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Belger Crane Yard Studios continues to host national and international artists through its Red Star Residency program. A residency provides ceramic artists the opportunity to expand their body of work or create a special project that may be outside the scope of their routine studio practice. The residency program gives driven, self-directed artists opportunities for rigorous professional development and enhanced self-sufficiency practices. Within the studio community, resident artists engage in constructive dialogue and immerse themselves in their work. Residents foster the development of the studio’s creative environment and create outreach opportunities within the local community. Outreach opportunities include teaching classes or workshops, giving public presentations, and critiques. Through community involvement, residents create educational opportunities for the appreciation and critical understanding of ceramics, thus employing and evolving Belger Crane Yard Studios as an innovative, artistic resource.

We begin accepting applications for our Artist in Residence program in January, for residencies beginning in August/September. Scroll down for information about our different residency programs and how to apply.

Current Artists in Residence

  Emily Connell   Artist, Emily Connell, creates her work through a variety of media including ceramics, video, photography, and performance to name a few. Her unique background informs her work, which walks a line between two spiritual extremes. She has had the opportunity to work on her artwork at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snow Mass, Colorado and the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary. She has been published in numerous local papers as well as Ceramics Monthly magazine, and exhibited nationally including the Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts. In 2012, Connell was awarded the Regina Brown Fellowship to research Catholic processions in Italy during the spring of 2013. She has served as a Ceramics Instructional Assistant to George Timock at the Kansas City Art Institute and a 2012-2013 Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project Studio Resident. Emily Connell received her BFA degree in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute, and is currently a resident artist at the Kunstraum KC in Kansas City, Missouri.

Emily Connell

Artist, Emily Connell, creates her work through a variety of media including ceramics, video, photography, and performance to name a few. Her unique background informs her work, which walks a line between two spiritual extremes. She has had the opportunity to work on her artwork at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snow Mass, Colorado and the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary. She has been published in numerous local papers as well as Ceramics Monthly magazine, and exhibited nationally including the Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts. In 2012, Connell was awarded the Regina Brown Fellowship to research Catholic processions in Italy during the spring of 2013. She has served as a Ceramics Instructional Assistant to George Timock at the Kansas City Art Institute and a 2012-2013 Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project Studio Resident.
Emily Connell received her BFA degree in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute, and is currently a resident artist at the Kunstraum KC in Kansas City, Missouri.

  Kelly Lynn Daniels   Kelly Lynn Daniels is a ceramic artist living in New Bedford, MA. A native of California, she moved in 2013 to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth which she received in May 2016. She will be a Foundation Resident at Belger Crane Yard/Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO beginning fall 2016. Kelly was a professional potter for ten years before returning to California State University Chico where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics in 2011.  She has exhibited her work in numerous shows and has work in many private collections.  In 2015 she was the summer artist in residence at Arch Contemporary Ceramics in Tiverton, RI.  Kelly has received a number of scholarships, fellowships and assistantships for her studies which have included those at Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. When Kelly isn’t working in clay she can be found playing with her cats, strolling along the beach, hiking through the woods, or knee deep in her vegetable and flower garden.

Kelly Lynn Daniels

Kelly Lynn Daniels is a ceramic artist living in New Bedford, MA. A native of California, she moved in 2013 to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth which she received in May 2016. She will be a Foundation Resident at Belger Crane Yard/Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO beginning fall 2016. Kelly was a professional potter for ten years before returning to California State University Chico where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics in 2011.  She has exhibited her work in numerous shows and has work in many private collections.  In 2015 she was the summer artist in residence at Arch Contemporary Ceramics in Tiverton, RI.  Kelly has received a number of scholarships, fellowships and assistantships for her studies which have included those at Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. When Kelly isn’t working in clay she can be found playing with her cats, strolling along the beach, hiking through the woods, or knee deep in her vegetable and flower garden.

  Wen Dan Lin   Wen-Dan Lin was born and raised in Taiwan. He received his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 2011 and received his MFA in Ceramics from Arizona State University in 2015. He had won many awards including the  Zahner Art and Sculpture Competition  where he had has sculpture enlarged and fabricated by architecture firm Zahner.  He has exhibited nationally and is currently a resident artist at the Red Star Studios in Kansas City.

Wen Dan Lin

Wen-Dan Lin was born and raised in Taiwan. He received his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 2011 and received his MFA in Ceramics from Arizona State University in 2015. He had won many awards including the Zahner Art and Sculpture Competition where he had has sculpture enlarged and fabricated by architecture firm Zahner.  He has exhibited nationally and is currently a resident artist at the Red Star Studios in Kansas City.

 
 Rachel O'Flannagan  RAOstudio began January 2014 in Manhattan, Kansas and is now located in Kansas City, Missouri.  “Each piece I create is hand-crafted with a heavy influence of both mod designs and geometric patterns. I strive to create pieces that people want in their homes, inside their cupboards, on their coffee tables, and in their lives. I want my work to serve a purpose–to form a bond with its owner and be used. Turning a ball of raw clay into a functional object that not only serves a purpose to someone, but is appreciated and cherished is my goal.”

Rachel O'Flannagan

RAOstudio began January 2014 in Manhattan, Kansas and is now located in Kansas City, Missouri.

