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Ground Floor Program residency group Alchemyverse in their studio, 2022. Courtesy of the artists

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, Artists and Work 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.

Artists at Work

Residents at ISCP are invited to present their recent work in monthly public ‘Artists at Work’ presentations. These events feature lectures, screenings and performances, and introduce the work of ISCP artists and curators to the New York art community.

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 regular one-on-one meetings with Visiting Critics. Past critics include Ruba Katrib, Polly Apfelbaum, Jim Hodges, Gee Wesley, and Piper Marshall. In addition, Ground Floor artists are invited to make proposals for ISCP’s project space, participate in three open studios events annually, and attend monthly social gatherings.


International Program at ISCP

Artists and curators from anywhere in the world, including the United States, can apply for International Program residencies at ISCP.

Current ISCP Open Calls (scroll down for more information on each):

  • ISCP Direct Application – no deadline to apply
  • ISCP Jane Farver Curatorial Residency – deadline: June 3, 2024

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 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-two years in advance. There is extremely limited availability for 2024, and we are currently scheduling for 2025-26.
  • There is no deadline and the application review takes place 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.
  • Due to the volume of applications received, ISCP is unable to provide feedback for unsuccessful applications.

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 2024 is $29,297.16 to $32,381.28 per year or $2,441.43 to $2,698.44 per month. The program fee for 2025 is $30,176.07 to $33,352.72 or $2,514.67 to $2,779.39 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: 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. Upon request, ISCP will provide a letter in support of the visa application to incoming participants.

Direct Application

Please fill out and email the above downloadable application form along with your supporting materials to

  • Curriculum vitae: 5 pages max.
  • Work samples: this should include 10 images or video links with a caption (title, date, medium, and dimensions/duration for each work) and a description of each work
  • 2 – 3 Scanned copies of reviews (if applicable): 10 pages max.
  • 2 – 3 Scanned copies of catalogs (if applicable): pages that feature your work only
  • Reference letter: can be sent to ISCP directly with applicant’s name in subject line to
  • Second reference contact information: please include name, title, institution, email, telephone and address (different referee from above, contact information only)

Applications must be submitted as a single PDF. Please include all the supporting materials below in one document by email. 

Applications should be emailed to 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 Veronica Sanchez, Programs Assistant, at

Upcoming Application Deadlines

Jun 4, 2024
Jane Farver Curatorial Residency at ISCP
United States

DEADLINE: Monday, June 3, 2024 

RESIDENCY DATES: March 1 – May 31, 2025

LOCATION: International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), 1040 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211


The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) is pleased to announce an open call for a three-month residency for a curator from the Global South, fully funded by the Jane Farver Memorial Fund. Curators eligible for this residency must currently be a full-time resident of and have an active practice in one of the countries listed below. The residency program provides a stipend for travel and housing and includes 24-hour access to a private furnished office space; monthly meetings with visiting critics; field trips to museums, galleries and other cultural venues; and participation in an Artists at Work public talk. The residency also includes a living and materials stipend of $3,000 per month ($9,000 total over the course of the residency). Other requirements include a working knowledge of English, and being onsite at ISCP 20 hours per week. 

Residents become part of a growing network of over 2,000 ISCP alumni from more than 100 countries, all of whom have contributed to creating a dynamic and ever-engaging space of cultural and artistic exchange. An ISCP residency allows the opportunity for critical advancement in the practices of the artists and curators in residence, and fosters a dynamic, supportive working community. Alumni of the Jane Farver Curatorial Residency include Howie Chen (2017), Amanda Abi Khalil (2019), Bárbara Perea Legorreta (2019), Jianru Wu (2020), Petrina Dacres (2022), Anamaría Garzón Mantilla (2023), and Mario George D’Souza (2024).


This residency honors ISCP’s trustee Jane Farver (1947-2015), pioneering American curator and writer, who is globally recognized as a champion of contemporary artists, especially those working outside mainstream Western art historical canons. Among her best-known projects was the 1999 exhibition, Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin 1950s-1980s, organized while she was Director of Exhibitions for the Queens Museum from 1992-1999, and which traveled to the Walker Art Center, Miami Art Museum and MIT List Visual Arts Center. Other presentations she curated at the Queens Museum include Across the Pacific: Contemporary Korean and Korean American Art; Cai Guo-Qiang, Cultural Melting Bath: Projects for the 20th Century; and Out of India: Contemporary Art of the South Asian Diaspora. From 1999 to 2011, Farver was director of the List Visual Arts Center at MIT, where she organized solo exhibitions and projects by artists including Mel Chin, Michael Joo, Paul Pfeiffer, Runa Islam, and Tavares Strachan. Among numerous biennials, Farver curated the Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale in South Korea in 2011, and she was co-commissioner of the American artist Paul Pfeiffer at the 9th Cairo Biennial, and was one of six curators of the 2000 Whitney Biennial. Farver’s early career began in Cleveland, where she was director of Spaces, then she moved to New York where she was director at Tomoko Liguori Gallery, followed by directorship of the Lehman College Art Gallery in the Bronx. Her husband, the American artist and curator John L. Moore, has played an instrumental role in supporting ISCP’s efforts to build a residency in Jane Farver’s honor.


Please submit the following to by June 3, 2024, indicating “Jane Farver Curatorial Residency” in the subject line:

  • Application Form (fillable application available to download on our website)
  • Applicants must provide the following information: name; date of birth; place of birth; mailing address; telephone number; email address; and ethnicity.
  • curriculum vitae (5 pages max.) 
  • Images and descriptions of past curated projects or authored texts (10 images or projects, max.)
  • Scanned copies of 2-3 reviews (if applicable)
  • Reference letter
  • Contact information for second reference
  • Proof of residence in one of the eligible countries (to be submitted as a separate PDF)

ELIGIBILITY: Curators living in and from the Global South are invited to apply. Applicants may not be ISCP alumni, residents in another studio program at the same time as the Jane Farver Curatorial Residency, or students currently enrolled in a college or university. We kindly ask that applicants submit their proof of residency in a PDF separate from the rest of the application.

SELECTION: The selection committee reviews applications based on past accomplishments and curatorial innovation. Other consideration factors are: the potential impact of the residency on the applicant and preparedness to undertake the residency and proposed project.

Interviews with finalists will be held by the selection committee.

NOTIFICATION: Curators will be notified by July 10, 2024.

Eligible countries:

Asia / Pacific
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam

Arab States
Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

South / Latin America
Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands

Commonwealth of Independent States
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

The above list is gleaned from numerous websites. If you do not see your country but believe you are from the Global South, please inquire to

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