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Artist-in-Residence FAQ

What is the mission of this residency?

The Studio Museum in Harlem offers an eleven-month studio residency for three emerging artists working in any media. The program is designed to serve emerging artists of African and/or Afro-Latinx descent working locally, nationally, or internationally.

When will the 2021–22 Artist-in-Residence program application be available?

The 2021–22 Artist-in-Residence program application is now closed. 

When does the residency begin and end?

The residency is eleven months long, beginning October 18, 2021, and ending September 30, 2022.

Will the Artist-in-Residence program be in person or remote? 

The Museum is actively adapting daily to the many changes that COVID-19 has required for us to safely do our work. Unfortunately, we cannot make a determination about what shape and form the residency will take for the next cohort. That said, the museum encourages people to apply and will continue to be in touch with applicants as circumstances change so that artists can plan accordingly.

Do you accept paper applications or letters of reference? 

No, the application and references must be completed and submitted online via SlideRoom. Paper material sent directly to the Museum will not be reviewed and will result in an incomplete application. 

Do you accept late applications?

We cannot accept applications after the due date.

Is there a fee to apply?

There is no fee to apply to the Artist-in-Residence program.

Do you accept international applicants?

Yes, the program accepts applications from artists working locally, nationally, and internationally. Please note, however, that the Museum cannot provide visas, nor can it sponsor international applicants. All international artists in the residency program must secure their own visas prior to their arrival.

What kinds of documents does the application require?

Two recommendations, a resume (or CV), and an artist statement. No word documents please; these materials should be consolidated into a single PDF file. In addition, you can upload 8–10 images and/or videos.

When will I hear back about my application?

We expect to notify all applicants by summer 2021.

Can I receive feedback about my application?

The Museum receives hundreds of applications per year and, as a result, we are unable to provide individual feedback.

How much does the residency award each artist?

The residency currently awards each artist a stipend of $20,000, paid out on a regular schedule over the course of the year.

Do I have to work in a specific medium to apply?

No. The Museum will accept applications from artists practicing in all mediums.

Do I need to have a specific project in mind before I apply?

No. You can apply with a portfolio of your works previously completed.

Can you tell me if I should apply?

Museum staff cannot advise you on your application.

Is there an education requirement for the residency? 

No, there is no education requirement.

If I have a disability, how will the residency program accommodate me?

The Museum recognizes that not all disabilities are visible and is willing to make accommodations based on the needs of the individual.

Does my application have to be in English?

Yes. The Museum asks that all applicants submit their applications in English.

Who will be reviewing my application?

Members of the Museum’s curatorial team and a selection of external jurors will review applications.

Where should recommendations be submitted?

In an effort to streamline the application review process, we ask that all recommendations be submitted through the SlideRoom reference portal. Artist applicants can send or edit incomplete reference requests through their SlideRoom account. Once this is done, their references will receive an email from SlideRoom with instructions on how to submit their recommendation letter through the portal.

Are recommendation letters required? 

Yes, recommendation letters are required for review of an artist’s application. As a courtesy to your recommenders, the Museum advises applicants reach out to them before adding them into SlideRoom

SlideRoom is not working on my computer.

Please note that the Studio Museum cannot support technical issues on SlideRoom. (We recommend changing internet browsers if you are experiencing issues.) You may contact SlideRoom directly at http://www.slideroom.com/contact.html.

Please email AIRqueries@studiomuseum.org with any additional questions.