Eligibility Requirements

The residency is open to any age over 18. It is designed for emerging and professional artists in a critical stage of their career who would benefit from this concentrated time focusing on their work. Residents must hold at least a B.F.A. or a combination of a B.A./B.S. and several years of professional experience. Individuals will need to commit to working full-time (40 hours or more) in the studio each week for the selected time period of the residency. 

In addition to this, the residents who select a period of time for more than 1 month are required to host a public community event during their time, whether a studio visit, workshop or artist lecture. Resident artists are required to leave work(s) behind for the permanent collection of the Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation. Works for the collection will selected in consultation with the staff and administrators of the NHCP.  Additionally, artists should also be prepared to provide work for the annual NHCP Residency Exhibition which features a retrospective of all the work of the year’s residents. 
This residency is a laboratory for artists to experiment; to collect and test ideas and make choices that will enable them to explore and "fail," as well as create new works. We firmly believe, from a philosophical position, that our studio and artistic experience does not compete with those clay artists/craftspeople who are working full time as studio artists in the area. In other words, we don't want to have our program/artists put undue pressure on others who work without the support a residency provides; therefore, we emphasize and encourage exploration that will create new directions for the future.


Please make sure you meet all of the requirements for eligibility before you apply. It is encouraged that you also review all of our Residency Information including the provisions, resident responsibilities, costs, and studio set up, and make sure your proposal aligns with this information. We are a rural residency, so access to advanced technology is limited or non-existent. If you have any questions, please contact us at before submitting your application.

The application is broken down into sections. The first portion of the application summarizes who you are, your objectives and a brief project description. Next, you will need to upload additional supportive documents and portfolio images to complete the application. Some items that need to be collected  for the completion of this application are:

  • Completed personal information.

  • Current resume and artist statement with file upload being 8.5" x 11" pages formatted as a doc/docx or pdf. Label file with your first intial and last name (example: jdoe_resumen or jdoe_statement.pdf).

  • Detailed and summarized residency proposal. Explain your artistic intent and interest in the NHCP Residency. Elaborate on your project description and objectives, and explain how this residency will develop your work as a professional artist. File upload should be 8.5" x 11" pages formatted as a doc/docx or pdf. Label file with your first intial and last name (example: jdoe_proposal.pdf).

  • Two professional references' contact information.

  • 10 digital images. Images must be saved as JPGs at 96 pixels per inch (ppi) and should not measure greater than 1024 pixels (10 inches) along the image’s longest dimension. (Each file should be under 500 KB.) Label file with your first initial, last name and numbers indicating your preferred viewing order (example: jdoe_01.jpg).

  • Image information page. File upload should be 8.5" x 11" page formatted as a doc/docx, xls/xlsx, csv or pdf describing the corresponding image information title, date, size, materials and medium of work. Label file with your first intial and last name (example: jdoe_image_information.pdf).

Selection criteria include:

  • An accurately completed application using proper spelling, capitalization and punctuation.

  • Clearly defined and reasonable artistic goals.

  • Professional experience and evidence of necessary technical skills.

  • Quality of portfolio work.