Artist Studios Residency Program at MAD

The Artist Studios Program hosts artists and designers daily in a live studio environment. Artists and designers are selected for four-month sessions (February–May, June–September, and October–January). Each artist is assigned one day each week to work, along with a selection of Thursday and Friday evenings. Artists receive a daily honoraria of $125. Artists have access to a variety of tools and materials, as well as the museum galleries and are given professional development opportunities throughout the year. Selection is conducted by a committee of eight to twelve museum staff members and outside professionals in the fields of art, craft, and design. Selection takes place every eight months, with residents chosen for two cycles during each selection process.

Successful applicants have a mature body of work that reveals a mastery of techniques, methods, processes and/or materials, as well as demonstrates developed concepts, ideas, and/or themes. Proposals need to address a clear direction or question for pursuit in applicant’s work and take into account the public-facing nature of the program (We highly recommend applicants visit the museum and talk to current residents). Successful applicants also have an artistic practice that aligns with the mission of the museum to celebrate creative processes through which materials are crafted into works that enhance contemporary life. Key attributes for practices that align with the museum’s mission are: Innovation that drives 21st century creative production, the highest level of skill and workmanship, and an emphasis on cross-disciplinary approaches to production.

Van Lier Fellowship at MAD

Funds for the Van Lier Fellowship are provided by The New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship Program. The fund provides support for talented, culturally diverse, economically challenged young people who are seriously dedicated to careers in the arts.

Fellowship selection follows the selection process outlined in The Artist Studios overview, but instead of artists being assigned one day each week to work, fellows work forty hours per week and receive a stipend of $10,000. Additionally, fellows are given extra professional development opportunities including regular meetings with museum staff and outside professionals in addition to being able to participate in workshops and meet regularly with a mentor in their creative field.

Applicants must be thirty years or younger at the start of their fellowship, no exceptions (artists will be asked to submit paperwork to prove their legal age). Fellows must also identify racially and/or culturally with a historically underrepresented community, demonstrate the need for financial assistance to advance their artistic careers, and be residents of New York City.

Successful applicants meet the same requirements outlined for the Artist Studios Residency Program at MAD.

FAQ's

Can I apply to both the residency and fellowship program?

Yes, but you will only be selected for one program. We interview first for the fellowship, then the residency. You will be considered in that order. Please note, if you are accepted into one program, you will not be eligible for the other.

Can alumni of the residency apply for the fellowship?

No. Alumni are not eligible for either program at this time.

Is there an application fee?

No.

What is the studio space like? How much space does each artist have?

The studios are located on the 6th floor. They are roughly 150 – 200 square feet. Each studio has a large work table, a sink, and storage. Daily residents share one studio; Fellows have a dedicated studio. Residents and fellows share equipment and often need to enter each other’s space to burrow supply, access the kiln, etc. Storage is limited for large work, so work that can be done in sections is preferred. Storage shelves are roughly 3 x 4 feet.

What tools and equipment will I have access to in the studio? Can I bring my own tools and equipment?

Each studio has a large work table, sink, and storage. Residents and fellows share a kiln, an enamel kiln, a spray booth, a flex shaft dremel, a drill press, a band saw, and a variety of smaller tools. We highly encourage artists to bring their own specialized tools.

Do you have an Internet connection?

Yes.

Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen to apply?

Artists must be citizens or legal residents of the U.S. with a valid SSN or EIN. The museum does not provide visas. Applicants must have their legal paperwork in order by the time they are interviewed, no exceptions.

If I am part of a duo or collaborative group, can we apply?

Yes, but collaboratives receive the same daily stipend of $125 (individuals are not paid separately). All members of the collaborative must be present for an interview.

How will my artwork be presented?

Residents and fellows have one to three examples of their work displayed on the 6th floor at all times. This work is locked behind glass in a vitrine. Artists are allowed to change out the work, but work must always be on display. To accompany work, a small label will identify the artists and information about their project at MAD (outlined in each applicant’s proposal).

We also have a dedicated webpage for our Artist Studios Program. Residents provide a head shot and up to six images of their work along with having a short bio and description of their work. Residents are featured in museum e-blasts and on social media regularly.

Does the museum pay for travel costs or provide housing stipends?

No.