3 months to 1 year
Paid by host 

Studio space, facilities, small stipend. Keyholder Residency includes: 24-hour studio access; $1000 stipend; storage space; basic supplies (newsprint, blotters, solvents, cleaners); one free class in printmaking and consultations with Master Printers; 20% discount on all printshop classes; free career development workshops; free digital documentation of selected works produced during the residency; inclusion in the printshop's permanent collection; opportunities to show new work in exhibitions presented by the printshop.

Application guidelines 

Only legal US residents may apply (i.e., Social Security cardholders). Students enrolled in any kind of degree program at the time of the residency are not eligible. Keyholder Residencies are limited to emerging artists only. The Printshop defines emerging artists as under-recognized and under-represented artists at early stages in their careers. Apply online.



For the keyholder residency.
only one resident
financial structure
24 hour acces
separate from accomodation
How long
3 to 6 months
paid by host
materials costs
studio space
project manager-support
criteria resident
basic tools and equipment
technical assistance

Lower East Side Printshop

Lower East Side Printshop


The Lower East Side Printshop is a non-profit art center that supports contemporary artists of all creative backgrounds by offering them studio space, career services, and expertise in printmaking to develop new work through experimentation and collaboration.

They offer 3 different residencies, 2 of which are application based.

The Keyholder Residency Program offers emerging artists free 24-hour access to printmaking facilities to develop new work and foster their artistic careers. Residencies are one year long and take place in the Printshop's shared Artists' Studio. Facilities are available for intaglio, relief, monoprint, waterbased silkscreen, digital processes, and other techniques that employ the tools at hand. Keyholders work independently, in a productive atmosphere alongside other contemporary artists. Artists from all disciplines are eligible to apply; printmaking skills are not required, but some familiarity with the medium is recommended. Basic instruction in printmaking is provided for new Keyholders. Technical assistance is not included in the program, but is available at additional cost. Participation is limited and competitive. Applications are evaluated by a committee of artists, curators, critics, and art professionals based on the quality of submitted artwork. Artists currently without a studio space are encouraged to apply.

The Special Editions Residency Program  is a competitive national residency program for emerging artists to create new work through exploration of printmaking. The Lower East Side Printshop offers an opportunity to complete an important new body of work in collaboration with one of our two experienced master printers, fully sponsored by the Printshop. Artists, with or without printmaking skills, are provided with technical assistance, financial support, time and studio space to explore printmaking and complete a new body of work. Experimentation and exploration of new materials and processes are welcome.

Studio Information 

The shared srtists' studio, with the adjacent etching/solvent room and the darkroom, is accessible 24/7 for participating artists and class participants. Facilities are available for intaglio, relief, monoprint, waterbased silkscreen techniques, photo and digital processes, and other techniques that employ the tools at hand. The collaborations studio is accessible M-F 10am - 6pm to participating artists. Facilities are available for intaglio, relief, monoprint, waterbased silkscreen, digital techniques, photo and digital processes, and other techniques that employ the tools at hand.

Technical Information 

The Lower East Side Printshop offers 4,000 sq. ft. of printmaking workspace in two studios and two workrooms. Both studios have concrete floors and 11 ft. ceilings. Passenger elevators are available 24/7, and freight elevators are available during regular business hours M-F, 8am-5pm. The solvent/etching room and the dark room is accessible 24/7 to participating artists.


The Printshop is located in the heart of Manhattan's Lower East Side, on the 6th Floor of an industrial building facing the West 37th Street.

306 W. 37th Street
, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10003
United States
+1 212 673 53 90

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