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Artist-in-Residence and Fellowship Programs

For 60 years, artists have been advancing their careers at Clay Art Center. Our artists are at the core of our mission, which is to offer a stimulating space for studio practice, exhibition and educational opportunities to better serve the community. Our Residency and Fellowship program, which commences each year in September, is uniquely designed for emerging artists who need time and space to develop their voices. Residents and Fellows gain invaluable experience working in a community environment, teaching classes, sharing their technical knowledge and expertise, and managing many jobs around the studio.

CAC provides a supportive ceramic community, while appreciating the need for privacy and independent work. CAC artists share technical information as well as routine studio chores, and any CAC resident will benefit from this co-operative experience. We offer adult and children's classes in wheel throwing, hand-building, and sculpture, and there are always excellent opportunities for teaching. CAC asks every incoming resident to help create approximately 200 small artworks on a collaborative level for our annual fundraiser in October. Applicants must reside within the United States to be eligible.

What our Artist-in-Residency Offers:

  • One year residency commencing each September
  • Private 10' x 10' studio space
  • Free Firing
  • $300 monthly stipend for materials
  • Paid on-site teaching opportunities
  • Exhibition in gallery at end of residency


  • One year commitment
  • Approx 10 - 15 hours per week of studio maintenance (mix glaze, pug clay, fire student work)
  • Find own living space

What the Rittenberg Fellowship Offers:

  • One year Fellowship commencing each September
  • Private 10’ x 10’ studio space
  • Free firing
  • $500 monthly stipend
  • Teaching opportunities on same pay scale at CAC teachers
  • Solo or Duo Exhibition in Gallery


  • One year commitment
  • Represent CAC at public events
  • Find own living space

Applications are due by April 1 of each year. Click on the links below for details on how to apply.

How to Apply for Residency & Fellowship
Email completed applications to

The selection process is based upon the strength of your application. Spaces in the program are made available as current residents reach their term limit or leave the program. The number of spots available is not known until the time of application review. All applicants will be notified by May 1st. The residency will begin on September 1st.
2016-17 Barbara Rittenberg Fellow
Natalia Arbelaez has been chosen as the 2016-17 Barbara Rittenberg
Memorial Fellow.  The fellowship is supported by the Barbara Rittenberg
Memorial Fund. Natalia will be actively engaged in our community of
artists and in developing his work for an exhibition. She will represent
CAC at public events and contribute technical knowledge and expertise
to enrich our students and community of artists.
2016-17 Westchester Community Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship
The Westchester Community Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship is a year-long residency program at the Clay Art Center funded by a grant from The Emily & Harold E. Valentine and Evelyn Gable Clark Scholarship Fund. CAC has selected Jose Tlaczani as the recipient of the 2015-16 Emerging Artist Residency.
2016-17 Artists in Residence
2015-16 Artists-in-Residence are Kelley Donahue and Max Seinfeld!
Past Residents and Fellows
Discover our past CAC Artists-in-Residents and Fellows

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