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Artist-in-Residence in partnership with TechShop

Type: Residencies, Workshops, Exchanges [View all]
Posted by: Craft Alliance
Deadline: Sun, October 1st, 2017

Media requirements:  Fiber, Metals, Wood

Length of Residency:   6 & 12 month residencies available


Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design in partnership with TechShop is offering a residency that supports emerging and mid-career artists who want to develop their art in a collaborative, community based arts environment.  This residency, set in the heart of the arts district of St. Louis, has the advantage of an urban environment.  This residency has a strong emphasis on teaching and encourages the artist to instruct in Craft Alliance’s Education Centers and TechShop facilities. Craft Alliance and TechShop encourage self-motivated artists to explore and develop their studio practice.

Craft Alliance will provide a private work space free of charge and access to fully equipped metals studio, woodturning studio, clay studio, fiber lab and graphics studio including laser cutter, MakerBots, large format printer and micro CNC router. The Tech Shop will offer a free membership which provides access to professional equipment and software, laser cutters, plastics and electronics labs, a machine shop, a woodshop, a metalworking shop, a textiles department, and welding stations.

Craft Alliance and Tech Shop provides:

A free private 180 square foot studio space in Craft Alliance’s Grand Center location valued at $3,390 for 6 months/ $6,780 for 12 months, including parking.  Access to all Craft Alliance studios and computer lab in the Grand Center location. Tech Shop offers a free membership valued at $999 per year, which includes access to their facilities. Teaching opportunities at both Tech Shop and Craft Alliance’s education center and community programs. Artist may take classes free of charge in Craft Alliance Education centers. Artists who teach the minimum amount of hours at TechShop can talk classes free of charge. Artist receives a monthly stipend of $250. A professional development stipend of up to $500. To reimburse artists for outside conferences, entry fees, art fairs, etc. During the residency, artists’ creative work is represented by Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design and may be considered for sales in the Delmar Gallery Shop Group exhibition at the end of residency cycle presented in the Delmar Loop Gallery


Artist obligations:

Must teach at least one class at both Craft Alliance and TechShop. Must be in personal studio at Craft Alliance Grand Center at least 15 hours per week, 11 of those hours must be during public hours. Artist must be working at TechShop at least 5 hours per week. Resident must create one interaction that engages with the general public which CA staff will help schedule and promote.  Examples of a public engagement are a lecture, a workshop, a pop-up installation, etc. Artist must donate one piece of art to CA’s fundraising gala, and if possible be present.


Jury selection is based on:

Past work presented by the artist. Does the artist have the ability to interact with the public and teach all levels? Will this residency help this artist gain more access and knowledge to new processes that will advance their work? Will the artist be able to support themselves while they dedicate this time to creating a body of work?


Residency start dates and length determined by program review panel. Accepted artists will be notified via e-mail in November. Residency starts January 1, 2018.


Teaching Opportunities:

Artists-In-Residents are encouraged to teach and will be given multiple opportunities to take advantage of Craft Alliance’s educational programs for all age groups. Craft Alliance Education Center offers adult evening, weekend, and daytime classes and workshops. Summer camps for children ages 4 and up are also offered as a teaching opportunity. Artists are asked to submit their class/workshop ideas to the Director of Education. Artists are encouraged to teach a variety of teen programs, after school programs, and weekend inter-generational programs that are offered during the school year and organized by our Community Outreach Director.

To Apply Please Submit the Following:

Complete the application form online. Send the following materials to  or mail to address below. Letter of intent explaining why you want this residency and how your work can benefit from access to both traditional craft studios and a maker space. Current Resume Artist Statement (maximum 1 page) about the nature of your work and a one paragraph biography. Three letters of recommendation (the letters may be sent separately). They must be signed and on letterhead. PDFs preferred. Images of 10 recent works completed within the last two years (see image requirements below)


Image Requirements:

Digital images of 10 recent works, with up to 5 image details, making a total of up to 15 images. Images should be JPEGs approx. 2000 x 1500 pixels at 72 dpi (no larger than 3MB). RAW and other formats will not be accepted. Each image should be labeled: lastname_firstname_#.jpg (example: Smith.John_02.jpg) An image list with titles, media, dimensions (height x width x depth) and date completed.

The TechShop will provide opportunities to teach in their facility. Preference will be given to artists with experience in metals, 3D printing and fabrication. TechShop offers adult evening, weekend, and daytime classes and workshops for ages 8 and up. Artists are asked to teach classes that are currently offered.

Posted on Tue, September 12th, 2017
Expires on Sun, October 1st, 2017

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