Fire Island Artist Residency
In the summer of 2011, co-founders Chris Bogia and Evan J. Garza organized the inaugural summer program of the Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR) with support from The Long Island GLBT Services Network, the Knapp-Swezey Foundation, Visual AIDS, and the generosity of Percy Steinhart, Paul Underwood, Rod Sayegh, and individual donors. FIAR was founded to provide free live/work space for practicing and emerging queer contemporary artists while immersed in the decades-old LGBTQ community of Fire Island.
Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR) is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 which brings lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, intersex and queer identifying emerging visual artists to Fire Island— a place long-steeped in LGBTQ history— to create, commune, rest, reflect and contribute to the location's rich artistic history.
Each summer FIAR provides free live/work space to visual artists who work, socialize, and immerse themselves in the Fire Island community for four weeks, during which time they are visited by renowned artists and scholars, who interact with residents through intimate studio visits, dinners, and discussions, providing support and feedback. The greater Fire Island community, as well as visitors from New York City and Long Island, are invited to attend free public lectures by these esteemed guests. This has been made possible through a partnership with Arts Project Cherry Grove, who invites FIAR to hold our programming in the historic Cherry Grove Community House, a landmarked LGBTQ historic site.
In this way, FIAR hopes to bring both new creative perspectives and prestigious art professionals together in this extraordinary location to foster the creation—and preservation—of queer art-making in contemporary art, creative writing and scholarship.
Currently FIAR occupies rented beach house properties which are modestly converted into live/work spaces which include outdoor space for artist working with materials requiring ventilation as well as a small selection of hand tools such as drills. Artist are encouraged to bring additional equipment that they are already familiar using and can transport safely to Fire Island via ferry service/shipped.
A working knowledge of English is required.
FIAR is not an accredited academic institution and cannot participate in the student visa process. If admitted, artists must arrange for a visitor’s visa (if required) in time for the start of the program and make their own travel arrangements to NYC/Fire Island.
Now in its 12th season in the secluded beach community of Cherry Grove, NY, an historic LGBTQ settlement of Fire Island, emerging artists will share a live/work space for a four-week program