Artist Responsibilities and Expenses
The Bray program is minimally structured, with no formal critiques or
syllabi. Resident artists are expected to be self-motivated and help
out with various tasks around the Bray. Residents meet as a group once
a month to discuss upcoming events and issues that need to be addressed.
Each resident receives a free studio space and 24 hour access to state of the art firing facilities and equipment. Visit the Resident Facilities page to learn more.
Resident Artist expenses include the cost of materials and
firing at the Bray. Residents are also responsible for their
own housing and living expenses.
Costs for firings are kept as low as possible, and are dependent
on the kiln size and firing temperature. Fees range from
$4 for a small electric test kiln to up to $500 for a six-day
anagama wood kiln firing. Materials can be purchased at the
Bray's Clay Business at discounted prices.
There is no on-site housing, and residents make their own
living arrangements. Affordable housing can be found in Helena:
apartments rent for $400 and up, rooms in private homes start
at about $200. Most residents find it necessary to have a
Some residents can meet their expenses by selling their
work in the Bray galleries. Others find part-time jobs in Helena to help with expenses.
There are opportunities for resident artists to teach
community classes, which provides teaching experience and some
Fellowships for year-long residents and scholarships for short-term summer residents
are awarded annually. Visit the Fellowships & Scholarships page to learn about the financial opportunities available.
Long-term residents are granted a one-year residency with the option to stay for a second year. Long-term residencies begin in the fall of the year and each long-term resident receives a one-year fellowship.
2–4 months between June and October
1–3 months between October and June