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 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. 
  • Not a Fellowship alumna



  • Free membership at the A.I.R. Gallery for one year
  • A solo exhibition in the Fellowship Gallery fully supported by A.I.R.
  • Professional development workshops led by a professional in the field
  • Printing of exhibition announcement cards
  • Participation in membership-based exhibitions
  • Access to the gallery space, resources and career development assistance during program tenure
  • 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
  • A stipend at the end of their participation in the program, pending available funding


Selection Process

Each year, a selection review is conducted by a panel of outside curators, 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. 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. Previous curator and artist panelists have included: Phong Bui, Dan Cameron, Matthew Higgs, Christine Kim, Florence Lynch, Catherine Morris, Leslie Hewitt, Rina Baneerjee, Piper Marshall, Faith Ringgold, Lumi Tan, Amber Esseiva and Andrea Scott. 

The year 2017 panelists included Lia Gangitano, Rujeko Hockley, and Lisa Oppenheim. 

For more information on current and past panelists, click here.


How to apply

The online application is FREE to all applicants and can be accessed by clicking the button below: 

*Applications are currently closed. 



Have more questions?

Please visit our frequently asked questions page regarding the fellowship program. 

A.I.R. also hosts two Information Sessions. It is strongly encouraged that applicants attend the session if possible.



The A.I.R. Fellowship Program is made possible by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation as well as generous support from the Bernheim Foundation, Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, The Gifford Foundation, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and individual donors to the Emma Bee Bernstein Fund.


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