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.

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.


Watch the full streaming information session regarding the upcoming residency season. This session was recorded live via zoom, program staff 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. Accepted residents should expect to pay for their own materials and consumables.


To ensure that participation in the program is equitable for emerging artists, we offer a limited number of paid stipends each year to applicants in the form of Alloy Fellowships. Our Alloy Fellowship (Micro) supports emerging artists who are new to their practice with full access to our studio and tools. Fellows contribute 15 hours of volunteer work per month within their department. Alloy Fellows (Micro) receive a monthly stipend of $250 to support their growing creative practice, for the duration of their micro residency.


We offer micro residencies 12 months a year; with a one-month minimum, and a three-month maximum.


We recommend that you apply 6 – 12 months in advance.
We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Artists accepted into the program are required to wait 12 months after completion of their time in the program before re-applying.


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 before applying.

Review the Resident Program Handbook for complete guidelines & expectations. 

Be prepared to provide: 

  • Current CV/resume
  • Ten digital images (PDFs not accepted) 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

**Please note that we are not currently accepting Micro Residency Applications at this time.


To support artists emerging out of The Steel Yard’s residency program, or working in the community, we’ve created this list of local artist resources; including studio spaces, exhibition opportunities, professional development offerings, and more.

Click here to view the Resident Artist Resource List.