The Abrons’ AIRspace program offers time-based residencies to emerging and mid-career artists and cross-disciplinary curators, providing free workspaces and opportunities to present/exhibit works-in-progress, curate exhibits and performances in the Abrons’ galleries and theaters, and teach in school-based education programs.
Visual Artist Residencies
Abrons Arts Center awards ten visual art residencies to New York City based artists. Residents are provided a free studio for 16-weeks within the Abrons facility, located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Throughout the residency cycle, monthly studio visits are arranged with critics, curators, artists, and other art-workers. A range of career development opportunities are scheduled throughout the residency including public talks, open studios, annual group exhibition, & educational work with Abrons’ Engagement Program. Among the artists selected for the AIRspace program are painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, and video and installation artists. Residents are selected by a juried panel of professional artists, critics, curators, and Abrons Arts Center staff.
AIRspace expanded in 2010 to include a curatorial residency. The awarded applicant receives a shared office space and the opportunity to curate up to three shows in a variety of on-site exhibition spaces. Abrons’ AIRspace Director supports the curatorial residency projects through ongoing dialogue, providing grant writing assistance, and access to institutional resources.
Playwright Residencies: Current Residents
Performing Artist Residencies
The Arts Center offers performance-based artists space, time and support to develop, create, practice and present new work. Residencies can last from one week up to one month. Performance residencies are by invitation only.
StudioLab Teaching Residencies
The Abrons seeks professional visual and performing artists, ideally living in New York City, to teach in school-based art education programs. StudioLab provides students from pre-kindergarten through college with innovative learning experiences in the performing, visual, literary, and media arts. StudioLab is the Abrons’ pioneering approach to school-based arts education. With decades of experience cultivating young artists in classroom environments, StudioLab programs offer unique learning models for students to acquire fundamental arts skills and reflect critically on the “hows” and “whys” of their creative process. Our approach enhances classroom learning, engages students through the exploration of contemporary art forms, and fosters an understanding of the local, global, and cultural issues that affect their lives.
Costume Designers in Residence
The Arts Center offers costume designers, time and support to develop and create new work. Residencies are by invitation only.