Residency Program

The Steel Yard’s Residency Program is designed to assist emerging to mid-level artists in growing and strengthening their art practice in a supportive, cooperative environment through access to the Steel Yard’s studios and facilities. Participating artists have the opportunity to work together, to take part in community events and sales and to be creative leaders in a vibrant community shop. Most of all, residents get an all access pass to our studios in pursuit of their own work.

Located along the Woonasquatucket River in the heart of Providence’s Industrial Valley neighborhood, the Steel Yard’s Residency Programs are housed in our 10,000 square foot industrial art studio. This community shop serves as a creative incubator for working artists, professionals, and students alike. All Residents will have use of their respective studios except during teaching times, special events, or when the Steel Yard is closed.

Don't want to commit to 8 months?  Artists looking to complete a specific project or prototype within a limited amount of time may apply for a Micro Residency at the Steel Yard.

Residency Programs & Costs

The Steel Yard hosts Residency opportunities in Ceramics, Light Metals (Jewelry and metal forming), and Metals (Foundry, Blacksmithing, and Welding). All residencies include shared studios and tools along with personal storage space. Residency fee is $1,000 annually or 8 monthly payments of $125.


  • One red rolling rack for personal storage - 48 sq. feet of shelf storage
  • 3 firings per month, each additional firing is $30
  • Contribute 5 hours each month to the overall health and wellbeing of the studio
  • The Steel Yard supports ceramics artists working both on and off the wheel. Artists working in this department will have 24-hour access to a fully outfitted ceramics studio. Ceramics studios run primarily cone-6 kilns with the opportunity for occasional cone-10 firings in our anagama wood kiln. Ceramics equipment includes electric and kick wheels, cone-6 electric kilns, slab roller, pug mill, extruder, limited studio glazes, recycled clay and assorted hand tools.

Light Metals

  • A dedicated locker for personal storage, materials, and some consumables will need to be purchased by the Resident
  • Contribute 5 hours each month to the overall health and wellbeing of the studio
  • The Steel Yard also supports artists working in light metals: jewelers and fabricators. Residents working in this department will have access to a fully outfitted jewelry studio and to tools in the metal department space.
  • Non-ferrous materials can be worked in the jewelry studio, which includes two soldering torches, rolling mill, hydraulic press, drill press, jump shear, and tumbler. Additional hand tools include a variety of hammers, mandrels, punches, dapping sets, etc. These tools can support the creation of jewelry projects, sheet metal forming, vessel making, repousse work and more.


  • A dedicated storage space roughly 48 x 48 on a pallet rack and a locker for personal storage
  • Contribute 5 hours each month to the overall health and wellbeing of the studio
  • Steel and other personal work materials will need to be independently purchased by the Resident
  • Optional participation in 3-5 Iron Pours per year; iron and other consumables will be billed by weight following each pour
  • The Steel Yard also supports artists working in ferrous metals: foundry artists, blacksmiths, and welders. Residents working in this department will have access to metal department space during non-teaching times, special events, or when the Steel Yard is closed.
  • The Steel Yard primarily casts iron in our custom 600lb capacity tilt furnace. Working as a team, Foundry Residents have the opportunity to fire this furnace multiple times throughout the year to create their own artwork. Available foundry equipment includes everything needed for bonded-sand casting: a large capacity sand muller, CO2 apparatus, foundry safety gear, and various mold making, wax working and pouring tools. In the main studio, artists have access to a coal forge, two atmospheric propane forges, anvils, stakes, vices and hammers, MIG welders, TIG welders, plasma cutter, Oxy-Acetylene torches, drill press, horizontal band saw, chop saw, and assorted hand tools.

Leadership and support opportunities

The Steel Yard offers paid opportunites to Residents with exception leadership and craftsmenship. The Fellowship position is designed to support the creative practice of mid-career artists by providing full studio access in exchange for a leadership position in the Residency program. Similarly, the Kiln Master position is a paid opportunity where the resident is responsible for firing works generated as a result of our Open Enrollment Classes. Both of these sweat-equity poisitions are available to residents in good standing who commit to participating in the program for a full season. For details on these positions, please view the Residency Program Handbook (pdf). 

In order to make our Residency Program more financially accessible, the Steel Yard offers Studio Assistant positions to Residents in good standing participating in the program for a full season. Studio Assistants commit 20 hours of dedicated work time to the Steel Yard on a monthly basis in exchange for a discount on residency dues. For details please read the Residency Program Handbook (pdf).

Residency Period

The Residency Programs run from April 1st – December 1st.

Residency Requirements

Artists/makers accepted into the Steel Yards 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 resident fee for access to the Steel Yard’s studios, and to participate in organizational fundraisers and departmental clean ups. Upon completion of their term, residents should expect to provide the Steel Yard with 5 images of the work created during their term, or as a direct result of their time at the Yard.

To Apply

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

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

Application Deadline

Midseason applicants will be considered if space is available; with 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.