Artist in Residence

Artist Residencies at The Arts Center are an investment in one’s professional career, with dedicated time, studio space and collaborative support. Artist Accelerator Residents are selected for professional and personal growth potential, as well as an ability and willingness to contribute to a thriving artist community.

Applications for 2021-2022 residencies are now OPEN.

Application Deadline:  Friday, October 22, 2021 at 6 pm. Must be 18 to apply.

Accepted artist Notification: by October 28, 2021. 

Informational session: September 22, 2021 at 5:30 pm (Zoom link TBA)

Residencies begin November 3, 2021 and run through February 11, 2022.

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ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY:  The Artist Accelerator Program offers up to 5* in-person residencies available at The Arts Center. We are seeking enthusiastic emerging artists seeking community in the following media:

  • 2D/Painting, 
  • Low/Mid-Fire Ceramics
  • Other media including Writing, Art photography, Collage, Dance, and installation arts.

We encourage a diverse selection of artists to apply, including artists from historically excluded communities including (but not limited to): artists from rural communities, emerging artists, artists from communities of color, LGBTQ+, artists who are self-taught, and artists new to creating artwork. We welcome artists regardless of citizenship status, color, familial status, gender identity or expression, religious observance, sex, sexual orientation, and sources or level of income. 

This residence program offers a supportive environment, with shared studio space, and premium lectures in startup business, marketing, selling online, and other skills critical to becoming a successful, professional artist. In addition to studio space, the residency also includes: 

  • 1:1 Professional Coaching
  • Group Critiques & Discussions
  • Educational Lectures on Relevant Professional Practices
  • A Collaborative Exhibition at Corvallis’ oldest professional gallery space 

(A Residency Artist Exhibit is scheduled for February – March, 2022)

Studios include:

  • ~300-400 sq. ft. studio space with up to 1 other artist*
  • 24/7 access studio access
  • Water, electricity, heat, restrooms, internet
  • Easels, tables, some tools & supplies (Ceramic artists will purchase their own glazes, with additional fee for firing projects. (Δ06 – Δ5/6))
  • NOTE: Locations are in a basement with stairway access only. 


Cost for each resident is $800, with partial scholarships available. 


To be considered for one of these competitive residencies:

  • Complete the application (see below for form)
  • Send 3-5 GREAT images of your work to Great images are professional quality, well-lit, 300 dpi, and large format (usually 3-10 mb). If submitting video(s), please consider well-edited and 1920x1080px. Preferred file types are PDF, mp4, jpg, and png. You must include “AAP Residency 2020 YOUR NAME” as the subject.
  • For access accommodations to support your application process, please contact Artist Accelerator Program Director, Claire Elam,, (Mon., Tues., Wed. 10 am – 5 pm).

Accepted artists will be notified by October 28, 2020. (A residency agreement and liability waiver is required upon acceptance.)

* Sharing studio space is dependent on COVID-19 & CDC recommendations. There are 3 studios available for use with a maximum of 2 people per studio. All possible accommodations will be made to ensure safety of residents. Vaccinations are highly recommended and may be required for artists working in The Arts Center’s building. In most cases, medical exceptions can be accommodated with other precautions. Please contact if you have further questions or concerns.

You may also complete the form here.

More about the Artist Accelerator Program for emerging artists and artists seeking a successful career in the arts.

Artist in Residence

2020/2021 Artist in Residence Information Session

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Past Residents

2019/2020 Artists in Residence

Kristie Potwora | Painting & Printmaking

Kristie (Johnson) Potwora holds an MFA and a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Oregon and a BA in Art Education from Humboldt State University.  She is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI) and Print Arts Northwest (PAN).  She teaches art courses at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. She lives on 16 wooded acres in rural Oregon where she keeps a small flock of pet chickens.  These chickens have inspired her to begin work in egg tempera and work towards writing and illustrating her first children’s book. As a member of the Artists in Residence group, Kristie is thrilled to be part of this wonderful community of supportive and creative artists and excited to finally embrace the work she’s always longed to do. Website:

Margot Dedrick | Painting

Margot Dedrick is an artist living and working in Corvallis. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from St. Olaf College (2006) and a Masters of Science in Arts Administration and Museum Studies from the University of Oregon (2018), where she was the recipient of the Laurel Award Curatorial Internship at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Margot’s current work explores childhood memories by depicting whimsical creatures in abstracted, colorful compositions using watercolor, ink, and acrylics. For this artist residency, Margot is most excited about the opportunity to be surrounded by other artists, learn from working professionals, and to have a studio space outside of her home.

