The Worcester Center for Crafts’ Artists in Residence Program is a way to “sustain craft” and ensure the next generation of artists carry on craft traditions. Open to aspiring artists in clay, glass, and metals (and those who might work across more than one medium), the Worcester Center for Crafts’ Artists in Residence Program is designed to support the growth of pre-professional artists. Residents are chosen through a competitive process and are with the Center for 1 to 2 years.
Meet the artists in residence
cali almy, 2nd year
Cali holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Vermont and an MFA from UMass, Amherst. She has been teaching in high school and community art spaces for over two decades, and most recently completed a first year as an Artist in Residence at the Worcester Center for Crafts. She has also worked in and supported a number of arts, educational, and social justice organizations over the years and brings a lens of community and connection to her work. She has also exhibited her ceramics at a variety of arts festivals and galleries.
sarah bartolotta, 2nd year
Sarah Bartolotta was born and raised in Hudson, NY. She attended Arcadia University where she graduated in 2018 with a B.A in Art History. In 2017, she took a ceramics elective and a year later finally fell in love with the material. After graduating, she apprenticed for a year through the university’s studio under Gregg Moore and Polly Apfelbaum. She carried out research and experimentation of materials. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the Worcester Center for Craft in Worcester, MA.
RILEY STRONG, 2nd year
Riley Morgan Strong is a multi-media artist from Vero Beach, FL currently living and working in Worcester, MA. After being awarded summer assistantships with Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in both 2017 and 2018, Riley graduated with a BFA in Sculpture from Union University in 2019. In the Fall, she began her 2019-2020 Residency at Worcester Center for Crafts in the Ceramics Department, where she has spent the year exploring clay as a sculptural medium as well as teaching in the adult and youth programs offered at the Craft Center. Through the circumstances of COVID-19, Riley was able to continue producing work after being awarded a grant from the Worcester Cultural Coalition. She will continue for the next year with the Worcester Center for Crafts to participate in the 2020-2021 term of the Artist in Residence Program.
HAILEY ANGIONE, 1st year
Ceramics & Metals
Hailey Angione is a jeweler and ceramicist who grew up in New Hampshire. She received a dual degree in Ceramics and Metalsmithing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2019. She graduated summa cum laude, has won two awards from the Annual Jewelry Design Competition held by the International Precious Metals Institute, and was a finalist for the 2019 Windgate Fellowship Award.
BENTON WEBB, 1st year
Benton Webb is from the Dallas/Fort Worth area and he recently graduated from University of North Texas with a major in Ceramics. He has been involved in art since he was able to hold a crayon, and since then it has been a way to express himself. Working in ceramics has been a way for others to interact and experience his art through the use of patterning and texture.
ready to apply?
Artists in Residence terms generally begin in September and go through 10 active months, culminating with a group exhibit in the Krikorian Gallery. Applications are accepted beginning in January of the year that a resident hopes to start. The application deadline is April 1st or until the available spots are filled, whichever comes first.
The application package includes a resume, slides of your work, an application form and references. Please use the official application.
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