July 30, 2015

Studio Practice Residency: fall 2015 applications

Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD)
AICAD studio space.

The Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) is offering a new four-month Studio Practice Residency for (non-student) working artists to develop, refine, or challenge their artistic practice in dialog with a chosen mentor. This residency will be a studio intensive mentorship program held at the AICAD facility in DUMBO, Brooklyn from September 1 through December 2015.

Visual artist and critic William Powhida, who also serves as the Artistic Co-Director of the New York Studio Residency Program, will lead the residency. Accepted residents will work with mentors including Paddy Johnson (ArtFCity), Ben Davis (Artnet), Letha Wilson, Christopher K. Ho, Carolyn Salas, Jules de Balincourt, and Adam Parker Smith, among others. A full roster of mentoring artists and critics can be viewed here.

The residency also offers monthly professional development seminars with arts professionals including former Sotheby’s Institute professor Amy Whitaker to help artists build more sustainable and self-sufficient studio practices through financial planning, marketing, and goal setting.

The residency runs concurrently with the AICAD New York Studio Residency Program (NYSRP), a 16-credit studio program for undergraduate art students from across the US and Canada. AICAD Studio Practice residents may attend the NYSRP’s regular visiting artist/critic series and will have 24-hour access to its facilities including an individual 12 x 8 foot studio, wood shop, wi-fi, kitchen, computer lab, and projection room which also provides additional shared work space.

The AICAD Studio Practice Residency is a non-credit, fee-based program. The total 4-month program cost is 3,750 USD (1,000 deposit and 917 per month for three months) with a discount available for alumni of AICAD member schools at 3,400 USD (1,000 deposit and 800 per month). The 1,000 USD deposit is due by September 1, and the remaining balance must be paid in monthly installments by the eighth of each month, with the last installment due on December 8. The cost of the program covers the studio rental, visiting artist and critic mentor stipends, monthly workshop fees and facility/administrative costs.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a minimum of a year of professional activity outside of any degree-granting program. To be considered for placement, please complete an application here and send to the program’s Administrative Co-Director Alan Lupiani at [email protected] by the application deadline of August 21, 2015.


Additional application materials include:

Work samples: Please submit a maximum of ten recent work samples. Please limit videos samples to five minutes or less. JPEGS and online work samples (websites, vimeo, etc) will be considered. Please send your work samples and/or links to Artistic Co-Director William Powhida at [email protected].

References: Please provide a letter of reference from a person familiar with your work, character, and abilities. All statements by references are held in the strictest confidence. The program Co-Directors need to ensure applicants are able to participate in an educational or work setting. Please include or attach your letter of reference with your application form.




AICAD Studio Practice Residency: accepting applications for fall 2015

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