Open Call

Session 2: 2022 Studio Artist in Blacksmithing, Ceramics, Glass, or Foundry

Salem Art Works

No Funding
Salem, United States


For Who: -Emerging artist, current student or recent graduate of a BFA or MFA or 2-4 years of alternative training in their area of focus i.e. self-taught, apprenticeship, workshops or training via an arts organization, etc. -Applicants must be 21 years old by the start of the program. -All participants are required to have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and to provide proof prior to the start of the residency. See website for more details about preferred and required qualifications. Applications will be reviewed based on their experience, artist statement, statement of intent, resume, portfolio, title sheet, and a letter of recommendation. Salem Art Works is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or any other characteristic protected by law (referred to as “protected status”).

Number of Participants

4 Positions 1 person-Blacksmithing 1 person-Ceramics 1 person-Glass 1 person-Foundry


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


August 01, 2022 - September 15, 2022


  • $25.00 application fee


Ceramic Facility, Fabrication Lab, Individual Studio, Installation Space, Sculpture Facility, Shared Studio, Wood Shop


Cabin, Kitchen, Private Room, Shared Bathroom, Tent


Breakfast, Chef on Site, Coffee, Dinner, Lunch, Snacks, Tea, Vegetarian

Public Programs

Critique, Exhibition, Group Dinners, Open Studios, Self-Directed, Teaching Exchange, Visiting Professionals, Work Exchange, Workshops


Blacksmith, Ceramics, Crafts & Trades, Glass, Interdiscplinary Arts, Metalsmith, Sculpture



Program Description

The Studio Artist program provides a focused work-exchange opportunity for emerging artists in ceramics, glass, foundry, and blacksmithing. The work exchange is 30 hours per week: 20 hours toward studio specific tasks and 10 hours toward general saw support like cleaning, meal preparation, or assisting with events. Studio specific tasks may include cleaning and organizing, assisting or leading workshops, public demonstrations, assisting artists, and creating work for SAWs auction. SAW general support may includes assisting in the kitchen and event support. Artists receive an arthouse , meals, studio, one complimentary workshop, and access to SAWs facilities: blacksmithing, ceramics, foundry, glass, metal fabrication, and wood shop. Artists are responsible for their own personal supplies, materials, consumables, and travel to and from SAW. The goal of the Studio Artist program is for artist to gain independence in their area of focus and the opportunity to work in a variety of shops.

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