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Become a MAD Artist-in-Residence

The Artist Studios at MAD is a community engagement and professional development program for contemporary artists and designers.

Designed to encourage visitors to ask questions, view works in progress, and gain firsthand exposure to the creative process of artists and designers, the Museum residency represents diverse artists and designers pursuing an array of experimental creative practices.The artists and designers selected participate in a wide range of virtual public  programming, including open studio hours, teen art salons, and intergenerational workshops. 

Established in 2008, the program has served as an important platform for more than 180 artists and designers to advance their careers and is widely recognized as an innovative model for Museum education. Alumni of the program have gone on to highly regarded careers, and after their time at MAD have proceeded to exhibit work at MAD and other major institutions, including the Queens Museum, Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Studio Museum, among others. The MAD Artist Fellowship was introduced in 2016 to support the practice of emerging NYC-based artists from historically underrepresented communities. In 2020, an exclusively virtual residency was introduced to expand the reach of the program to artists and designers across the country. 

Three artists and designers are chosen on a biannual basis for the six-month residency during which they receive a stipend and studio space in the Museum on a weekly basis. In addition to their time in the studio, Artist Studios residents also participate in the Museum's education programs for all ages.

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