Artist in Residence Program

Pictured: Laura Nave ’19, Scott Ross ’19, and Grayson Fair ’20 (in order of appearance).

About the Program

The AMOCA Artist in Residence Program, established in 2012, is one of the few long-term fellowship opportunities for ceramic artists on the West Coast. Located an hour from the desert, mountains, and beaches of Southern California and forty minutes east of Los Angeles, the residency provides artists an opportunity to produce or develop a new body of work. Beginning in 2022, thanks to enhanced support from the Windgate Foundation, additional short term residencies are available for artists based in Southern California.

Resident selections are based on the quality and artistic merit of the work and the strength of the artist’s residency plan. At least three artists are selected for residency at AMOCA each cycle. Residents for 2022-2023 have been announced; read our press release for more details. Applications for residencies beginning in Spring 2023 will open in December 2022.

This program is funded through generous support from Julianne and David Armstrong, Laguna Clay, and the Windgate Foundation.

In 2012, the Artist in Residence program at AMOCA was launched and Bobby Free (Montana) became the inaugural artist-in-residence. From those humble beginnings, artists accepted into the program over the next six years were afforded a semi-private studio space, 24/7 access to studio facilities, and equipment for one to six months. Artist amenities grew in the fall of 2018, when AMOCA’s founder David Armstrong generously provided the means necessary for a local furnished apartment, within walking distance, to be provided as part of the long-term residency program. Laguna Clay (a regional ceramics supply company) became an annual program sponsor in 2019 and began providing artists a clay stipend. The Windgate Foundation made a significant grant in the spring of 2020 to increase the number of residents and underwrite the program through April 2026. Beginning in 2022, thanks to enhanced support from the Windgate Foundation, additional short term residencies are available for artists based in Southern California.

• Three Geil DL model gas kilns with PXG – 4 controllers (10, 20, and 40 cubic foot) The 10 cubic feet kiln has an automotive damper for controlling the atmosphere and temperature
• Salt kiln (built by Ted Neal)– 32 cubic feet
• Soda kiln (built by Ted Neal) – 32 cubic feet
• Five electric Skutt kilns and test Skutt kiln
• Three slab rollers (small 14”x40”, medium 20”x45”, and large 3’x5’)
• North Star extruder with assorted dies
• Potters wheels: Brent, Soldner, Lockerbie, and Pacifica
• Glaze area with common clay and glaze materials
• Soldner mixer
• Bluebird Pugger

How to Apply

Applications, submitted online, open each year in December and close at the end of January. Residency opportunities vary depending on available funding. Applicants are strongly encouraged to sign up for the mailing list to stay up-to-date on artist opportunities at AMOCA. First time applicants (or those wanting a refresher) should review the recorded Information Session below. Feel free to call or email our staff if you have questions or want to bounce ideas off us – we’re happy to answer any questions you might have!

Artist in Residence Information Session

2021-2022 resident artists Natalia Arbelaez, Kirstin Willders, and Colby Charpentier joined Museum staff for a live information session on Zoom in January 2022.

The information session briefly introduced attendees to program staff, described the program, and provided time for the 2021-2022 cohort of artists in residence to share their experiences. There was time for questions and answers at the end of the session.

Residency applicants are strongly encouraged to view a recording of the session before applying.

Application Information

The 2023 Artist in Residence Application (for residencies May 2023-April 2024) guidelines will be available on this page December 1, 2022. Application guidelines for the previous year are below for reference.

To complete the application, the following information is required:

  • Personal contact information
  • Resume (in pdf, doc, or docx format)
  • A residency plan of no more than one page describing your proposed plans for the residency (in pdf, doc, or docx format).
  • Five digital images with descriptions that are representative of your work.

What you can expect from us:

  • Residency support including an accommodations stipend or furnished apartment, semi-private studio with 24/7 access, $100 per week living stipend, materials stipend, and firing stipend. Short term residencies, allocated for artists living in Southern California, do not include housing or an accommodations stipend
  • Teaching and workshop opportunities within the studio and at local colleges
  • A complimentary AMOCA Membership for the duration of your residency
  • Behind-the-scenes access to museum facilities and collections

What we expect from you:

  • An Artist Talk or Visual Presentation introducing yourself and your artwork to the community
  • Minimum 20 hours per week of active studio time
  • Regular participation in monthly AMOCA events
  • Occasional engagement with students, members, visitors, and the community
  • A final summary or visual tour summarizing your work during the residency

Questions? Email us at

Watch the video below to learn more about the experience of Laura Nave ’19 during her residency.


April 12, 2022—2022–23 Artists-in-Residence Announced

March 5, 2021—2021–22 Artists-in-Residence Announced

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