Current AIRspace Residents


AIRspace Visual Arts

Abrons Arts Center annually supports AIRspace residencies for 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 up to 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. The residency period culminates in a group exhibition in Abrons galleries.







American Artist is an interdisciplinary artist whose work extends dialectics formalized in Black radicalism and organized labor into a context of networked virtual life. Their practice makes use of video, installation, new media, and writing to reveal historical dynamics embedded within contemporary culture and technology. American Artist’s legal name change serves as the basis of an ambivalent practice—one of declaration: by insisting on the visibility of blackness as descriptive of an american artist, and erasure: anonymity in virtual spaces where “American Artist” is an anonymous name, unable to be googled or validated by a computer as a person’s name.

American attended the Whitney Independent Study program as an artist, and has been a resident at Eyebeam. They have exhibited at The Kitchen (New York), the Studio Museum in Harlem, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and have participated in group shows internationally. They have published writing in The New Inquiry and New Criticals and have had work featured in Mousse, ARTnews, AQNB, and Huffington Post. American is a co-founder of the arts and politics publication unbag. [website]







Sasha Wortzel is an artist and filmmaker living and working in New York City. Working in film/video and installation, Wortzel often blends documentary techniques, found footage, and fictional narratives to explore the ways that structures of power shape our lives around race, gender, sexuality, and place. Wortzel has exhibited and screened work at the New Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Hirshhorn Museum, The Kitchen, BAM Cinematek, Berlinale,  UnionDocs, Leslie Lohman Museum, and A.I.R. Gallery. Their work has been supported by Art Matters, the Astraea Foundation’s Global Arts Fund, and she was recently awarded a 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in film/video. Wortzel was a 2016-2017 participant in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace program and a 2012-2013 fellow of filmmaker in Queer/Art/Mentorship program. Wortzel’s work has been featured by the New York Times, New York Magazine, Artforum, Art in America, and The Nation. They received an MFA from Hunter College. [website]










Tuesday Smillie is a visual artist, living and working in New York. At the core of her work is a question about the individual and the group: the binary of inclusion and exclusion and the porous membrane between the two. Recently she has shown at the New Museum, Participant Inc., the Rubin Museum, and Artist Space. Smillie has a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Rose Art Museum, coinciding with her reception of the Perlmutter Artist-in-Residence Award. In 2014 she was inaugurated as the Museum of Transgender History & Art’s first Resident Artist. She was also a 2014 Art Matters grantee. Her work has been featured in ArtForum, New York Magazine, Art News and VISION Magazine. [website]








Emilio Martinez Poppe is a New York based visual artist working in sculpture, installation, video, performance, web design, and participatory projects. Their work explores forms of knowledge exchange and how the interfaces that host these movements affect the ways in which groups work together. Emilio earned a BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art and was a recipient of the SOMA+CU 2016 Scholarship for research in Mexico City. Emilio has exhibited their work at the Queens Museum, CUE Art Foundation, Flux Factory, The Cooper Union, and Pratt Institute in New York; Framer Framed, Side Room, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, and Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, in Amsterdam, NL. They have been an artist in residence at Pratt Institute’s Project Third, a participant in the EmergeNYC program at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, a Create Change Fellow at The Laundromat Project, and a member of NEW INC at the New Museum. Emilio is currently enrolled in The Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program and is a contributor to BFAMFAPhD. [website]


AIRspace Performance (Supported by The Jerome Foundation)

With support from The Jerome Foundation, a cohort of up to four early career performing artists are annually invited to participate in our Jerome Foundation AIRspace Residency for Performing Artists. Jerome AIRspace artists receive two hundred hours of fully subsidized studio time in any of our performance studios and theaters, production residencies that guarantee at least one week exclusive theater access, as well a commission for a new work to be presented at Abrons as part of our performance season.








NIC Kay is trans disciplinary artist working with and through performance. Their work has been presented in Europe and the United States. NIC attended Professional Performing Artist School in (2007) and NYU Hemispheric Institute EMERGENYC (2009). NIC has been a Chances Dances – Marc Aguhar Memorial Grant  (2015) and Movement Research Van Lier Fellow awardee (2017). Their work lil BLK was presented in American Realness 2018. NIC was also a performance artist in residence at the Museum of Art Design and a resident artist at Pioneer Works (NY) in 2018. [website]







Morgan Bassichis is a comedic performer whose shows have been described as “out there” (by Morgan’s mother) and “super intense” (by Morgan). Morgan’s recent projects include a collaborative musical adaptation of Larry Mitchell and Ned Asta’s 1979 fairytale-manifesto “The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions” at the New Museum, and “More Protest Songs!” at Danspace Project. Morgan has presented work at Artists Space, Poetry Project, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Recess, and the Whitney Museum, and lives in New York City. [website]










Jonathan González initiates questions of corporeality to compose materials and choreographies as they relate to economies of creative labor, black non-life, and abstraction. Works have been presented among others by Danspace Project, Museum of Modern Art, and La MaMa.










Ashley R.T. Yergens is a byproduct of growing up on tater tots and WWE SmackDown. He’s a 2018-2019 Jerome Foundation AIRspace Resident at Abrons Arts Center, where his first evening-length performance prettygirl264264 will premiere in November 2018. Please text your favorite emoji combination to him at (507)412-1381. [website]


AIRspace Curatorial

AIRspace Curatorial Residency supports interdisciplinary curators in the conceptual and producorial development of their ideas. During their nine month residency period, the resident curator(s) receives a shared office space at Abrons, and the opportunity to curate exhibitions and public engagements that are presented as part of Abrons’ season programming.

Christian Camacho-Light is a curator and writer based in New York. Recent exhibitions include Lourdes Correa-Carlo: Intended Trajectories, Knockdown Center, Queens, NY (2017); Stage 6: Lourdes Correa-Carlo, Down-Below, International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY (2016); and Standard Forms, Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2016). They are currently a 2017-2018 AIRspace curator-in-residence at Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY. They hold an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, and a BA in Art History from Vassar College. [website]

Alexis Wilkinson is a mover and a curator working across dance, performance, and visual art. Recent curatorial projects include A Collection of Slow Events at The Luminary, MO (2017), In Practice: Material Deviance at SculptureCenter, NY (2017), objects are slow events at the Hessel Museum, NY (2016), and Matter to Whom? at the Judd Foundation, NY (2015). Wilkinson is the Director of Exhibitions and Live Art at Knockdown Center in Queens, NY, where she programs and organizes interdisciplinary exhibitions, performances, and events. Previously, she was the 2017 Curatorial Fellow at SculptureCenter, New York, and has held research and administrative roles at the New Museum, New York and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Wilkinson holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and a BA in Art History, Cultural Studies, and Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles. [website]

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.