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The deadline for 2012-2013 Fellowship applications is 11:59 pm, Saturday, October 29, 2011.
The A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship Program, in place since 1993, provides under-represented and emerging artists with a visible gallery space while focusing on building relationships with other more experienced artists and art professionals. By removing the financial responsibilities of membership, the Fellowship Program includes a younger and more diverse group of women artists in the artist-run nature of the gallery. A panel of outside curators, critics and established artists selects participating artists annually. Panelists visit the individual artists’ studios in preparation for their solo shows.
2012 Panel: Lauren O’Neil Butler, Artforum.com Managing Editor; Susana Torruella Leval, Curator and Arts Consultant, and David Revere McFadden, William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator and Vice President for Collections and Exhibitions, Museum of Arts and Design.
Each participating artist has the opportunity to work with the gallery artists to staff gallery programs and activities, and plans and implements a special community project for the gallery during their tenure. The program is structured to give the involved artists the opportunity to develop their work in preparation for a solo show, to build relationships with other artists and arts professionals, and to learn about not-for-profit gallery operations. They leave the program with a series of naturally forged relationships, experiences and skill sets useful in continuing their careers as visual artists.
As art critic Holland Cotter recently wrote in the New York Times, “Most of the interesting American artists of the last 30 years are as interesting as they are in part because of the feminist art movement of the early 1970’s. It changed everything . . . . What art in the next 30 years will look like I don’t know, but feminist influences will be at its source.” Building on A.I.R.’s historical influence on contemporary art, the Fellowship Program uses the relationship between the gallery’s existing members and the new fellows to create an inter-generational dialogue critical to guaranteeing a future for A.I.R. as an alternative space for women artists.
The A.I.R. Fellowship Program is made possible by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, a state agency, JP Morgan Chase through a re-grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council, as well as generous support from The Bernheim Foundation, The Gifford Foundation, Elizabeth A. Sackler, The Milton and Sally Avery Foundation, The Theo Westenberger Estate, and many generous individual donors to the Emma Bee Bernstein Fellowship.
A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship Program
18- month Professional Development Program and Solo Show Opportunity for Emerging and Under-represented Women Artists.
Founded in 1972, A.I.R. Gallery is the first artist-run, not-for-profit art gallery for women artists in the country. As an early alternative space, A.I.R. served as a catalyst for the women’s art movement and a model for other artists and arts organizations. As art critic Holland Cotter wrote in the New York Times, “Most of the interesting American artists of the last 30 years are as interesting as they are in part because of the feminist art movement of the early 1970’s. It changed everything . . . . What art in the next 30 years will look like I don’t know, but feminist influences will be at its source.” Building on A.I.R.‘s historical influence on contemporary art, the Fellowship Program provides visible gallery space while focusing on building relationships with other more experienced artists, art professionals and collectors. A panel of outside reviewers will select participants. Panelists will visit the individual artists’ studios in preparation for their solo shows. Fellowship recipients will also plan and implement a community project with the gallery during their tenure.
Artists accepted to the program receive the following benefits:
Opportunity to work with A.I.R. Gallery Governing Board of member artists and staff to assist in planning and staffing gallery projects;
Sponsored membership at A.I.R. Gallery from March 2012 to July 2013;
A solo exhibition in the Fellowship Gallery during membershp;
Printing of exhibition announcement cards;
Participation in membership-based exhibitions;
Access to the gallery space, resources and career development assistance during program tenure;
One-on-one studio visit with panelist; and
Mentorship with an A.I.R. gallery artist-member.
Artists accepted to the program are expected to meet the following commitments to A.I.R.:
Plan one community project with the gallery during program participation.
(Note: Some examples of community projects are: film screenings, panel discussions, improvements to the gallery website, representing the gallery at outside conferences and events. For examples of successful past projects click here.)
Attend regularly scheduled professional development meetings held at A.I.R. Gallery.
Give a short (10 – 15 minute) artist’s talk at solo show opening reception.
Eligibility Requirements – The program is open to all women artists who:
Live in NYC greater metro area or plan to live in the NYC area for the duration of the program,
Have never had a solo show or have not had a solo show in the last ten years outside of an educational or not-for-profit venue.
(Note: MFA or seniors thesis exhibitions and participation in invitational solo shows at not-for-profit spaces do not make an artist ineligible)’
Have not been members of A.I.R. Gallery or received the A.I.R. Fellowship previously; and
Are residents of the United States or have a valid visa not expiring before the end of the program, are 18 years of age or older, and will not be enrolled in a degree program during the 18 months of the sponsored Fellowship.
Application Process – Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m., Saturday, October 29, 2010
Completed online application form;
5 images OR one 3-minute video (see image guidelines below);
There is NO application fee.
Selection Panel will conduct a blind review of applications in January 2012. The panelists are:
Lauren O’Neil Butler, Artforum.com Managing Editor; Susana Toruella Leval, Curator and Arts Consultant; David Revere McFadden, William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator and Vice President for Collections and Exhibitions, Museum of Arts and Design.
Selected artists will be notified by February 1, 2012 and program participation will begin March 1, 2012.
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