Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship
Who: Artists working in photography and photo-based art
When: Deadline is May 18, 2012
How Much: Up to $10,000

Eligibility requirements for this grant state that applicants are judged “on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium in its widest sense.” In other words, for those who are working professionals, and have both an extensive resume and portfolio, this award geared towards you. Just keep in mind you’ll be up against an esteemed panel of judges that have ranged from David Levi Strauss, Chair of the MFA Art Criticism & Writing program at SVA to Elizabeth Biondi, critic for the New Yorker.

Notable Grantees: Penelope Umbrico, Gregory Crewdson

[Fine Print]: Not available for students or recent IPF recipients, and you must apply online.


Asian Cultural Council Individual Grant
Who: Asian artists
When: Deadline is November 1
How Much: Not typically exceeding $10,000

The Asian Cultural Council is by far one of the most dedicated organizations giving to Asian artists who are looking for funding to conduct research, study, receive special training, and pursue art in non-commercial settings, either in the United States or countries in Asia. The council gives money for anyone in the fields of Archaeology, Art History, Crafts, Dance, New Media, Painting/Sculpture/Installation, and more.

[Fine Print]: Grants vary in duration, from one month to one year, and the amounts can vary as well. Some fields not funded include publications, individual artist exhibitions, or performance tours, as well as undergraduate or secondary school study.


Who: Contemporary lesbian visual artists working in sculpture, painting, prints, mixed media, and works on paper
When: Date not available for 2013 yet
How Much: $2,500

Each year three grants are given, two of which are supported by an endowed gift from Joan Watts, a founding member and artist. Glittery portraitist Mickalene Thomas was a panelist for 2008/2009.

[Fine Print]: Candidates must show a commitment to social-justice feminism.


The Awesome Foundation For the Arts and Sciences
Who: The awesome amongst us
When: Awarded monthly. Applications are rolling.
How Much: $1,000

The Awesome Foundation is a loose network of small-time philanthropists who award $1,000 micro-grants to people with certifiably awesome ideas every month. Chapters consist of 10 trustees who each donate $100. The project can be artistic, scientific, and/or social in nature. Previous “awesome” projects have included a giant hammock in Boston, a mushroom farm made out of phone books in Ottawa, and a portable pipe organ.

[Fine Print]: None — this grant is that awesome.


Brooklyn Arts Council Grants
Who: G train enthusiasts
When: Annually, deadline in late summer
How Much: $1,700 to $2,100 on average.

Are you a Brooklyn-based artist looking to live, work, and show work in the county of Kings? Look no further than the Brooklyn Arts Council. The BAC offers a slew of project-based grants that fund art with a public component. Funded projects include theater and dance productions, musical concerts, gallery exhibitions, curatorial projects, public art installations, films, screenings, and workshops. Plus, your odds of getting money aren’t too shabby: 30 to 40 percent of applicants receive funding at some level.

[Fine Print]: Artists must reside in Brooklyn. Proof of residency is required with all applications.

The CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography
Who: Canadian and American photographers who have never published a book
When: Biennially. Submissions accepted from June 15 to September 15, 2012
How Much: $3,000

This prestigious award is so special, it only happens once every two years. Sponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and the Honickman Foundation, the First Book Prize is selected by a distinguished photography professional. Past judges have included Robert Adams, Maria Morris Hambourg, Robert Frank, Mary Ellen Mark, William Eggleston, and Deborah Willis. Winners receive a $3,000 stipend, publication of the book, and an exhibition at the Rubenstein Library Gallery at Duke University.

[Fine Print]: Applicants must pay a $65 application fee.


College Art Association Professional Development Grant
Who: Students
When: Annually. Applications will be available in May.
How Much: $5,000

The College Art Association’s (CCA) Professional-Development Fellowships offers awards to aspiring artists and art historians currently enrolled in MFA and PhD programs. The transition from school to “the real world” can be tough. Fortunately, the CCA is there to cushion the blow with unrestricted grants of $5,000, free one-year CAA membership, and complimentary registration to the CCA’s Annual Conference where you can network with fellow strivers.

