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Resident Artist Application at the DCC

2019 Resident Artist Program
Thank you for considering the District Clay Center's Resident Artist Program.  

The District Clay Center supports three emerging ceramic artists by giving them the opportunity to work on their craft at the District Clay Center for a one year period of time at no charge. This program is designed to help post-BAC and MFA students create a body of work that will further them in their careers while giving them 24/7 access to private studio space and the Center's facilities.  In addition to free studio space (approx 8'x10'), the Center provides up to 500 lbs of free clay and firing costs and a stipend of $800/month.  Discussion/critiques with visiting artists, exhibitors and workshop leaders are also included.  In addition, we offer a profit sharing arrangement for resident artist-led workshops and intensive classes as well as opportunities for teaching regular classes. 

In return, the Center asks each resident artist to contribute 20 hours a week of assistance to the Center and, at the end of their year, to participate in a DCC gallery show highlighting the work they produced at the District Clay Center.  The assistance to the Center provides an opportunity to take charge in a management/supervisory role of key areas of the Center.  

In short, we are looking for artists who want to take the next step in their career, have developed a body of work and want to push forward to the next level.  We are also looking for artists that enjoy working in a dynamic community arts setting and will add to the collaborative atmosphere necessary to making a metropolitan clay center work. 

Current status:  We have openings for up to three new resident artists beginning in August 2018.  Applications close on midnight May 1, 2019.  Decisions will be announced on May 20, 2019.  

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Background on the District Clay Center: 

The District Clay Center is both relatively new (opened Nov. 2016) and also the largest ceramic facility in Washington DC.  It features 27 weekly community classes, regular workshops and intensives, an 24/7 access artist program for 47 ceramic artists (3 levels:  community, associate and studio artists),  regular artist talks, a 500 volume ceramic library and a 500 square foot gallery space (the District Clay Gallery) with national juried and curated shows.  We have a close working association with the Sackler/Freer Gallery at the Smithsonian and the Renwick Alliance.  We have a non-profit arm that supports a program called Community Clay which supports underserved kids, among other activities.

In terms of ceramic equipment, we have 26 wheels, including 2 Brent EX wheels, a 32 cubic ft gas kiln, 10 and 18 cubic ft (oval) Skutt electric kilns, a clay mixer, a glaze booth, a raku kiln, a glaze test kiln, a slab roller, an extruder, two pugmills and a glaze making area.  The District Clay Center has restrooms, a kitchen, loading dock access, free wi-fi, a photo booth and a DCC computer and printer. 

The DCC is located near Brookland in the NE quadrant of the District in a quiet resident area. The warehouse that DCC is part of has been repurposed as artist and artisan spaces.  For more information, go to the "Off the Beaten Track" webpage.
Please note that you will be able to edit this survey after you submit it if you would like to add or adjust information at a later time. 
You will be emailed a link once you submit the survey.

Your acknowledgement email will also include instructions for downloading photos to a Dropbox.
4. Center Assistance (A): As a resident artist, you will be asked to provide assistance amounting to 20 hours a week to the Center.  Please indicate below areas that you would potentially like to assist the center in
6. Please supply three references regarding your ceramic work.
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7. Please attach your resume:
9. Please give us your contact information.