The Steel Yard's Micro Residency is a great way for makers to get unfettered access to our studios for a finite amount of time. Micro Residencies are ideal for individuals looking to use the Yard’s facilities for creative exploration, to complete a prototype, create a sculpture, work on a commission piece, or build their portfolio. This residency has a minimum contract of one month, with a maximum commitment of three months. 

2016 Micro ResidencyThe Steel Yard’s Micro Residency Program is designed to help artists and fabricators achieve their project-based vision in a supportive, cooperative environment through access to the Steel Yard’s studios and facilities. Participants in the Micro Residency Program matriculate into the cohort of current Artists in Residence, work in the community shop with shared tools, have personal storage space, and get an all access pass to our studios in pursuit of their own work.

The Steel Yard hosts Micro Residencies in Ceramics, Light Metals (Jewelry and metal forming), and Metals (Foundry, Blacksmithing, and Welding). All Residents will have use of their respective studios except during teaching times, special events, or when the Steel Yard is closed.  

Micro Residency Requirements 

Artists/makers accepted into the Micro Residency Program will be required to sign a contract detailing responsibilities, privileges, studio access, and safety procedures for each studio. Residents will also be expected to pay a monthly resident fee for access to the Steel Yard’s studios and participate in departmental clean ups.

Micro Residency Fees 

Artists participating in the Micro Residency program will be expected to pay a monthly access fee of $400.


Applicants accepted into the program are required to remit a signed contract and the first months fees withing 2 weeks of notification of acceptance. Residents agree to pay subsequent studio and/or materials fees fee associated with the department to which they have been acceptedby the 15th of each month as billed.

Residency Period 

Participants in the Micro Residency program can apply for up to three months of studio access. 

To Apply

Read and review the Residency Program Handbook (pdf) for complete guidelines & expectations. 

Complete application form and submit current resume and up to 10 digital images of current work ( Standard format JPG at 1920x1920 pixels @ 72dpi)

Application Deadline

Applicants will be considered as requests are made; RSVP’s made within 30 days from the receipt of the applications.

Incomplete or partial applications will not be considered. Applications may be submitted via email, snail-mail, or in person. It is the policy of the Steel Yard that there shall be no discrimination with respect to the selection of the artist in residence because of race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, gender, age, physical limitations or military status.