Artist in Residence Program

  • Paul Briggs, 2019-20 Artist In Residence at Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard

    One year, many opportunities

  • photo of artist making a pinch pot

    One year, many opportunities

  • photo of person working with their hands on a plaster mold

    One year, many opportunities

  • blue and white ceramic vessels displayed in a gallery setting

    One year, many opportunities

  • sculptures displayed in a gallery

    One year, many opportunities

Announcing our 2020-21 Artist In Residence

The Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard has selected Deighton Abrams to be its Artist In Residence (AIR) for the 2020-21 season. Read about our 2020-21 Artist In Residence here>>>

About the Artist in Residence Program

The Artist in Residence Program through the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, offers dedicated artists the opportunity to involve themselves in research and growth, pushing their art in new directions in a dynamic, urban studio connected to the Harvard community. Individuals will have the opportunity to build relevant skills in research, professional development, technical ability, creative problem solving, teaching and community involvement through our Artist in Residence Program.

The Artist in Residence Program offers 

  • Personal studio space (60 sq. ft.) in addition to use of common studio space
  • 7 day studio access
  • Free access to materials - clay, glaze and use of kilns (electric, saggar, wood fire, soda and gas) up to excess
  • Opportunities to take classes and firing workshops within the program
  • Paid teaching opportunities within the program for both community and academic based classes.
  • Solo exhibition in Gallery 224 of work completed during residency
  • Attend visiting artist workshops and symposium offered within the program
  • Exhibition/sales opportunities in two annual Show and Sales
  • Access to studio equipment including slab roller, extruder, spray booth, plaster mold-making room and glaze mixing area
  • Access to studio lighting and background material for documenting work
  • Website visibility
  • Access to Harvard University Library and Museums with provided ID
  • Opportunities for participation in academic collaborations with the Harvard community

Expectations of Artist in Residence 

  • One year commitment
  • Must spend 20 hours/week of time dedicated to personal work
  • Must spend 5 hours/week dedicated to work within the program
  • One public workshop presentation
  • Provide presentations to classes
  • Participation in program events and special projects with the Harvard Community 
  • Artist is asked to leave one work for the permanent collection
  • Responsible for own housing 

Application Process

Application Deadline: Friday, April 9th, 2021
Notification of Residency: Friday, April 23rd, 2021
Residency Dates: September 1, 2021 - August 31, 2022

Application can be submitted electronically: provide us with a link to files labeled with your name on Dropbox or Google Docs to

  • Resume with personal contact information
  • Artist statement
  • Personal statement that reflects your reason for applying to the Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard residency program
  • 10 digital images, plus one optional detail per image. Files in jpeg format at 300 dpi, with images' longest dimensions approximately 7 inches/2100 pixels. Each image should be labeled with the following format:
    image number_first initial_last name (example: 1_j_smith.jpg, 2_j_smith.jpg, etc.). Images will be used for promotional purposes upon acceptance to the program.
  • Corresponding image list. List should address each image by number in terms of: title, year, size of work, medium/techniques used.
  • Work should be current and completed within the last 2 years
  • List of 3 references - please provide, name, title, mailing and email address and telephone.
  • Notification will be made via email

Send invitation to online, downloadable file storage site (Google Docs or Dropbox preferred):
Kathy King, Director, at

Previous Artists in Residence

2019-2020 Artists-in-Residence: Paul Briggs, Ruth Easterbrook and Kyle Johns
2018-2019 Artists-in-Residence: Natalia Arbelaez and Colby Charpentier
2017-2018 Artists-in-Residence: Stuart Gair and Seth Rainville
2016-2018 Artist-in-Residence: Mark Burns
2015-2017 Artist-in-Residence: Salvador Jiménez Flores
2014-2015 Artist-in-ResidenceJessica Brandl
2011-2012 Artist in Residence: Akio Niisato