Artist Residency in central Ohio

Open Wabi, located in an early-1900s furniture factory in rural Ohio, offers emerging and established artists the time, space, and environment to encourage growth and experimentation in their practice.

2017 Residency Schedule & Application Deadlines:
Apr 30 - May 13 (1 Shared Room (Male) & Camping Remaining)
Jun 11 - Jun 24 (2 Spots Remaining)
Jul 23 - Aug 05 (Priority Deadline: March 22, 2017)
Aug 27 - Sep 09 (Priority Deadline May 01)

* Our site was down temporarily after 10 EST, March 15th. We have extended the priority deadline on the third session to March 22nd. We apologize for any possible inconvenience.
Installation facilities at the Artist Retreat

A Unique Environment

Open Wabi is located on 20 acres in an historic furniture factory. The environment is a mix of industrial and natural — nestled in a quaint central Ohio town. Artists have large, private studios (16ft x 30ft) and can also utilize wooded areas, pasture, and architectural remnants.

photo of one of the bedrooms for Artist-in-residence

A residency is valuable.
At Open Wabi, It’s affordable, too.

We provide everything you need for a comfortable and productive residency. And our facilities are designed without unnecessary frills, so we can keep it affordable. Private and shared bedrooms are available. Outdoorsy? Camping is also available.

Director of the Artist Residency with an artist

Focused on the individual.
In a supportive community.

In order to foster growth and build relationships, we limit the number of artists per session. Residents have the opportunity to present their work and engage in critique with fellow residents and visiting artists in a supportive community.

What our residents are saying

  • “So stinking grateful for this time, this place and these people. The past ten days here have pushed me, stretched me and caused me to consider more than I could on my own.”

    Amorelle Jacox,
    2016 Artist-in-Residence
  • “The space used to house a type of manufacturing. 'Manu' means hands, and 'facture' means manner of making, so, making in some manner with the hands. We came in to do our own manufacturing.“

    Emily Harris,
    2012 Artist-in-Residence

From the Director

“The direction of the residency will beinfluenced by the experiences the artists bring to the table. We have created thisspace as a container for the potential of the artists — singly and as they come together.”

Jason Andrew Bowles, Director

Applying for residency

There are no specific educational requirements for application for artist-in-residence.