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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.

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.


The Steel Yard provides free residency opportunities to ensure that participation in the program is financially accessible to all artists. Accepted residents should expect to pay for their own materials and consumables. We also offer paid fellowships in the form of fellowship and workshare opportunities.


September 13th, 2024 – August 31st, 2025

September 12th, 2025 – August 31st, 2026


March 1st, 2024 at 11:59 pm

Acceptance notifications will be sent by May 1st, 2024


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 (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
  • A Fellowship and/or Workshare statement if applicable


Applications for the 2024-45 Residency season are now closed.


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.