The Dougherty Arts Center is now accepting applications for both established and emerging artists in ceramics and darkroom for our Visual Artist Residency - Volunteer Work Exchange Program.

The deadline to apply for this work-exchange position is Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

The Dougherty Arts Center (DAC) is an award-winning cultural arts center that offers a variety of visual, performing and digital arts experiences for a broad audience through its three programs - the Dougherty Arts Center Theater, the Julia C. Butridge Gallery and the Dougherty Arts School.

The Visual Artist Residency - Volunteer Work-Exchange Mission
The Visual Artist Residency Program strives to provide visual artists with the space, facilities, time and professional interaction that will foster and further develop their ideas, skills, abilities and focus as practicing artists. The Artist Residency Program will nurture the development of the studio’s creative environment for DAC students. This is a work exchange program where resident artists are expected to create outreach opportunities within our community such as teaching workshops, giving public presentations, critiques and monitoring our independent study program and open studio hours.  Residency term is six months, renewable for another six months (1 year total).

There are two levels of the Visual Artist Residency; Emerging Artist and Established Artist.

Emerging Artist
Emerging Visual Artist Residencies are available to promising artists in their foundational years that are committed to advancing their own work and exploring a potential professional career. We encourage applicants who would like to make art and creativity a continuing part of their lives, even if they have not pursued it in a post-secondary institutional setting.
Established Artist
Established Visual Artist Residencies recognize and support artists whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit, who have already proven their abilities, and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. Ideal applicants have experience with studio operations, have developed a body of work and need the time and space to further develop as a professional artist, and have a desire to share their knowledge with the community.

Goals of the Visual Artist Residency Program
1. Support visual artists as they engage in meaningful work.
2. Support the visual arts as an integral component of a vibrant community and thriving economy.
3. Forge and sustain partnerships and creative collaborations within the community.
4. Foster sustainable growth and development of the creative community.
5. Support visual artists in developing their body of artwork as well as a career in the arts through opportunities for education, exhibition, and leadership.
6. Enhance the presentation of, and diversity within, emerging and established visual artists in Austin.

Emerging Artist Eligibility:
1. Applicants must be visual artists over 18 years old who live in the Austin area (within Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis or Williamson counties).
2. Applicants may not be a current City of Austin employee, contractor, or vendor; or become one during the Visual Artist Residency.
3. Applicants must agree to and clear a Criminal Background Investigation (CBI) if selected as the top candidate.
4. Applicants must be CPR/first aid/AED certified, or agree to obtain certification within 30 days of the Visual Artist Residency start date if selected as the top candidate.
5. A college degree is NOT required to apply for this Visual Artist Residency.
6. Documentation of experience within the field of application must be provided through the Artist’s Résumé and/or Letters of Recommendation.
7. Current Visual Artist Residency recipients may not apply again until two years after the end date of their award.
Established Artist Eligibility:
Includes the above requirements and the below preferred qualifications:
1. Applicant has received a college degree within the field of application.
2. Applicant has experience with studio operations within field of application (loading/firing kilns, mixing darkroom chemicals, etc.).
3. Applicant has previous experience with Community Engagement and/or leading workshops or classes.
4. Applicant has current representation through galleries, publications, etc.


  • Shared studio space, accessible during building hours with designated storage. Working during scheduled classes is allowed, provided that registered students have priority for space and equipment.
  • Materials stipend: Emerging Artist - $100 per six-month term, Established Artist - $200 per six-month term
  • Representation on the Dougherty’s website and marketing including newsletters and social media
  • Art Exhibition at completion of residency
  • Access to the Dougherty’s computer lab and Adobe Creative Cloud, including assistance from our Digital Arts Instructor during lab hours

 Ceramics Specific Benefits
Studio glazes and firing are covered under the residency. There is unlimited firing in electric kilns, limited raku firing when a trained Instructor or Ceramics Technician is present, and limited firing in the Cone 10 gas kiln. Dougherty Arts Center student work is always first priority.
DAC Ceramics Studio is 1400 sq. ft. providing 12 Brent wheels (including standup and reverse options), 8 Shimpo Aspire wheels, slab rollers, extruder, molds, cone 10 and raku studio glazes, 2 Skutt 1227 electric kilns, raku kiln, and a gas reduction kiln.



Residency includes access to all darkroom equipment and provided chemistry.

DAC Darkroom allows black and white printing with fiber or RC paper up to 16”x20”, and film development. Equipment includes 5 Omega D2 enlargers, ability to print 35mm through 4x5, 1 Super Chromega D enlarger, film dryer, and light table.

Artist Commitment and Responsibilities
The Dougherty Visual Artist Residency is a work exchange program. Residents agree to work approximately 8-12 hours per week at regularly scheduled times. Duties include:

  • Monitoring Independent Study or Open Studio hours
  • Assisting Instructors or DAC staff as required
  • Physical ability to complete tasks including loading and unloading kilns with reasonable accommodations
  • General studio upkeep as assigned
  • Assisting with workshops
  • Working in an open studio setting where the public is able to interact with the artist during public hours
  • Working independently yet cooperatively in a professional studio setting while maintaining self-motivation

 Established Artist Responsibilities
Above responsibilities and:   

  • Teach one three-hour workshop per six month residency term
  • Mentor DAC Emerging Artist Resident(s)
  • Offer time to lead critiques during open studio

Terms of Residency
The Visual Artist Residency term is six months, renewable for another six months (1 year total). An evaluation will be performed at three months to ensure residency requirements are being met, and another evaluation will occur at five months to determine if the residency is renewable for an additional six month term.
The Artist Residency Program is not a funding program. Beyond a materials stipend, the Residency does NOT provide financial or domestic support including transportation, food/meals, or living quarters.

The tentative start date for this residency will be October 1, 2018.

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