The Armory Art Center Artists in Residence Program supports artists who share the creative vision and would like to enrich our community.

Objectives:

  • Firstly, enhance the quality of the studio experience provided to students and community at large.
  • Secondly, provide Artists-in-Residence the means to share their work and ideas.
  • Thirdly, encourage involvement with artists and artwork thereby providing Palm Beach County with greater cultural experience.
  • Finally, encourage communication between Artists in Residence and the entire Armory staff.

2023-2024 Artists-in-Residence Program Overview

Specifically, the Artists-in-Residence program draws a diverse group of emerging artists who have earned at minimum a BFA.  Artists-in-Residence are responsible for teaching classes in varied disciplines to our diverse student community. Therefore, they have the opportunity to refine their skills through teaching workshops, classes, and by participating in special events. The Armory Art Center provides studio space and freedom to develop the artists’ work. Furthermore, artists-in-residence are additionally required to exhibit work created during their tenure. Finally, compensation includes payment for teaching and a monthly stipend for departmental assistance and community event participation. General information on residencies can be found here: https://www.singulart.com/en/blog/2020/02/07/what-is-an-artist-residency/

Residency Period: August 27, 2023 – May 25, 2024

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ARTIST IN RESIDENCE POSITIONS

Primarily, applicants must have 25 hours of experience teaching in a studio environment, including experience as a teacher’s assistant (TA).

  • 2D: Seeking artists in 2-dimensional media including digital media, painting, drawing, fiber, and/or multi-media. Additionally, residents will be responsible for booking models for open sketch sessions, monitoring open sketch, and assisting with special projects.
  • Printmaking: Seeking a printmaking artist knowledgable in multiple printmaking techniques with an interest for experimentation, expansion of traditional and contemporary approaches within printmaking, and intersection of other media. Also, resident will be responsible for the upkeep of the printmaking studio.
  • Jewelry and Metalsmithing: Seeking a Jeweler/Metalsmith with advanced knowledge in soldering fabrication techniques. Additionally seeking one knowledgeable in forming methods using various stakes/hammers, surface finishes & patinas, centrifugal or vacuum casting, enameling, stone setting & or 3-D rendering
  • Ceramics: Seeking potters or clay sculptors who are 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), forging, mold making, and/or casting. Also note that materials used include, stone, wood, clay, metal, and mixed media.

RESIDENCY INCLUDES:

  • Facility hours: daily, nightly, and weekend access
  • Participation in the Artists-in-Residence Exhibition
  • Competitive monthly stipend
  • Additionally, offers income and teaching opportunities in Armory classes, Armory private classes, and community programs
  • Workshops and/or 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. Additionally, running water, virtual reality creative suite 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).
  • 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, laser welder, microscope.
  • 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, anvil, grinders, large supply of stone carving tools and materials. Variety of standard materials: waxes, plaster, oil based clays, etc.
  • Upon request – Additionally, access to common areas in departments with 2D areas serving as shared spaces and 3D departments including metalsmithing, sculpture, and ceramics shared spaces.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Residents must be on campus by Monday, August 21, 2023. Essentially, only submit an application if you are available to be on campus at this time.
  • Residency is a minimum of 35 hours a week not including teaching hours.
  • Work 15 hours per week for the Armory. Other tasks include:
    • Chiefly, keep facilities and equipment clean and ready for use. Essentially,  perform basic tasks necessary for upkeep of communal studio within their department.
    • Equally important is active involvement in the daily life of the Armory.
    • Consistently monitor open studio hours and furthermore, assist during Master Artist Workshops when needed.
    • Also, contribute a piece to an annual Armory Art Center Fundraiser.
    • Attend Armory public relations events, including exhibition receptions, fundraisers, etc. as needed. These activities count toward weekly service hours minimum. Additional volunteer assistance may also be needed.
    • In particular, be aware that occasional changes may apply.
  • Additionally, artists must commit a minimum of 20 hours per week on premises in their studio. 
  • Lastly, schedule at least two 8-week classes and one 1 to 2-day workshop or pop-up per session. Schedules will be published online and in session brochures. 

Questions may be directed to airprogram@armoryart.org

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2022-2023 Artists-in-Residence
These four talented artists bring their skills to the classroom and the studio, teaching and creating during their residency period at the Armory Art Cebter. Click their names below to learn more about each artist. Hannah Scrima: Ceramics
Tony Baker: Sculpture
John Lark: Painting, Drawing, & 2D Media
Maria Camera-Smith: Jewelry

The 2022-2023 Artist-in-Residence program is sponsored by the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation.[/vc_column_text]