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. Resident selections are based on the quality and artistic merit of the work and the strength of the artist’s residency plan. There are three artists in residence at a time. A call for application is open for residencies that begin in Spring 2022 through 2023.

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 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.

• 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 are completed online and 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 American Alliance of Artists summary of residency preparation. 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!

2022 Information Session

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

The information session briefly introduced attendees to program staff, described the program, and provided time for the 2021 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.

2022 Application

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 includes accommodations stipend or furnished apartment, semi-private studio with 24/7 access, $100 per week living stipend, materials stipend, firing stipend (a new residency for 2022, allocated for artists living in Southern California, does not include housing or an accommodations stipend)
  • Teaching and workshop opportunities within the studio and at local colleges
  • Access to onsite photography lab
  • A complimentary AMOCA Membership for the duration of your residency
  • Behind-the-scenes access to museum facilities and collections

What we expect from you:

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

Start 2022 Application

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


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

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