Visual AIRspace Residency

2019-2020 Residency Application


  • A $1000 unrestricted stipend for participation in the program
  • Semi-Private Studio for 9 months at Abrons in the Lower East Side of Manhattan
  • Studio visits with critics, curators, artists, and other arts-workers
  • Teaching opportunities through Abrons’ Engagement Program
  • Group Exhibition at the end of the Residency

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. Collaborative groups are invited to apply. Artists enrolled in a school, college, or university are not eligible to apply. Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to provide feedback to applicants at this time.

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. A program of the historic Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Arts Center is committed to the belief that artistic practice is key to a socio-politically engaged and healthy society. As such, we place value on critical inquiry with ideas and aesthetic traditions. We are intent on co-creating a community with AIRspace residents who value situating their practices within the rich histories of the Lower East Side, and who demonstrate a commitment to political and cultural equity.

Our Spaces

The Abrons Arts Center is a 40,000 square foot facility with three theaters, an amphitheater, three galleries, five performance studios, six semi-private visual arts studios, four visual arts classrooms and seven music classrooms. These sites are available to resident artists on a daily basis for rehearsal, research, and development.

Applications go live: April 22, 2019
Application deadline: May 22, 2019, 11:59PM
Applicants notified of Status: July 19th, 2019
Studio Move in: September 9, 2019
Studio Move out: June 12, 2020






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]