Over the course of 9 months, TAC AIR  residents delve into a full curriculum of technical classes, textile history and conservation and professional development. Ongoing critical dialogue, allows residents to gain a greater awareness of their practices and contextualize their work within contemporary and historical textile art. 



October - December: PLAY


The first 3 months are a time for play and exploration, learning new techniques and getting acquainted with a studio practice in this particular setting. Curriculum will include master classes on technical development, such as weaving, machine knitting, natural dyeing and surface design treatments, as well as professional development topics such as social media, marketing and photography. 



January - March: RESEARCH + CONCEPT


Starting the New Year, residents dive into research and development of their final project for the exhibition. Curriculum will include seminars  in textile history, conservation, and contemporary craft theory, as well as writing workshops. At this time, residents are introduced to their personal mentor, with whom they will work one-on-one to help guide the development and completion of their personal project. At the end of this period, residents are expected to present formal project proposals for the final exhibition.





The last portion of the program is dedicated to project creation and professional development. Seminars are based in personal writing reflection, grant writing, art law and material sourcing. Each cycle culminates in a formal critique, where it is expected that residents present matured concepts and work for the final exhibition.





Throughout the TAC AIR program, residents will engage in bi-weekly group critiques, where they will be expected to present and discuss work in progress to their fellow residents, as well as guest critics. 




Residents will also be paired with a mentor for additional individual critique time. Mentors are assigned based on the resident’s interests and goals for the residency, and will meet with the resident for monthly 1h long meetings, from February to June.




The TAC AIR curriculum is supplemented with field-trips to museums, foundations and studio visits, for inspiration and access to textile resources. Past visits included the Albers Foundation, Museum of Art and Design, Museum of Modern Art, Ratti Textile Center at the Met, amongst others.




The TAC AIR program culminates with a group exhibition produced and hosted by TAC in the Fall after the residency ending, allowing residents the opportunity to show original work, produced during TAC AIR, to the art community.





Classes, critiques and mentorship are facilitated by some of today’s leading textile artists, designers, curators and arts administrators.  A sampling of guest critics and mentors include: Sarah Scaturro (The Costume Institute), Gina Gregorio (PRATT, RISD), Pascale Gueracague (Lululemon), Grace Bonney (Design Sponge), Tara St. James (Study NY, BFDA), Sabrina Gschwandtner, Rebecca Kelly (FIT), Sarah Byrd (FIT, NYU), Annie Coggan (AIR Alumni, PRATT, SVA), Carin Kuoni (Vera List Center), Alexa Winton (Parsons), Marci McDade (Surface Design Journal), Liz Collins, Elana Herzog, Elissa Auther (MAD), Shannon Stratton, Erin M Riley, Pascale Gatzen (ArtEZ), Natalia Nakazawa (EFA), Carolyn Sickles, Samantha Bittman, Carlos Motta, Misha Kahn, Kyva Motnik (Thompson Street Studio), Mary Ping, Sarah Jimenez, Bill Carroll (EFA), Annie Larson, Doug Johnston.






  • 24/7 access to personal 8’ x 8’, well-lit space. Each space has 3 full walls, including  shelving, as well as a “tack” wall.


  • 24/7 access to TAC studio and equipment (includes floor looms; home and industrial sewing machines; knitting machines; drying rack; utility sink; dye lab for natural and synthetic dyes; washer/dryer; steamer; screen printing facilities which include 3 yardage tables, large exposure unit and washout booth)






  • Access to resources and fiber arts community
  • Exposure through TAC marketing and social media
  • $750 worth of free classes at Textile Arts Center, followed by 30% off all additional classes taken





The tuition of Textile Arts Center’s Artist in Residence Program is $10,000 per resident, split into the following payment plans:


$1000 upon acceptance (June 17, 2020)

$9000 due on the first week of October, 2020  




$1000 upon acceptance  (due June 17, 2020)

$2000 due on the first week of October, 2020

$790 monthly from October 15, 2020 through June 15, 2021






The Textile Arts Center is committed to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its programs. The  TAC Artist In Residence Scholarship will support one artist or designer who demonstrates commitment to their art practice, identifies with a historically underrepresented community in the arts and/or states the need for financial assistance to participate in the program and advance their artistic practice.


TAC AIR Scholarship is made possible from donations of TAC AIR and WIP alumni and instructors’ work, WIP workshops and by TAC.






We are looking for artists and designers at all career stages, working in textile/fiber media or looking to explore and develop a new body of work in this medium. Eligible applicants must be 21+ years old and have good English proficiency.  We encourage international artists to apply, but applicants are responsible for all necessary VISA arrangements and fees.






Application fee: $25 (Early Bird, application submitted by March 2); $35 (applications submitted by March 23)

All applications must be submitted digitally through Slideroom by March 23, 2020 12am (EST).


The selection process is led by a committee of Textile Arts Center's staff, as well as professionals working in different fields of textile arts. Selection criteria include:


  • Quality of work


  • Clear plan on work to be created during time of residence


  • Desire to work within a strong community 


Selected applicants will be asked to come in for an interview.






Application Dates for Cycle 12:  January 15 - March 23  2020

Interviews: April, 2020

Notification of Acceptance: Mid-May, 2020

Next Cycle Dates: Cycle 12 - October 2020 - June 2021



Have a question? Check out our FAQ.  Or email isa@textileartscenter.com.





Cycle 7 residents lounge on Colette Aliman's work during the Cycle 7 Final Exhibition.