Notable Grantees: Mary Reid Kelley, LaToya Ruby Frazer

[Fine Print]: Applicants must receive their MFA or PhD degree in the calendar year following the year of application.

Creative Capital Grants
Who: Artists with “adventurous projects” in any discipline
When: Deadline is March 1, awards given on January 13
How Much: Valued at $90,000; up to $50,000 in fiscal award money and career development services valued at $40,000

The non-profit organization’s mission statement is as abstract as many of its ambitious artists, claiming to look for artists “who create artistically omnivorous work.” For artists whose projects may not have a home for funding elsewhere, this is one of the best deals you could possibly imagine. Creative Capital is the only national grantmaking organization with an open application process that has such a wide variety of grantees from different areas. The program is multi-year and also provides advisory support designed to see proposals through to their end successfully. The grant cycle is every three years, rotating the fields it funds annually.

Notable Grantees: Kerry Tribe, Theaster Gates, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Natalie Bookchin, Zoe Leonard, Suzanne Lacy, Cory Arcangel, Nick Cave, Rebecca Solnit, Janine Antoni

[Fine Print]: Must be at least 25 years old, a working artist with at least five years professional experience, a U.S. citizen or legal resident, and not a full-time student.


John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award
Who: Mid-career artists, writers, scientists, and scholars
When: Deadline is September 15 annually.
How Much: varies. Last year’s average was $37,000

The Guggenheim Foundation, founded by senator Simon Guggenheim in memory of his son, John, who died as a teenager, awards fellowships to artists and intellectuals who have “demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” Out of the 3,500 to 4,000 applications they receive per year, the foundation dolls out approximately 220 fellowships.

Notable Grantees: Vito Acconci, Carl Andre, Eleanor Antin, Michael Asher, John Baldessari, George Grosz, Hans Haacke, Michael Heizer, Robert Irwin, Donald Judd, Kalup Linzy, Chris Martin, Hélio Oiticica, Dennis Oppenheim, Yvonne Rainer, Cindy Sherman, Eve Sussman, Bill Viola, Nari Ward, Lawrence Weiner, Doug Wheeler, Hannah Wilke, and Sue Williams

[Fine Print]: Applications must be geared towards a specific project.


The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant
Who: Painters who are 45 or older
When: Application materials become available August 1st, 2012
How Much: $5,000 to $30,000

The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation awards grants to painters are 45 or older who demonstrate financial need. Applications are judged anonymously; and there are no reporting requirements or stipulations on how the prize money is spent.

[Fine Print]: The application must be either hand-delivered or sent via snail mail (you know those crazy 45-plus types!) Grant recipients are required to follow PAAM’s Credit and Publicity Requirements, whatever those might be.


Library Fellows’ Award, National Museum of Women in the Arts
Who: Women who want to publish an artist book
When: Deadline is June 30th, 2012
How Much: Varies

Low and behold, there is money out there for very specific projects and mediums, artist books is among them. This award is given to women with artist book projects to be published in limited editions of 125 copies. Each fellow will receive a copy of the book and the grantees keep 25 copies. The books that are sold provide funds for the library and research center.

[Fine Print]: In order to maintain your position as a Library Fellow you are required to meet once annually, along with the other fellows, to review and discuss proposals from artists, and contribute $1,200 each year.


National Association of Latino Arts & Culture Grants
Who: Emerging to established Latino artists
When: Deadline is January 1
How Much: Project Grant, $1,000-$10,000; Fellowships, $1,000-$5,000; Master Artist Grant $10,000-$20,000

The guidelines for application breakdown the review criteria for grantees in percentages, placing the greatest emphasis on artistic merit and funding impact. NALAC provides several grants for artists, ranging in award amount and grantee focus. The Project Grant gives equipment, funds for research and travel and professional career development, and is geared towards the development of a specific body of work. The Fellowship is meant for artists whose work impacts the Latino arts directly and intended to recognize an existing body of work, while also providing assistance for the hiring of assistants, cost of documentation, and living expenses. Finally, the Master Artist Grant, which is the largest award, is designed for established Latino artists and asks the individual to act as a mentor to another artist on a specific project.

