A.I.R. FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM FAQ
DO I NEED TO BE AN AMERICAN CITIZEN TO APPLY FOR THE A.I.R. FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM?
No, but you must live in the greater New York metropolitan area for the duration of the program. A.I.R. is unable to provide sponsorship to artists seeking a Visa.
SHOULD I APPLY WITH MY PAST WORK OR SKETCHES FOR A NEW PROJECT I AM PLANNING TO DO WHILE AT A.I.R. ?
Your application should contain examples of your best work, and we recommend prioritizing your most recent work. Please use the description box in the application to add any important notes about your work if it seems unclear. The panelists want to know what they are looking at.
CAN I BE A STUDENT AT THE TIME OF THE APPLICATION IF I WILL GRADUATE BEFORE THE PROGRAM BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER?
Yes, as long as you are not enrolled in a degree-seeking program at the time the Fellowship starts you are eligible to apply.
IF I HAD A SOLO SHOW AT A POP-UP GALLERY IN THE LAST 10 YEARS DOES THAT MAKE ME INELIGIBLE?
Only artists who have had a solo show at a permanent commercial gallery in the last 10 years are ineligible. Exhibitions at non-profit galleries, museums, universities or at pop-up spaces are NOT included. A two or more person show at a commercial space is NOT included. If you have any questions regarding whether your exhibition history makes you ineligible email us.
CAN I APPLY FOR APPLICATION EVEN IF I DON’T LIVE IN NYC AND THEN MOVE IF I GET ACCEPTED?
Unfortunately no. We realize there are lots of women artists who could use this award, but we require a number of on-site events early on, including an in-person interview before the final selection is made. We will not Skype or do a video interview. Artist should have residence and studio space in NYC as the Fellowship program does not provide that.
CAN I SUBMIT MULTIPLE IMAGES OF THE SAME PROJECT WITHIN ONE IMAGE?
We do not recommend submitting composite images. However, if you choose to do so you are allowed to submit a maximum of two views of a single project within the same image.
DO YOU ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM ARTIST TEAMS OR COLLABORATIVE GROUPS?
Yes, however their exhibition must be collaborative as opposed to a group show. The joint application must demonstrate that you have a history of working collaboratively. You must submit only one set of materials for all members, and these materials (including the resume) should reflect your past collaborative work rather than the work of each individual member. The stipend would be split among the collaborators.
I HAVE PLANS TO TRAVEL DURING THE FELLOWSHIP. CAN I STILL APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM?
We understand that 12 months is a long time, however it is important to have all fellows present and able to participate in order to make the most of the experience. A fellow should plan to miss no more than two scheduled events during the course of the program. Other commitments to residency programs or similar development programs are strongly discouraged.
I ACCIDENTALLY UPLOADED THE WRONG FILE/MADE A MISTAKE ON MY APPLICATION. CAN I REPLACE IT WITH A CORRECTED ONE IF IT IS STILL BEFORE THE DEADLINE?
You can make changes and save your Submittable application up until you submit. Check over your work before submitting to make sure everything is correct. After that your application is final. Please do not contact the gallery regarding edits to your application.
IF MY APPLICATION IS INCOMPLETE, WILL A.I.R. LET ME KNOW?
The artist is responsible for reading and abiding by all guidelines for the A.I.R. Fellowship. In order to assist artists, A.I.R. hosts FREE workshops where you can learn how to submit a complete application.
IF I AM ACCEPTED INTO THE A.I.R. FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM, WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME?
Community is one of the most vital and important aspects to a fulfilling experience at A.I.R. Gallery. The best way to participate in the Fellowship program is to attend openings, gallery events, and engage with mentors and our community of artists. The mandatory criteria to complete a successful Fellowship is executing a solo exhibition, give a public artist talk, hold a critique/discussion during your exhibition and complete one community project.
HOW CAN I MAKE SURE I’M SUBMITTING A STRONG APPLICATION?
In an effort to help artists understand the Fellowship program and learn tips for putting together a really great application A.I.R. will be hosting a FREE info session. This is not mandatory however it is strongly encouraged that applicants attend the workshop if possible.
To go back to the application guidelines here.