March 2, 2018

Call for applications: Fire Island Artist Residency

Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR)

2017 FIAR resident Marta Lee. Photo: Gregor Hofbauer Photography.

"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 eigth 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 25, 2018.

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.

2018 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.

The 2018 FIAR Visiting Artist/Lecturers are: Anna Betbeze, Raúl de Nieves, Ryan McGinley, Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens.

Final Jury Selections will be made by Tom Burr, artist, and Amy Cappellazzo, Chairman of the Fine Art division of Sotheby’s.

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 Catherine Opie, Mickalene Thomas, Nayland Blake, Nicole Eisenman, as well as an upcoming edition by Matt Connors. For more images and details about these and other works, visit

Application fee: 45 USD

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 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.

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