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.
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.
The A.I.R. Fellowship Program was established in 1993 by former NY artist member, Stephanie Bernheim 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. Essential for this process are a series of professional development workshops, the close collaboration with an A.I.R. artist-mentor, scheduled studio visits through the year- including one with the panelists, and the participation in the Unforgettables Reading/Working Group.
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.