The Little LoomHouse resident artist program provides a unique opportunity for visiting fiber artists to develop their skill and craft, in a unique setting, steeped in the rich history of master weaver Lou Tate, while establishing relationships in the Little Loomhouse community. Artists-in-Residence participants are encouraged to develop their existing bodies of work, explore new processes and concepts, and seek inspiration from the hills and history surrounding the Little Loom House. The resident(s) will dedicate a portion of their time to work with students and visitors serving as a resource for the Little Loomhouse and the broader community. Residents spend some of their time dedicated to working with students in order to enrich the education programs, offering students the opportunity to see and learn from working artists.

Elizabeth Smith’s Handspun blends of different silks

Length of Residency: 4 months, (Jan-April) or (Sept-Dec)

Deadlines: Dec 1 for Jan-April Residency and August 1 for Sept-Dec Residency.

Residency includes:
A work space in the Top House Studio
Use of equipment and basic materials available in Top House Studio and Education Department
Use of our archives research materials
Learning and teaching opportunities
Fostering relationships in the art community

Rachel Slaughter 2014 Resident Artist

Artist in Residence are required to:
Offer 1 workshop per month for a total of 3 workshops to the community, and create one small work for the Little Loomhouse collection or one outdoor installation with guidelines defined jointly by LLH and artist. Residents are expected to schedule and work 10 hours each week for 4 months. When in the Top House, residents should be available to work and interact with students and visitors while working on their own artwork.

Residency does not include any payments or stipends at this time.

Applications can be mailed to PO Box 9124, Louisville, KY 40214 or emailed to and  should include one cover letter stating your interest and work to be explored during the residency, short bio and list of artistic activities or resume, and 10 samples of work. Mailed work cannot be returned.

  Elizabeth Smith’s Rainbow dye pot- madder root, cochineal bugs, logwood chips and marigolds on Shetland wool

Elizabeth Smith’s Dyed Yarn