Session artists receive an unrestricted honorarium of $1,000 as well as a project stipend based on the material needs of their Session.
Artists are responsible for covering their own travel and lodging expenses.
Recess supports the rigorous process of the contemporary artist by creating a space for productive activity that initiates a partnership with the public. Their model combines studio and exhibition platforms, offering artists flexible space in which to generate new work. Free and open to the public, Recess offers critical exposure for the artists we support while fostering an approachable environment that promotes valuable visual and intellectual interactions.
Session is Recess's signature core program. Through Session, artists are given flexible storefront space and resources to realize ambitious projects, with Recess remaining open to the public at every stage of the project’s development. Though similar to a residency program, Session goes beyond the traditional structure to facilitate interactions between artists and audiences throughout the creative process. They encourage artists to engage with their audiences in a manner specific to their creative goals while using Recess as a studio, exhibition space, stage, and/or experimental platform to generate new work. Session artists receive individualized support from Recess staff as well as visits from members of Recess’s Advisory Board, which is comprised of leading gallerists, editors, artists, curators, and academics.
In conversation with Recess staff, artists designate their own work hours, which must overlap with at least 15 of Recess’s 30 public hours each week. Working during public hours allows Session artists to connect with visitors through visual, aural, and/or performance-based materials or activities. If the artist chooses to work in part when the space is closed to the public, his/her presence must be implied during open hours through the display of site-specific work in process.
Recess does not provide accommodations.
Recess is located at 41 Grand Street in Soho, one of New York City’s first artist communities. The 1,200 square-foot space features high ceilings and natural light from the glass storefront window, which also visibly links artists to the street, the neighborhood, and the public. Artists have access to the space 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the full duration of their Session, and, throughout this time, they are expected to work on a daily basis or the equivalent of at least 20 hours per week.
The space is equipped with a kitchenette, wifi, tools, AV equipment and a storage area for project materials.
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