The Gondring Residency in Woodworking at the Sawtooth School of Visual Arts aims to provide an emerging or established artist or craftsperson working in wood with access to tools, facilities, and an energetic craft school environment to encourage the development of new skills, interpersonal connections, and bodies of work. 

The residency period runs for one year and includes a stipend of $3,000 to support the creation of a new body of work. Residents are chosen by the Director of Woodworking and a rotating jury. Selections are based on the quality of the work, its artistic merit, and the artist’s ability to bring new perspectives to our community. 

Applicants should be enthusiastic and dedicated to their craft, enjoy working with others in a community studio setting. Previous experience working in a wood shop is strongly preferred.  




Applicants must show dedication to pursuing original designs and projects.

Be able to use woodworking tools competently, independently, and safely.

Be comfortable working with others, as this is a shared shop space dedicated to craft education.

Secure their own housing, materials, and transportation.

Commit to completing one year as Sawtooth’s Gondring Resident in woodworking.

Applicants who will be enrolled in a full-time Graduate or Undergraduate program during the residency period are ineligible. 




A stipend of $3,000 to support research, materials, and the creation of a body of work, to be dispersed monthly throughout the year-long residency.

Round-the-clock access to Sawtooth’s Wood and Lathe studios– limited only by scheduled classes and workshops.

Audit privileges in wood department classes. 

Opportunity to exhibit work made during the residency period in the Davis Gallery at Sawtooth in the Fall of 2024. 

A semi-private studio space for storage of your projects and materials. 

Opportunity to consign original works to Sawtooth’s Artist Gift Shop. 

Networking with professional and amateur woodworkers and other artists and craftspeople of all disciplines who teach, learn and exhibit at Sawtooth. 




Residents will work 7 hours per week for the duration of the residency (January – December) in the studio on tasks that serve the function of the wood department. The resident will report to the department director. Work may include but is not limited to studio improvement projects, material prep for classes and workshops, and tool and facilities maintenance. 




Residents are encouraged to broaden their skills in craft through learning with discounted access to our classes and to share their skills and earn income through teaching. 

Residents are asked to teach 1 or more beginner level evening workshops (“Taste of Art” Workshops) per quarterly session and are invited to propose other classes and workshops. 

Residents will be paid regular instructor pay for any contracted instruction time and have access to any other applicable instructor benefits outlined in the instructor handbook. 




Please reach out to Josie Vogel, Director of Woodworking by email at wood@sawtooth.org with the following: 

A letter of intent, explaining your reasons for applying, your goals as an artist/woodworker, and what you hope to achieve through your residency 

A Link to your website (Social media links will not be accepted), or a PDF with 5-7 images of your work with descriptions included 

Current CV 

Three references with contact information 




Applications will be accepted from July 1 to September 5, 2023, for the 2024 Gondring Residency period which runs from January – December 2024, with a gallery exhibition planned for the fall of 2024.