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The Worcester Center for Crafts’ Artists in Residence Program is a way to “sustain craft” and insure the next generation of artists carrying on craft traditions. Open to aspiring artists in clay, glass, and metals (and those who might work across more than one medium), the Worcester Center for Crafts’ Artists in Residence Program is designed to support the growth of pre-professional artists. Residents are chosen through a competitive process and are with the Center for 1 to 2 years.
Artists in Residence terms generally begin in September and go through 10 active months, culminating with a group exhibit in the Krikorian Gallery. Applications are accepted beginning in January of the year that a resident hopes to start. The application deadline is April or until the available spots are filled, whichever comes first.
The application package includes a resume, slides of your work, an application form and references. Please use the official application.
Due to the COVID-19 emergency application fees and deadlines have been relaxed. Please email the appropriate department head as noted at the bottom of the application form for further details. Please submit all applications electronically.
2020 Artists-in-Residence Application Form Artist in Residence Reference Form
During the residency, the Worcester Center for Crafts supports our artists by:
Worcester, as the second largest city in New England, offers a diverse and unique artistic community. Galleries and gift shops offer some opportunities for sales and exhibitions around the city and in the region. The Worcester Arts Council , ArtsWorcester, and other foundations offer opportunities for artists seeking funding for projects within the city.And at the Worcester Center for Crafts, artists in residence join an artistic community that just happens to be attached to great facilities in ceramics, metals, and glass. Here, you can delve into your area of specialization or experiment using more than one medium. You can use the shared studio photography area and document your work. You can be inspired by shows in the Krikorian Gallery, work in the renown Gallery Store, and work done by Worcester State University Visual and Performing Arts students in printmaking, drawing, painting, design, sculpture, and animation/music composition classes. The artistic vibe is alive!The Worcester region's arts offerings range from arts festivals to artist collaboratives, live theater to opera, and concerts that span the musical spectrum—and more. Worcester’s 10 colleges and universities provide a host of lectures, films, performances, and creative interchanges throughout the year that are open to the public. Other dynamic cultural organizations in the area include:
Often referred to as the “Heart of the Commonwealth” because of its local in the center of Massachusetts, Worcester also offers easy access to Boston (1 hour), Providence, R.I. (45 minutes), Hartford, Conn. (1½ hours), Portland, Maine (3 hours), western Massachusetts locations (1-2 hours), New York City (3 hours), and the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont.
You can help the Worcester Center for Crafts in its support of Artists in Residence by:
To discuss support, please contact Executive Director Elaine McKenna-Yeaw at firstname.lastname@example.org