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

2022-2023 Visual Artist AIRspace Residents 

nina macintosh is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and organizer born and raised in Manhattan (Lenapehoking). Working between film, painting, ceramics, and printmaking, macintosh explores and honors the parallel grief of gentrification and dissociation– ruptures from home, body and land. Key to their practice is also working collaboratively on films to approach healing and collective liberation from different roles.

Emily Manwaring lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Manwaring graduated from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art with a BA in Fine Arts. The influence of New York lives in her paintings and sculptures from depictions of public transportation to the brick buildings that fill the city. With her family being from Trinidad and Haiti, the diaspora is celebrated through the vibrancy of the work. Manwaring’s work focuses on the heartening interactions of everyday life. The works are intimate snapshots of people’s lives, and captures how joy and love is shared with others.

Alex Dolores Salerno is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Informed by queer-crip experience, they work to critique standards of productivity, notions of normative embodiment, the commodification of rest, and 24/7 society. Salerno’s practice incorporates found, used and accumulated objects to depict the materiality of interdependence and reveal tensions between our needs and societal values of self-reliance. Beds and bedding are some of their primary materials which allow them to explore the bed as a site of care, collectivity and protest. Salerno’s practice embraces slowness, and they argue that to celebrate diverse bodyminds requires a reconfiguration of time and value away from capitalist frameworks.

Shirt is a multiform artist from Queens, New York City. Working across rap music, writing, performance, video, photography, painting and sculpture, Shirt’s practice often resembles the interplay between Black Dada, Conceptual Art and Hip-Hop, forming a bricolage of language, sound and object wherein notions of authorship and publics are blurred to create a more expansive readership. Exploring modes of social critique through a deep investment in radical imagination and found practices, Shirt’s work considers ways of unlearning and seeks to propose questions such as: Who gets to be called an artist? and What is considered art?


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.