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

The Artist-in-Residency (AIR) program at Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) is an immersive experience within an active, educational community. AIR at OCAC is a program intended to advance the careers of practicing artists, to present the residents as role models for the OCAC community, and to strengthen the public’s awareness of the significance of the role of making in a contemporary art context. By promoting an understanding of the creative process, AIR expands OCAC’s mission as a public resource center for the exchange and exploration of ideas relevant to our cultural and social environment, and particularly for engagement in the discourse surrounding contemporary craft and critical making. Providing residency for emerging and established artists as well as K-12 educators, the AIR program at OCAC offers the time and space to focus on creative practice and the freedom to explore, experiment, create, and collaborate.

Supported by a generous grant from the Collins Foundation, on-campus living and studio space are provided with a stipend, granting artists access to a dynamic, creative community, while affording students insight into the creative process of accomplished artists active within their respective fields.

Take a photo tour of our campus by visiting


Portland, Oregon: United States

Oregon College of Art and Craft is a private, independent, non-profit institution. OCAC is a uniquely small and mentor-based art college where students are individually trained to become successful artists and professionals in the fields of creative practice and industry. OCAC’s approximately nine-acre main campus is located in the West Hills four miles from downtown Portland, Oregon. The campus includes buildings of specialized studios including book arts, printmaking, ceramics, drawing, painting, FabLab, fibers, metals, photography, and wood. Private or shared personal studios are varied and spread across the campus. Learn about our studio facilities by visiting


  • Residency Length: 3-15 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1-3
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 8
  • 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: 

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for three types of residents – emerging, established, and K-12 AIR

    Residents must be artists with significant exhibition records and professional achievement, strong communication skills, sustained studio practice and desire to engage in collaborative experiences at OCAC. A resident artist is expected to pursue a clearly articulated body of work or project, to teach one 3-credit BFA or MFA course, if qualified, and to integrate his or her practice into the academic programming and activities of the larger OCAC community. To this end, the resident’s specific involvement may include guest lecturing in a class, giving public talks, providing mentorship to students, participating in open studios, and/or collaborating with faculty or students.

    Established Artist-in-Residence: maximum six weeks in fall (Sep-Dec) and spring (Jan-May)
    - Practicing visual artists currently producing and exhibiting works of art
    - Proven record of consistent and successful exhibitions
    - Creative practice of twelve or more years in his or her professional fields
    - Professional artists and scholars who are not currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part-time or full-time
    - BFA or MFA strongly preferred

    Emerging Artist-in-Residence: maximum fifteen weeks in fall (Sep-Dec) or spring (Jan- May)
    - Practicing visual artists currently producing and exhibiting works of art
    - Proven record of consistent and successful exhibitions
    - Creative practice of three or more years in his or her professional fields.
    - Professional artists and scholars who are not currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part-time or full-time
    - Ability to teach in degree program
    - BFA or MFA strongly preferred

    K-12 Educator/Artist-in-Residence: maximum six weeks in the summer
    - Practicing visual artists currently producing and exhibiting works of art
    - Educators currently teaching in K-12 schools, part-time or full-time
    - Professional artists and scholars who are not currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part-time or full-time
    - Ability to engage with K-12 students who are enrolled in the OCAC’s community program in the summer

    How to Apply
    A single PDF document should include your CV, a proposal of 400 words or less, an artist statement, ten images of your work, and contact details for three references. Visit to apply online.

    Criteria for Section
    Applicants will be judged on the quality of their portfolios, as well as the originality and scope of their residency proposal. Weight will also be given to the applicant’s potential for working within a community of makers and the relevance of the individual proposal to the resources available at OCAC.

  • 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: 
Jennifer Jackson Hutchins, Bob Ebendorf, Julie Chen, Jeffrey Mitchell, Storm Tharp, Tali Weinberg, Michael Radyk, Margie Livingston, Edie Tsong, Ben Dallas, and more. View past residents by clicking here (
“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

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: 
    Learn about our studio facilities by visiting

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. Stipend (varies depending on AIR type and duration) - up to $3000 for 15 weeks for emerging AIR - up to $2500 for 6 weeks for established AIR - up to $2500 for 6 weeks for K-12 AIR Studio School continuing education class or workshop tuition free, on a space-available basis. The resident is responsible for paying any and all studio fees. Opportunity for group exhibition.

Additional expectations / opportunities

To commit as a full-time resident for the specific period; to provide all materials used during the residency; to be accessible to OCAC students and the College community; to produce a significant body of work and/or engage in explorations of new directions; to contribute to the community through total 20 hours of activities, such as lectures, open studio hours, teaching workshops, critiques, etc. Additional Expectations/Opportunities Residents make at least one public presentation and are encouraged to interact with faculty and students, and to engage the classroom. If qualified and interested, residents may be assigned to teach one degree course (up to six contact hours per semester) with additional compensation.

Contact Information

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