Appalachian Center for Craft

Artist in Residence Program

The Appalachian Center for Craft's Artist in Residence Program (AIR) allows emerging professional artists to live and work in its immersive studio environment. The AIR program is a one-year appointment, renewable for up to an additional year. Each studio (clay, fibers, glass, metals, wood, and exhibitions) has an Artist in Residence with a BFA, MFA or professional equivalent. AIRs are integral to the educational programs of the Craft Center, providing additional artistic perspectives, expertise and experiences to our students.

The Center for Craft employs a competitive application process to fill these positions. Positions open up at different times throughout the year and are posted to the Tennessee Tech University jobs page as they become available. Applications can only be accepted through the TTU jobs web page. Please refer to for the latest open positions. For more information, please email, call 931-372-3051, or request to be added to our email newsletter list, so that we can send you our latest monthly news.

A typical residency position varies by studio concentration, but has these characteristics in common:

TERM OF THE RESIDENCY: One year appointment, with option to renew for one year at the discretion of ACC faculty.

QUALIFICATIONS: A MFA degree from an accredited institution is usually preferred, but BFA degree holders and those with equivalent experience may apply.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Oversight of and general maintenance of studio supplies and equipment. The resident will work 20 hours per week. Tasks include managing studio needs, ordering materials, and ensuring smooth operation of programs. Specifics of managing the studio will be discussed with the artist in residence in advance of agreeing to a contract.

INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT: Occasional teaching opportunities may be available during faculty absence, if the candidate possess an MFA degree.  Resident may have the opportunity to teach workshops and academic classes, but this is not guaranteed and varies by studio concentration. The resident must produce a significant body of studio work while showing a high level of technical expertise and aesthetic merit. In consultation with the department head, expectations of the AIR’s studio work will be reviewed after arrival. 

COMPENSATION:  20 hours per week. One year appointment. Residence in Craft Center housing is a required condition of studio residencies. Single occupancy bedroom with private bath (whether married or single, cooking and lounge facilities are shared with other residents), individual studio space and 24 hour studio access are provided. A small stipend annually is provided,  Also, opportunities for additional employment through workshop and outreach programs may be available. Benefits include the accumulation of annual and sick leave on a prorated basis equal to the percentage of employment, and thirteen (13) pro-rated University holidays. Other benefits include pro-rated retirement, optional 401k, and educational benefits. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: All applicants must apply online at and are required to electronically upload a resume and provide contact information for three references. Official transcripts required upon hire. Tennessee Tech University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, sex, disability, age (40 and over), status as a protected veteran, genetic information or any other category protected by federal or state law. Inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies should be directed to

Current Artists:


Rachel Clark

Rachel Clark obtained her BFA in ceramics at Tennessee Technological University’s Appalachian Center for Craft. Post graduation, she worked as a studio potter under Susan DeMay, professional artist and ceramics instructor at Vanderbilt University. After moving to Eastern North Carolina, she worked as the gallery preparator for The Imperial Center for the Arts and Sciences and was on the First Friday planning board for the city of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Rachel’s work has been featured in venues including Strictly Functional Pottery National, the North Carolina Pottery Center, Dog’s Eye Gallery, and Emerge Gallery and is published in Ceramics Monthly.


Jessica Hagar

Jessica Rose Hagar grew up in the town of McMinnville, and developed a love for art through community art programs, and began her college career at Tennessee Technological University desiring to teach art on a professional level. She has been nationally nominated for a NICHE Award, was awarded a Juror’s Choice Award at Tennessee Tech’s Annual Juried Student Show Exhibition and was awarded 3rd place during the Spotlight on Student Fiber Trends Exhibition at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Jessica has received the Bacchanal Art Scholarship as well as a grant for an Internship in New York City with Kordal Knitwear. Her work can be found in galleries throughout middle Tennessee.


Leckie Gassman

Leckie Gassman is a multi-media artist joining us from most recently from Lexington Glassworks in Asheville, NC. He studied glass as an undergraduate at Alfred University and spent time working as a production glass blower in addition to making his own glass art.


Anne Bujold

Anne Bujold has been working with metal since 2004, beginning study at Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) where she earned a BFA in Craft, and continuing at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Craft and Material Studies Program, where she earned her MFA in 2018. Utilizing a combination of blacksmithing, fabrication, and traditional metalsmithing techniques, she draws inspiration from the natural world and translates it into lasting objects.


Sophie Glenn

Born and raised in New York City, Sophie received her BFA in Sculpture at the State University of New York at Purchase, and recently finished the MFA program at San Diego State University where she studied Furniture Design and Woodworking. She recently completed a month-long residency at the Vermont Studio Center.


Chad Smalt

Chad earned his BFA from Buffalo State College and his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. He has served as an art installer for the African American Museum and for the Art in City Hall program, both in Philadelphia, PA, as well as an art teacher with Project HOME, focusing on art as therapy for a recovery-based community.