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: Phong Bui, Dan Cameron, Matthew Higgs, Christine Kim, Florence Lynch, Catherine Morris, 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 a free Info Session. This is not mandatory however it is strongly encouraged that applicants attend the workshop if possible. **Fellowship Q&A Info Session on Wednesday October 5th and Thursday October 20th 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. See past panelists here.



Amber J. Esseiva is the Curatorial Assistant at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University. She holds a B.A from Virginia Commonwealth University in Art History, and has worked in several arts Institutions in Richmond including, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and The Anderson Gallery. In 2012 she was a guest curator at VCUQ in Doha, Qatar.

She received her M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College in 2015. During her time at CCS Bard she curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions featuring works by seminal artists such as David Altmejd, Louisa Chase, Jason Rhoades, Mika Rottenberg, Kenny Scharf, Avery K. Singer, Roe Ethridge and Gabriel Orozco. During her time at CCS Bard she co-founded the transdisciplinary curatorial journal aCCeSsions, and was appointed curator for the Bard MFA’s graduate thesis exhibition.

From 2015-2016 she worked extensively curating exhibitions by emerging and mid-career artists. In 2015 she organized ANYTHING ON A SURFACE HAS SPACE, a discursive event at The Judd Foundation and was A.I.R. Gallery’s first curatorial fellow where she curated a solo exhibition by artist and VCU alum Alina Tenser. Following CCS Bard she was appointed Director of Zach Feuer and Joel Mesler’s Retrospective Gallery in Hudson, NY. In 2016 she was a guest curator at Glasgow International, and worked as the curator at Kirsten Dodge’s gallery SEPTEMEBER in Hudson, NY, where she organized The Arcade Bloc Performance Series


Andrea Scott is a writer and editor on the staff of The New Yorker magazine, where she has written on subjects ranging from a profile of the sculptor Sarah Sze to an appreciation of the downtown art maven Lia Gangitano. Scott’s writing has also appeared in The New York Times, T Magazine, W Magazine, Parkett, Cabinet, Frieze, and numerous monographs and museum catalogues. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Scott has a longstanding interest in art and technology. Prior to her career as a journalist, she was the executive producer of adaweb.com, an online art platform that commissioned medium-specific projects by artists including Jenny Holzer, Lawrence Weiner, and Doug Aitken at the end of the twentieth century.


Lumi Tan is currently Curator at The Kitchen, where she organizes exhibitions and produces performances with artists across disciplines and generations. Recent exhibitions include From Minimalism Into Algorithm, Sam Falls with Hart of Gold and Oldd News: September Spring;  Anicka Yi: You Can Call Me F;  No entrance, no exit, and Danh Vo and Xiu Xiu: Metal. Prior exhibitions and projects at The Kitchen include those with Liz Magic Laser, Boru O'Brien O'Connell, Luke Stettner, Gretchen Bender, and Chantal Akerman. Before coming to The Kitchen, Tan was Guest Curator at the FRAC Nord Pas-de-Calais in Dunkerque, France; Director at Zach Feuer Gallery, New York; and Curatorial Assistant at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City. Her writing has appeared in ArtforumFriezeThe New York TimesThe Exhibitionist, and numerous exhibition catalogues.