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Oregon College of Art and Craft Artist-in-Residence Program

OCAC is a place to learn how to think, not what to think, how to craft art, not what art to craft. The residency program provides artists with time to think, and to immerse themselves in the making. Whether an emerging or a nationally known artist; residents have the freedom to explore, experiment, interact and create.


Portland, Oregon: United States

The wooded campus sits high in the West Hills of Portland overlooking the Oregon coastal mountains, yet it is minutes from downtown’s cultural resources. The campus features a community of buildings with well equipped studios in Book Arts/Printmaking, Drawing and Painting, Ceramics, Fibers, Metals Photography and Wood.


  • Residency Length: Jr residency - 4 months; Sr residency - 3 to 6 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1-5
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 11
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 150


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    The Junior Residency provides recent MFA graduates with sixteen weeks of focused work time during the fall or spring semester. Applications are accepted from artists working in a specified craft medium. During the semester, residents take advantage of the vibrant college community, interacting with students, faculty and staff.

    The Senior Residency is a six-week long program in the summer. This residency offers mid-career artists a break from their scheduled lives to focus on their work. Applicants working in any of the College’s craft media may apply. In summer the campus comes alive with visiting workshop artists, students and children participating in summer programming.

    See application (available at for more details).

  • Additional deadline info:
    Junior residencies correspond with the Fall and Spring Semesters on campus, and typically start a week before the semester. Senior Residencies take place for six weeks during the Summer session, usually starting in June, and are open to applicants on odd years (even-numbered years are for invited Senior Residents only). For more information on OCAC’s Residency Program or to download an application, visit

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Adrian Arleo, Phillip Baldwin, Russel Baldon, Michael Bliven, Charissa Brock, John Byers, Julie Chen, Norman Cherry, David Clemons, Nanda D'Agostino, Bob Ebendorf, David Engel, Ashley Eriksmoen, David Freda, Lisa Gralnick, Glenn Grishkoff, Susan Hamlet, Anna Hapler, Nicholas Havholm, Judy Hill, Keith Holmes, Rebecca Laskin, Marcia Macdonald, Sarah Perkins, Maria Phillips, Deb Stoner, Storm Tharp, James Tisdale, Edie Tsong, Lauri Twitchell, Patricia Wheeler, J. Fred Woell (Not complete list)
“Having the chance to work outside of my own studio and in such a good facility allowed me to think 'outside the box' and both get reacquainted with techniques I haven’t used in a long time, as well as dream up some really ambitious projects for the future. Having the time and space was invaluable and having the companionship of the other residents made the experience even more exciting.”
— Julie Chen
OCAC is a unique crafts community nestled on a wooded campus just ten minutes from downtown Portland. The three types of residencies we host (Junior, Senior and Invitational) allow for participation by a broad range of artists at all levels of their profe
— Kristin Shiga, Extension Program Director, OCAC

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    Meals are not provided, but accommodations include a full kitchen, and a cafe also operated on school grounds.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Ceramics / Pottery, Fiber arts, Fine metals / Jewelry making, Heavy metals / Blacksmithing, Painting, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital), Printmaking, Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    Specific studio information available upon request

Stipends / other support

OCAC offers residencies to both emerging and mid-career artists. All residents are provided with nearby housing, a stipend, and materials and travel reimbursement. Residents make two public presentations and have their work featured in an annual Artist in Residence exhibition.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Residents make art while they are here, but they also make friends with other residents, with students, with faculty and staff, and with artists they meet in Oregon. We are a community committed to the pursuit of art with all that entails: invigorating challenges, bursts of creativity, the occasional dry spell, the rewards of camaraderie, and the pleasure of time to work. Residents contribute immeasurably to the College. We offer them a space, the incentive to work and a place in our community.

Contact Information

8245 SW Barnes Road
Portland, Oregon 97225
United States
Tel: 503.297.5544