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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
  • The New York Community Trust Van Lier Residency – deadline: December 28, 2023

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 year in advance. There is extremely limited availability for 2022-2023, and we are currently scheduling for 2024.
  • There is no deadline and the application review takes place once a quarter.
  • 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 2022 is $27,615.33 to $30,522.40 per year or $2,301.28 to $2,543.53 per month. The program fee for 2023 is $28,443.82 to $31,438.03 or $2,370.32 to $2,619.84 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. Please fill out and email the downloadable application form along with your supporting materials to Applications must be submitted as a single PDF. Please include all the supporting materials below in one document by email.  Direct Application Make sure to attach the following supporting materials in your application:

  • 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 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,

Upcoming Application Deadlines

Dec 29, 2023
The New York Community Trust Van Lier Residency
United States

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, December 28, 2023


  • August 1, 2024 – January 31, 2025
  • September 1, 2024 – February 29, 2025
  • October 1, 2024 – March 31, 2025
  • January 1, 2025 – June 30, 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 four fully-funded residencies plus living and materials stipends of approximately $3,000 per month for talented, culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged young artists who are New York City-based. Applicants must be aged 30 or younger, identify as a person of color, and demonstrate financial need. Applicants cannot have received a grant from the New York Community Trust Van Lier fund prior to applying to this residency. Applicants must reside in one of the five boroughs of New York City.

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. Residents will receive significant individual support for the development of a solo exhibition or public project, working with a curator. The curator will be selected in the early months of the residency. 

Chosen residents also have 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, Program Interns will be available to assist artists when scheduling allows.

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, Steffani Jemison, Martine Gutierrez, and Camilo Godoy, among others.


Please submit the following to by Thursday, December 28th, 2023 indicating “NYCT Van Lier Residency Application” 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 or video links of work (preferably a pdf of 10 images, no more than 10mb total, you may also send a link to the video files, if applicable)
  • Scanned copies of 2-3 reviews (if applicable)
  • Scanned copies of catalogs (if applicable)
  • Reference letter
  • Contact information for a second reference
  • Brief project description (500 words max)
  • Biographical statement addressing demonstrated need and the opportunity to contribute to the diversity of ISCP’s residency community (500 words max)
  • Proof of US citizenship or eligibility to work in the United States (must submit passport scan or Visa work permit, or O1 visa)
  • Proof of NYC residency (can be mail)

ELIGIBILITY: Visual artists who identify as a person 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. Artists must be age 30 and under, residents of one of the five boroughs of New York City, for a minimum of one year prior to application date, be eligible to work in the United States, and demonstrate financial need. All applicants should be a United States citizen or legal Permanent Resident of the United States, 18 years or older.

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 February 1, 2024.

Ground Floor at ISCP for New York City Artists