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AIRspace Residency for Visual Artists 

Abrons Arts Center annually supports four visual art residencies for New York City based artists. Residents receive a monetary award for their participation in the program, as well as a semi-private studio for nine months at the Abrons facility, located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Throughout the residency cycle, studio visits are arranged with critics, curators, artists and other arts-workers. Additionally, resident artists have opportunities to develop their teaching practices through participation in  Abrons’ Engagement Program. The residency period culminates in a group exhibition in Abrons galleries.

Among the artists selected for the AIRspace program are painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, video and installation artists. Artists with interdisciplinary practices are also encouraged to apply. Residents are selected by a juried panel of professional artists, critics, curators, and Abrons Arts Center staff.

2019-2020 Residency

Applications for our 2019-2020 Performing Artist Residency program open in late Fall 2019 and for our Visual Artist AIRspace Residency program in late Spring 2019. Join our mailing list for updates on application deadlines.


Abrons Arts Center does not provide housing, transportation, or visa sponsorship. Applicants living outside New York City will have to make their own accommodation arrangements. All accepted applicants must reside in New York City for the duration of the program. Artists enrolled in a school, college, or university are not eligible to apply. Collaborative groups are invited to apply and if selected, will receive single workspace.

Residents work in collective, semi-private studio spaces on the ground level of the Abrons Arts Center. A small shared kiln is available on-site for artists trained in ceramics. The theater production wood shop is available upon advanced 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.

Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to provide feedback at this time. 

Questions? Email AbronsAirSpace@henrystreet.org