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2024-2025 Arrowmont Artists-in-Residence (AIRs)

2024-2025 Artists-in-Residence Announcement

For over 30 years, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts has welcomed the next generation of great artists to campus through our Artists-in-Residence program. Each year the program offers five early-career artists the time, space and support needed to develop new work. Learn more about the AIR program here.

We are thrilled to announce our 2024-2025 residency and introduce our community to these up-and-coming artists. Joining us this summer –  

Lela Arruza | 2024-2025 Arrowmont Artist-in-Residence

Lela Arruza is a contemporary paper artist from Apex, North Carolina. She received the Chancellor’s Scholarship from Appalachian State University and completed her BFA in ceramics in 2023. Her background as an adopted Asian American artist encourages her to explore identity and culture through paper; utilizing an origami technique called Golden Venture Folding. She draws inspiration from traditional Chinese porcelain ceramics. Arruza is a 2023 recipient of the Windgate-Lamar Fellowship, and her work has been exhibited at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum.

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Breana Ferreira | 2024-2025 Arrowmont Artist-in-ResidenceBreana Ferreira (she/her) was born and raised in Southern California and received her BFA in Ceramics in 2022 from the University of North Texas. Her practice revolves predominantly around surface and ornamentation through the integration of hand building, throwing, painting, and printmaking, to craft pots with loaded layered surfaces. Within the last two years Breana has worked as an emerging studio artist and educator in association with the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, CA and the Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, IL.

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Johnny McCaffrey | 2024-2025 Arrowmont Artist-in-Residence

Johnny McCaffrey (they/them) is a woodworker and sculptural artist from Olympia, WA. Their work focuses on themes of reclamation, reinvention, and playful curiosity, both conceptually and materially. Craft and art making have been a through-line in all areas of their life – from a familial lineage of makers to working as an art installer, handler, home builder, and carpenter. Johnny earned a BFA from Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA in 2021, and attended Penland School of Craft in 2023 for a fall concentration in woodworking.



Sam van Strien | 2024-2025 Arrowmont Artist-in-ResidenceSam van Strien is a visual artist based in Durham, North Carolina. Sam’s work examines the relationship between architecture, finance, and capitalism through various techniques, such as rubbings from buildings, laser-cut engravings of photographs, and drawings sourced from archival records. Sam earned an MFA in Painting & Drawing from Ohio State University and a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins. His artwork has been exhibited internationally and he has completed several residencies, most recently at the NARS Foundation in Brooklyn, New York, with the support of Arts Council England and the Netherland-America Foundation.

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 Grant Turner | 2024-2025 Arrowmont Artist-in-ResidenceGrant Turner is a multidisciplinary artist from Wapakoneta, Ohio. Turner brings his illustrations to life through the arts of enameling, metalsmithing, and digital fabrication. His artistic process reflects the layering of possibilities, turmoil, heartache, love, and hope that accompany the human experience. Turner earned a BFA in Digital Arts from Bowling Green State University in 2022, after which he continued exploring his practice during his 2023-2024 residency at Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft.

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You can view the full list of past AIR participants here.

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