[Fine Print]: Lots of requirements based on the specific grant, ranging from at least 10 years experience (to count as a "master artist") to letters of commitment from other artists and organizations for the fellowship application. You must also be a member of NALAC to apply for any grant.

Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Fellowship
Who: Emerging Native American artists
When: Deadline is June 21, 2012
How Much: Up to $20,000

Awards for the 2011/2012 cycle reached $100,000 in total and went to artists across the many branches of fine art, including literature, music, dance, film, visual arts, and traditional arts. Fellows who receive the $20,000 awards are not given restrictions and, in addition to funding, are allocated time for study and experimentation in their field. The Foundation gave its first visual arts fellowship to Alan Michaels (Mohawk) this past year, a conceptual artist from New York City.

[Fine Print]: Each area has specific restrictions for applications. For instance, those applying for film must have already completed a feature-length narrative or documentary film. Literature applicants are for writers of fiction or poetry. In addition, Native artists must be acknowledged as American Indian by federally and state recognized U.S. tribes, Native Alaskan, or Native Hawaiian.


NEA Art Works Grant
Who: American Artists
When: deadline August 9th, 2012
How Much: between $10,000 and $100,000

Despite years of partisan budget slashes, the National Endowment for the Arts still offers big grants to artists working on ambitious and (sometimes) socially engaged projects. The NEA encourages four “outcomes”: Creation, Engagement, Learning, and Livability. Applicants must pick the category that resonates most strongly with their proposed projects.

[Fine Print]: The Art Works category does not fund direct grants to individuals. Applicants must apply through a subsidiary organization.


New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship
Who: Artists, writers, musicians, and filmmakers living and working in the state of New York
When: annually
How Much: $7,000

The holy grail of artist grants for New York City artists, the NYFA Fellowship are cash awards given to artists working in various disciplines. These grants are for unrestricted use, meaning you can spend the dough however you like. Applications are accepted in five categories each year.

Notable Grantees: Jennifer Egan, Zhou Long, Doug Aitken, Junot Diaz; Todd Haynes, Barbara Kruger, Spike Lee, Christian Marclay,Marilyn Minter. Lynn Nottage, Julie Taymor

[Fine Print]: Check to make sure grants are currently offered in your medium, as they change every year.


New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artists Grants
Who: Artists supported through non-profit organizations
When: Not available for 2013 yet
How Much: No less than $2,500

NYSCA grants offer support for artist projects to create new work in architecture, planning and design, dance, electronic media, film, and many other categories. Whether you are an emerging or established artist, if you are backed by a non-profit organization you can receive generous funding from the state of New York to make some art.

[Fine Print]: The grantee must be a New York state resident for a minimum of two years with proof. There is a three-request limit.


The Pollock-Krasner Foundation
Who: Painters, sculptors, printmakers, drawers
When: No deadlines
How Much: $5,000 to $20,000 depending on the individual circumstances of the artist

Established by Lee Krasner, the Abstract Expressionist painter and widow of Jackson Pollock, the Pollock-Krasner foundation gives grants to artists year-round on a rolling basis. Applicants must demonstrate both artistic talent and and financial need.

Notable Grantees: Aziz & Cucher, Zoe Leonard, Valerie Hegarty, Jane Benson, Alyson Shotz, Thornton Willis, John Beech

[Fine Print]: In order to be considered, applicants must be currently showing their recent work in exhibition spaces, galleries, and/or museums.

Who: Early career African American artists
When: Awarded in December
How Much: $25,000

With the list of top-tier alumni who have received this prize, this could be one of the premier awards for African-American artists. The William H. Johnson Prize is awarded annually to an early-career African American artist, with "early career" interpreted loosely to mean that artists may apply up to 12 years after finishing their academic studies, or working independently as artists without degrees for that period. It also appears if you don’t get it the first time, you can apply again.

Notable Grantees: Sanford Biggers, Kori Newkirk with Kalup Linzy, and Mark Bradford honored as finalists.

