There are studio programs available for artists that provide a range of things beyond just a space to work. Artists are often selected by a committee or nominated for these programs and some include open studio events, studio visits from prominent art world professionals, production assistance, access to equipment or other additional benefits. Studio programs range in length and the number of artists in the program at each time. Here is a list of studio programs in the New York City area:
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA)
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Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Artist Residencies, Workspace - 9-months of free studio space within a larger, shared space with 24/7 access. Living space is not provided.
ISCP – International Studio & Curatorial Program
Visual artists and curators can apply for residencies at ISCP. Residencies are 3 - 12 months and sponsored by governments, corporations, foundations, galleries or private patrons. Each artist or curator is provided with 24-hour access to a studio and wireless internet. In addition, all participantscan use the common areas: Kitchen, lounge and gallery.
Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation
The Space Program, a national program now in its eighteenth year, provides free studio spaces in Brooklyn, NY to visual artists for periods of up to one year.
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
EFA Studios is a competitive studio program that offers subsidized studio space and other forms of support for its members. For 10 years, EFA Studios has worked to foster financial stability, facilitate career development, and promote public and critical exposure
Brooklyn Artists Gym (BAG)
The BAG Artist-In-Residence program provides artists with 24 hour studio access, 7 days a week, community to discuss and create work, and opportunities to show and sell work, among other benefits.
New York State Artist Workspace Consortium
Carriage House at the Islip Art Museum, a project space where contemporary artists can create and exhibit new and experimental work.
Woodstock A-I-R at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, is a workspace residency program designed to support artists of color working in the photographic arts who reside in the United States with access to time, facilities, financial, critical, and technical support.
CEPA Regional Artist in Residency Program at the Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Art Gallery, is a program that provides artists with an opportunity to create new work or expand on their current projects. Artists will have access to CEPA’s off-site studio, on-site darkroom, and on-site digital imaging facility. Residencies are typically between 4-8 weeks long and funding varies by cycle.
The Workspace Program at Dieu Donné Papermill, offers annual residencies to New York State emerging artists to create new work in handmade paper. The program seeks to encourage emerging artists to explore the creative possibilities of handmade paper, develop this art form, and promote the Workspace artists through exhibitions of their work produced at Dieu Donné, as well as through print and digital format.
Van Lier Residency at Harvestworks, Applicants should be young artists under 32 years old, working in digital media and the electronic arts, whose work would benefit from significant time in Harvestworks’ studios and from expert engineering assistance. Applicants must reside in New York City. The fellowships are open to young, post-graduate New York-based artists from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the electronic arts. The one-year residencies help advance Van Lier fellows’ professional development and promote diversity, equity and access in the arts.
The Keyholder Residency Program at the Lower East Side Printshop, offers emerging artists free 24-hour access to printmaking facilities to develop new work and foster their artistic careers.Residencies are free and one year long, starting on April 1st and October 1st each year, and they take place in the shared Artists’ Studio, including the solvent/etching area and the darkroom.
Residency Program at Sculpture Space, Artists are scheduled for 11 months (September - August, excluding December) with no more than four artists in residence at any one time. Artists are expected to stay for a full two months, and have access to the studio 24 hours a day, seven days aweek.
Smack Mellon offers free studio space to eligible artists for a one-year period. The program provides artists working in all visual arts media a free private studio space and a $5000 fellowship (dependent upon funding). The program does not provide living space. Artists also have access to shared facilities that include a fabrication shop, 2 Macintosh G5 workstations for video editing, DVD burner and CD read/write capabilities, 3 additional Mac work stations, flatbed and slide scanners, DVD players, video projectors and monitors, wireless Internet access and technical support.
EAF (The Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition) at Socrates Sculpture Park, This annual show features newly commissioned works by the recipients of Socrates Sculpture Park’s Emerging Artist Fellowships. The artists are selected through an open call for proposals and are awarded a grant, a six-month studio residency, technical and administrative assistance, and access to materials, tools and equipment to facilitate the production of new sculptures and installations for exhibition in the park.
Studios at the Women’s Studio Workshop, houses etching, screen printing, letterpress, papermaking, ceramics, and photography studios in a historic building, located in a picturesque mountain setting within the Shawangunk Mountains in the Hudson River Valley of NY. The studios are extensively equipped and well-maintained. Artists can take workshops, rent the studios, schedule private classes, or apply for grant opportunities.
Artist Alliance Inc.
L.E.S. Long Term Studio Program Affordable working space for professional working artists, with a special focus on providing space for artists who come from Downtown and the local community.
L.E.S. Rotating Studio Program provides two FREE six- month residency sessions to 8 visual artists a year.
Henry Street Settlement
The Abrons Arts Center’s Artist Workspace and Artist-in-Residence (A.I.R.) Workspace Programs provide residencies and free workspace in which established and emerging artists can develop their work and careers.
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning
The JCAL Workspace Program provides an emerging artist with a private, 750-square-foot, nonliving studio space and access to JCAL’s office and studio facilities (computer, ceramics and painting) for a period of 12 months.
Supporting Women Artists Project
SWAP offers free studio space to emerging women artists who are interested in mentoring young women students passionate about art. SWAP collaborates with schools, organizations, galleries, and museums in New York City to create opportunities for both adult and student artists to show and promote their work. As the artists-in-residence are able to produce, sell, and promote their work and expand their professional and social networks, they will have a greater chance of becoming full-time, independent working artists. Additionally, as they mentor young women, these artists have the opportunity to impact young people who otherwise might not be exposed to women artists as role models, and would have little chance of nurturing their love for the arts.
Triangle Arts Association
The Triangle Artist’s Residency Program provides free studio space to eligible artists for a six month period (Oct-Mar, April-Sept). If accepted, artists must spend a minimum of 15 hours a week in the studios or will be asked to leave the program.
The Studio Museum in Harlem
The Museum offers a 12 month studio residency for three emerging artists. Each artist is granted a free non-living studio space, a $20,000 fellowship, and a $1,000 material stipend. The program is designed to serve emerging artists of African and Latino descent locally, nationally and internationally.
The Whitney Independent Study Program (ISP)
The participants in the Studio Program are engaged in a variety of art practices with an emphasis on installation work, film and video, photography, performance, and various forms of interdisciplinary practice. The program provides studio space and facilities in our loft in downtown Manhattan.
The Center for Book Arts
The artist-in-residence workspace grant awards up to five New York-based emerging artists space, time and support to explore the production of artist’s books and related work for a full year.
The studio spaces have 24 hour access. There may be certain restrictions on the kind of materials allowed in a given studio venue. We try to have the population of our studio artists reflect the community the studios are in.