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. Learn more about our outgoing 2020-2021 Visual Artist AIRspace Residents here.

2021-2022 Visual Artist AIRspace Residents 

Amina Ross is an artist, educator, and life-long learner. Amina makes videos, sculptures, sounds, and situations that consider feeling, body-knowledge, and intimacy as technologies of survival for black queer trans and femme people. Amina has presented work in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, London, Havana, Rotterdam, and The Hague. Amina learned about facilitation, world-building and ritual through their familial practice of Lucumí tradition (Santeria), their work in queer art collectives 3rd Language and F4F and through their time with the black solidarity economics working group Cooperation for Liberation. Amina worked as an educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and was a lecturer at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Amina received their BFA from SAIC and their MFA from the Yale School of Art.

Dhaynne Torres (b. 1997) is a Brooklyn-based artist focusing on drawing and painting. She earned a BFA in Fine Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2019. The artist works with oil pastels, graphite, charcoal, and oil paint. Her work mainly explores loss within Filipino families, the history of a family, the fleeting moments in between, and her present life in New York. The narrative of being born and mostly raised in New York has intertwined with the narrative of her brief childhood in the Philippines. The Visual Artist AIRspace Residency at the Abrons Arts Center will be her first residency program.

Jordan Strafer (b.1990, Miami, FL) is an artist, working primarily in video, based in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from The New School in 2016 and her MFA from Bard College in 2019. She has participated in group exhibitions at The New Museum, New York (2021); Red Tracy, Copenhagen, (2020-21); Housing, New York (2020); SculptureCenter, New York (2020). In 2020-21 she presented a web-based project, No Bag, for Participant Inc’s online platform, Participant After Dark. Her first solo exhibition will be at Participant Inc, New York in 2022.

Red Canary Song is a grassroots collective of Asian & migrant sex workers, organizing transnationally through a labor rights framework and mutual aid. We believe that full decriminalization is necessary for labor organizing and anti-trafficking #RightsNotRaids #SexWorkIsWork


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.