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Arts/Industry resident Andrea Chung, 2018. (photo courtesy of Kohler Co.)

Arts/Industry residency program has been doing something remarkable for over 40 years—connecting artists with the resources, technology, and materials of Kohler Co., and providing a place to explore new ideas, processes, and perspectives. Artists from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Hundreds of artists have benefited from Arts/Industry since its beginning in 1974. “The genius of this program is that it gets into your soul after a while…,” said 2017 artist-in-residence Kevin Blythe Sampson. Arts/Industry offers artists time and space to focus on the creation of new work in studios located in the Pottery and Foundry at the Kohler Co. factory. Artists do not need to have experience working with clay or metal.

The emphasis of the residency is on artists exploring new materials and processes in a hands-on way while building relationships with the skilled craftspeople who work for Kohler Co. Artists are exposed to a body of technical knowledge that enables and encourages experimentation.

The program includes twelve artists annually, with four in residence at a time. Participants spend three months working in either the Kohler Co. Pottery or Foundry to develop a wide variety of work in ceramic, cast iron, and brass.

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI, administers the program. Kohler Co. in nearby Kohler, WI, generously hosts and funds the program.

Applications are open through April 1, 2019, for 2020 openings.

For more information about the program, the application process and resources provided to residents, visit

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