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Opportunities: Open Call Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program (NYC)

Opportunities: Open Call Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program (NYC)


Call for Applications

***Application deadline: November 7, 2013, 11:59pm EST.


The 2014 Studio Program will be housed on the lower level of Smack Mellon’s building at 92 Plymouth Street.  The residency will take place from May 15, 2014 -April 15, 2015.

Smack Mellon offers free studio space to eligible artists for an eleven-month period. The program provides 6 artists working in all visual arts media a free private studio space and a $5000 fellowship (dependent upon funding). The program does not provide living space. Artists also have access to shared facilities that include: a state-of-the-art digital production lab, including a set of 27″ iMac workstations professionally configured for video and graphics editing, calibrated video monitors, a 3D-capable HD projector, surround-sound monitor speakers, flatbed scanners, a wide-format photo printer, a color laser printer and wireless internet access; and a shared kitchen/lounge area. Their staff is on-hand to provide technical support and to respond to the studio needs of their resident artists.

Their fabrication shop equipment was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. We will replace the equipment as soon as funding is available. Meanwhile their Studio Artists can use the shop space, the hand tools we have and their own tools to build larger projects that their studios can’t accommodate.

Studios range in size from 250 to 300 square feet. Not all studios have windows. Artists will not be permitted to choose their studio.

Artists who are accepted into the program must be prepared to actively use their studio a minimum of 50 hours a month or they will lose it.

**Please also note that due to the possibility of flooding in their basement studios, we strongly recommend that artists keep anything valuable off the floor at all times; therefore artists accustomed to working on the floor should think carefully about whether their studios will meet their needs.

All applicants must be United States citizens or legal Permanent Residents of the United States, 18 years or older, may not be enrolled in any degree program, and must be able to demonstrate need for a studio. Applicants may not be a resident artist in another studio program at the same time as the 2014 Smack Mellon residency.

Selection Process
A panel of arts professionals and artists will review applications and select artists for the 2014 season. Artists will be selected based on the quality of their work and their potential for making the most of their time in the program. All applicants will be notified by email. Please do not call the office for selection results.

More information and the application can be found on Smack Mellon’s Website


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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.
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