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International Residency Program at ISCP

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.

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.

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.

This program is for artists who are in residence for four months or longer.

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 Center of Photography; 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 and open calls, 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 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 2018-2019.
  • 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:

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
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

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,

Upcoming Application Deadlines

Jul 21, 2018
Open Call: Summer Residencies at ISCP for Art Faculty
United States
The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) welcomes applications from art faculty at colleges and universities from across the United States for summer residencies in Brooklyn, New York. Practicing artists who teach at the university-level are encouraged to apply.

Each residency includes 24-hour access to a private 300 sq. ft. studio space in Brooklyn, studio visits from visiting critics and an appointed advisor; field trips to museums, galleries and other cultural venues; and participation in artist talks. In addition, residents have the opportunity to work with a studio assistant, develop projects in the public realm with the support of ISCP staff, and are considered for ISCP's exhibition program. Residents become part of a growing network of international artists and curators who are ISCP alumni that includes prominent artists such as Kevin Beasley, Elmgreen and Dragset, Claire Fontaine, Theaster Gates, Camille Henrot, Yeondoo Jung, Chi Wo Leung, Maider Lopez, Carsten Nicolai, Jacolby Satterwhite, Tatiana Trouvé; and curators Vit Havránek, and Aneta Szylak.

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. The timing of this residency comes at a opportune time for art faculty with full-time positions, as this summer residency, June – August, makes it possible to participate in the program between academic years.

Selected individuals will be awarded residencies with the understanding that they will apply to their institutions for development grants or to other funders to sponsor their program participation, travel, living and materials expenses. The ISCP Program fee is approximately $2,220 per month and does not include travel, accommodations and materials.

Application deadline: Rolling with October 20, 2017 priority deadline for summer 2018 residencies.

Please use the application form attached and submit to indicating "Summer Residencies" in the subject line.

There is no fee to apply.
Aug 20, 2018
Indigenous Artist's Residency at ISCP
Call for Applicants: Indigenous Artist’s Six-Month Residency at ISCP, New York
July 1 – December 31, 2019

ISCP invites professional artists who are First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to apply for a six-month residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York City. This residency will support the development of an Indigenous artist, expand discourses on Indigenous art, and foster deeper international collaboration with New York City and Indigenous artistic communities. This call is open only to Indigenous contemporary artists with Canadian passports, working in all mediums.

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; 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.

Application Process
This residency application process will involve two separate steps before final confirmation, as follows.

1. Application to ISCP. Please submit the following to by August 20, 2018 indicating “Indigenous Artist’s 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 (link to application form here).
a. Please enclose the following materials in your application:
 curriculum vitae
 images or video links (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 #1
 reference letter #2
 brief project description (500 words max)
 scanned copy of Canadian Passport

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.

2. One to 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, 2018. 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, 2018. 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.

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 for 2018 are now closed.

RESIDENCIES: Twelve-month residency: January 1, 2018–December 31, 2018.

DESCRIPTION: ISCP’s first residency program developed specifically for New York City-based emerging artists was launched in 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. Artists working across all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Collectives 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 $721-927 per month for a private studio. Shared studios are $463.50 per month. Artists may apply as a non-collaborative pair to share a studio, or apply as an individual for a shared studio organized by ISCP. This includes 24-hour access to a furnished studio, kitchen and lounge, WiFi, administration and all utilities. Artists will have quarterly studio visits with established New York based artists. Ground Floor residents will receive invitations to numerous private social gatherings of the ISCP community. Artists will be eligible to propose a solo exhibition for ISCP’s Project Space annually. Ground Floor Artists will have the option to renew their studio for a second year. ISCP welcomes new and past applicants who formerly applied to the program.

Ground Floor is supported by Yoko Ono, Alice and Lawrence Weiner, Danna and Ed Ruscha, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York City Council District 34, and The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation.

Please contact Program Coordinator Alexandra Friedman with questions at