Ceramic Artist in Residence

Our Winter 2017 application deadline has passed. Thank you to all artists who applied!

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill is currently offering a 3 month Ceramic Artist in Residence Program during the winter of 2017 that is designed to provide time and facilities to artists looking for a concentrated creative experience. Our goal is to give driven and self-directed artists the opportunity to enhance their personal, intellectual and creative growth by expanding their body of work or creating a specific project. Free from the distractions of every day pressures, residents will be given time and space to concentrate on their work in the beautiful setting of Cape Cod and will be awarded a shared exhibition in the Castle Hill gallery upon completion of their stay.

The residency runs from January 3 to March 31, 2017 and includes housing and studio space for $500/month. A total of two residents will be selected based on a review of application materials. Each resident will have personal workspace in a shared studio and open access to the communal ceramics studio and kilns. Materials and firing fees are payable through Castle Hill at a discounted rate. Residents will share a furnished 2 bedroom apartment equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, living room, laundry and internet access.

The ceramics facility at Castle Hill offers all standard studio equipment including wheels and a slab roller, as well as many kilns in excellent condition including: several programmable electric kilns, a Bailey gas kiln, raku, salt, and a train style wood kiln.  The studio barn is nestled in the gentle hills of Truro Massachusetts, just steps from the ocean. The Cape is rich with both nature and arts activity and abounds with beaches, nature trails and small-town charm.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Ceramics Studio Manager, Brian Taylor at 508-349-7511 or brian@castlehill.org

2017 residents

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Aly Yote Leone

Aly Yote Leone is a ceramic artist working in the Greater Hartford area of CT.  Aly received her BFA in Ceramics with a minor in Sculpture from the University of Hartford in 2015.  She is currently making work, traveling, and studying with local shamans.


Sarah Southwick

Sarah Southwick was born and raised on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She received her BA in Visual Arts from Bennington College in Vermont and recently completed a Post- Baccalaureate Certificate in Artisanry at UMass Dartmouth. Sarah has participated in residencies both nationally and internationally, including Watershed Center for the Ceramic arts in Newcastle, ME and Porcelain City Abroad in Jingdezhen, China. Often site-specific, her sculptures seek to transform space and perception around Earth’s ever changing landscapes while contemplating the relationship between society and the natural world.


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Shelsea Dodd

Shelsea Dodd is a ceramic artist born and raised in Binghamton, New York.  She received her BFA in Ceramics from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD in 2013.  Her work has been shown nationally and she has worked with a number of artists and lived in various cities across the US.  Through symbolism, narrative, and nostalgia, Shelsea's sculptures investigate the relationships between humans and animals on a biological, philosophical, and psychological level.  Shelsea currently lives in Baltimore, MD, where she maintains a studio practice, teaches, and works as a studio technician at a local college.  Follow her on Instagram @shelseadodd.

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Giselle Peters

Giselle Peters was born in Regina, Saskatchewan.  She completed a BFA in Ceramics from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary and a BA in Psychology from Concordia University in Montreal.  She now resides in Lethbridge, Alberta where she makes and teaches ceramic arts.  Although originally coming from a painting background, she now works primarily in clay, making both functional pottery and figurative sculpture.  Initially drawn to clay because of its long history and inherent relationship to archaeology, her work reflects themes of history, culture and artifact.  


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Liz Hafey 

Liz Hafey was born and raised in Fairfield, CT, and has lived in the New England/Massachusetts area her whole life. She received her BFA at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2013 where she studied ceramics, under Ben Ryterban, Janna Longacre, Kathy King, Sarah Williams and many others within the MassArt community. 

Liz focuses on creating pieces of work that mimic industry as well as political, social issues that we deal with on a daily basis. For more information please check out her website: www.lizhafey.com

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Drew Johnson

Drew Johnson is a Florida based artist that received a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Florida in 2012.  Since graduation, Drew has been selected for several artist assistantships as well as the studio assistant scholarship program at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. His sculptural work is exhibited nationally and is part of the permanent Rosenfield Collection.

2014 Residents


Chris Allen

Chris Allen is from Sparta, New Jersey. He received his BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in December 2013. Chris uses clay to create sculptural objects that are inspired from life, continually experimenting with the properties of the material.

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Julia Polidoro

Born and raised in Kansas, Julia Polidoro graduated from Kansas State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics. Awarded the Angelo C. Garzio scholarship for studio pottery as an undergraduate. Working with thrown and slip cast forms she takes inspiration from textiles and sewing. 

Outer Cape Artist in Residence Consortium


Send to Janet Whelan, 5 Cook Street, Provincetown, MA 02657

508-487-2632,  jrwhelan@comcast.net



The Outer Cape Artists in Residence Consortium (OCARC) was founded in 1995 in response to a request by the Cape Cod National Seashore (Seashore) to establish a residency program in one of its historic dune shacks at the edge of the Atlantic “back shore” in Provincetown. It offers the artist the creative stimulation that isolation and solitude provide. In the summer of 1995, OCARC was awarded the Margo-Gelb shack by the Seashore, with the first residencies being held in 1996. 

