In 1993, the A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship Program was established by Stephanie Bernheim, former gallery artist. To support underrepresented and emerging artists,  a juried artist was awarded a year-long fellowship culminating in a gallery sponsored solo exhibition. Today there are six fellows. They are provided with mentorship, studio visits, and as well as development workshops with arts professionals.

This curated Fellowship Program is designed to encourage new artistic practices and to increase dialogue within A.I.R. Gallery and within the greater Art Community. Curator and artist panelists have included: Natalie Bell, Leslie Hewitt, Paddy Johnson, Piper Marshall, Catherine Morris,  Andrea Scott, Lumi Tan, and Faith Ringgold.

Artists awarded the A.I.R. Fellowship will receive a solo exhibition sponsored in full by the gallery, development workshops with a professional in the field, a one-on-one studio visit with one of the review panelists, an artist-mentor at A.I.R. Gallery to work with throughout the program, and much more.

Today, the A.I.R. Fellowship Program is supported in part by the New York Department of Cultural Affairs. Private foundations include: Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation,  Bernheim Foundation, PGS Millwork,  Scalapino O-Books Fund, and from individual donations to the Emma Bee Bernstein Fund. Please contact: info@airgallery.org to support the Fellowship Program and for further information on A.I.R. Gallery.

In order to be eligible for the A.I.R. Fellowship Program you must be;
    - A self-identified woman artist
    - Have not had a solo exhibition at a permanent commercial gallery in NYC in the last 10 years.
    - Are residents, or within commuting distance of, New York City metropolitan area for the duration of the program.
    - 18 years or older
    - Not a student or enrolled in any degree seeking program at the time of the program.
    - Not participating in a comparable development program or residency program.
    - Not currently be a member, employee or board member of A.I.R. Gallery, and never have had a solo show at A.I.R. Gallery.
    - Not a Fellowship alumna.

Check our frequently asked questions page for more info.

In order to prepare the best application possible A.I.R. will host two free Info Sessions. This is not mandatory however it is strongly encouraged that applicants attend the workshop if possible. **Fellowship Q&A Info Session on Tuesday October 3rd and Wednesday October 18th from 6:30-7:30pm. RSVP required, limited seating available. 

Each year, a rigorous selection review is conducted by a panel of outside curators, critics, and established artists. Through a multi-round process, artists are selected based on the quality and commitment to their work. A final interview and selection is made by A.I.R. Gallery Artists. A mandatory in-person interview is held prior to being accepted to the program. The A.I.R. Fellowship Program is open to artists working in all media and seeks to work with those that could benefit from the opportunities that the program offers.  Six artists will be awarded a Fellowship. This year's panelists include Lia Gangitano, Rujeko Hockley, and Lisa Oppenheim.  

See past panelists here