Visual Artist Residency Program

The Dougherty Arts Center's Visual Artist Residency Program is a volunteer work exchange that provides visual artists with the space, facilities, time, and professional interaction to help them develop as practicing artists in exchange for creating outreach opportunities within our community.

Residencies are six months, renewable up to a total of two years, and available for emerging and established artists in ceramics and darkroom photography.

Visual Artist Residency Prospectus and Application Guidelines (pdf)

The Visual Artist Residency Program is currently on hold while the Dougherty Arts Center remains closed to the public. When the facility is safe to reopen, we will put out a call for applications.

For questions about the Visual Artist Residency, please email

Current Dougherty Visual Artist Residents

Katie Lehn

Katie Lehn - Mugs

Katie Lehn, Emerging Ceramic Artist

Katie found her love for clay at the Tucson Clay Co-Op in Arizona. She immediately felt grounded while working on the wheel and found it to be a much needed creative outlet. What began as a casual hobby soon became a true passion she hopes to continue to develop and share. Katie is excited to devote more time and energy into her work and is grateful to be joining the Austin ceramic community through Dougherty Art Center.

Bonnie Brushwood

Bonnie Brushwood - Embrace

Bonnie Brushwood, Established Ceramic Artist

Bonnie earned her BFA at Texas State University. She toured all over Texas with an illusionist, then all over the country with a fire eater. Her serious side makes ceramics. Her ridiculous side makes comedy. She tours her ceramics. Also, she guested on Billboard Number One comedy albums. Check out her hit single, “The Most Expensive Guacamole” wherever you listen to music.

Regina McIlvain

Regina McIlvain - Twilight on the Farm

Regina McIlvain, Emerging Darkroom Photography Artist

Regina McIlvain studied photography at Manhattanville College, UC Berkeley and privately in NYC, Tokyo and Toulouse (France). Over time she has concentrated her focus on fine art photographs of portraits and landscapes, either unembellished or mixed media. She has made the effort to capture endangered buildings, signs, landscapes before progress has overtaken them.

Past Dougherty Visual Artist Residents


Scott Simons

Scott Simons - Open Vessel

Scott Simons, Emerging Ceramic Artist
Resident June 2018 - December 2018

A fifth-generation Texan and 12-year Austin resident, Scott Simons works in large-scale oil paintings and hand-built porcelain. In his work, subtle architectural elements play against energetic, natural scratches and marks. The interplay and tension between man-made and natural has always been a source of inspiration for Scott. He’s been included in a number of one-and-two person gallery shows and juried exhibitions, and is currently represented by Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas and Guthrie Contemporary Gallery in New Orleans.

Katy David

Katy David - Trypophobia

Katy David, Emerging Ceramic Artist
Resident June 2018-June 2019

Proud Austin native Katy David is known for working with clay, gouache and eggshells, creating abstract images and sculptural forms that evoke coral reefs, geological formations, and colorful landscapes. “I love creating work that invites touch” she says.“I want the viewer to participate in the work, to imagine themselves fully sensate in a fantastical landscape of color, line and texture.” She is currently represented by Troy Campa of Camiba Art Gallery.

Scott Paxton

Scott Paxton

Scott Paxton, Emerging Darkroom Photography Artist
Resident October 2019-October 2019

Scott Paxton is a photographic artist currently living in Austin, Texas. He gave up a hectic international engineering career to slow down and re-visualize the world around him. His photographs reflect his consistent attention to detail while observing the importance of the surroundings.

He creates photographs that are deliberately distorted during the taking of the photograph or during the printing process. By intentionally blurring parts of his images he moves away from the idea that everything is precise and perfect. The effects create an unspoken tension and may be created by ND filters, darkroom processing or even Photoshop manipulation. It is not unusual for Scott to mount or display images in an unorthodox manner by cutting and distorting the print. When shooting landscape & architectural subjects his preference is to use an Infra-Red digital camera resulting in Black and White prints with extreme contrast from which he creates digital negatives for darkroom or alternative processes.

Traci Ward

Traci Ward - Oyster

Traci Ward, Emerging Ceramic Artist
Resident September 2018-September 2019

Traci Ward is an emerging ceramist who creates artistic kitchenware and statement jewelry that is made with vegan-friendly practices. Each piece is an expression of color and form through clay and mixed media, and can be found at local Austin shops. When Traci is not elbow-deep in clay, she practicing yoga or spending an afternoon in an art museum.

Adam Stratton

Adam Stratton - Vase

Adam Stratton, Established Ceramic Artist
Resident April 2019-March 2020

Adam began working with ceramics in 2002 at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado and went on to the University of Hawaii to graduate with an M.F.A in 2010. Participating in the education, exhibition and practice of the visual arts has been a consistent part of his exploration in the medium of clay and visual arts. In Texas, he has continued to explore artistic research and is currently working as an art educator at the community college level.