Glasgow Residency

Andrew Glasgow Residency

The Andrew Glasgow Residency provides emerging and established writers, scholars, curators, and storytellers in all mediums with the freedom to write stories and conduct research and interviews on topics designed to advance the field of craft. This program is intended for writers and content creators, from podcasters to documentarians, bloggers and others who have specific project goals related to crafts and seek to interact with studio artists in the Penland community.

The Residency offers a unique opportunity to observe, experience, write and create narratives using the active creative community of Penland as a catalyst for new ideas. The program is named in honor of Andrew Glasgow, who has served as director of the American Craft.

Council, the director of the Furniture Society, and the director of education and collections at the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Andrew is also a well-regarded curator, lecturer, and essayist, who has been a consistent intellectual force in the craft community.

Resident writers and content creators are invited to spend time at Penland during a workshop session or scheduled program which encourages artistic diversity and exchange between media and disciplines. The program provides one resident each year with room, board, travel reimbursement, stipend, and a private workspace at Penland for two weeks. Each Glasgow Resident is encouraged to share a portion of their work with Penland’s artist community through a presentation, reading, or conversation. Penland’s goals for this program are to support writing and storytelling in all mediums about craft by ensuring the freedom, space, and resources to create new work; to engage writers with Penland’s makers and local arts communities, and to bring new language into the craft culture. Glasgow Residents are nominated and invited to Penland by an advisory committee of diverse voices in craft: including, artist peers and creatives, writers, curators, makers, and storytellers across many platforms.

Previous Residents

2022 – Camille Johnson
Camille Johnson is an Emmy Award winning producer, multidisciplinary creative, and partner at Johnson Media Consulting, a video production and consulting agency. Her penchant for visual imagery and culture preservation drives her current web-based project, The project sits at the intersection of visual art, education, and experiences.

Camille can be found here: @ellimacjo  @johnsonmediastudio  @sevenmaehouse

2021 – Madison Manning
Madison Manning is an artist and educator currently pursuing their Ph.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Media, Art & Text (MATX) program, focusing on the intersection of lesbian and femme-style practices as a visual language, queer theory, and craft materiality. Manning holds a BFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing from Texas Tech University and an MFA in Sculpture and Performance from New Mexico State University. Their work has been shown at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Illinois as well as throughout Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, and New Mexico. Manning’s article, “Honest Queer Art Education in the South,” was published in Visual Arts Research Journal: Queering Art Education. They have presented at the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) and Foundations in Art: Theory & Education Conference (FATE). They have been Artist in Residence at DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and Arts, Letters & Numbers in Averill Park, New York.

2018 – Jay Miller
Jay Miller is Chair of the Philosophy Department at Warren Wilson College and Director of the Warren Wilson College Honors Program. He also serves as Chair of the Public Art and Cultural Commission for the City of Asheville. He holds a PhD in philosophy, with research grants that include a Fulbright Fellowship at Marburg University and a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Program) at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. Drawing largely on the tradition of German idealist philosophy, his research examines the intersection between art and politics. He has published widely on issues ranging from Hegel’s aesthetics, censorship in the arts, arts education, and art in cultural politics. During his stay at Penland, he will be working on the final chapters of a book manuscript, currently under review with Columbia University Press, that explores the relation between aesthetics and cultural identity.

2017 – Paula Owen
Paula Owen began her tenure as President of the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas in 1996. Owen has served on national and regional boards and panels, including for the Pew Artist Fellowships and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a published writer for books and exhibition catalogs and co-authored a book, Objects and Meaning: New Perspectives on Art and Craft, published by Scarecrow Press. She has also been the curator of many exhibitions.

Owen is a practicing artist and holds an MFA in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has shown her work in numerous group and solo shows throughout the nation.

2016 – Jenni Sorkin
Jenni is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History at University of California, Santa Barbara. She holds a PhD in the History of Art from Yale University, an MA in Curatorial Studies from The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has received fellowships from the ACLS, the Luce Foundation, and the Getty Research Institute. Her writing has appeared in the Art Journal, Art Monthly, NU: The Nordic Art Review, Frieze, The Journal of Modern Craft, Modern Painters, Third Text, and Texte zur Kunst. Her book, Live Form: Women, Ceramics and Community, about gender and post-war ceramics practice, was published by The University of Chicago Press in May 2016. During her time at Penland, Jenni worked on an essay about abstraction and textiles to be published in the catalog for the exhibition Boundary Markers: Outlier Artists and the Contemporary Mainstream. The exhibition will open at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. in 2018.

2015 – Stuart Kestenbaum
Suart Kestenbaum is the author of four published collections of poems. He has also written The View From Here, a book of essays on craft and community. Stuart has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in numerous small press publications and magazines including Tikkun, The Sun, Beloit Poetry Journal, and others and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. He was the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine for twenty-seven years, and was elected an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council in 2006.

Stuart Kestenbaum writes about his time at Penland, plus a video-excerpt of his poetry reading.

2014 – Garth Clark
Garth Clark is an internationally known writer, historian, critic, and gallerist. Clark is co-founder of Garth Clark Gallery in New York and Los Angeles, founder and former director of the Ceramic Arts Foundation, and founder of the CFile Foundation, a global community working to bring ceramics into the mainstream of visual art. He is the author of over sixty books and several hundred reviews and essays.

2013 – Emilia Ferraro
Emilia Ferarro has been the director of the school of applied anthropology at Salesian University in Quito, Ecuador and is currently a professor of anthropology and sustainable development at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She has written extensively about the indigenous people of the Andes. Her current research is focused on sustainability issues including the role that making and craft may play in developing new ways of thinking and living that support a sustainable future for human society.

Read more about Emilia Ferraro’s stay at Penland

2012 – Christopher Benfey
Christopher Benfey is the Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. He is the author of Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, And Survival and four other books about American art and culture. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a long-time art critic for the online magazine Slate, and a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, and the New Republic. Benfey will return to Penland in 2014 as an instructor, co-teaching a class combining word and image with photographer Neal Rantoul.

2011 – Barry Lopez
Barry Lopez is an acclaimed author of essays, journalism, and fiction. His books include Arctic Dreams (which won a National Book Award), Winter Count, About this Life, and Resistance. He has written about the work of various visual and craft artists and has worked collaboratively with a composer, a playwright, several illustrators, and a book artist. He was in residence in October, 2011. As part of his residency, Barry Lopez read several short pieces and then led a discussion on the topic of “the artist and social responsibility.”
Barry Lopez at Penland.

2010 – Ingrid Shaffner
Ingrid Schaffner is a senior curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. In addition to curating numerous exhibitions, she has written extensively on modern and contemporary art. Her publications include Salvador Dali’s Dream of Venus: The Surrealist Funhouse at the 1939 World’s Fair (Princeton Architectural Press) and an essay on wall text in Questions of Practice: What Makes a Great Exhibition? (Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative).

Support the Residency

To endow the Andrew Glasgow Residency, we seek contributions totaling $181,500. Gifts to this program may be made by writing to the Andrew Glasgow Residency Program, Development Office, Penland School of Crafts, PO Box 37, Penland, NC 28765, or using our online donation form.

If you use the online form please write “Andrew Glasgow Residency” in the Additional Gift Information box.

Donate Online

If you would like to talk to the development office about supporting this program, contact Joan Glynn: