About

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.

 

Qualifications

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.

 

Benefits

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

“Director’s Cut” consignment agreement (70/30) for work sold in the Martha Blades Gift shop

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 for either a solo or group exhibition in Sawtooth’s Eleanor and Egbert Davis Gallery in the fall of 2023.

Storage space for projects and materials in the Wood Studio

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

 

Responsibilities

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, staffing open studio hours, material prep for classes and workshops, and tool and facilities maintenance.
 

Teaching

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 2 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.

 

Application

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, or 5-7 images of your work with a corresponding image list

Current CV

Three references with phone numbers and emails

 

Timeline

Application deadline is 9/1/22, for the 2023 Gondring Residency period which runs from January – December 2023, with gallery exhibition planned for the fall of 2023.