Open Call

Call to Artists: Artist Residency at Alchemy Art Center on San Juan Island, WA

Alchemy Art Center

With Funding
Free / No Costs
Friday Harbor, United States


This opportunity is available for artists 21 years old and up. Artists outside of the US are responsible for securing their visa/travel documents. We are a community studio focused in the mediums of ceramics, printmaking, and darkroom photography, so candidates with backgrounds in these mediums are preferred. Ideal candidates are people who enjoy people, and who are energized and inspired by collaborative interactions. We have three different residency options - our Teaching Residency, our Artists in Community Residency, and our Special Projects Residency. Please read the descriptions for each of these on our website.

Number of Participants

Teaching Artist Residency: two participants per session Artists in Community Residency: three participants per session Special Projects Residency: two-three participants per residency season


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


March 31, 2024 - September 15, 2024


  • $300.00 stipend (one-time)


Ceramic Facility, Darkroom, Print Shop


Cabin, Shared Bathroom


No meals

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Teaching Exchange, Work Exchange, Workshops


Ceramics, Land Art, Photography, Printmaking, Visual Arts



Program Description

Alchemy’s AIR program is a unique opportunity to live in an immersive arts community on San Juan Island, connect with the wider SJI community via teaching and outreach activities, and have focused time to create art in an environment that supports collaboration, cross-pollination, and innovation. Artists in Residence are encouraged to work in all of Alchemy’s studios (regardless of their area of expertise), and experiment with mediums they may not have tried before. Alchemy’s studio technicians and infrastructure specialists are available to provide support in learning new techniques, helping AIRs take project ideas to the next level. All AIR opportunities include a work exchange of 12-15 hours per week, a substantial component of which is community engagement. This can mean teaching adult level classes, leading free workshops in the park, mentoring small groups of young people, or simply interacting with Alchemy’s many studio members and visitors.

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