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.
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.
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.
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.
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; Sara Raza, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Middle East and North Africa; Carol Squiers, Curator, International; Christopher Phillips, former Curator, International Center of Photography; and Lumi Tan, Curator, The Kitchen.
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. Artist advisors for 2017 are Polly Apfelbaum, Jim Hodges, Alex Villar and Michael Portnoy. 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.
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.
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.
If you wish to apply directly to ISCP, please read the information below carefully:
- Please email the application form and supporting materials to email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must be submitted as a single PDF. Please include all the supporting materials below in one document by email.
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 email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Application Deadlines
The residency program includes 24-hour access to a private furnished studio space; and an exhibition or public project supported by ISCP staff and funding from the New York Community Trust. Each ISCP resident works with a professional advisor; and has the following additional benefits: regular studio visits from visiting critics; field trips to museums, galleries and other cultural venues; participation in public artist talks and semi-annual Open Studios; access to Materials for the Arts for free supplies and materials; and participation in professional development activities led by artists on topics such as the marketplace, legal matters, and funding. In addition, residents have the opportunity to work with a studio assistant.
Residents become part of a growing network of international artists and curators who are ISCP alumni. ISCP residencies have often led to critical advancement in the practices of artists and curators in residence. Residents engage with ISCP's unique and dynamic programming and creative community and join the roster of accomplished ISCP residents funded in the past by the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust, including Njideka Akunyili, Kevin Beasley, Abigail DeVille and Steffani Jemison, among others.
Furthermore, funding of approximately $4,000 will be provided and staff support supplied for each of the residents to produce a public exhibition or project in the public realm.
ELIGIBILITY: Visual artists who identify as persons of color working in all media are invited to apply. Applicants may not be ISCP alumni, residents in another studio program at the same time as The New York Community Trust Van Lier Residency, or enrolled in school. Applicants must not have previously received any grants from The New York Community Trust Van Lier fund prior to applying to this residency. Artists must be age 30 and under (applicant's date of birth must be August 31, 1988 or later), residents of one of the five boroughs of New York City, eligible to work in the United States, and demonstrate financial need. All applicants must be United States citizens or legal Permanent Residents of the United States, 18 years or older, may not be enrolled in any degree or other studio program.
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 and proposed project.
Interviews with finalists will be held by the selection committee.
NOTIFICATION: Artists will be notified by October 1, 2017.
ISCP’s international residency program benefits include: 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 events. Residents are also invited to take part in ISCP’s exhibition program and offsite projects.
Pending full acceptance by ISCP and, separately, by the Canada Council for the Arts, ISCP’s participation fee for six months will be fully covered, and additional allocations to cover individual travel and living expenses in New York City will also be awarded to the successful applicant.
Applicants may seek additional support for an onsite or offsite exhibition project, to be developed while in residence, which will further the awareness and impact of contemporary Indigenous art in New York City.
This residency application process will involve two separate steps before final confirmation, as follows.
1. Application to ISCP. Please submit the following to email@example.com by August 1, 2017 indicating “Indigenous Artist’s Residency” in the subject line.
2. Three finalists will be selected by ISCP. Upon selection by ISCP, these artists will need to submit an application to the Canada Council for the Arts for a Short-Term Project as part of the Creating, Knowing and Sharing program, with ISCP named as a partner organization, by September 21, 2017. Relevant eligibility requirements of the Canada Council for the Arts will be applicable. ISCP staff will review project application, to assist with coordination, at least two weeks in advance of submission, by September 7, 2017. Grants cannot overlap in time with another CCA Short-Term Project grant and cannot be related to activities supported by a Long-Term Project grant. Applicant cannot have outstanding reports due to the Canada Council for the Arts by the time of applying for the Creating, Knowing and Sharing program. It is anticipated that one finalist will be awarded the residency, entirely and exclusively at the discretion of the Canada Council for the Arts.
ELIGIBILITY: Visual artists who are First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in all visual arts disciplines are invited to apply. Applicants must be eligible to receive funding as Indigenous artists from the Canada Council for the Arts, and they may not be ISCP alumni or residents in another studio program at the same time as the Indigenous Artist’s Residency.
SELECTION: The selection committee of ISCP 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 the most promising candidates will be held by the selection committee.
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.