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The Steel Yard’s residency program can assist you in growing and strengthening your creative industrial art practice. 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.

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

We offer short-term and long-term residency options; ranging from one month to one year. If you’re looking to complete a specific project or prototype within a limited amount of time then consider applying for a Micro-Residency.


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.


All accepted residents pay a subsidized monthly fee of $200.

Worried about the cost? The Steel Yard provides paid and waived residency fees in the form of fellowship and workshare opportunities to ensure the program is financially accessible. 


September 13th, 2021 – August 31, 2022


April 9, 2021


Applications are reviewed by an external committee of artists, academics, curators, and non-profit professionals. The committee considers the following metrics when viewing applications: the artistic merit of submitted work, the alignment of the application with organizational mission and values, applicant’s desire to be part of a community, applicant’s ability to work safely and independently in the studio, and building a diverse cohort of makers.

We encourage applicants to attend, or view, the Residency Info Session before applying. Still have questions? Please reach out to for assistance. 

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

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
  • A Fellowship and/or Workshare statement if applicable


‘Applications for the 2021-22 Residency Program are now closed. Please join our mailing list to be notified when applications for the 2022-23 Residency Season are released.’

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.