Visual Artist AIRspace Residency

Abrons Arts Center’s Visual Artist AIRspace Residency annually supports 4 New York City-based visual artists. Visual Artist AIRspace Residents receive a stipend  and a semi-private studio for up to nine months at Abrons. To foster critical and professional development, studio visits are arranged with critics, curators, artists and other arts professionals throughout the residency cycle. The residency period culminates in a group exhibition in Abrons’ galleries.

The application for our 2022-2023 Visual Artist AIRspace Residency program went live on April 11, 2022 and is now closed. Learn more about the application process and eligibility requirements below.



Program Components:

$3,000 unrestricted stipend for their participation in the program
• Semi-private studio (6′ x 12′ with 12′ ceilings) for nine months at Abrons, located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
30 hours of free studio time in Abrons’ dance studios and theaters
Bi-monthly studio visits with critics, curators, artists, and other arts professionals  throughout the residency cycle
Group exhibition in Abrons’ galleries in our Spring 2023 season (June – August 2023) curated by Abrons’ Curatorial AIRspace Resident

Eligibility Requirements:

• Artists must be New York City based and living within the 5 boroughs at the time of application submission and during the residency period.
• Abrons does not provide Visa sponsorship.
• Artists enrolled in a school, college, or university during the residency period are not eligible to apply.
• Collaborative groups are invited to apply. If selected, they will receive one studio and share in all program components including stipend.
• Curators who are enrolled in degree-granting programs or will be students during the residency period are not eligible to apply.
• 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. Applicants should closely review the Abrons Arts Center Mission Statement and Declaration of Inclusion before applying for the Residency.

Due to the high volume of applications received, we will not provide feedback to applicants at this time.

Application Timeline:

• Application goes live: April 11, 2022
• Application Deadline: May 8, 2022 @ 11:59PM ET
• Applicants Notified: June 2022
• Studio Move-in: September 6, 2022
• Studio Move-out: June 30, 2023
• Exhibition: June – August 2023

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 support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.