Summer Residency Program

June 4 - August 13, 2023 (10 weeks)
Application Deadline EXTENDED: March 1st, 2023
Application Fee: $30.00 USD
Notifications Begin: ASAP
Program Overview: GoggleWorks Center for the Arts will offer three residencies this summer to outstanding creatives who will spend 10-weeks, from June 4 - August 13, on our campus developing a project or body of work. The Summer Residency Program was created to infuse new, creative energy to the GoggleWorks' community with an emphasis on facilitating cross-disciplinary experimentation. The residency provides personal work space, access to GoggleWorks' communal studios (ceramics, gardens, warm glass, hot glass, photography, printmaking, metalsmithing, and wood shop), and a culminating exhibition or event showcasing the residents' efforts. Selection of residents is highly competitive and based on the strength of the applicant's project proposal and/or quality of work and experience. Residents should be self-motivated and enthusiastic, dedicated to their artwork, and enjoy working with other people in a communal studio setting.
The Summer Residency Program provides:

  • Working space with 24/7 access (fully-funded)
  • Access to GoggleWorks' communal studios
  • Shared, furnished housing conveniently located across the street and within walking distance to our campus (fully-funded)
  • $2,500 stipend (for travel, living and material expenses)
  • Additional paid opportunities to teach in GoggleWorks' community arts programs
  • Culminating exhibition or event

Accepted applicants agree to:

  • Bring a sampling of selected works for an introductory public exhibition 
  • Participate in GoggleWorks' community art programs, including presenting an artist talk and discussing their process with GoggleWorks visitors
  • Complete their proposed body of work/project within the time frame of the residency
  • Complete works for culminating experience by August 7, 2023
  • Leave one legacy component for the GoggleWorks' permanent collection*
  • Retrieve work upon completion of exhibition or event

* Urban horticulture resident may leave alternate legacy component outside of the visual arts

Portfolio-Based Application: The portfolio-based application allows creatives to focus on their personal studio practice and the development of a body of work. Portfolio-based applications are able to select one studio of focus; however, special consideration will be given to artists interested in developing multi-media work within more than one of our eight studios.
Place-Making Application: The place-making application allows creatives to focus on a site specific project to be completed during the 10-week residency time frame. Special consideration will be given to proposals that take advantage of the multi-media possibilities offered on our campus and/or involve community based installations.  Applicants are encouraged to be cognizant of GoggleWorks' surrounding urban environment and consider how their projects may provide a mechanism for social outreach and/or emphasize community engagement.
Urban Horticulture Application: The urban-growing application allows horticulturalist creatives to focus their energy into the newest studio at GoggleWorks: GoggleWorks Gardens at Lauer's Park. This urban community gardening partnership takes creativity in a new direction as the summer resident will focus on growing and gardening practices for the 10-week residency time frame. Special consideration will be given to proposals that take advantage of trends in organic growing, urban farming movements, and sharing skills with the immediate community. Applicants are encouraged to be cognizant of the reality that GoggleWorks' is located in a food desert, and consider how their projects may provide a mechanism for social outreach and/or emphasize community engagement.

The application requires:

  • brief description of your work's fundamental ideas and concepts
  • resume or C.V.
  • visual representation of current or intended works (10 images, labeled 1-10.) or non-visual proof of research 
  • statement of intent
  • anticipated material and equipment needs 
  • selection of one or more of GoggleWorks' communal teaching studios to work within 

Maggie Gallen

Rolling Submission

Juried Annually: First week in October

The submissions are reviewed by the GoggleWorks Exhibitions Committee consisting of 14 voting members and several advisors. 

About Cohen Galleries:

Located on the first floor, the largest gallery in the GoggleWorks is divided into two distinct spaces and is capable of hosting either one major show or two separate exhibitions simultaneously. The West side of the gallery is approx. 2,700 sq. ft. and has a wood floor. The East side is approx. 3,100 sq. ft. and has a concrete floor. Both sides of the gallery feature movable walls that are 4ft. wide and 8ft. high, large windows for natural light, and adjustable track lights. 

Submission Guidelines: Any artist interested in exhibiting in the Cohen Gallery should submit a proposal for consideration. Normally only large shows utilize both sides of the gallery. Please  submit the following items:


 *   Summary of theme or idea for the exhibition

 *   portfolio of 15-20 images (2400 pixels on the short side, 300dpi)

 *   Artist bio/CV or organization mission statement


National organizations must have an outside perspective of their member works. The organizers i.e. president, chairs, etc. may not show their own work unless it has been through the jury process. The juror may include one sample of their work for exhibition if they so desire. The juror must follow the request of the gallery as it pertains to the numbers of pieces to be exhibited. 



Applications for studio space in GoggleWorks are now being accepted from artists who are serious about pursuing their art in the professional setting of a community facility. Studios are intended to be for working artists and although artists may display and sell work from their studios, the primary function of the studio is to create art. Studios at GoggleWorks will be awarded to artists as selected by the GoggleWorks Exhibition Committee. 

GoggleWorks is looking for artists who:

• demonstrate a commitment to their career through an existing body of work 

• have achieved a high degree of creative ability & technical facility, display obvious talent, and have nurtured an individual vision 

• are creating original art- the artwork must be the artist’s original concept and produced by the artist. 

• show proven ability in their chosen medium through some combination of the following: 

• participation in juried shows 

• professional experience 

• in the case of emerging artists, references from teachers or mentors


Studio sizes begin at 150 sq./ft. Rent includes heat, electricity, air conditioning, and parking. Artists are respon­sible for their own phones and any other communication/computer connections. The building has a security system, loading dock and freight elevators. An additional charge will be imposed for utility use beyond average usage and/or the installation of special equipment in a studio (e.g. electricity for kiln, special exhaust system). All studios have natural light as well as fluorescent shop lights with day lighting bulbs. Artists are responsible for any special additional lighting. Because the studio rental fee is subsidized, it is the responsibility of each studio artist to contribute to the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in the following ways:

• 6 hours per month of volunteer time for and/or at GoggleWorks 

• Attend artist meetings and Special Events

• Use of studio for producing artwork and having studio open to the public at least 20 hours per week during GoggleWorks' open hours of operation 

• Sign and comply with GoggleWorks' house rules and commission policy


Additional conditions for artists renting studios at GoggleWorks include: 

• Studio space is to be left in same condition upon departure from GoggleWorks as upon arrival. 

• A security deposit of one month’s rent or $200 (whichever is greater) in addition to the first month’s rent is due upon signature of the lease. 

• Rent is due on the 1st of the month. Rent paid after the 10th of the month will incur a 10% penalty fee. 

• Failure to pay rent will result in eviction from the studio. 

• Commencing with their initial lease, each studio artist will be offered a one year lease.

• Artists are expected to work in their studios on a consistent and ongoing basis. Non-use of studio space is cause for eviction or non-renewal of lease.


GoggleWorks is open to the public Daily 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Artists have access to the GoggleWorks' facility 7 days a week, 24 hours per day.

To apply for an artist studio at the GoggleWorks:

[ ]    Complete this “Artist Application” form online

[ ]    Submit in the online application 10-15 pieces of representative work with summary page of title, medium, size and date of execution. For 3D work, please submit 3 images of each piece. Please number images to coincide with summary page.

[ ]    Submit an artist’s statement or reason for making art (one page or less)

[ ]    Submit a record of artistic and work history

[ ]    Submit any additional support materials you believe are relevant (i.e. reviews, recommendations,  etc.)

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