Residency Programs

International Program resident Carl Boutard with a new body of work during Open Studios, 2015.

Ground Floor Program resident, Nicole Franchy in her studio, 2015. Photo by Megan Paetzhold.

At the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) each artist and curator is provided with a private and furnished studio space and 24-hour access to all communal facilities. While ISCP does not provide accommodation, most International Program sponsorships include stipends for living expenses, travel, materials and housing. All residents at ISCP are encouraged to take advantage of the in-house community of artists and curators, offering invaluable international and local networks, professional conversations and critique.

An International Program residency at ISCP is typically three to six months, although artists and curators can apply for up to one year. While in the International Program, all residents are invited to participate in a number of activities in and outside of ISCP including the four core program activities: Visiting Critics, Field Trips, Salons and Open Studios.

Visiting Critics

The Visiting Critic series is the hallmark of ISCP’s residency program. It introduces residents to professionals from museums, galleries, alternative spaces and publications within the context of a studio visit, generating critical feedback from diverse positions.

Field Trips

ISCP organizes visits to museums, galleries, alternative spaces, archives and other places of interest to art professionals. Often, a curator or staff member introduces the institution’s mission and program. Past Field Trips have included the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Conservation Department at MoMA, Dia:Beacon, Art Omi, art spaces in SoHo and on the Lower East Side, private collections and many other institutions in Greater New York.

Open Studios

Twice a year, in April and November, ISCP hosts two-day Open Studios, presenting work by the 35 ISCP artists and curators in residence, accompanied by performances, panel discussions and exhibitions. During Open Studios, residents present recent projects, work in progress, site-specific installations and their archives to thousands of professionals and art enthusiasts from New York and beyond.

Salons

Residents at ISCP are invited to present their recent work in semi-monthly public Salons. ISCP Salons feature film screenings, performances, installations and lectures and introduce the work of ISCP artists and curators to the New York art community.

Studio Assistant Program

ISCP welcomes BFA and MFA students who wish to gain direct experience working with emerging and established international artists. This program has grown from a small group of volunteers to a mentorship serving over thirty young artists and an equal number of ISCP residents annually. Participants not only work one on one with residents on production and research, they also benefit from being a part of the ISCP artistic community, attending artist talks, Field Trips and have access to professional development opportunities.

Resident Advisors Committee

The Advisory Program was launched in September 2015 with the goal of initiating long-term relationships between residents and art professionals. Advisors are paired with eight to ten artists and curators in residence annually for studio visits to exchange dialogue and feedback. This new format allows for a deeper and more sustained engagement with the practices of the residents. Advisors include Nova Benway, Assistant Curator, The Drawing Center; Dan Cameron, Curator, 13th Cuenca Biennial; Mary Ceruti, Executive Director and Chief Curator, SculptureCenter; Susan Cross, Curator of Visual Arts, MASS MoCA; Alhena Katsof, Independent curator; Carol Squiers, Curator, International; and Christopher Phillips, curator, International Center of Photography.

The Ground Floor residency is a one-year program that offers subsidized workspace and professional development for New York City-based artists. Launched in 2015, Ground Floor at ISCP takes place on the first floor of ISCP in tandem with ISCP’s acclaimed international residency program, forming an integral part of the dynamic, in-house fusion of artists and curators from all over the world.

Throughout the year, ISCP organizes professional development activities specifically for Ground Floor artists, including quarterly individual artist advisory meetings. In addition, Ground Floor artists are invited to make proposals for ISCP’s project space have their exhibition and other activities posted periodically on ISCP’s social media platforms.

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International Program at ISCP

Artists and curators from anywhere in the world, including the United States, can apply for International Program residencies at ISCP. (For the Ground Floor program, please scroll down.) There are three ways of applying to the International Program: 1) a partner application 2) by ISCP open call or 3) a direct application.

These residencies are generally between three and twelve months and are sponsored by governments, corporations, foundations, institutions, organizations, galleries and private patrons. Each artist or curator is provided with 24-hour access to his or her studio, and free wireless internet. In addition, all residents can use ISCP’s common areas. ISCP does not provide or arrange living accommodation, however, a number of partner sponsors, who send participants to ISCP each year, have furnished apartments for residents. In addition, sponsors often give a stipend for accommodation, living expenses, travel and materials.

