Penland Winter Residency

Glass artist Ying Chiun Lee working in the hot shop during Winter Residency

Glass artist Ying Chiun Lee working in the hot shop during Winter Residency

Winter resident Vivian Chiu gets some assistance on the lathe from wood studio staff

Winter resident Vivian Chiu gets some assistance on the lathe from wood studio staff

Winter resident Nastassja Swift piecing together a tapestry in the textiles studio

Winter resident Nastassja Swift piecing together a tapestry in the textiles studio

Mia Kaplan and Nancy Sanderson work side by side in the metals studio

Mia Kaplan and Nancy Sanderson work side by side in the metals studio

Penland Winter Residency

Penland, NC, United States

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

PO Box 37
Penland, NC 28765
United States

Year Founded
Residency Structure
Embedded in an arts or cultural organization (including theater + gallery)
Embedded in a craft school
Residency program within a school, college or university
Embedded in historic site
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
2 weeks - 4 weeks
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Mixed Media
Book Arts
Ceramics/Clay Arts/Pottery
Costume/Fashion Design
Digital Fabrication
Fine Metals/Jewelry
Glass Arts
Installation Arts
Paper Arts
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Graphic Design
Public Art
Social Practice
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Immersion in new culture and/context
Unstructured time
Art production support
Access to studio space to create new work
Access to equipment, specialized facilities and/or technical support
Inspiration from natural environment
Opportunities to collaborate with other artists/residents
Opportunities to develop relationships with other artists/residents
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 forty or more merit-based fellowships which remove the residency fee for a two-week residency. 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
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
Full description of accessibility on campus
High contrast, clear way-finding and/or signage
Staff/volunteer providing guidance to help locate facilities or activities
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
Partially Accessible
Additional Accessibility Information

The Penland campus is located on uneven, hilly terrain that poses accessibility challenges. The following studios are wheelchair accessible: books, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, letterpress and printmaking, lower metals, photography, papermaking, and wood. The upper metals studio and both textiles studios have stairs that limit access; both are made partially accessible by stair lifts that will lift a person but not a wheelchair or other mobility aids.

Housing that meets ADA standards is available in Arbor House and in some units in The Roost, Dorm 54, Radcliffe, and the Sleeping Cabins. Accessible parking is found at the dining hall and at all studios. Several golf carts are available for use on campus.

While we do our best to accommodate all students, we know that our campus is not accessible for everyone. We are happy to talk with you about what our campus can or cannot do in this regard. Please contact our registrar to discuss in more depth how we can help you come to Penland: 828-765-2359, ext. 1306 or And please know that improved access is part of our long-range campus planning.

We are working on adding more detailed accessibility information to this page. Please check back.

Case by case consideration by staff
Accessibility Contact Name
Ian Henderson
Accessibility Contact Email
Accessibility Contact Phone Number
Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Shared bedroom
Accessible Housing
ADA Compliant
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Case by case consideration
Accessible Communal Spaces
ADA Compliant
Additional Housing Information
No laundry access
WIFI available in housing
Housekeeping services
Meals Provided
Residents have access to shared kitchen
No meals are provided
Computer/Internet Access
Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared)
Computer and internet connection provided in studio area (private)
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
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)
Studio Support/Tech
Studio/facility orientation provided
Studio support provided by staff
Studios/facilities Details