Application Process for Arts/Industry Program

Arts/Industry has been doing something remarkable for over 40 years—connecting artists with the resources, technology, and materials of Kohler Co., and providing a place to explore new ideas, processes, and perspectives. Artists from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Each year up to 12 artists are selected for residencies in the Pottery and/or Foundry areas of the factory through a competitive jury process. No experience with clay or cast metal is required, just an interest in pursuing a new body of work and being open to new ideas.

Arts/Industry residencies are three months in length and divided into three seasonal cohorts:

  • Spring cohort (January–April)
  • Summer cohort (May–August)
  • Fall cohort (September–December)

There are four artists-in-residence in each cohort.

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.

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)
  • Three letters of recommendation

For more information on the application process, contact the Arts/Industry coordinator at 920-694-4548 or

Applications for 2020 will go live in February of 2019.


Arts/Industry is a residency program of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. It is generously hosted and funded by Kohler Co. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) (nonprofit) organization; donations are tax deductible.