The Textile Arts Center seeks eight artists or designers, working within the field of textiles and fiber arts, looking to deepen their artistic practice and work in a communal environment to partake in its Artists In Residence program for the 2018 - 2019 cycle. 


Applications are due March 19, 2018. APPLY HERE !











Over the course of 9 months, eight artists and designers delve into a full curriculum underscored by continuous critical dialogue.  Ongoing conversations allow artists to foster greater consciousness within their practices and center their work.  Residents study weaving, knitting, and surface design, along with textile history, modern craft theory, and professional development.  Through balanced examination of historical and topical practices, our residents develop contemporary works with a solid appreciation for our common artistic heritage. Structured weekly seminars are moderated by some of today’s leading business and textile innovators. At AIR, students are able to advance and elevate their work, actively pursue their career ambitions, and share their knowledge outside of the studio walls.

    •    Structured weekly seminars focus on craft theory, technique, exposition, the history and conservation of textiles, and professional development. Each are designed to cultivate artistic rigor and elucidate practice. (3) months are spent in technical workshops exploring weaving, printing and dyeing methods, needle arts, sculpture, drawing, and more; followed by (3) months of textile history and craft theory; concluding with (3) months of professional development. Classes are taught by TAC staff as well as visiting instructors and professionals.

    •    Group salon-style critiques with special guests from galleries, museums, textile and design industry, and other working artists complement the weekly seminars. A sampling of guest instructors and critics include: Sarah Scaturro (The Costume Institute), Gina Gregorio (PRATT, RISD), Pascale Gueracague (Lululemon), Grace Bonney (Design Sponge), Tara St. James (Study NY, BFDA), Sabrina Gschwandtner, Rebecca Kelly (FIT), Sarah Byrd (FIT, NYU), Annie Coggan (AIR Alumni, PRATT, SVA), Carin Kuoni (Vera List Center), Alexa Winton (Parsons), Marci McDade (Surface Design Journal), Liz Collins, Elana Herzog, Elissa Auther (MAD) Erin M Riley, Pascale Gatzen (ArtEZ), Natalia Nakazawa (EFA), Carolyn Sycles (Abrons Arts Center), Samantha Bittman.

    •    Group exhibition, including artist talk. 





    •    Association with a quickly growing arts organization focused on the textile and fiber community that holds classes, workshops, exhibitions, guest lectures, screenings while working with esteemed teachers, artists and designers from the textile industry and art world.
    •    Exposure through TAC marketing and programming to include blog entries and posts featuring artists, link on TAC website to personal work as well as individual bios, catalogue for group show, and networking
    •    Teaching and development opportunities with TAC programming for adults, teens and children
    •    $600 worth of free classes at Textile Arts Center, followed by 30% off all additional classes taken
    •    Relationship with a mentor 





    •    24/7 access to personal 8’ x 8’, well-lit space. Each space has 3 full walls, including  shelving, as well as a “tack” wall.
    •    24/7 access to TAC studio and equipment (includes floor looms; home and industrial sewing machines; knitting machines; drying rack; utility sink; dye lab for natural and synthetic dyes; washer/dryer; steamer; screen printing facilities which include 3 yardage tables, large exposure unit and washout booth)




Artists and designers working in textile media, ages 21+. Application must be submitted online in full, including up to 10 images of current work. We encourage international applicants, however can only accept applicants that do not require special visas at this time. All applicants must have basic English language skills.



The selection process is led by a comittee of Textile Arts Center's staff, as well as professionals working in different fields of textile arts. Selection criteria include:

  • Quality of work
  • Clear plan on work to be created during time of residence
  • Desire to work within a strong community 


Selected applicants will be asked to come in for an interview.




Tuition for the program for 2017-18 is $9500* for the 9 month cycle. We are happy to work with accepted candidates on payment plans and installments. 
In addition, please let us know if you will be seeking finantial aid from third party grants, through the application process. 
*Please note that residents are responsible for their own travel fees, housing and art supplies


Application Dates for Cycle 10:  January 15 -  March 19  2018
Interviews: Cycle 10 - TBA
Notification of Acceptance: Cycle 10 - TBA
Cycle Dates: Cycle 10 - October 2018 - June 2019

Have a question? Check out our FAQ.  Or email All applications MUST be submitted online.