Sabra Comins | Mixed Media & Writing

Sabra Comins grew up at the end of a dirt road in Anchorage, Alaska.  She spent much of her time submersed in nature, where she felt most at home. Sabra’s love of nature steered her to earn a Master of Environmental Management degree at Portland State University (2000).  Her love of self-expression engaged her in ceramics and writing. She received grants for public art, completed the Institute of Children’s Literature course, Writing for Children and Teenagers, and had a ceramic sculpture show at the J. Crist Gallery (Boise, ID 2004). Sabra loves being an Artist in Residence for its guidance, education, and most of all community.

Shagufta Mulla | Painting

Shagufta Mulla, DVM is a wildlife artist living in Independence, OR.  After a 20 year career as a small animal veterinarian, she changed paths in 2019 to pursue her lifelong passion for art.  In contrast to her authoritarian upbringing, her oil and acrylic paintings celebrate individuality. Largely self-taught, Shagufta’s work frequently depicts a solitary subject, with birds, in particular, representing voice and freedom. Her work has been in the Salem Art Association’s Salem Salon show (2019), The Art Center’s 8 x 8 show (2019), and at Keizer Art Association’s Celebration of Flowers (2019) where she was awarded third place for her painting, “Steadfast.”  She has also contributed work to Chintimini Wildlife’s annual art auction, Art Is Wild (Corvallis, 2019.)  She enjoyed speaking with the public about her work during her residency at The Arts Center.

For More Information on the Artists in Residence Program, contact Claire Elam

2018/2019 Artists in Residence

The first resident artists were featured in a catalog documenting artwork created during their residency, shown in tandem with the Art of Being an Artist, and exhibit for mid-career artists Pete Goldlust and Kristy Kún. A video documents the results of the first artists’ four-month residencies, and in this video, residents talk about their time as residents:

Justin Lodge | Painting

Justin Lodge is a artist and educator living and working in Albany, Oregon. He was born in Chardon, Ohio in 1976. Justin holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design (2005) and a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Cleveland Institute of Art (2000). Justin has found most significant about the residency so far is the opportunity to show his work both in the gallery and in a publication. These opportunities have given him the impetus to focus on producing and defining his work in a way he has not before. He has also benefited from being in communication with other artists, both in the studio and at the lectures. The lectures on professionalism and the business of art have given great information and set a tone for how to get yourself and your work out in the world.  Justin’s Website

Kimberly Long | Ceramics

This opportunity has opened a whole new world to Kim and her work. Growing up in Pueblo, Colorado she was fortunate enough to be surrounded by local artists. The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center invited school-age students to engage with the arts and the artists. This left a lasting impression on her to always create and make. Kim is excited to be a part of a program with an encouraging community again. After recently moving to Corvallis, her imagination started to run wild and anytime she looked outside, she began to understand the origins of folklore. Getting to work at The Arts Center provides an artistic development opportunity that she never anticipated. Kim is eager to grow professionally, artistically, and confidently with an inspiring community. Kim’s Instagram

Tara Robinson | Painting

Tara Rodden Robinson, Ph.D., is an artist and illustrator. A biologist by training, she presents natural organisms with biological realism while expressing emotion and narrative through color and subtle anthropomorphism. When asked what she valued most about being an artist in residence at the Arts Center, she said, “As someone who works at home, I love coming to the Arts Center every day to be part of a community of creatives. I love meeting people and sharing our stories. Most of all, I value the opportunity to contribute to the lives of others through sharing my art and my love of nature.”  Tara’s Website and Blog

Claire Elam | Ceramics – Peer Mentor

Claire grew up with a very close relationship with nature and small communities. These relationships developed throughout her adolescence and when it came time to leave for college she followed the course and chose to go somewhere very small, in the woods, and community-focused.  Claire is excited to be mentoring Kimberly Long and sharing her ceramic knowledge in such a close and intimate manner.

For More Information on the Artists in Residence Program, contact Claire Elam