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.

2018 Residency Schedule & Application Deadlines:

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

  • The time at Open Wabi was an intense time of productivity while forming wonderful relationships with the fellow artists. There is an incredible creative energy that is fostered between the residents in the spaces at Open Wabi. For me, this was an important time for reflection, rest and art making.

    Edward Steffanni,
    2017 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
  • Open Wabi was an incredible space in which to work, and Jason and Tricia were very accommodating. My experience producing a show there truly couldn't have smoother; any success I had in that work was, in large part, thanks to their willingness and generosity.

    Jason Stewart,
    2016 Artist-in-Residence
  • 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

From the Director

“The direction of the residency will beinfluenced by the experiences the artists bring to the table. We have created this space 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.