The majority of women artists in the late 1960s had few places to exhibit art. In response to this problem, a group of women founded A.I.R. Gallery in 1972. Included in the original membership were artists such as Nancy Spero, Howardena Pindell, Dotty Attie and Agnes Denes. Since that time, A.I.R. has consistently provided opportunities for women artist to exhibit their work in a professional and permanent exhibition space.

A.I.R. is the first artist-run gallery for women artists in the United States and has served as the model for many alternative galleries and organizations. In addition to being an alternative, non-profit exhibition space, A.I.R. has become a cultural center which sponsors public and community-oriented programs and maintains an archive of its history at NYU Fales Library.


Description of Internship

The Internship Program provides an opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of managing an arts organization and gallery. By assisting the staff and working with artists at the gallery, interns will become familiar with the unique nature of A.I.R. and become a part of its rich history. The work includes direct contact with the public, assisting with mailings and gallery publicity, cataloging incoming information and facilitating communication of information between the staff, the artists and the public. Past projects have included organizing the archive of historic documents, coordinating open-call exhibitions, planning a panel discussion, writing grant proposals, designing press materials, website upkeep and online social networking.


Application Procedure

Internships are ongoing throughout the year and are available in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. A.I.R. is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2020 season. Please send a resume and a cover letter to Yiwen Wang, Interim Assistant Director, at In particular, if the internship would fulfill a requirement of your academic program, please explain. An interview will be scheduled after receiving your materials.