Linda Cordell (NY), Pottery, 2003

Arts/Industry is undoubtedly the most unusual ongoing collaboration between art and industry in the United States. Hundreds of emerging and established visual artists have benefited from the Arts/Industry program at Kohler Co. since its inception in 1974.

Participants are exposed to a body of technical knowledge that enables them to explore forms and concepts not possible in their own studios as well as new ways of thinking and working.

Artists-in-residence may work in the Kohler Co. Pottery, Iron and Brass Foundries, and Enamel Shop to develop a wide variety of work in clay, enameled cast iron, and brass including but not limited to murals and reliefs, temporary or permanent site-specific installations, and functional and sculptural forms.

Artists working in any discipline may apply. Each year, 16–22 artists are accepted for two- to six-month residencies in the Pottery or Foundry/Enamel areas of the factory. Artists-in-residence receive 24-hour access to studio space, materials, use of equipment, technical assistance, photographic services, housing, and round-trip transportation.

Applications for the 2016 program are now closed. Applications for 2017 residencies will open again December 1, 2015.

For more information on the application process, contact the Arts/Industry coordinator at (920) 694-4548 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is pleased to announce that Arts/Industry has been awarded a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation—an organization dedicated to supporting artists with families—to award fellowships to artists-in-residence with children under the age of eighteen for the 2015–2017 program years. Eligible artists can apply for fellowships up to $1,000 for costs directly related to family support during their residency. For information and an application form, contact the Arts/Industry coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 920-694-4548.

Current sculpture students and recent graduates are invited to apply for internships in the factory, assisting the Pottery or Foundry technicians and helping artists-in-residence to realize their projects. Application Details

For detailed information and history about the Arts/Industry Residency Program, please download our program brochure:  Arts/Industry Brochure   

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