Linda Cordell (NY), Pottery, 2003

Arts/Industry is undoubtedly the most unusual ongoing collaboration between art and industry in the United States. Hundreds of emerging and established visual artists have benefited from the Arts/Industry program at Kohler Co. since its inception in 1974.

Participants are exposed to a body of technical knowledge that enables them to explore forms and concepts not possible in their own studios as well as new ways of thinking and working.

Artists-in-residence may work in the Kohler Co. Pottery, Iron and Brass Foundries, and Enamel Shop to develop a wide variety of work in clay, enameled cast iron, and brass including but not limited to murals and reliefs, temporary or permanent site-specific installations, and functional and sculptural forms.

Artists working in any discipline may apply. Each year, 16–22 artists are accepted for two- to six-month residencies in the Pottery or Foundry/Enamel areas of the factory. Artists-in-residence receive 24-hour access to studio space, materials, use of equipment, technical assistance, photographic services, housing, and round-trip transportation.

Applications for the 2017 residencies are now being accepted online from December 1, 2015 through April 1, 2016. Please click here for the online application.

For more information on the application process, contact the Arts/Industry coordinator at (920) 694-4548 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is pleased to announce that Arts/Industry has been awarded a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation—an organization dedicated to supporting artists with families—to award fellowships to artists-in-residence with children under the age of eighteen for the 2015–2017 program years. Eligible artists can apply for fellowships up to $1,000 for costs directly related to family support during their residency. For information and an application form, contact the Arts/Industry coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 920-694-4548.

Current sculpture students and recent graduates are invited to apply for internships in the factory, assisting the Pottery or Foundry technicians and helping artists-in-residence to realize their projects. Application Details

For detailed information and history about the Arts/Industry Residency Program, please download our program brochure:  Arts/Industry Brochure   

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