Access Arts



Location: Columbia, MO


Mission: At Access Arts our missions is to provide creative learning experiences for all people, regardless of age, income or ability. Programs center on classes, workshops, and community outreach efforts. Classes are offered in the areas of Ceramics, Fibers, Metals/Jewelry, Printmaking, Drawing, Painting and Digital Photography.

Incorporated in August 1971 by Hurst John, School of Service (the parent organization of Access Arts) is a non-profit, 501(c)3, organization. John, an accomplished architect and visionary of his day, also had a son with Cerebral Palsy. Watching his son interact with others inspired him to develop an integrated learning program for the Columbia community.

In 2015 Access Arts added a residency program intended to be a mutually-beneficial arrangement where artists have the chance to explore their craft, and our students have access to a working artist.

Cost: Access Arts is FREE to attend


Application Fee: n/a


Number of Artists: One Master Ceramic Artist and up to six additions artists.

Length of Stay: 3, 6, or 12 months.

Accommodations: Ceramics: Access Arts hosts two spacious, well‐lit Ceramics studios on its campus. One is a large, active class studio, complete with adjacent glaze room and kiln room. In the classroom, there are typically 10 electric wheels available for use, as well as a large wedging table, slab roller, and multiple table surfaces for handbuilding work. There is an abundance of shelf space for storing finished pieces and/or greenware waiting to be fired. The glaze room is stocked with various compounds used in preparing glazes, and has a well‐ventilated spray booth and large work table. The second studio is a smaller, more private work area. It contains five electric wheels, one kick wheel, a slab roller, and two electric kilns. There is also an area to do glaze work and room to store work in progress and finished pieces. Both studios have a lot of windows that provide natural light year‐round. The classroom area is a very social place, with classes ongoing and students making use of extra practice times.

We also have a sophisticated setup for raku firing. In addition to these in‐house firing options, there are also ties to local artists with gas kilns, wood kilns, and the ability to conduct pit firings, salt firings, etc.

Weaving: In the Weaving department, we have more than 60 looms, including floor looms (4-shaft, 6-shaft, and 8-shaft), table looms, inkle looms, and rigid heddle looms. We also have sewing machines, drafting tables, light boxes, and a variety of tools suitable for fabric arts. There is also a studio suitable for paper arts, with sinks, drying racks, screens, and large table spaces.

There are also several smaller private studios that are available for resident artists.

Housing: A cozy two-room apartment is provided for the Master Ceramic resident only. It has a private entrance off of a small sheltered yard with mature trees surrounding. The yard would be perfect for gardening, grilling, creating art, or just relaxing/reading in the open air. There’s a large bedroom/study, and an even larger kitchen/work area with a sink, counters, and storage areas. A small refrigerator and microwave are provided. South‐facing windows provide moderate natural light in addition to overhead fixtures.

All other artists are responsible for their own housing and living expenses.

Artists are responsible for the cost of any supplies or materials associated with the production of their artwork that are not included in the list of benefits for that medium.


Demographic/Medium: Ceramics, Fibers, Sculpture, Visual Arts, Printmaking, Digital Media



Benefits Specific to Ceramics Artists-in-Residence:
Opportunity to network with diverse ceramic art community connected to Access Arts
• Use of either Ceramic Studio at any time class is not in session in that studio
• Storage space for greenware and finished artwork
• One bisque kiln firing per month
• One glaze kiln firing (with shop glazes) per month
• The amount of stoneware (cone 6) needed to fill one kiln load (around 3,000 cubic inches) per monthBenefits Specific to Fibers Artists-in-Residence:
• Opportunity to network with diverse fibers art community connected to Access Arts
• If Artist in Residence is a weaver, he/she shall have exclusive use of a four shaft floor loom
in the weaving studio or, if a non-weaver, he/she shall have another suitable workspace for
pursuing paper arts, sculpture, etc..
• Use of shared, locked studio space
• Guidance of the Access Arts master weaver
• One year membership in the Columbia Weavers and Spinners Guild
• Use of the Guild library resources

Benefits include:
Use of a shared and locked studio to work on personal artwork
• Experience teaching a diverse, eager group of students
• Opportunity to present demonstrations and participate in public art forums
• Inclusion in an active, tight-knit local arts community
• Materials used for individual artwork will be included as outlined in each specific medium’s
A.I.R. description (i.e. materials available for ceramic artists differ from those for fiber artists).
• Materials used for projects for the direct benefit of Access Arts (such as making work that is
then donated to Access Arts) will also be included
• Wireless Internet connection in all studios (artists must provide their own
computers/tablets, etc.)
• Yearlong residents are eligible for a solo exhibit at Access Arts


Deadline: Ongoing


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