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Residents granted leave during residency
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Donate a work of art
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
How does your residency program support artists?
Immersion in new culture and/context
Access to studio space to create new work
Access to equipment, specialized facilities and/or technical support
Opportunities to develop relationships with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Opportunities to collaborate with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Opportunities to collaborate with other artists/residents
Opportunities to develop relationships with other artists/residents
Opportunities for work with the local community
Opportunities to exhibit or perform new work
Additional Eligibility Information

No entry fee. Application materials must include:
• Twenty work sample images in jpg format.
• A résumé/CV (three pages maximum)
• A written project proposal (250 words or less) articulating what your vision would be if given the opportunity to work in the factory.
• Three images supporting project proposal in jpg format
• One letter of recommendation
• Two professional references

Open to any artist regardless of medium

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)
Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
US Dollar (USD)
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Manual / handbook before arrival
Communication before arrival to discuss accommodations, medical conditions, or other health needs
Orientation upon arrival
Contact information and available accommodations for programs, events, and campus
Written and or hard copies of text being presented
Accessible seating
Staff/volunteer giving directions
Staff/volunteer providing guidance to help locate facilities or activities
Contact info for accessibility requests for event/programming
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
Partially Accessible
Additional Accessibility Information

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center prioritizes resident safety and resource accessibility throughout the Arts/Industry Program. JMKAC recognizes that environments such as Kohler's Foundry and Pottery are industrial in nature, fast-paced and have limited accessibility due to building architecture and age. It is our mission to adapt to these environments by offering tailored solutions to artists with disabilities while maintaining the resident's independence and dignity. 

Accessibility Contact Name
Siara Berry
Accessibility Contact Email
Other Services/Aids Offered in Residency + Other Programming

Specialized Technician to assist in production. 

How much of the residency experience can artists with limited mobility participate?

Artists with limited mobility may experience some difficulty when carrying larger plaster and resin/cast iron molds, handling machinery and transporting work from one area to another using a cart or forklift. Alternative production methods and processes may be offered to accommodate the Resident's needs. 

Please briefly describe the facilities and areas of the campus that are NOT accessible.

It is not recommended that artists with limited mobility navigate the Foundry floor without a technician or peer. Artists with limited mobility may experience difficulty entering the Foundry due to rough terrain and stairs. 

Type of Housing
Private housing off campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Accessible Housing
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Case by case consideration
Accessible Communal Spaces
ADA Compliant
Common/Communal Spaces Information

Communal spaces of the home may vary in accessibility dependent on the age of the home, layout and size. We will consider these factors when assigning resident houses and make accommodations if necessary. 

Additional Housing Information
Access to laundry in housing
WIFI available in housing
Housekeeping services
Heat and Cool control managed by resident
Meals Provided
Residents have access to shared kitchen
Additional Meals Information
Computer/Internet Access
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Studios/Facilities Details

Each studio is equipped with the appropriate tools and machinery needed for production. Artists are welcome to bring their own tools as well. 

Studios/Special Equipment
Dedicated Studio/Shop Technicians - Full Time
Ceramics Workspace
Plaster Room
Electric Kiln
Dedicated Metal Shop
Heavy Metals / Blacksmithing
Anvils, Stakes + Hammers
Hydraulic Press
Gas/Oxy Torches
Casting Room
Enameling Kilns
Printers + Scanner
Large Sinks
Woodworking Tools
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Studio Support/Tech
Studio/facility orientation provided
Studio support provided by staff
Studio support provided by dedicated tech
Tech hours
Additional Studio Information

Both Foundry and Pottery are hot, dusty environments. Artists will be supplied appropriate boots, eye protection and respirators. The Pottery averages a temperature of 80 degrees, climbing to 90-100's during the Summer months.