The Arrowmont Artists-in-Residence Program was established in 1991. The program provides early career, self-directed artists time, space and support to experiment and develop a new body of work in a creative supportive community environment of 160 rotating visiting workshop artists/instructors and hundreds of students. The program encourages early career artists who embrace community and enjoy working in a team environment to apply.

Each year, five artists working in different media are selected to participate in the 11-month program, which begins in mid-June and continues through late May of the following year. Artists are given a monthly stipend, shared housing with private bedrooms and meals (during workshop sessions), and a private well lit studio with climate control, a basic work table, shelving and sink. Professional development opportunities are made available though funding and networking sources. At the conclusion of the program, residents exhibit their work collectively in the Arrowmont main gallery and have opportunities to sell their work through Arrowmont’s Artist Outfitters Store.

Exhibition Opportunities

A group exhibition in Arrowmont’s Atrium Gallery at the conclusion of the residency features selected work executed during the 11-month program. Exhibition space in the Loggia Gallery is also available periodically throughout the term. Other opportunities may also be possible

Gain Valuable Teaching Experience

Paid teaching opportunities are available for community classes (children and adult), ArtReach, and possibly others.

Professional Development

Residents are encouraged to interact with and observe workshop artists by sitting in on lectures and demonstrations.

During the workshop season, Residents are encouraged to participate in evening programming. Each week, they have the option of presenting images of their work alongside visiting instructors to the school community. Residents also have the option of hosting weekly Open Studios for dialogue, networking and sales opportunities with students and instructors.

Residents have the opportunity of inviting one short term visiting artist of their choice to campus for group and individual professional dialogue.

Residents have access for personal research to over 10,000 art and craft related books and periodicals in the Marian G. Heard Resource Center located on campus.


Residents are paid a modest monthly stipend in exchange for a minimum of 8 hours per week of work done for Arrowmont in a variety of career development areas including studios, gallery installations, community partnerships, assisting workshop instructors, book and supply store, public relations, marketing, etc.  Partial financial assistance is available through the Trabue Professional Arts Scholarship for Women and other sources.

Accommodations & Meals

Residents live on Arrowmont’s campus in the Pollard Residency House. Pollard House has five spacious, private bedrooms with private bathrooms, a shared kitchen and common living area and a shared computer with Internet access. All bedrooms are furnished, internet equipped and cable ready. Meals are provided in the Arrowmont dining room during workshop sessions.

Private Studio

Each Resident has his/her own private studio (12 x 18) located in the Resident Studio Complex, just a short walk from Pollard Residency House. The studios are spacious, bright and climate controlled. One work table, shelving and sink are provided in each studio. A large shared outdoor area provides additional working space which invites interaction. Each resident is responsible for their own personal studio equipment, tools and materials. In some cases, Arrowmont’s specialized studio equipment is available for use or rent on an individual basis.

Current Artists-in-Residence

AIR web pic(Left to right: Emily Schubert, Richard W. James, Grant Benoit, Maia Leppo, Austin Riddle)



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