The Artists-in-Residence Program Overview
The Armory Art Center invites artists to apply to the Armory’s nine month Artist-in-Residence Program. This highly competitive program attracts a diverse group of emerging artists with varied disciplines who have at least a BFA. Artists-in-Residence are responsible for teaching classes to our students and community, and have the opportunity to refine their teaching skills while instructing workshops and eight-week classes. The Armory provides each resident artist a studio space where they can develop their own work, with the opportunity to exhibit their work at the end of their tenure. Artists-in-Residence receive a generous monthly stipend and are paid for teaching and extracurricular events in the community.
2D: Seeking artists in 2-dimensional media such as digital media, painting, drawing, printmaking,
fiber, and/or multi-media. Resident will also be responsible for booking models for open sketch
sessions, monitoring open sketch, and assisting with departmental special projects as needed.
Jewelry and Metalsmithing: Seeking a jewelry/metalsmith knowledgeable in advanced soldering
fabrication techniques, some forming methods using various stakes/hammers, surface finishes &
patinas, centrifugal or vacuum casting, hydraulic press, enameling, stone setting & or 3-D rendering.
Ceramics: Seeking potters or clay sculptors competent in wheel throwing, hand building, firing
reduction, raku, soda, and electric kilns.
Sculpture: Seeking sculptors competent in reductive processes, welding (MIG, TIG, SMAW,
Oxy/Acetylene gas welding), woodworking, forging, mold making, and/or casting. Materials relevant to
the department include, stone, wood, clay, metal, and mixed media.
All applicants must have at least 25 hours experience teaching in a studio environment, which includes teacher’s assistant (TA).
- Facility hours: daily, nightly and weekend access (however some restrictions might exist due to
COVID-19 safety protocol)
- Production studio area
- Participation in the Artist-in-Residence group exhibition
- Competitive monthly stipend
- Additional income and teaching opportunities in Armory classes, Armory private classes, and community programs
- Workshop attendance and/or assistance opportunities with visiting master artists
- Access granted to studios outside your assigned department
SPECIFICS PER DEPARTMENT:
- 2-D Department: easels, tables, wall space, 3 printing presses, desktop Mac Pros with Adobe
Suite, large scale ink jet printer, running water, virtual reality creative suite included in MAC
lab, and ample natural light.
- Clay Studio: 1 slab roller, 1 spray booth, 2 extruders (standard and hydraulic),16 electric
Brent wheels, Soldner clay mixer, pug machine, ball mill (2 barrels), fully stocked/standard dry
materials room, low to high fire glazes, clay supply room, 3D printer and virtual reality
equipment and software for clay.
- Kilns: 45 cubic ft downdraft natural gas kilns, natural gas soda kiln, 30 cubic ft natural gas
fiber kiln, raku kiln, 10 electric computer-controlled kilns (2/10 electrics are testers). Kilns are
shared with sculpture department
Metalsmithing Studio: 2 large metalsmithing classrooms, jeweler’s benches, hand tools, drill
presses, anvils, rolling mills, hydraulic press, flex shafts, a large variety of hammers & stakes,
stone setting tools/GRS bench system, lapidary wheels, polishing motor/wheels, centrifuge &
vacuum casting area, enameling area & kilns, polishing wheels, electro-etching, Orion pulse
- Sculpture Studio: Slab roller, industrial compressor, carving equipment, MIG, TIG, Plasma
Cutter, Arc, Oxygen/Acetylene, propane, clamps/ vice, Band Saw, Table Saw, wide range of
power tools, belt sander, grinders, large supply of stone carving tools/materials, and anvil.
Variety of standard materials: waxes, plaster, oil based clays, etc.
- Upon request – access to common areas in departments with 2D areas serving as shared
spaces and 3D departments including metalsmithing, sculpture, and ceramics shared spaces.
- All residents are required to work 12 hours a week for the Armory. Tasks include but are not limited to:
- Help keep facilities and equipment clean and ready for use and undertake basic maintenance and organizational tasks necessary for upkeep of communal studio.
- Active participation in the collective life of the Armory.
- Monitoring for studio hours and assist Master Artist Workshops when needed.
- Contribute a piece to an annual Armory Art Center Fundraisers.
- Assistance during the Armory public relations events: exhibition receptions, fundraisers, etc. as needed and is part of your weekly service hours. Additional volunteer assistance may be needed.
- Occasional conditional changes may apply.
- A minimum of 25 hours per week on premises in your studio producing your work.
- Required to teach at least three 8-week classes and one 1- or 2-day workshops or pop-ups per session, which will be published online and in session brochures.