Partner application

ISCP collaborates with over forty partner governments, institutions and organizations to fund residency opportunities. Partner sponsors publicly call for applications for residencies at ISCP.

Over the course of the year, ISCP holds various open calls. Open calls are often sponsored by partner sponsors and are fully funded. Applicants will apply to ISCP directly meeting the specific parameters of the open call application and its process. Please check our open calls page regularly for more information and opportunities.

Direct application

If you wish to apply directly to ISCP, please read the information below carefully:

  • Please email the application form and supporting materials to application@iscp-nyc.org. ISCP does not locate sponsors for direct applicants.
  • Once accepted, artists and curators are responsible for securing funding. Please have a look at our previous sponsors for potential funding sources.
  • When planning your residency, please bear in mind that residencies are scheduled approximately one year in advance. We are currently scheduling 2017-2018.
  • There is no deadline and the application review takes place once every two months.
  • ISCP does not accept applications from artists or curators currently enrolled in school.
  • ISCP requires that artists and curators in residence are highly proficient in spoken and written English.

The following steps must be taken in the order below before an applicant can be accepted into ISCP’s International Program:

  • Application is sent to ISCP.
  • ISCP’s panel reviews the application within two months.
  • If the application is successful, the applicant receives an acceptance letter.
  • Applicant has two years from the date of the acceptance letter to locate funding.
  • When funding has been secured by applicant, ISCP confirms directly with sponsor. Residencies cannot be self-funded or crowdfunded.
  • When sponsor has confirmed, ISCP staff and applicant schedule residency.
  • If necessary, applicant must apply for a US visa (see below).
  • Applicant makes appointment with ISCP staff and arrives in New York.

The program fee for 2017 is $23,637.48 to $25,827.36 per year or $1,947.29 to $2,152.28 per month. The program fee for 2018 is $24,068.52 to $26,602.20 per year or $2,005.71 to $2,216.85 per month. In addition, the applicant needs to calculate accommodation, living, travel and health insurance costs for the duration of their stay in New York.

Addendum for foreign applicants regarding visa application:

Once a contract has been signed between the sponsor and ISCP, residents should immediately begin the process of securing a visa to enter the United States. The U.S. State Department’s consular website can be checked to confirm visa eligibility and requirements: http://travel.state.gov/

ISCP recommends making contact immediately with the nearest United States Consulate or Embassy in the resident’s home country. ISCP residents generally enter the United States on a B1/B2 visa, which is issued for business/tourist purposes. ISCP will provide a letter in support of the visa application to incoming participants.

Please fill out and email the downloadable application form along with your supporting materials to application@iscp-nyc.org.
Applications must be submitted as a single PDF. Please include all the supporting materials below in one document by email. 

Direct Application Form

Make sure to attach the following supporting materials in your application:

  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Preferably a PDF of 10 images (no more than 10mb total) OR 10 images in JPEG (*.jpg) format up to 2mb each – you may also send a link to the files.
  • Maximum 2 video links (if applicable).
  • Scanned copies of 2-3 reviews.
  • Scanned copies of catalogs (hard copy is accepted by mail for monographs only).
  • Scanned copies of two letters of recommendation from art professionals signed and printed on letterhead (in English).
  • Brief project description (curators only).

Applications should be emailed to application@iscp-nyc.org.

Applicants will receive a confirmation of receipt and will hear from ISCP’s review panel within two months.

If you should experience technical difficulty or have any questions about applying for the residency program at ISCP, please email Alexandra Friedman, Program Coordinator, afriedman@iscp-nyc.org.

