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 are now being accepted for the 2016 program year. Applications are accepted through the Café Call for Entry site only. Click here to begin your application. The application deadline is April 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. .

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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