February 25, 2014

Four-week summer residency for LGBTQ emerging artists

Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR)
Studio detail, Paul Mpagi Sepuya. Courtesy the artist
and Fire Island Artist Residency, 2013.

“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

Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR), the first residency in the United States exclusively for artists identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, is now accepting applications for its prestigious and internationally recognized summer program. LGBTQ emerging artists demonstrating new perspectives in contemporary visual art are encouraged to apply. Now in its fourth season in the secluded community of Cherry Grove, New York, an historic LGBTQ settlement of Fire Island, five emerging artists will share a live/work space for a four-week program marked by intimate studio visits with, and public lectures by, renowned leaders in contemporary art and curation.

FIAR is pleased to announce that the selection of 2014 residents will be made by the following distinguished guest jurors:
Bill Arning, director, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Amy Sillman, artist and co-chair of Painting at Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Lanka Tattersall, curatorial assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Application deadline: April 1, 2014
Program dates: July 25–August 22, 2014
Application fee: 35 USD

2014 program
FIAR provides free 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.

2014 FIAR visiting artists will include:
Nicole Eisenman, Peter McGough, Carrie Moyer, Rashaad Newsome, Sheila Pepe

In addition to these events, as part of our free public programming, FIAR is also pleased to partner with Dirty Looks, a roaming platform for queer experimental film and video, to offer public screenings of queer film at the Cherry Grove Community House.

About FIAR
Founded in 2011 by Chris Bogia and Evan Garza, Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR) is a 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 Visual AIDS; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; The Leslie+Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art; and the incredible generosity of individual donors. Please visit for more information and to learn how you can donate.

FIAR is supported in part by the sale of editions produced exclusively for the organization by celebrated artists. This year we are thrilled to offer a limited edition by acclaimed artist Ryan McGinley, whose work for FIAR is available in an edition of 30. For more images and details about this and other works, visit


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