[Fine Print]: If you are past the 12-year mark, you’re not eligible to apply anymore.


Xeric Foundation Grants for Comic Self-Publishers
Who: Self-publishing comic book artists
When: February 29, 2012
How Much: Generally not exceeding $5,000

This non-profit corporation was founded by co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Planet Racers, Peter Laird to assist independent publishers and creators of comic books. The format for work is flexibly defined as “art in a deliberate narrative sequence,” and as long as you are not publishing with another company, even if you are part of an artist/writer team, you are eligible. Grants can be used for physical production or distribution or work as long as it is previously unpublished (it's fine if its been online).

[Fine Print]: Grants cannot be used for promotional materials like t-shirts or stickers, art supplies, bills, living expenses, or computer equipment. Financial information is required and considered although grants are not given solely based on need.



USA PROJECTS (crowd funding for regional cultural council grant recipients)

Hatchfund (crowd funding)

Kickstarter (crowd funding)

Fractured Atlas (Fiscal Sponsor) (Grant Directory subscription and newsletter)


Guggenheim Foundation (public art funding) (video project funding) (fellowship/residency) (public art funding)

A Room of Her Own Foundation

Aaron Siskind Foundation (Photo Grant)

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Grant

Artists' Fellowship Inc (Hardship-based grants)

Astraea Foundation

Black Rock Arts Foundation

CEC Artslink Foundation

Rauschenberg Foundation

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts






Visual Aids


A BLADE OF GRASS (Socially Engaged Artist Grants)



18th Street Arts Center
Who: Local and International emerging artists
When: Visiting Residency 1-3 months; Mid-Term Residency 1 or more years; Long-term Residency varies
Where: Santa Monica, California
Notable Alums: Suzanne Lacy

The Santa Monica Center (once the headquarters of High Performance Magazine) has been in existence since 1988, and has a mission to "provoke public dialogue through contemporary ART making," offering the three options listed above for would-be participants. The Visiting Artist Residency hosts 16 to 20 emerging to mid-career artists, chosen annually, who are funded through partner organizations or self-funded. Travel costs and stipends are accomodated. Artists are given live/work studios through the center, as well as equipment and representation on the Web site.

[Fine Print]: While the Mid-Term Residencies may provide more space for a longer period of time, they are not funded and only offer live/work day studios for rent. Still, the prices are subsidized at below market value, from $1-2 per square foot, and between 400-1,000 square feet.


Who: Emerging Artists in all areas of visual art
When: Five weeks between January and February
Where: Newark, New Jersey

One of the rare institutions with an open application process, the Newark Museum offers artists a stipend of $1,300 and access to fibers, metals, and a mixed-use studio, as well as access to the museum collections, special exhibitions, educational loan collection, and library. Participating artists will may act as jurors for the next year’s selections.

[Fine Print]: For the duration of the residency, artists are considered museum staff and must abide by staff hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Who: Emerging to mid-career artists
When: Three weeks
Where: New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Notable Master Alums: Radcliffe Bailey, Will Cotton, Rineke Dijkstra, Mark Dion, Carsten Nicolai, Rob Pruitt, James Siena, Thomas Struth

A mentoring program that pairs notable master artists with chosen associate artists to work closely for two hours a day, five days a week, with 24-hour access to studios and equipment. Since residencies are not product-driven, time can be spent on previously existing or new projects.

[Fine Print]: $850 non-refundable residency fee, $25 application fee, provided partial financial aid based on available funds.


Who: Non-student artists
When: Residencies last between six weeks and three months. 
Where: Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha might not be an internationally recognized arts destination (yet!), but the artist-run Bemis Center Residency sweetens the pot with a generous and flexible package to artists: a palatial live/work studio housed in a refurbished warehouse, a $750 monthly stipend, and access to on-site facilities.

[Fine Print]: $40 application fee. Bemis fellows are obliged to present a 20-minute presentation or performance of their work. At the end of the residency, artists are also asked to donate an artwork that represents their experience at the center.


