2020/2021 Residency Open Call

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Applications are due by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, May 22, 2020. Please submit any questions or concerns to Alessandro Facente at alessandro@artistsallianceinc.org by end of day, Monday, May 18. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Given the impact of COVID-19, forthcoming residency session dates are subject to adjustment

Six-Month: September 15, 2020 – March 14, 2021
Three-Month: December 15, 2020 – March 14, 2021

We are pleased to announce the 2020 Winter Open Call for Artists Alliance Inc’s LES Studio Program. This application is for the following 2020/2021 residency sessions: September 15, 2020 – March 14, 2021 (6 months), and December 15, 2020 – March 14, 2021 (3 months).

Based in Lower Manhattan and supported by public funds, the LES Studio Program provides free three and six-month residencies to under-represented, emerging and mid-career artists. Artists working across all disciplines are encouraged to apply for fully-funded shared studio space in the historic Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center in the heart of the Lower East Side.

The residency offers 24-hour access to a furnished studio with WiFi, the opportunity to present work to curators and critics through AAI-organized studio visits, a curated exhibition at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space (located inside the Essex Street Market), exposure to a broad general audience during bi-annual Open Studios, and monthly stipends (awarded to New York State residents only). Residencies are meant to facilitate experimentation, research, or production by providing much-needed space and time to residents.

Select artists will also be invited to participate in Public Works, AAI’s collaborative programming that aims to integrate contemporary art practices with the missions of institutions within and outside of the art field. Previous collaborations include in-school workshops, studio visits with local high school students, and artist-designed bike rides in partnership with Bike New York. Artist fees and material support are provided for most of these activities.

While in residency, artists are offered access to Materials for the Arts. Any additional materials needed should be brought or purchased by the artist.

Free studio space with 24-hour access
Monthly studio visits with invited guests
Curated exhibition at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space
Monthly stipend (available to New York State residents only)*

Please note that studio space is shared between four artists and individual studio space is approximately 170 square feet and partitioned without a door. The studio is located on the 4th floor of the Clemente building, which does not currently have an elevator nor is it handicap accessible.

Residents will be chosen by a jury of art professionals through a competitive process. The LES Studio Program is open to US and non-US residents; however, please note that travel costs are not covered by Artists Alliance Inc. Artists outside of the United States are responsible for arranging for and obtaining any needed visa, as well as considering the time it takes to do so.

There is no fee to apply. If you are chosen to participate, your residency will be completely free; however, we are currently unable to offer travel reimbursement. Monthly stipends are provided to New York State residents.

We recommend that internationally-based artists accepted into the residency program contact their nearest United States Consulate or Embassy (https://www.usembassy.gov/). Residents typically enter the United States on a B1/B2 visa, which is issued for business/tourist purposes. A letter of invitation, provided by AAI, can be used in support of the visa application process.

* You are a New York State resident if:
– your 
domicile is New York State; or
– your 
domicile is not New York State but you maintain a permanent place of abode in New York State for more than 11 months of the year and spend 184 days or more in New York State during the tax year.


Cuchifritos Gallery, a program of Artists Alliance Inc, is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Exhibition programming is made possible by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank the New York City Economic Development Corporation and individual supporters of Artists Alliance Inc for their continued support. Special thanks go to our team of dedicated volunteers and interns, without whom this program would not be possible.