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AIRspace Residency for Visual Artists and Curators

Cycle I | September 9, 2017 – December 30, 2017 | 16 Weeks
Cycle II | February 3, 2018 – May 27, 2018 | 16 Weeks

The 2017-2018 online application opens March 24 and closes May 31, 2017. Apply HERE »

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. 


All US and International applicants may apply using our online application process. This program is open to all artists and curators, nationally and internationally, but Abrons Arts Center does not provide any housing, transportation, or visa sponsorship. Applicants living outside New York will have to make their own living and travel arrangements. All accepted applicants must reside in New York City for the duration of the program. Artists or curators enrolled in a school, college or university are not eligible. Collaborative groups may apply but will only receive a single workspace.

Visual Arts Residencies

Ten 16-week residencies are awarded to painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, video or installation artists. Residents must make use of the studio a minimum of 20 hours per week, are required to participate in one free public program during their residency cycle, and include finished artwork in Abrons’ annual AIRspace exhibition.  

Residents work in collective, semi-private studio spaces on the ground level of the Abrons Arts Center located at 466 Grand St, New York, NY. A small shared kiln is available on-site for artists trained in ceramics. The theater production wood shop is available upon scheduled request. Extremely large sculpture and printmaking equipment cannot be accommodated due to space restrictions. AIRspace studios are accessible to residents Monday-Friday 10 AM-10 PM, Saturday 9 AM-10 PM, and Sunday 10 AM-6 PM. Abrons’ facilities are closed on national holidays. 

Curatorial Residency

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/budget assistance, and access to institutional resources. 

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $25(US) is required with each application. This fee covers administrative expenses and costs for the review panel. Payment is due at the time you submit your application electronically.

Application Requirements

  • Name of applicant and contact information
  • Current CV
  • Please tell us why you chose to apply for Abrons’ AIRspace Program. Describe why a studio or curatorial workspace would be valuable at this stage in your career. Is there something specific about Abrons Arts Center that resonates for you? 125 Word Maximum
  • Please describe your studio or curatorial practice. What does your process look like? Are you a collaborative maker or prefer to work independently? What role does research play in your practice? This description should relate to the work samples you are submitting for review. 250 Word Maximum
  • Please describe the work you plan on making during this residency. Do you intend to continue a current interest or explore a new project? For curators this should include detailed exhibition concepts, artists of interest, and potential public programs. 150 Word Maximum
  • Contact information for two references who know your work and can speak to your ability to make good use of this residency
  • 10 work samples (images, audio and video samples are accepted per formats outlined by Slideroom)
  • Residency cycle preference (September 9, 2017 – December 30, 2017; February 3, 2018 – May 27, 2018; Or Either Cycle) 

Selection Process

A panel of Abrons Arts Center staff, AIRspace alum, and outside curators will choose one year-long curatorial resident and ten 16-week visual arts residents for 2017-2018. Applicants are selected based on their portfolio of work and written materials supplied in the application. Finalists will be invited for an in-person or phone interview with AIRspace Director.


You will receive confirmation of your completed and submitted application from SlideRoom.

Notifications to all applicants will be sent via email after the selection panel has made its final decisions by June 23, 2017.



Program Supporters

Abrons’ AIRspace Residency is supported, in part, by public funds from the new york City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the New York City Council. Additional support is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Daniel J. & Edith A. Ehrlich Family Foundation, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, The Thanksgiving Fund, and Barker Welfare Foundation.

“On cold lonely days I think of the time at the Abrons AIRspace I spent in their sun drenched studios that I shared with the tremendous community they cultivate and smile. What a wonderful and lasting advantage it is to have a space and support group gifted to you for the benefit of your art making practice.”

Adam Parker Smith – AIRspace 2013

“My residency at Abrons supported me not only through offering work space, inviting curators to meet residents and giving us an exhibition, but through everyday conversation, care, and humor. Everyone on the staff at Abrons brought a smile to my face every single day. Abrons felt like a family.”

Chelsea Knight – AIRspace 2014

“The AIRspace residency enabled me to start my performance art company – The Moving Company that has been working with me for the past three years. Thanks to the unique mixture of visual and performing arts in Abrons!”

Tamar Ettun – AIRspace 2014