Monday, October 14, 2013

Open Call for Smack Mellon's Artist Studio Program

About the Program 
Smack Mellon is pleased to announce that we just received funding for our Artist Studio program from The New York Community Trust's Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, which provides support for talented, culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged young people who are seriously dedicated to a career in the arts. Recipients should reside in New York and generally be age 30 or younger, with demonstrated financial need.

The Artist 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. Smack Mellon provides free studio space to six artists working in all visual arts media for an eleven-month period. Benefits include access to a workshop for metal, wood and general fabrication, a common area equipped with the latest technology, and fellowships worth up to $5,000.

Each year, Smack Mellon convenes a panel of arts professionals to select the six Studio Artists from over 500 applicants. The panel also chooses 15 additional "Hot Picks" artists, whose work is featured on our website for one year, along with that of our studio artists. 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 2014 Studio Program will be housed on the lower level of Smack Mellon's renovated building at 92 Plymouth Street. The residency will take place from May 15, 2014 - April 15, 2015.

All applicants must be US citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States, 18 years or older, may not be enrolled in any degree program and must be able to demonstrate need for a studio. Applicants may not be a resident artist in another studio program at the same time as the 2014-2015 Smack Mellon residency.

Selection Process
A panel of arts professionals and artists will review applications and select artists for the 2014-2015 season. 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 selection process will be completed by the end of February 2014.

Deadline: Thursday, November 7, 2013, 11:59pm EST