June 26, 2014

Call for artists: Fellowship Program for Emerging Artists in NYC

Queens Museum
Queens Museum, 2014. Photo: David Sundberg, Esto. Courtesy of Queens Museum.

Fellowship eligibility is limited to emerging visual artists living in New York City who are working in traditional or new media, and who meet the following guidelines:
– Artists who are working in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, multimedia, installation, public art, participatory and/or performance-based visual expression are eligible for this opportunity.
– Artists must be a resident of New York City—from any of the five boroughs—and must have resided in the city for at least one year prior to the application deadline. Artists must reside in New York City until the end of the 12-month Fellowship period.
– Artists may not be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part-time or full-time, at an institution of higher learning at the time of the application deadline or during the Fellowship year.

Eligible artists must fit the definition of “emerging” as defined by Queens Museum below. The artist must be limited in exhibition exposure, with no more than a few grants or fellowship awards. Once accepted, Fellows must be willing to participate in the professional development program and to work closely with Queens Museum staff on his or her artist project and publication.

Queens Museum definition of emerging artist:
The Queens Museum defines an emerging artist as one who is at the dawn of their public career. The emerging artist has completed his or her studies, but has not had solo exhibitions at established commercial galleries or institutions or received major grants. The category also includes artists who are well beyond their studies, and may have participated in group exhibitions but have not received extensive press or market recognition. These artists may have exhibited their work in other countries on a limited basis, but have not had major exhibition opportunities in the US or in New York in particular.

A three-person jury will review applications and make a selection of Fellow participants. The jury will be made up of the museum’s Director of Exhibitions and two other arts professionals, one of whom will be based outside New York City.

To apply
Please prepare a PDF portfolio of 20 representative images of your visual artwork, a link to up to five minutes of video, a resume, and up to five pieces of critical writing about your work.

Upload the single PDF file at


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