The Bascom offers disciplined artists and educators opportunities to take on significant responsibilities that further themselves as art professionals. Benefits include housing, studio access, teaching opportunities, potential for exhibition and more.

Why The Bascom?

Natural Inspiration

Since moving to our campus in 2009, artists from around the world have discovered that The Bascom grounds are a ceaselessly inspiring environment for studio and instructional practice. Artists have access to 6-acres of stone amphitheaters, a creekside pavilion, the Winkler Sculpture and Nature Trail system, a corncrib, multiple exhibition spaces, and studios with a rustic barnwood aesthetic.

A Different Type of Residency

The Bascom’s Resident Artists are critical members of our team. We entrust them with real responsibilities that uphold the mission of our organization. Residents must be disciplined, hard workers who are able to tackle a broad range of projects that will prepare them for a career in the arts.

Well-Rounded Work Experience

  • Curriculum Design
  • Instruction for All Ages
  • Studio Management
  • Equipment Training
  • Public Presentations
  • Community Service
  • Volunteerism
  • Pop-Up Exhibition Installation
  • Artist Statement and Portfolio Development
  • Professional Development


Department heads regularly meet with Resident Artists to evaluate the residents’ performance, provide feedback, set project goals, find local and regional opportunities for the residents' benefit, and give positive reinforcement.

Current Openings

The Bascom is currently accepting inquiries and applications for the following opportunities:

Ceramics Resident Teaching Artist

The Bascom’s Dave Drake Studio:
Ceramics Teaching Resident Artist 2021

Time Frame

  • Start Date: February 1st, 2021
  • Duration: 6 months – 1 year +

Work Exchange

  • $100 per week for 20 hours a week of teaching, studio maintenance, glazing Art by Appointments, loading/unloading, mixing glaze, studio upkeep, and other duties as assigned for studio maintenance and general operating (February 1st – May 31st and September 1st – November 30th)
  • $200 per week for 40 hours a week, studio maintenance, glazing Art by Appointments, loading/unloading, mixing glaze, studio upkeep, and other duties as assigned for studio maintenance and general operating (June 1st – August 31st).
  • Teaching or working hours required for successful completion of contractual responsibilities need to be completed each day before personal studio work can begin. The resident must understand and agree the studio comes first.


  • 250 lbs of studio clay per month (February 1st – May 31st and September 1st – November 30th)
  • 200 lbs of studio clay (June 1st – August 31st)
  • Glazing and firing
  • Special clay and material requests can be filled but must be approved by administration given proper notice.


Housing provided. Housing is approximately 8 miles from The Bascom located in Clayton, Ga, just across the state line. The house is located on a gravel road about 2 miles off HWY 28. The travel to and from the house is on curvy mountain roads. Safety is a priority and so unsafe travel conditions (ice and snow) presented during the fall and winter months excuses the resident from work exchange responsibilities until conditions arise for safe travel. Communication about conditions with the Director of Ceramics is paramount during these times in order for safety to remain a top priority.

Other General Responsibilities

  • Take photos and document studio activity, classes, workshops, etc for social media
  • Studio manager when needed
  • Studio Assistant for workshops, except when scheduled to teach
  • Act as a positive Bascom Ambassador during and after residency
  • Open Studio Member’s creativity coach
  • Seek out other opportunities to enhance The Bascom’s Ceramics Program such as slide shows, exhibitions, artist talks, craft shows, magazine articles, interviews, etc.
  • Submit proposal for the body of work to be completed during the term.
  • Submit application for one exhibition (Pop up Shop) in the Atrium Gallery.


  • Access to studio, equipment, and materials 24/7
  • Community work space
  • Resident has personal work area inside of community work space

Sale of Works

Works made on grounds using Bascom materials and equipment are strongly encouraged to be sold through the Dave Drake Studio Barn sale rack, annual studio sales, and other studio sponsored sales at The Bascom. Resident artworks made with Bascom materials and equipment are not allowed to be sold in other shops, galleries, store fronts within a 25 mile radius of The Bascom, excluding shows, craft fairs, and private showings. Artist/Bascom Split is 60/40. Resident can apply to The Bascom for works to be sold through the Bascom Gift Shop as well.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit the following:

  1. Cover letter describing your interest in the resident position and proposal of residency project goals
  2. Artist Statement (less than 300 words)
  3. Résumé or CV
  4. 15-20 numbered high-resolution images (accepting jpg, tif, pdf on CD, email, or through DropBox, Hightail, etc.*)
  5. Image inventory (docx or pdf) with a. Title b. Year c. Medium d. Dimensions
  6. 2 professional references with contact information. Images may be sent separately. All other application materials should be included in one submission. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All residency candidates are subject to a background check.

