Artist Residencies

2023 Artist Residencies will be announced in January.


Short-Term Artist-in-Residence Program

Touchstone Center for Crafts Short-Term Artist-in-Residence Program offers a unique environment for artists and makers to live and work within a creative community. At Touchstone, we offer residencies in our fully equipped blacksmithing, ceramics, glass, small metals, and painting studios. We also accept artists working in media outside of those mentioned, depending on the needs of the artist and what our studios are able to accommodate. For this program we are looking for self-motivated individuals who are seeking the time, space, and equipment to focus on their studio practice in the company of fellow artists and makers.  A qualified candidate for the program should possess a strong working knowledge and understanding of the equipment and tools used within their designated studio. No instruction is provided.

One-Week Artist Residency

May 28-June 4, 2022

Space available in blacksmithing, glass, small metals, and painting studios.


Residency Fee

$750 (Includes private lodging and meals)

Residency Fees must be paid in full 2-weeks prior to arrival



Residents will have access to a shared studio space within the discipline that they are invited to participate. Consumables (i.e. oxygen, propane, etc.) and materials (i.e. steel, clay, etc.) for personal production are the responsibility of the resident and will be charged at cost. For a list of equipment please contact Travis Winters at Studios will be prepped and ready upon arrival and a general studio cleanup will be scheduled for all participants in the afternoon of Friday, June 3, 2022.  


Lodging and Meals

Private lodging and meals are included with the One-Week residency fee. Throughout the residency Touchstone will provide artists with 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 diners. On nights without diner, residents are encouraged to explore the beautiful Laurel Highlands area where Touchstone is located. Residents may check in on Saturday May 28, 2022 from 2:00pm-5:00pm in Touchstone’s Bea Campbell Gallery. All residents must be checked out by 11:00am on Saturday, June 4, 2022.



To ensure the safety of everyone on campus, all Artists-in-Residence must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination at least 2-weeks prior to their arrival. For those individuals with medical and religious exemptions, a negative COVID-19 test not more than 72 hours old should be submitted prior to the start of the residency. While on campus all resident must follow all Touchstone’s COVID-19 Guidelines, Precautions, and Procedures. For a full list of all policies, click here. Before arriving to campus all Residents must join the orientation Zoom Meeting with TCC staff to go over all studio and campus safety procedures. While in the studio all residents must follow the proper safety procedures for the given studio. All incoming artists must sign Touchstone’s COVID-19 Liability waiver.

How to Apply


Please submit the following along with the application form:



  • Statement of Intent
    On a separate sheet of paper, please provide a statement (no longer than 1 page), telling us why you are interested in participating, your goals for the residency, and what you hope to gain from the experience.
  • 5 Images
    Submit 5 images of your current work as jpg files (300dpi) if emailing *your last name must be in the image title ( 1_SMITH.jpg ) or include printed images if mailing your application.
  • Resume/CV
  • Two References with contact information
  • 2022 Short Term Artist-In-Residence Application
    Click to Download Application

Please feel free to reach out to or call (724) 329-1370 with any questions you may have

Two-Week Artist Residency

May 9-23, 2022

2-Week Artist Residencies are full



Registration: $600 (Includes Lodging)

All residency fees cover studio access, kitchen access, Wi-Fi, and lodging.

*Registration fee does not include meals or materials



All Artists-in-Residence are responsible for the cost and securing of materials used throughout the residency. Residents will be required to track and pay for the use of all consumables and kiln firings provided by Touchstone.



No meals will be provided to Resident Artists (during two-week residencies) throughout their stay on campus. Although Touchstone’s Dining Hall will be closed for the duration of the residencies, artists will have access to a fully equipped communal kitchen, grill, and dining area. Throughout the residency artists often come together and periodically plan group meals during their stay. There are multiple grocery stores and restaurants within a 15-20 min drive from Touchstone’s campus. Due to the rural location of Touchstone’s campus, it is strongly recommended that participants bring a car to the residency.



All Artists-in-Residence will receive lodging. Linens can be provided at an additional cost of $50.

*Residents would be placed in a private dorm.



All Artist-in-Residence will be required to give a short presentation about their work.

Touchstone Center for Crafts prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or association preference. Touchstone Center for Crafts also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to its facilities and programming.