John Michael Kohler Arts Center

There are presently no open calls for applications.

Undoubtedly one of the most remarkable collaborations between art and industry in the United States, the Arts/Industry residency program is conceived and administered by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, funded and hosted by Kohler Co.

Arts/Industry offers artists the time and space to focus on the creation of new work, and a unique location for their studios. Artists-in-residence work at the Kohler Co. factory in the Pottery or Foundry. Artists need not have experience with clay or metal, just an interest in materials and the potential for the industrial environment and processes to influence their creative practice. Participants are exposed to a body of technical knowledge that enables and encourages them to explore new ways of thinking and working. 

Each year 12 artists are selected for residencies through a competitive jury process. There are three cohorts a year, each with four residents totalm two in Pottery and two in Foundry. Each residency is three months long.

Artists-in-residence receive 24-hour access to studio space, materials, use of equipment, technical assistance, photographic services, housing, round-trip transportation, and a modest weekly stipend.  it is conceived and administered by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and hosted by Kohler Co.

Arts/Industry residency application materials must include:

  • 20 images of the artist’s work
  • A résumé/CV (3 pages maximum)
  • A written project proposal (250 words or less)
  • Images supporting project proposal (3 images maximum)
  • 1 letter of recommendation  
  •  3 professional references
John Michael Kohler Arts Center