The Artist in Residence program at Art Center West has been designed to provide a creative environment for emerging artists as well as to bring creative energy, inventive thinking, and diverse approaches to the center for the betterment of the collective. Over a twelve to twenty four month period, this residency will encourage experimentation and development of the artist’s work in order to propel their educational, academic, and/or professional career.

The residency will begin the first week in August and the last week in July annually. The ideal candidate should be pre-professional, with a MFA or BFA in ceramics, self directed and able to work independently.



Residents must perform at least 10 - 12 hours per week working in the studio at regularly scheduled times. Being responsible for work hours will be critical, and residents will be expected to work diligently during their studio hours to fulfill their studio obligations. There are also special events from time to time, including shows, lectures, and workshops, which may require additional hours. Qualified candidates should be capable of working independently and be willing to participate in group interactions, critiques, and other experiences available at Art Center West. Candidates must also be willing to work hard at routine studio cleaning and maintenance, mixing and developing glazes, loading and unloading kilns, assisting students, and other various studio jobs, including gallery and office duties. We are looking for artists that are willing to commit to at least a one year contract. Our 7000 square-foot facility ranks amongst the best facilities in the area and is well equipped with some of the most favorable equipment in contemporary ceramics. The studio features separate wheel and handbuilding studios, two glaze rooms, two electric kiln rooms, an outside kiln-yard, resident artist studios, and a gallery.



Resident Studios:
*Residents will receive a personal work space, 24-hour access to the facility, participation in workshops on a space-available basis, firing of your work, and periodic critiques. Studios are semiprivate spaces that are shared with other residents. Each resident will have approximately 10 x 12 ' of personal space and a 4x6' shelving unit provided.

*Residents will also have the opportunity to have an exhibition at Roswell Art Center West Gallery to display and promote the body of work completed during their residency.
* Residents will also be encouraged to participate in 2 sales per year sponsored byt the Clay Collective and Art Center West.
* Art Center West will not supply clay, equipment for private use, tools, or personal glaze materials. There are set firing fees for exclusive kiln use.


Housing will be available when possible. There are currently 2 artist in residence positions available at Art Center West.

Teaching opportunities are not guaranteed, but will be available as often as possible and will be encouraged. Classes fall within a wide range of techniques and age groups.

General Studio Equipment
4 - 1227 Skutt electric kilns
1 - 5’ Olympic front loading electric kiln
1- Olympic Oval
1 - 50 cubic foot gas kiln
1 - 12 cubic foot gas kiln
1 - 50 cubic foot soda kiln: crossdraft
1- 25 cubic foot soda kiln: downdraft
3 - Raku kiln
1 - Olympic electric test kiln
2 - Northstar slab rollers
2 - Extruders
12 - Brent CXC Wheels
6 - Shimpo VL Whispers Wheels
8 - Speedball Wheels
1 - Spray Booth


Application Requirements

Applications should include:
Letter of intent
Artist statement
2 Letters of recommendation (direct email is fine)
10 Digital Images of recent work

Submissions via email, dropbox, or mail. Our firewall is stringent, especially with large files, so please keep emails under 7M total. An email notification with a dropbox link is preferable.

Application deadlines: May 1

Please Return Application Package to:
Art Center West
Attention: AJ Argentina
38 Hill St, Suite 100
Roswell, GA 30075

For more information, please contact AJ Argentina at 770.641.3990 or


Current Residents:

Austin Riddle


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