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:


Lydia Johnson

Johnson is a recent graduate of Alfred University in Alfred, NY. In 2011, she graduated with a BA in studio art from Messiah College. Between 2011 and 2014 she worked as a sign maker at Whole Foods Market, was a post-bacc student at University of Hartford and an artist-in-residence at St. Petersburg Clay Company.

Michelle Lan

Michelle Lan is an artist and designer from Southeast Michigan. She received a BFA in Art & Design from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Fiber Arts and Graphic Design.


Jonathan Watson

A native of Cookeville, Tennessee, Jonathan Watson was introduced to glass while studying clay at the Appalachian Center for Craft. To further develop his knowledge, Jonathan apprenticed for a year with Andrew Watson and Scott Hodes in Nashville, Tennessee, and later worked with Andrew Watson in 2009.


Corin Herzog

Corin Herzog attended Santa Rosa Junior College where he studied under Curtis Arima. He completed his undergraduate studies at San Diego State University. After graduation, Corin studied at Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts and received his MFA from Texas Tech University. Most recently, Corin completed a residency at Brockway Center for Arts & Technology.


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.