Visual Artist AIRspace Residency

The Visual Artist AIRspace Residency annually supports four New York City-based visual 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 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Throughout the residency cycle, studio visits are arranged with critics, curators, artists, and other arts-workers. The residency period culminates in a group exhibition in Abrons galleries.

For more information about the Visual Artist AIRspace Residency and application deadlines, please visit the Apply to AIRspace page.

2019-2020 Visual Artist AIRspace Residents 

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.‘s (b. 1993, Long Island) photographic works visualize moments of contemplation, self-possession, and intimacy. By privileging the interiority of individuals and communing groups, my work is invested in how people make space and less how they become clear to others.

Arisleyda Dilone is a filmmaker, writer, actor and multilingual translator. Her films are rooted in capturing extemporaneous conversations through a tender lens. In 2015, Arisleyda completed Mami y Yo y Mi Gallito/Mom and Me and My Little Rooster (16′) which screened at BAM (Brooklyn Arts Museum), New Orleans Film Festival, Harvard University, and Mercer Union to name a few and Two White Cars (22′) in 2018. She has been awarded fellowships at UnionDocs Documentary Art Center, Queer Art Mentorship Program, and residencies at Squeaky Wheel Media and MacDowell Colony. Arisleyda is currently working on a feature length documentary about her intersex body and the construction of femininity in her Dominican-American family. She is a member of Diverse  Filmmakers Alliance, Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and Ay Ombe Theater.

Alicia Mersy (b. Montreal, Canada, 1988) is an artist and filmmaker of Lebanese/French origin who lives and works in New York. Her work uses the camera to connect to people and to the divine, nurturing her heart through theirs. Her work explores decolonial aesthetics and political resistance through digital culture, art, documentary and technology. She is the co-founder of the art office Malaxa. Her work has been exhibited internationally including at Institute of Contemporary Art: ICA, London (2017); Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv (2016) and Migros Museum, Zurich (2019).

Charisse Pearlina Weston is a conceptual artist and writer whose practice is grounded in a deep material investigation of poetics and the uses of the autobiographical, photography, glass, and installation in the service of black people. Her work combines disparate text, sound, images and transparent materials to highlight the violability and potentiality of blackness, of black female sexuality, and of their capacity to destabilize meaning. Her work has been shown at Project Row Houses, Unit 5 (Praz-Devallade Gallery, L.A.), Garden LA, among other venues. She has received awards from Artadia, the Dallas Museum of Art, and is a recipient of the 2019 Dedalus Post-MFA Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture. She holds a MFA in Studio Art with a Critical Theory Emphasis from the University of California-Irvine and will participate in the Whitney Independent Study Program (2019-2020).


Abrons Arts Center’s Visual Artist AIRspace residencies are made possible through the generosity of The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.