OCARC is made up of four non-profit organizations - three arts organizations [the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown (FAWC), Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM), Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill (Castle Hill)] and a dune shack advocacy group, Peaked Hill Trust (PHT). PHT oversees the maintenance of the Margo-Gelb shack as well as provides the transportation to/from the shack on Saturdays.



Six residencies are awarded each year during the season of mid-May – mid-October.  The first residencies included a writer, a photographer, a sculptor, two painters and a painter-poet. Since then the residencies have been of a similar mix.


Writers and Artists (artists may include painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers, musicians, etc.) may apply for a two-week residency. Any practicing artist may apply; however priority for consideration for a residency will be given to applicants who are a Former Fellow of FAWC, a member of PAAM, or a member of Castle Hill. Those who have never participated in the program will have priority over those who have already had this opportunity.

Those who are awarded residencies will receive a two-week stay in the dunes. The dates available are for two week periods, starting and ending on Saturday:

 May 20--June 3User fee $475         

June 17- July 1  User fee $750

July 15-July 29  User fee $750 Fees are higher during the "high" summer season.

August 12-August 26  User fee $750

September 09-September 23  User fee $550

September 30—October 14  User fee $400


Applications are due March 15, 2017 and the residencies are awarded shortly after, as the full season’s schedule is set at that time.

As an element of OCARC’s agreement with the National Park Service, participants are requested to develop a means of sharing their dune shack experience with a broader audience, such as through an exhibition, reading, workshop, demonstration, or exhibit.  Participants should discuss their ideas for programs and venues with OCARC


The Margo-Gelb shack, which was once owned by painter Boris Margo and his wife, printmaker Jan Gelb, sits on a high dune overlooking the ocean.  It has views on all directions. The one room shack is about 14 feet by 12 feet in size, with an environmentally friendly, composting outhouse nearby.  The shack has two single beds, a work-dining table, sink, gas burners, a gas refrigerator, and cooking/eating utensils. There is no wood stove or other source of heat.  A hand pump for water is located about 100 feet from the shack (NOTE: this is good drinking water and is tested every year.)  There is a clothesline near the shack for hanging wash.

Mattresses, pillows and blankets are provided.  Residents must supply towels, sheets, sleeping bags (if desired), and whatever food, art supplies and clothing they need.  The National Park Service doesn't allow pets.

PHT maintains the shack and provides transportation in and out of the dunes at the beginning and end of the stay.  The town of Provincetown is within walking distance, about two miles away.  Because of severe erosion along the shore, the path down to the beach is somewhat longer and less direct than previously. Signs directing foot traffic are posted.



The applicants need not be a Fellow of FAWC or a member of PAAM or Castle Hill, but those who fit one of these categories will be given priority, all things being equal, when considering those who will receive the residency.  Also given priority are those who have never before received this residency.

The applicant must be a practicing writer or artist who demonstrates through his/her resume and letter why he/she wishes the residency and how the experience will be beneficial to him/her and the overall program by means of the public presentation.

The applicant should give an outline of that program, but may change the outline with approval of OCARC and the Seashore before the event, as long as time is allowed for proper advertising. 

An application fee of $10 should accompany the application.  A check should be made out to OCARC.

The application may also include three references and any other material, such as reviews, that the applicant feels will help in the selection process.

OCARC does not discriminate regarding age, religion, race, disability, etc., but a disabled person must demonstrate that he/she could negotiate a steep sand hill to the shack and any other obstacles related to primitive, isolated, living.  An applicant with physical disabilities should specify needs in the application, due to the isolation and terrain of the location.

Deadline for 2017 application:  March 15, 2017.  The shack is available from mid-May to mid-October.  Please indicate in your application the first and second choices for residency dates, two weeks, starting with a Saturday date.

Applications will be processed by a committee.  A resident may have a guest or guests visiting the shack, but only one at a time.  The prime intent of this experience is considered to be its isolation and how solitude may affect and enhance the creative process.



  • Application fee $10, check or money order made out to OCARC.
  • Letter of Intent (artistic), which includes your affiliation with one of the three arts organizations, if any
  • Outline of Proposal for Public Event
  • Slides or DVD’s of work/photos/manuscripts/published material/reviews/etc.
  • Self addressed stamped envelope if you wish material returned
  • Dates, two weeks starting on a Saturday that you wish to be considered for, and/or if any dates are o.k.
  • Send the above to OCARC, % Janet Whelan, 5 Cook Street, Provincetown, MA02657. (508) 487-2632..
  • For questions about the application, contactJanet Whelan at jrwhelan@comcast.net