The International Studio & Curatorial Program is New York’s most comprehensive international visual arts residency program. ISCP is perhaps best known for the nearly 75 international residents that come to New York each year to undertake residencies; however, ISCP has also hosted United States-based artists since the first years of the program. Residencies for U.S. artists are awarded through direct applications and partner sponsors, such as the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. In an effort to include more local artists and curators in the program, the Summer Residencies for Art Faculty was initiated in 2016.¹
Since 2017, ISCP has specifically reserved one of its 28 studios in the International Program for artists who teach at the university-level for a three-month residency period in the summer. While residents in the International Program are sponsored by ministries of culture, foundations, galleries and other forms of private sponsors—primarily from their home countries—the artists in the Summer Art Faculty Program receive funding from their universities and colleges, typically with grants for research and development. The program has found many successes—it provides the time for artists teaching at the university level to undertake a residency, it continues to diversify ISCP’s program, and most importantly, it contributes to the development and advancement of the participating artists’ work.
From the program’s conception through this past year, ISCP has hosted six summer residencies for art faculty, with artists including Heather Brammeier (who split her residency between two summers in 2018 and 2019, an option for any resident in the program), sponsored by Bradley University, Indiana and Big Picture Peoria; Susan Klein, sponsored by College of Charleston, South Carolina (ISCP, 2018); Susan Moore, sponsored by Indiana University, Indiana (ISCP, 2018); Suzanne Dittenber, sponsored by University of North Carolina, Asheville (ISCP, 2019); Julie Ann Nagle, sponsored by William Paterson University, New Jersey (ISCP, 2019); and Maria Zervos, sponsored by Wolf Inc. and The J.F. Costopoulos Foundation (ISCP 2017, 2020).
As is the case for many artists worldwide, studio space can be hard to come by, and the time for artists to participate in a residency program can be equally difficult to schedule. This is why ISCP works with art faculty around the U.S. to schedule residencies during summer breaks between semesters. As with many professions, being an artist or curator is a full-time commitment, not limited to the school year’s calendar. The ISCP art faculty residencies create the opportunity for artists to focus on their art practice and research in a more concentrated way, outside of teaching and administrative responsibilities, and with the support of their universities.
Of the seven residents who have participated in ISCP through this particular route, many develop a new international network. Susan Klein stated that “she enjoyed the stimulation of working alongside talented international artists and felt supported and was able to develop work.” While Susan Moore felt “this intensive and inspiring time to devote to [her] art practice was truly amazing and life changing for [her] work and scholarship…because of my experiences at ISCP, my work as an artist and educator has never been stronger and more impactful.”
¹Please note, International art faculty are also invited to apply.