Image of A/I resident Amy Haskins at work in the Foundry, September 2005.

John Michael Kohler Arts Center Announces 2017 Arts/Industry Residents

January 16, 2017

Contact: Kristin Plucar
Arts/Industry Program Manager
920-458-6144 x 4548

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center has announced the selection of 15 artists to participate in its prestigious Arts/Industry program during 2017.

Artists-in-residence for 2017 include Ghada Amer (NY), Liz Ensz (IL), Samantha Fields (MA), Michelle Grabner (WI), Mary Anne Kluth (CA), Marie Lorenz (NY), Johana Moscoso (IL), Joel Otterson (CA), Elinor Portnoy (UK), Amélie Proulx (Quebec),  Kate Roberts (WA), Kevin Sampson (NJ), Edra Soto (IL), Tomas Vu (NY), and Robert Wysocki (NY).

Now in its 44th year, Arts/Industry is a residency program of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wis. It is made possible by major support from 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 in studios at the Kohler Co. Pottery and Foundry. They need not have experience with clay or metal to participate, just an interest in the materials and the potential for the industrial environment and processes to influence their creative practice.

Artists receive travel, housing, a stipend, featured exhibitions at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and 24/7 access to the Kohler Co. Foundry and Pottery facilities in Kohler, Wis. Residencies typically last from two to six months. Artists are required to donate two pieces of their work, one for Kohler Co. and one for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, upon completion of the residency.

Applications for Arts/Industry’s 2018 residencies are now being accepted. For more information about the program, contact Kristin Plucar, Arts/Industry program manager, at 920-458-6144 or visit

About the John Michael Kohler Arts Center: Founded in 1967, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is dedicated to making innovative arts programming accessible to a broad audience that ranges from academics to young children. Central to its mission is promoting the understanding and appreciation of the work of self-taught and contemporary artists through original exhibitions, commissioned works of art, performing arts programs, community arts initiatives, and publications. The Arts Center’s collection focuses on works by vernacular-environment builders, self-taught and folk artists, and works created in the Arts/Industry residency program. Looking to the future, the Arts Center continues to generate new explorations in the arts that foster creative exchanges between an international community of artists and a diverse public, making real the power of art to transform lives and strengthen communities. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is supported by corporate and foundation donors and its many members; it is not an entity of Kohler Co. or its subsidiaries. More information about the Arts Center can be found at



Admission to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is by voluntary donation. Arts Center members receive a discount on performance and other event tickets, classes and camps tuition, purchases at ARTspace gift shops, and free or discounted admission to many special events. Memberships are available at the Arts Center, by visiting, and/or by calling 920-458-6144.

Arts Center Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Arts Center is open at other times for special events.