Chinati Foundation
Who: Emerging to established artists of any age, background, and discipline
When: The dates and duration of the residency are flexible, but usually last between two and three months.
Where: Marfa, Texas
Notable Alums: Christoper Wool, Rita Ackermann, Ellen Altfest, Steve Roden, Mark Flood, Adam Helms, Charline von Heyl, Matthew Day Jackson

Founded by Donald Judd in 1979, the Chinati Foundation provides resident artists a furnished apartment on the museum's grounds, a private studio in the sleepy town of Marfa, and a stipend of $1,000 to pursue their self-directed projects. Resident artists also have unlimited access to the museum’s collection and archive. A museum exhibition of the artist’s work takes place at the end of the residency.

[Fine Print]: Check under the bed for rattlesnakes and scorpions.


Who: Emerging writers, visual artists, and musicians
When: Any four and six week period between the middle of May and the middle of October
Where: Montauk, New York

Founded in 1967 by dramatist Edward Albee, the eponymous foundation maintains the William Flanagan Memorial Creative Persons Center. Commonly known as "The Barn," the center is a modest communal environment for writers, painters, sculptors, and composers. Visual artists are provided a studio space in addition to a bedroom.

[Fine Print]: The foundation offers no stipend. Residents must provide for their food, travel, and miscellaneous expenses. It’s a two-mile walk to the beach.


Who: Emerging artists with a new media focus or collectives with up to three members
When: Five-month residency; Eleven-month fellowship residency
Where: New York, New York
Notable Alums: Cory Arcangel, Sanford Biggers, Scott Patterson, Marina Zurkow, Rashaad Newsome

Either individually or as a collective, residents participating in the five-month program are awarded a $5,000 stipend in three installments to complete projects and use the resources of Eyebeam. There are no attendance requirements, and artists are given 24/7 access to the building. Participants of the eleven-month fellowship program are awarded $30,000 and in addition to their projects will lead public seminars, exhibitions, educational programming, and are an integral part of Eyebeam's research groups.

[Fine Print]: Artists must already have the skills necessary to complete their projects or be able to obtain them independently, as there is no technical assistance available. There are no private studios and residents share a communal lab with desks, storage cabinets and other shared facilities. Fellows are asked to spend at least four workdays at Eyebeam during business hours.


Fire Island Artist Residency
Who: Emerging queer artists
When: Summer
Where: Fire Island, New York
Notable Alums: A.K. Burns

In its second year this residency has already set a prestigious precedent — its inaugural selections were made by AA Bronson and Bill Arning. Visiting artists during the summer included Nayland Blake and Lyle Ashton Harris. Amenities include free live/work space in a converted beach house, a meal stipend, studio visits with renowned queer artists, and visiting artist talks. This year jurors will be Dan Cameron, senior curator of the Orange County Museum of Art, and artist Marlene McCarty.

[Fine Print]: $25 application fee


Kansas City International Residency Program
Who: Priority given to international artists who have never work in the US, although U.S.-based artists are welcome to apply.
When: One to three months
Where: Kansas City, Missouri
Notable Alums: Alicia Candiani

A unique program for mid-career international artists for immersion in Kansas City’s burgeoning art scene, the Kansas City Artists Coalition hosts a maximum of five artists with private rooms and shared studio space for one to three months.

[Fine Print]: While the program is mostly for international artists, you must be able to speak English. Rooms and studios are not funded by the program but are available by contracts with fees.


Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace
Who: Emerging non-student artists working in a range of disciplines and genres. Writers are also eligible.
When: The nine-month residency lasts from September to May.
Where: Lower Manhattan, New York, New York
Notable Alums: Olek, Latoya Ruby Frazer, Simone Leigh, Mary Mattingly, Alison Ward, Rashaad Newsome, Liz Magic Laser, Kate Gilmore, “Work of Art” contestant Trong Nguyen

Workspace transforms temporarily vacant lower Manhattan office spaces into studios for visual artists. The grantees are awarded private or semi-private studios in downtown Manhattan, a one-time stipend of $1,000, and free publicity in the form of online features and open studios. Workspace residents also have the opportunity to apply for visiting artist status at SVA, NYU, and Harvestworks.

