Four-week summer residency for LGBTQ emerging artists: call for applications 2017
Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR)
Above: FIAR flag. Courtesy Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR).
Above: FIAR flag. Courtesy Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR).

July 22–August 17, 2017

Application deadline: March 24, 11:59pm EST

Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR)
Cherry Grove
Fire Island, NY

“The pool of amazing and talented people who applied to FIAR was just mind-boggling: clearly this is a very-much needed organization! Then, when I got out there for a visit, I really experienced the warmth and specialness of what the participants had been able to build together among themselves—I felt the love!” –Amy Sillman

“FIAR represents a great opportunity for cross generational connection between newer and more established queer artists. I loved having the chance to discover exciting work and ideas in a setting that promoted thought and dialogue over high-pressure careerism.”  –Nayland Blake

Celebrating its seventh season on Fire Island in Cherry Grove, NY this year, Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR) is now accepting applications for its prestigious and internationally recognized summer residency program for artists identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. LGBTQ emerging artists demonstrating new perspectives in contemporary visual art are encouraged to apply by March 24, 2017.

Five selected artists will share a live/work space in the historically queer island hamlet of Cherry Grove, NY for a four-week program marked by intimate studio visits with, and public lectures by, renowned leaders in contemporary art and curation. The program is free to residents, who are provided with a stipend for meals and a free, modest live/work space.

FIAR is pleased to announce that the selection of 2017 residents will be made by the following distinguished guest jurors:
Steven Evans, artist, Executive Director of FotoFest
Jeffrey Gibson, artist, faculty, Bard College
Risa Puleo, independent curator and critic

2017 program
FIAR provides free modest live/work space to five artist residents who work, research, relax, and immerse themselves in the Fire Island community. During this time they are visited by a handful renowned visiting artists and art professionals who commune with residents through intimate visits, dinners, and discussions, providing support and feedback throughout the duration of program. The greater Fire Island community, and visitors from New York and Long Island, are invited to attend free public lectures by these esteemed guests of FIAR.

2017 FIAR Visiting Artistswill include:
Liz Collins, artist
Zackary Drucker, artist, producer
John Giorno, poet, artist

FIAR is supported in part by the sale of editions produced exclusively for the organization by celebrated artists. We are thrilled to offer a limited edition by acclaimed artists Mickalene Thomas, Nayland Blake, Nicole Eisenman, as well as an upcoming edition by Catherine Opie. For more images and details about these and other works, visit

Call for applications
Application fee:45 USD
Apply online

About FIAR
Founded in 2011, Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which brings lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer emerging artists to Fire Island, a place long-steeped in LGBTQ history, to create, commune, and contribute to the location’s rich artistic history. FIAR is made possible through the generous support of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, The Leslie+Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian ArtThe Arts Project of Cherry Grove, The New York State Council for the Arts, and the incredible generosity of individual donors. Please visit for more information and to learn how you can donate.



February 24, 2017