Apply to Artist Residency Program

Application for 2017 – 2018 is now closed.  Application for 2018 – 2019 cycle opens January 1, 2018.

Program Info & Requirements

Media accepted: Wood, Glass, Metal, Fiber, Clay, and Mixed Media

Applicants must be able to fulfill a program requirement of working in their studios for two days per week during HCCC public hours. All resident artists are required to open their studios to public interaction on Saturdays and one other day of the week (TBD), as well as during exhibition openings and specific educational programs on the evenings and weekends. Applicants should consider the public-facing nature of the residencies and the fact that a major goal of the program is to provide visitors with an opportunity to explore contemporary craft through engaging with working artists.

Benefits of the residency include 24/7 access to studio space, cultural and professional development opportunities, a monthly stipend that includes a small housing/materials allowance, and the opportunity to give an artist talk.

Public hours at HCCC are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and Sunday, Noon – 5:00 PM.

Juried selection is based on quality of creative work, ability to interact with the public, career direction, and program diversity.  Accepted artists will be notified via e-mail in April.

  • Five to 10 residencies awarded
  • Residencies available in three-, six-, nine-, and 12-month time periods
  • Residency cycle begins in September and ends in August
  • Residency start dates and length determined by program review panel
  • $600 monthly stipend that includes a housing/materials allowance
  • 24/7 access to 200-square-foot studio equipped with sinks, telephones, and wireless Internet access
  • Wide variety of resources and opportunities, including teaching opportunities through HCCC and collaborative works with fellow residents
  • Ongoing professional development and enrichment opportunities with local museums, art professionals, and collectors
  • During the residency, artists’ creative work is represented by HCCC and is considered for display in the Asher Gallery (sales gallery)
  • Additional opportunities, such as discussions with curators and gallery owners, exposure at HCCC events, and interactions with visiting art professionals
  • Group exhibition at the end of residency cycle

Application Requirements

When you complete the online application, you will be asked to provide the following information:

  1. Letter of Intent
    In one page or less, provide a brief description of your work or project to be completed while in residence, your career direction, and why you should be awarded a residency at HCCC.
  2. Resume
    Three pages or less.
  3. Artist Statement
    In one page or less, describe your creative work, process, technique, and conceptual development.
  4. Three Letters of Recommendation
    You will be asked to provide contact information for three references. These references will receive an e-mail with uploading instructions on how to submit their letter of recommendation online.
  5. Images of 10 Works Created within the Last Two Years
    Upload one wide shot and one detail of each piece for a total number of 20 images.
  6. International Applicants – Proof of Eligibility to Work in the U.S.
    International Applicants must provide proof of ability to work in the U.S.— green card or appropriate visa—with application.

For technical assistance with the online application process, please e-mail support@slideroom.com or call 1.855.238.9241 Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM CST.

For questions regarding the application requirements, please email applications@crafthouston.org.