[Fine Print]: Workspace residents are responsible for their own housing. Since studio spaces are not medium specific, artists must also provide their own tools. If accepted, international participants are responsible for their own visa, travel, living, and housing expenses, and arrangements.


Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space
Who: Visual artists and performers with at least three years of experience in their field who wish to execute a short-term project in an unconventional space.
When: Residencies last five months.
Where: Lower Manhattan and Governors Island, New York, New York
Notable Alums: “Work of Art” champion Kymia Nawabi
Workspace's more inclusive sister program, Swing Space provides artists and performers free space to carry out short-term projects. Visual artists are placed in studios on Governors Island for five months, while performing arts projects are given rehearsal space in Lower Manhattan for up to 250 hours.

[Fine Print]: Swing Space does not provide any production support or stipend.


MacDowell Colony
Who: Emerging and Established Artists
When: Five to eight weeks typically
Where: Peterborough, New Hampshire
Notable Alums: Faith Ringgold, Meredith Monk, Willa Cather, Jeffrey Eugenides, E.L. Doctorow, Jonathan Franzen, Janet Fish, Studs Terkel, Michael Chabon

The first artist colony in the U.S., MacDowell has a long list of accomplished alumni from across the arts. Isolated cozy studios are spread over the grounds, and artists are greeted with hand-delivered picnic basket lunches each day. Annually, 250 artists complete residencies that are fully paid for by the not-for-profit colony, sharing space and producing work communally. Living space and studios are provided — all studios also have attached bathrooms, beds, and some boast showers.

[Fine Print]: No phone or Internet access in studios and artists must provide their own materials.


MAK Center Artists and Architects
Who: Young international artists and architects/students of architecture
When: Early March
Where: Los Angeles, California
Awarded twice yearly to two artists and two architects, the MAK-Schindler Scholarship offers six-month residency at the historic Mackey Apartments in L.A., designed by iconic architect Rudolf Schindler. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture of the Republic of Austria alongside the MAK-Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Vienna, artists receive a monthly stipend, support of the museum staff, numerous networking opportunities, a public exhibition, and a place in the MAK Center archives.

[Fine Print]: The focus of independent projects is to explore the relationship between art and architecture within the city of Los Angeles.


National Park Service Residencies
Who: Emerging and established artists
When: Varies depending on residency
Where: Parks across the United States

Who knew that the National Park Service has 42 existing artist-in-residence programs spread throughout the country, ranging from month-long live/work experiences at Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton, Connecticut to the former Japanese internment camps of Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence, California! The NPS has three models of A-I-R programs: "Volunteers-in-Parks" requires artists to volunteer by presenting a program or demonstration for the public; "Partnerships" require a non-for-profit and the park combine to provide the resources for the residency; and the "Paid Staff" option involves hiring artists as seasonal employees to create public works or programming.

[Fine Print]: All the programs and locations are different. Less than 10 percent of the programs provide studio space or stipend.


Who: Emerging artists (summer residency open to arts faculty only)
When: Fall Residency is September 2-October 6, 2012 ; Summer Residency is June 3-August 18th
Where: Saugatuck, Michigan
Notable Alums: Richard Artschwager, Nancy Spero, Jerry Saltz, Claes Oldenburg, Joan Mitchell, Nick Cave

One of the oldest and most prestigious art schools in the U.S., Ox-bow is located on an idyllic 115-acre property of farmland, marshes, and dunes. A mecca for recent BFA grads, Ox-Bow’s Residency Program offers a two-to-five week residency in the fall as well as a two-week summer residency open to arts faculty only. Evenings feature slide lectures, studio visits, and other arts programming.

[Fine Print]: The program costs $250 per week, though scholarships are awarded to 10 artists who demonstrate financial need.


