Free studio space, a $5000 fellowship (dependent upon funding).
All applicants must be residents of the United States or have a valid visa not expiring before the end of the program, 18 years or older, may not be enrolled in any degree program and must be able to demonstrate need for a studio. Artists will be selected based on the quality of their work and their potential for making the most of their time in the program.
The Smack Mellon Studio Program was launched in 2000 in response to the crisis in availability of affordable workspace for artists living and working in New York City. This program provides free studio space, access to a workshop for metal, wood and general fabrication, a common area equipped with the latest technology and a fellowship to six artists for a one-year period. Each year, Smack Mellon convenes a panel of arts professionals to select the artists from some 500 applicants. Smack Mellon hosts two Open Studios events annually, as well as sponsored visits from curators, critics and gallerists, which provide significant exposure and invaluable career building opportunities.
The program does not provide living space.
Studios range in size from 250 to 300 square feet. Not all studios have windows. Artists will not be permitted to choose their studio. Artists who are accepted into the program must be prepared to actively use their studio a minimum of 50 hours a month.
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