“Each piece I create is hand-crafted with a heavy influence of both mod designs and geometric patterns. I strive to create pieces that people want in their homes, inside their cupboards, on their coffee tables, and in their lives. I want my work to serve a purpose–to form a bond with its owner and be used. Turning a ball of raw clay into a functional object that not only serves a purpose to someone, but is appreciated and cherished is my goal.”

 Sarah Jewell Olsen  I am currently a Red Star Foundation Artist In Residence at Belger Crane Yard Studios (Formally Red Star Studios) in Kansas City, Missouri.   I am a potter with a design aesthetic. Through thoughtful craftsmanship, I intend to communicate the importance, permanence, and necessity of my pots.  I use porcelain to throw and hand build shapes that are informed by facets of design, historical ornamentation, and Modernism.  Practical beauty is conveyed through the articulation of curves and edges that create the forms and adorn their surfaces.  I am drawn to the dynamic form change that occurs when a graceful curve moves around a pot and into an edge. 

Sarah Jewell Olsen

I am currently a Red Star Foundation Artist In Residence at Belger Crane Yard Studios (Formally Red Star Studios) in Kansas City, Missouri. 

I am a potter with a design aesthetic. Through thoughtful craftsmanship, I intend to communicate the importance, permanence, and necessity of my pots.

I use porcelain to throw and hand build shapes that are informed by facets of design, historical ornamentation, and Modernism.

Practical beauty is conveyed through the articulation of curves and edges that create the forms and adorn their surfaces.

I am drawn to the dynamic form change that occurs when a graceful curve moves around a pot and into an edge. 

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foundation Residency

This residency program is open to artists looking to further their artistic and professional careers and gain experience in a working studio environment. In addition to artistic development, residents will learn about the operation of a large studio by contributing to the studio’s daily maintenance. Responsibilities may include mixing glazes, firing kilns, and ensuring the studio is kept neat and orderly. This residency is ideal for artists who have recently completed their undergraduate or graduate degrees, who thrive in a shared, communal studio environment, and are preparing for the next step in their professional pursuits.

Term:• 1-year, with one 6 to 12 month renewal option.

Requirements:
• Recently completed undergraduate or graduate degree
• Submission of the following items:
- Completed application form
- CV and Artist Statement
- Letter of intent outlining why you selected Red Star Studios, a specific project to be completed during the Residency period and what you hope to gain from being a Foundation Resident.
- 15-20 digital images saved in JPEG format at 300dpi
- Image list that corresponds with the digital images
- Two Letters of Reference (which can be mailed separately)

Responsibilities:
• Contribute to the maintenance and productivity of the studio environment, including assisting with firings, cleaning and/or other up-keep;
• Instruct and advise of studio members; 
• Participate in studio-sustaining activities through design, production or education.
• Donate a small work to the Red Star Studios collection.

Benefits:
• Shared studio space
• Discounts on supplies from Crane Yard Clay
• Discounted firings
• Mentoring in the operation of a working clay studio
• An exhibition at the end of the residency term
• Opportunities to participate in the development of the following:
- Production/Distribution of designs
- Production/Distribution of designs
- Catalog Creation
- Essays
- Exhibitions

 Tom Bartel working in Studio - February 2017

Tom Bartel working in Studio - February 2017

Fellowship residency

THIS RESIDENCY IS FOR MID-CAREER ARTISTS LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN THEIR BODY OF WORK, OR IN AREAS SUCH AS TECHNICAL RESEARCH AND CONCEPTUAL EXPLORATION. IDEAL FOR FACULTY ON SABBATICAL OR PROFESSIONALS LOOKING FOR A NEW PERSPECTIVE, THIS RESIDENCY OFFERS A BRIEF BUT FOCUSED INCUBATION IN A COMMUNITY STUDIO ENVIRONMENT.

Term:• 1 to 6 months

Requirements:
• Five years of experience as a professional artist
• Submission of the following items:
- Completed application form
- Personal Statement
- CV and Artist Statement
- 10-15 digital images saved in JPEG format at 300dpi
- Image list that corresponds with the digital images
- Written proposal with clearly articulated goals for the Residency period

Responsibilities:
• Donate a piece to the Red Star Studios Collection;
• Community interaction through at least one of the following:
- Slideshow
- Workshop
- Mentoring
- Artist critiques

Benefits:
• Large Semi-Private Studio space
• Discounted Materials and Firings
• Exhibition Opportunity
• Furnished Housing during the residency term.

How to Apply:

Please select one of these options to submit the required items, by April 15. Digital submissions should arrive by 11:59pm CST and mailed packages should be postmarked April 15.

Fellowship Resident applications can be submitted at any time, but the submission must occur at least 6 months before the proposed start date.
 

  • Via Google Drive
    Create a new folder and label it with which residency you are applying for and your first and last name. Ex: Foundation_John_Doe. After uploading all of the documents into one folder, please share it with tfrank@belgerarts.org.
     
  • Via DropBox
    Create a new folder and label it with which residency you are applying for and your first and last name. Ex: Foundation_John_Doe. After uploading all of the documents into one folder, please share it with tfrank@belgerarts.org 
     
  • Via Snail Mail
    In a single package, send printed materials and CD/thumb drive of images to:
    Red Star Studios
    Attn: Artist in Residence Committee
    2011 Tracy Ave
    Kansas City, MO 64108

Please direct any questions to Studio Manager, Tommy Frank at tfrank@belgerarts.org.