Studio Museum in Harlem
Who: Artists of African and/or Latino descent.
When: Residencies begin in late September and continue for eleven months.
Where: New York, New York
Notable Alums: David Hammons, Alison Saar, Maren Hassinger, Stanford Biggers, Julie Mehretu, Kehinde Wiley, Mikalene Thomas, Kira Lynn Harris, Simone Leigh, Clifford Owens

Every year, the Studio Museum offers three 11-month studio residencies to emerging artists of color working in any media. Selected residents are awarded free studio space, a $20,000 fellowship, plus a $1,000 stipend for materials. Artists have 24/7 access to the Museum's third-floor studios. At the end of the residency, the artists’ work is presented in the Museum.

[Fine Print]: Artists must secure their own housing. They are expected to work in the studio a minimum of 20 hours per week and participate in open studios and public programs.


Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture
Who: Emerging artists over the age of 21. An academic background in studio art is not required.
When: June through August, annually. The application deadline in November
Where: Madison, Maine
Notable Alumni: Alex Katz, Eve Sussman, Dana Schutz, Kalup Linzy, Clifford Owens, Ellsworth Kelly, William King, Nancy Graves, and Janet Fish

Sixty-five participants are accepted annually to this prestigious and intensive nine-week summer residency taught by resident and visiting faculty artists. This rigorous program includes one-on-one critiques, faculty lectures, and -- allegedly -- rigorous partying.

[Fine Print]: Tuition is $5,500, although partial fellowships are available those who demonstrate need.


Smack Mellon
Who: Non-student artists
When: Eleven-month residency from May to March.
Where: Brooklyn, New York
Notable Alums: Liz Magic Laser, Jennifer Dalton, Patty Chang, Yoko Inoue, Sharon Hayes

Launched in 2000 in response to the dearth of affordable work-spaces for emerging artists in New York City, the Smack Mellon Studio Program provides visual artists working in any media a $5,000 stipend and a private studio in a renovated industrial building between Brooklyn's burgeoning haute-hipster enclave, Dumbo.

[Fine Print]: Resident artists are responsible for their own housing. The $5,000 stipend is “dependent upon funding.” Some of the studios don’t have windows.


Vermont Studio Center
Who: Emerging to established painters, writers, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers
When: Monthly
Where: Johnson, Vermont

The artist-run Vermont Studio Center is the largest artists' and writers' residency program in the U.S., hosting 50 international visual artists and writers per month. Artists are welcome to live and work for anywhere between four and 12 weeks on a charming 30-building campus along the Gihon River in Vermont's Green Mountains. Meals are served and prepared by an in-house chef.

[Fine Print]: Although need-based aid is available, the fee for the residency comes out to nearly $1,000 per week (a 4-week residency currently costs $3,950.)


Woodstock A-I-R
Who: Artists of color working in photography
When: Annually
Notable Alums: Latoya Ruby Frazier, Justine Reyes, William Cordova

The program offers seven residencies for artists and one “critical studies” residency for a curator/critic. Living space is located a short distance from the Center of Photography at Woodstock and 24-hour access is given to darkrooms, as well as stipends for food and travel, staff support, and honoraria.

[Fine Print]: Keep in mind that you'll be in one of the most popular hippie havens in the country.

RESIDENCY WEBSITES: (top 10 residency list)



Art Jobs

Art Jobs lists national and international jobs.

Chicago Artists Resource
The Chicago Artists Resource is primarily geared to Chicago artists, but its job section also includes information on out-of-state and, sometimes, international jobs.

This site is produced by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, but its job listings are also national.
This is a searchable database for International Arts and Artists Jobs.

New York Foundation for the Arts
The New York Foundation for the Arts' resources are primarily geared to New York artists, but its Classifieds Section also includes information on out-of-state Opportunities, Grants and Funding.

Mainly, “Rhizome Today is an experiment in ephemeral blogging: a series of posts that are written hastily in response to current events, and taken offline within a day or so.”- Rhizome website. It also has portal for job listings.



Ellen, Liberatori, Guide to Getting Arts Grants
Barnet, Sylvan, A Short Guide to Writing About Art
Green, Laura, Money to Work: Grants for Visual Artists
Middleton, Robyn (editor), Artists and Writers Colonies, Retreats, Residencies and Respites for the Creative Mind
Snell, Tricia, Artist Communities: A Directory of Residencies in the United States That Offer Time and Space for Creativity

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