Upcoming Application Deadlines

Apr 15, 2017
ISCP Pollock-Krasner Residency: Call for Applications
United States
The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) announces an open call for a fully-funded five-month residency, from September 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018, plus living and materials stipends (approximately $2,300 per month) for visual artists who are eligible to work in the United States. ISCP is currently accepting applications from visual artists who work primarily with painting, sculpture, installation or works on paper, including printmakers who would like to engage with ISCP's unique and dynamic programming and creative community. The residency program includes 24-hour access to a private furnished studio space, regular studio visits from Visiting Critics; Field Trips to museums, galleries and other cultural venues; and participation in Artist Talks. In addition, residents have the opportunity to have a studio assistant and develop projects in the public realm with the support of ISCP staff. Residents become part of a growing network of international artists and curators who are ISCP alumni.  An ISCP residency has often led to critical advancement in the practice of the artist and curators in residence.  

APPLICATION PROCESS: For consideration for a 2017-2018 Pollock-Krasner Residency at ISCP, please submit the following to application@iscp-nyc.org by April 15, 2017 indicating “Pollock-Krasner Residency” in the subject line.

Applicants must provide the following information: name, date of birth, place of birth, mailing address, telephone number, and email address in the Application Form (above). You may also indicate your gender, and ethnicity, though this is optional.

ELIGIBILITY: Visual artists in all disciplines are invited to apply. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States. If an applicant is not a citizen of the United States, this requires a Green Card or a Visa to be legally employed within the US. Applicants may not be ISCP alumni or residents in another studio program at the same time as the Pollock-Krasner ISCP Residency.

SELECTION: The selection committee reviews applications based on quality, originality and artistic merit. Other consideration factors are: the potential impact of the residency on the applicant, the applicant's past accomplishments, and preparedness to undertake the residency. Studio visits/interviews with finalists will be held by the selection committee.

NOTIFICATION: Artists will be notified by May 12, 2017 for the Pollock-Krasner Residency.

Note: incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please submit your application in a single PDF no larger than 10 mb.
Apr 15, 2017
Open Call: SAHA – Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey
Turkey
The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn, New York announces an open call for a fully-funded residency for an artist from Turkey supported by SAHA – Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey. ISCP is currently accepting the applications of artists from Turkey who would like to engage with ISCP’s dynamic programming and creative community. 

The residency will take place between September 1–November 30, 2017 and includes participation in all of ISCP’s residency program activities; plus a private studio space, a stipend for accommodation and living expenses in New York City, and related travel costs. Alumni of the SAHA residency at ISCP include Güneş Terkol (2013), Burak Delier (2014), Emre Hüner (2014), and Belit Sağ (2016).

ISCP is a leading nonprofit, residency-based contemporary art institution for emerging to mid-career artists and curators from around the world, including the United States. With 35 artists and curators in residence at all times, the program provides residents with the space, time, and support to develop new ideas and projects. With additional activities tailored for professional development and public engagement, ISCP serves as an important platform for producing, presenting and contextualizing contemporary art through a diverse range of international perspectives. ISCP’s public programs encourage dialogue and integrate residents into the cultural landscape of New York City. The residency includes 24-hour access to a private 300 sq. ft. furnished studio space, regular studio visits from Visiting Critics and an appointed Advisor; Field Trips to museums, galleries and other cultural venues; and participation in Artist Talks and Open Studios. Residents at ISCP are also invited to take part in ISCP’s Exhibition Program and Offsite Projects.

Applications are accepted by email only to ISCP and the deadline is April 15, 2017. The recipient will be notified by April 20, 2017.

The stipend up to 7,000 USD in total will include accommodation, living expenses and related travel costs and the grantee is responsible for making all arrangements related to travel and accommodation.

The selection committee will review applications based on quality, originality and artistic merit. Other consideration factors are: the potential impact of the residency on the applicant, the applicant's past accomplishments, and preparedness to undertake the residency. In addition, applicants who have not previously lived or worked in New York will be given priority.

About SAHA:
SAHA is a non-governmental organization established in 2011 by a group of art enthusiasts united around the shared goal of supporting contemporary arts from Turkey. SAHA directly collaborates with international arts institutions for the realization of commissioned or invited projects; acts as a facilitator in the project development phase and raises funds if and when necessary. SAHA aims to improve the production and presentation infrastructure of artists, curators, and critics working in the field of contemporary art and to enhance their interactions with international networks.

