As a feminist artist-run organization with a self-directed governing body, A.I.R. is an alternative cultural institution that is supported by a network of active artist participants. Its existence was fundamental in the careers of diverse artists such as Nancy Spero, Ana Mendieta, Mary Beth Edelson, Judith Bernstein, Howardena Pindell, as well as recent artists like Kameelah Rashid, Shadi Harouni, Juliana Cerqueira Leite and more. Throughout its history, A.I.R. has developed a number of inclusive and broad-based artist programs that are listed below.


New York Artists Program

A.I.R. Gallery invites self-identified women artists residing in the New York area to apply for our New York Artists Program. In 1972 a group of women artists founded A.I.R. (Artists in Residence) Gallery—the first artist-run gallery for women in the United States. New York Artist members benefit from a supportive arts organization that encourages experimentation, provides resources and exhibition space, and allows artists to shape the gallery’s programming. The gallery’s professional staff assists the New York Artists in the development of their individual artistic careers and handles the daily operation of the gallery.

National Artists Program

One of A.I.R.'s  initiatives is to create a national membership of self-identified women artists. These women are mid-career professional artists or emerging artists showing exceptional talent. This group of women artists forms a network of support and opportunity for each other and for and with the New York based member artists. A.I.R.’s National Artists Program is designed for 22 women artists living throughout the United States.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   


Alumnae Artists Program

A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce a program for gallery “alumnae” interested in continuing their connection with A.I.R., or reconnecting, by participating in gallery programming and having New York-based representation for their careers.

Adjunct Artists Program

After maintaining 7 years of membership at A.I.R., artists will automatically be eligible for the Adjunct Program. Click on the link below to see the list of our current adjunct artists.                                  


Fellowship Program

The A.I.R. Fellowship Program was established in order to support underrepresented and emerging self-identified women artists in New York City. Each year, six artists are awarded a year-long fellowship to develop and exhibit a project at A.I.R. In the last 24 years more than 86 artists have had the opportunity to have their first solo exhibition in New York City with the support of the A.I.R. community. This program encourages artistic experimentation and rigor by providing a space where feminist historical precedence and inter-generational dialogue are at the forefront.