1 – 3 Month Studio Access

The Steel Yard’s micro-residency program can assist you in growing and strengthening your creative industrial art practice with flexible time commitments. Micro-residencies are an ideal opportunity for you to complete a specific project, commission, or prototype within a limited amount of time. Micro-residencies are available with a one-month minimum commitment, and a three-month maximum commitment.

We host one ceramics and one metals micro-resident at a time. Micro-residents receive an all-access pass to our 10,000 square foot studio, tools, resources, and community. Take an online tour of the studio here!

You’ll forge, mold, weld, shape, and create in a shared studio space alongside a cohort of artists and makers who work in the industrial arts. Additionally, you’ll participate in events and sales, exhibit work, have access to professional development opportunities, teach and take courses, as well and take part in cross-departmental critiques.

Please read the Residency Program Handbook for complete guidelines and expectations.

Are you a current or recent student? Then consider applying for the Student Fellowship. If you’re looking for long-term studio access check out the year-long Residency Program.


Watch the full streaming information session regarding the upcoming residency season. This session was recorded live via zoom and hosted by Islay Taylor, Associate Director, and Ben Filchak, Studio Director. They discussed the benefits and expectations of the residency program and answered questions. Watch the full info session video here.


Micro residencies are offered to artists free of charge. Additionally, we offer a limited number of paid stipends to applicants in the form of student fellowships to ensure that participation in the program is equitable for emerging artists.


Our Student Fellowship supports emerging artists who are currently enrolled in an academic program or have graduated within 24 months, with a micro-residency. Student Fellows receive waived residency fees, a $250 one-time reimbursement for material purchases, and access to mentorship from their department fellow.


Student Fellows should be enrolled in an academic program OR graduate within 24 months of the application deadline. Fellows should demonstrate an eagerness to learn, and a desire to be part of a diverse community. This opportunity is available for students working primarily in ceramics, jewelry, metals, or foundry. Student Fellows contribute 15 hours of volunteer work per month within their department.

  • Although we recommend applying for a micro-residency at least 6 months in advance; we do strive to meet the needs of artists as they arise.
  • If you have questions about scheduling and availability, please email residency@thesteelyard.org and review the Resident Program Handbook for complete guidelines & expectations. 

12 months a year; one-month minimum, and a three-month maximum.


We recommend that you apply at least 6 months in advance. We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. If you have any concerns regarding scheduling please send us an email prior to applying at residency@thesteelyard.org Please note that ceramic micro residencies are booked through fall 2022.


Read and review the Resident Program Handbook for complete guidelines & expectations.

Questions? Please reach out to residency@thesteelyard.org for assistance. 

In order to apply please be prepared to provide: 

  • Current CV/resume
  • Ten digital images of recent work and an image list
  • A brief artist bio, written in the third person
  • A narrative statement outlining how you’ll use your time in our studio
  • One reference that can speak to your artistic merit


The Steel Yard is committed to diversity and inclusion. It is the policy of the Steel Yard that there shall be no discrimination with respect to the selection of the artist in residence because of race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, gender, age, physical limitations or military status.