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The Steel Yard

The Steel Yard’s Residency Program is designed to assist emerging to mid-level artists in growing and strengthening their art practice in a supportive, cooperative environment. Participating artists have the opportunity to work together, to take part in community events and sales and to be creative leaders in a vibrant community shop. Most of all, residents get an all access pass to our studios in pursuit of their own work.

Located along the Woonasquatucket River in the heart of Providence’s Industrial Valley neighborhood, the Steel Yard’s Residency Programs are housed in our 10,000 square foot industrial art studio. This community shop serves as a creative incubator for working artists, professionals, and students alike.

The Steel Yard hosts Residency opportunities in Ceramics, Foundry, and Metals. All residencies include shared studios and tools along with personal storage space.

CERAMICS: The Steel Yard ceramics studios run primarily cone-6 kilns with the opportunity for occasional cone-10 firings in our anagama wood kiln. Ceramic Residents have use of ceramics department space except during non-teaching times, special events, or when the Steel Yard is closed.

FOUNDRY: The Steel Yard primarily casts iron in our custom 600lb capacity tilt furnace. Working as a team, Foundry Residents have the opportunity to fire this furnace multiple times throughout the year to create their own artwork. Foundry Residents have use of casting department space except during non-teaching times, special events, or when the Steel Yard is closed.

METALS: The Steel Yard supports artists working in both ferrous and non-ferrous metals: jewelers, blacksmiths, and welders. Metals Residents have use of metal department space except during non-teaching times, special events, or when the Steel Yard is closed.


Providence, Rhode Island: United States


  • Artist Status: Emerging Artists
  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Residency member selection will focus on merit-based acceptance that takes into account the overall diversity of experience level. These individuals’ area of specialty and other variables will best serve to develop a strong, supportive residency population whose members will benefit from the exchange of skills and knowledge. This strategy is designed to meet the Steel Yard’s mission by supporting a growing number of artists in developing their independent practices and studios.

  • Application deadline: March 01
  • Application Ongoing: Yes

Facilities & Services

  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    24 hour studio access
  • Studios/special equipment: Ceramics / Pottery, Fine metals / Jewelry making, Heavy metals / Blacksmithing, Sculpture
  • Additional studio information: 
    CERAMICS: Ceramics equipment includes electric and kick wheels, cone-6 electric kilns, an anagama wood kiln, outdoor pit fire kiln, slab roller, pug mill, extruder, limited studio glazes, recycled clay and assorted hand tools. FOUNDRY: Available foundry equipment includes everything needed for bonded-sand casting: a large capacity sand muller, CO2 apparatus, overhead crane, foundry safety gear, and various mold making, wax working and pouring tools. METALS: In the main studio, artists have access to a coal forge, two atmospheric propane forges, anvils, stakes, vises and hammers, MIG welders, TIG welders, plasma cutter, Oxy-Acetylene torches, drill press, horizontal band saw, chop saw, and assorted hand-tools. Artists choosing to work in light metals will find a fully outfitted jewelry studio at their disposal. Equipment includes two soldering torches, rolling mill, hydraulic press, and tumbler. Additional hand tools include a variety of hammers, mandrels, punches, dapping sets, etc.

Residency Fees

Full Rack Residency Fee: $1,170 annually paid in monthly installments of $130 (48 sq. feet of storage) Half Rack Residency Fee: $720 annually, paid in monthly installments of $80 (24 sq. feet of storage)

Stipends / other support

Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information

27 Sims Ave
Providence, 02909
United States