Artist in Residence

  •  2017-18 Ceramics Program Artists In Residence: Stuart Gair

    2017-18 Artists in Residence Announced

    Welcome Stuart Gair to the Ceramics Program!

  •  2017-18 Ceramics Program Artists In Residence: Seth Rainville

    2017-18 Artists in Residence Announced

    Welcome Seth Rainville to the Ceramics Program!

2016 - 2017 Artists in Residence

Announcing our 2017-2018 Artists in Residence

Stuart Gair

Stuart Gair

Stuart Gair received his MFA from University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 2017 and was featured as an Emerging Artist in the May 2017 issue of Ceramics Monthly. Gair received his Bachelors of Art and Sciences in History at Ohio University, Athens, OH where he went on to do Post-Baccalaureate work in ceramics. Gair has been a Summer Resident at Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT as well as a Watershed Artist in Residence and Salad Days Artist in Residence at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME.

The functional vessels I make are for use and display. It is of the upmost importance that each piece has a duality of utilitarian purpose and serves as an object of beauty and intrigue when not in use. Formal considerations are a result of an in depth exploration of historical objects from Japan, China, and Korea as well as mid twentieth century Scandinavian, American, and British forms. I draw comparisons from these pieces to one another and to everyday objects that surround me. I evaluate the attributes to one another and to everyday objects that surround me. I evaluate the attributes I am drawn to and incoporate them into my work. Particular attention is given to silhouette, curve, lightness, balance, volume, proportion, substantiality, and how objects sit on a surface. It is these attributes that result in a piece that demands presence in an environment. - Stuart Gair


Seth Rainville

Seth Rainville

Seth Rainville is a potter, educator, and curator living in New Bedford, MA. His dedication to his craft and passion for promoting the arts and artists has given Seth the ability to engage in a multi-faceted career. Rainville received his BFA from University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and has taught at multiple programs including Falmouth Art Center, South County Art Association and has held the title of Curator/Exhibitions Coordinator at the New Bedford Art Museum in New Bedford, MA. Rainville sits on the Advisory Board of Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and formerly sat on the Advisory Board of the Arizona State University Ceramic Research Center in Tempe, AZ.

For over two decades I have made work reflective of my life. I interpret and navigate my existence through narrative imagery on vessels and sculpture. Each piece becomes a type of marker or journal entry, whereas a body of work is often born of a segment of time or specific incident ripe with imagery. I will fill a sketchbook with ideas and narratives that eventually find a cohesive line of thought or aesthetic direction. Often, these ideas and narratives lay dormant for years until I come to terms with, or find the maturity necessary, to move forward with the work. This way of creating allows me the mental space to choose materials and forms that act as a proper canvas for the narrative, like the relationship between a film director and producer.  I am interested in making work that demands contemplation and inspires inquiry.  - Seth Rainville


About the Artist in Residence Program

Application Deadline: April 15, 2018
Notification of Residency: May 7, 2018
Residency Dates: September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018

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
  • 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 can be submitted via hardcopy or provide us with a link to files in a folder labeled with your name on an on-line, downloadable, file-storage site (i.e. Dropbox or Google Drive):

  • Resume with personal contact information
  • Artist statement
  • Personal statement that reflects your reason for applying to the 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.
  • No discs will be returned if sending hardcopy
  • Notification will be made via email

Send invitation to online, downloadable file storage site:
Kathy King, Director of Education, at

If sending hardcopy, mail to the following address:

Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
Attn: Artist in Residence Program 
224 Western Avenue
Allston, MA 02134

Important Dates

April 15, 2018 - Application materials must be submitted
April 25 – May 3 - Finalists will be notified to arrange a phone/Skype interview with Co-Directors Kathy King, Director of Education and Shawn Panepinto, Director of Operations. 
May 7, 2018 - Notification will be made via email.
May 30, 2018 - Selected artist must accept or decline the residency.

All interested individuals are welcome to visit the Ceramics Program prior to application and or acceptance. To arrange a visit and receive more information, contact Kathy King, Director of Education at kking@fas or Shawn Panepinto, Director of Operations at panepint@fas or call 617-495-8680.

Previous Artists in Residence

2014-2015 Artist-in-Residence: Jessica Brandl
2011-2012 Artist in Residence: Akio Niisato