March 24, 2021

Call for applications 2021

Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR)

Photo: Gregor Hofbauer Photography.

Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR) welcomes applications for residency through Friday, April 2, 2021.

"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 tenth season on Fire Island in Cherry Grove, NY, 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 and poetry are encouraged to apply by April 2, 2021.

The 2021 residency cycle will feature a hybrid approach, due to Covid precautions. Six selected residents will share staggered residencies in 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 poetry, contemporary art and curation. The greater Fire Island community, and visitors from New York and Long Island, are invited to attend free public lectures by esteemed guests of FIAR. The program is free to residents, who are provided with a stipend for meals and a free, modest live/work space.

Application fee: 40 USD

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 Jeffrey Gibson. For more images and details about these and other works, visit

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 and poets 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, Between Bridges Foundation, Callen-Lorde, the William E. and Maude S. Pritchard Charitable Trust, and the incredible generosity of individual donors. Please visit for more information and to learn how you can donate.

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