To date, SAHA supported the production of art works and publications, reaching out to 375 artists and curators in total of 119 projects. SAHA has no authority over the content of the works that are funded, claims no ownership. Recent collaborations with institutions include, Ashkal Alwan, Chisenhale Gallery, Drawing Center, la Biennale di Venezia, and Witte de With. In addition to funding projects, SAHA operates a residency program in Istanbul that allows curators and art professionals to deepen their research on Turkey’s contemporary artistic production. The program provides short term accommodation, guidance, and assistance in meeting the local artistic community.

The independence and sustainability of SAHA is secured through a collective approach. SAHA is funded by 118 individual members, including a subgroup of 25 young contributors. Borusan Holding, Eczacibasi Holding, Garanti Bank, Pozitif Music and Yildiz Holding are corporate supporters of SAHA.
Apr 15, 2017
Call for Applicants: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Documentary Practices Residency
United States
The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) announces an open call for a fully-funded four-month residency, from September 1–December 31, 2017, plus stipend ($500 per month) for an artist whose work focuses on documentary practices. The selected resident will be expected to research, develop and produce at least one project on one or more of the following issues: fact and fiction, the representation of the real, and ethics and the documentary. This work will be included in an ISCP exhibition in October 2017.

Applications will be accepted from visual artists in all disciplines who are based and eligible to work in the United States. The residency program includes 24-hour access to a private furnished studio space, regular studio visits from Visiting Critics; Field Trips to museums, galleries and other cultural venues; and participation in Artist Talks. In addition, residents have the opportunity to have a studio assistant and develop projects in the public realm with the support of ISCP staff. Residents become part of a growing network of international artists and curators who are ISCP alumni. An ISCP residency has often led to critical advancement in the practice of the artist and curators in residence.  

APPLICATION PROCESS: For consideration for a 2017 NEA Documentary Practices Residency at ISCP, please submit the following to application@iscp-nyc.org by April 15, 2017 indicating “NEA Residency” in the subject line:

Applicants must provide the following information: name, date of birth, place of birth, mailing address, telephone number, and email address in the Application Form (above). You may also indicate your gender, and ethnicity, though this is optional.

ELIGIBILITY: Visual artists in all disciplines are invited to apply. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States citizens, and they may not be ISCP alumni or residents in another studio program at the same time as the NEA Residency.

SELECTION: The selection committee reviews applications based on quality, originality and artistic merit. Other consideration factors are: the potential impact of the residency on the applicant, the applicant's past accomplishments, and preparedness to undertake the residency. Studio visits/interviews with finalists will be held by the selection committee.

NOTIFICATION: Artists will be notified by May 12, 2017 for the NEA Residency.

Note: incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please submit your application in a single PDF no larger than 10 mb.

Ground Floor at ISCP for New York City Artists

The Ground Floor Program, geared exclusively for New York-based artists, provides one year of private studio space accessible 24/7, and additional program offerings.

Ground Floor applications are closed for 2017.

RESIDENCIES:  Twelve-month residency: January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017.

DESCRIPTION: ISCP’s first residency program developed specifically for New York City-based emerging artists was launched in July 2015. This program offers up to seven year-long residencies that include a partially subsidized studio in East Williamsburg and access to professional development programs. The residencies take place within the same building as ISCP’s acclaimed international residency program, and artists have access to ISCP’s dynamic, in-house community of artists and curators from all over the world.

This program offers much-needed workspace to New York City artists, while expanding ISCP’s international community to include local artists. Emerging artists working across all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Artists who collaborate can also apply to share a large studio and related costs. If accepted, artists must provide proof of New York City residency (e.g. income tax returns or utility bills) for the past two years.

Separate from ISCP’s international residency program, where residents are fully sponsored, the New York City-based artist studios, from 200-350 square feet in size, will cost $700-900 per month for a private studio. Shared studios are $450 per month. This includes 24-hour access to a furnished studio, kitchen and lounge, WiFi, administration and all utilities. Residents will be paired with a prominent artist advisor, will present work in two Open Studios at ISCP in 2017, will have access to audio-visual equipment and basic hand tools, and will be invited to numerous ISCP social events.

 

Ground Floor is supported by Yoko Ono, Alice and Lawrence Weiner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.