Artist-In-Residence Program

Deighton Abrams, Shea Burke, and Andrew Castañeda, Ceramics Program 2021-22 Artists In ResidenceAbout 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, 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, 3D clay printer, 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
  • 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
  • must abide by Harvard University Covid-19 policies and practices to Keep Harvard Healthy

Application Process

Applications for our 2022-23 AIR program (September 1, 2022 - August 31, 2023) have closed. Please check back for future application dates.
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International applicants, please know that we cannot sponsor nor assist with visas through the Ceramics Program.

  • 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. In the case that you are a finalist, these references may be contacted.
  • Notification will be made via email

Current and Past Harvard Ceramics Program Artists in Residence

2021-2022 Artists In Residence: Deighton Abrams, Shea Burke, and Andrew Castañeda
2020-2021 Artist In Residence: Deighton Abrams
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 Residence: Jessica Brandl
2011-2012 Artist in Residence: Akio Niisato