The Virginia A. Groot Material Exploration Residency at the Center for Craft is an 8-week visiting sculptor residency in Asheville, North Carolina that provides two resident sculptors the time to develop their work, access to new materials, facilitated shared learning experiences, and a $10,000 honorarium.
Each resident will select a local craft organization to partner with for the exploration of a new material. The resident will spend up to 40 hours working with the selected organization.
This 8 week residency will take place at the Center for Craft’s Ideation Lab, in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. The two Virginia A. Groot Material Exploration Residence will work alongside two WNC Center for Craft Residents in a cohort of four. While each resident will be given their own space and ample time to work independently they will also have the opportunity to build relationships with the other residents and engage in studio visits with regional curators, museums, and/or collectors and explore regional craft schools (eg. Penland School of Craft, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, and John C. Campbell Folk School).
Each resident will receive a $10,000 honorarium, daily access (8am - 10pm M-F, 10am - 6pm Sa-Su) to an approximately 200 square foot studio space and shared studio resources, a Flex Desk Cowork pass in the Center for Craft’s National Craft Innovation Hub, and a facilitated partnership with a regional craft space to explore a new material or process.
Catalyze connections between local and national craft networks
Resource craft artisans to explore new materials and grow their artistic practice
Ignite local and national conversations about the power and potential of craft
The Virginia A. Groot Material Exploration Residency at the Center for Craft is an 8 week visiting sculptor residency in Asheville, North Carolina that provides two resident sculptors the time to develop their work, explore new materials, and access shared learning experiences.
Applicants must be:
Applicants can not be:
Previous Virginia A. Groot Foundation awardees are invited to apply for a Virginia A. Groot Material Exploration Residency at the Center for Craft. This is a 8 week residency program in which two residents will receive a stipend of $10,000 each, lodging, daily access (8am - 10pm M-F, 10am - 6pm Sat, Sun) to studio space at Center for Craft in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, a Cowork pass in the Center for Craft’s National Craft Innovation Hub, access to one educational craft space, guided regional exploration including galleries, museums, archive, or craft school visits. Each resident will also provide at least one recently completed work (created prior to the residency period mutually agreed upon with the Center for Craft’s Curator) to include in an exhibition in the Center for Craft’s John Cram Gallery during the residency period.
Center for Craft Responsibilities
Resident Sculptor Responsibilities
A panel of reviewers, who are recognized craft artists, scholars, and /or curators, free of any conflict of interest, will evaluate the applications. The 10 applicants with the highest cumulative scores will then be reviewed by the Center for Craft staff who will select 4-5 applicants to interview and check references before determining who will receive the two Virginia A. Groot Material Exploration Residency opportunities.
All applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria.
HOW TO APPLY
The Center for Craft welcomes all craft artists based in Western North Carolina to apply. Applicants must apply using the online application program SlideRoom.
All applicants should create a login to be able to complete the application. Before submitting your application, you will be directed to a confirmation page where you will be able to review your materials and return to edit or delete your uploaded files as needed. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to access your form again. Applicants will receive a confirmation email once the application form has been successfully submitted.
There is a $10 application fee. Applicants may request for the fee to be waived by responding to this email with the text, “Please waive the application fee for my application.” No additional information is required. To waive your fee, you must first create your SlideRoom portal and access the application through SlideRoom before making the request to waive the fee. Application fees cannot be waived after applications are submitted.
All applications must be submitted before December 15 (11:59pm EST), 2023.
Please review the sample application below before beginning your application.
The top five applicants will be invited for an interview in early February 2024. Final award notification will be sent via email in March, 2024. The e-mail address listed on the application form will be used to send out notifications. Please be sure that it is a valid account that you check regularly.
This is only a sample application; all applications must be completed in SlideRoom.
Please note that the data from the demographic survey will only be used anonymously. Your participation in this survey helps us and our local and national funders understand who the Center for Craft is reaching so that we can continue to develop equitable and accessible programming. Completion of this survey will in no way affect your application. We require all applicants to complete this form; however, you may answer each question with the “ I prefer not to answer” option if you choose. Thank you.
I am not a previous Virginia A. Groot award winner or honorable mention recipient, may I still apply for this residency?
No, this opportunity is only available to previous Virginia A. Groot award recipients.
May I mail a hard copy of my application materials to the Center for Craft’s office?
No, hard copy submissions will not be accepted. The application must be completed and submitted through SlideRoom.
Can I work on my application and return to complete it at a later date?
Yes, creating a login account will enable you to complete the form in several online sessions.
I just submitted my application but I want to return to it and make an edit. Is this possible?
No, once your application is submitted, you will not be able to return to the form or change any submitted information. The application fee must also be paid at the time of submitting your application as you will not be able to log-in again to access the payment page again.
I can not afford the $10 application fee, may I have it waived?
Yes, applicants may request for the fee to be waived by sending an email to email@example.com with the text, “Please waive the application fee for my application.” No additional information is required. To waive your fee, you must first create your SlideRoom portal and access the application through SlideRoom before making the request to waive the fee. Application fees cannot be waived after applications are submitted.
I have a question that wasn’t answered. How can I reach the Center for Craft?
If you have any further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org