For more information, please contact Frank Vickery at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Education Fellowship

Paid Teaching Opportunities for Artists:
The Bascom Education Fellowship

Are you planning for a career in the arts or art education? Gain valuable teaching experiences while providing art experiences for community after-school programs in Macon and Jackson counties. Start transforming lives today.

Paid Teaching Opportunities for Artists

The Bascom’s Education Fellows are critical members of our team. They are given job responsibilities that uphold the mission of our organization and prepare them for careers in the arts. Education Fellows must be disciplined, hard workers with teaching experience who are able to tackle a broad range of assignments.

The Education Fellowship is a 2 – 3 month summer position (flexible dates upon approval) under the supervision of the Director of Education and Outreach. First and foremost, the Education Fellow is Lead Instructor for youth summer art programs at The Bascom during our busy summer season (June – August). The instructor also designs self-guided museum activities for the public, and supports other public programs with youth and adults.

Why The Bascom?

Believing that creative expression transforms our lives, The Bascom is committed to providing life enriching experiences through diverse exhibitions; comprehensive arts education and public programs; support for regional artists; and strategic partnerships facilitating cultural and economic development in the Highlands-Cashiers community.

The Bascom Art Center’s grounds are a ceaselessly inspiring environment for instructional, studio, and exhibition practices. The 6-acre campus features outdoor stone amphitheaters, a creek-side pavilion, a sculpture and nature trail, multiple galleries, and art studios with a rustic barn wood aesthetic. The Western Carolina region is rich with mountainous landscapes to which traditional and contemporary artists and craftspeople gravitate for inspiration.

Please note that Highlands, NC is a beautiful small town located in the heart of the Southern Appalachian Mountains at 4,200 feet of elevation. Highlanders cherish the remoteness that makes this area so special. Cellular service is limited in areas, roads are steep and curvy, and the weather can be unpredictable. It is important to research or visit the area to familiarize yourself with the setting that makes The Bascom and Highlands such a unique destination.

Weekly Commitment

The Education Fellow commits to instruction, planning, and departmental support Tuesday – Saturday not to exceed 30 hours per week.

Key Responsibilities

  • Design and instruct curricula – Ages 7 - 12, continuing adults, and senior citizens
  • Design and instruct 5 STEAM based, multi-day summer programs for youth ages 7 – 12
  • Teach private lessons in drawing, painting, and mixed-media
  • Curate student exhibits in the Eckerd Children’s Gallery
  • Design interactive art activities for the public in the Eckerd Children’s Gallery and The Bascom SmArt Space
  • Manage Hughes Studio (organize, clean, keep inventory)

Teaching Methods

The Education Fellow will use a variety of teaching methods and new media to stimulate and keep the attention of students, such as: teacher demonstrations, gallery and sculpture trail tours, individual and collaborative group projects, cross-disciplinary lessons, guided discussions about famous artworks, brief videos, and slide presentations.


  • $800.00 per month stipend paid bi-weekly
  • Paid Shared Housing, approximately 8 miles from The Bascom in a rural setting ($700.00 per month value)
  • Marketing and promotion of your work as an Education Fellow
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Studio space on The Bascom campus. Fellows are responsible for all materials and equipment required for personal studio work.
  • Mileage reimbursement for off-site teaching. PERSONAL VEHICLE REQUIRED
  • Exhibition opportunity in the Education Gallery upon approval.

To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Submit ALL below materials together (for example, send only 1 email, 1 compressed file, 1 file transfer, or 1 disk).

Please submit:

  • Cover letter expressing your interest in the position and teaching philosophy
  • Résumé or CV
  • 10 images of your personal artwork with image inventory.
    • Title
    • Year
    • Medium
    • Dimensions
  • 3 sample lesson plans
  • 2 professional reference letters, or contact info for 2 professional references

Submit Applications to:
Billy Love, Director of Education and Outreach
The Bascom : A Center for the Visual Arts
323 Franklin Road
Highlands, NC 28741

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