Arts/Industry Residency Program


John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI)

image: Garrett Krueger (left) and Arts/Industry resident Junko Iijima (right) with her artwork, 2016. Photo: Kohler Co., courtesy of John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Hundreds of artists have benefited from the celebrated Arts/Industry residency program since its beginning in 1974. Undoubtedly one of the most unusual ongoing collaborations between art and industry in the United States, it is conceived and administered by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and hosted by Kohler Co.

Arts/Industry offers artists the time and space to focus on the creation of new work, and a unique location for their studios. Artists-in-residence work at the Kohler Co. factory in the Pottery and/or Foundry. Artists need not have experience with clay or metal, just an interest in materials and the potential for the industrial environment and processes to influence their creative practice. Participants are exposed to a body of technical knowledge that enables and encourages them to explore new ways of thinking and working. For more information, please download the Arts/Industry brochure or visit our FAQs page.

We are now accepting applications for 2020. Click HERE to apply.

Deadline to apply is April 1, 2019.

Arts/Industry has been doing something remarkable for over 40 years—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.

Artists-in-residence receive 24-hour access to studio space, materials, use of equipment, technical assistance, photographic services, housing, round-trip transportation, and a modest weekly stipend.

Application materials must include:

Twenty images of the artist’s work
A résumé/CV (3 pages maximum)
A written project proposal (250 words or less)
Images supporting project proposal (3 images maximum)
One letter of recommendation
Three professional references

For more information on the application process, contact the Arts/Industry coordinator at [email protected]


Opportunity Opens

Friday, Feb 15th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Monday, Apr 1st 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

External Site
MN Artists