A.I.R. Fellowship Program

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A.I.R. Fellowship Program

Are you aware of the worthy A.I.R. fellowship program? If you are an artist, then you shouldn’t be unaware of this valuable program with tremendous benefits. A.I.R. Gallery is calling artists to apply for its outstanding A.I.R. Fellowship program. An artist who self identifies as a woman or a non-binary person, and have not had a solo exhibition at a permanent commercial gallery in N.Y.C. in the last ten years are welcome to apply. Candidates are residents or can be within commuting distance of, New York City metropolitan area during the fellowship duration is only eligible for the program.

The goal of this program is to support these deserving artists through some funds and other benefits. This program encourages artistic experimentation and rigour by providing a space where feminist historical precedence and intergenerational dialogue are at the forefront. Essential to this process is a series of professional development workshops, close collaboration with an A.I.R. artist-mentor, scheduled studio visits through the year including one with the panellists and participation in the unforgettable Reading/Working Group. This fellowship support underrepresented and emerging women and non-binary artists in New York City.

A.I.R. Gallery is a permanent exhibition space that supports an open exchange of ideas and risk-taking by women artists to provide support and visibility. As an artist-run organization, A.I.R. fosters involvement through multiple tiers of representation: New York, National, Adjunct, and Alumnae Artists. The A.I.R. Fellowship Program was established in 1993 by former artist member, Stephanie Bernheim, to support underrepresented and emerging self-identified women and non-binary 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 25 years, more than 100 artists have had the opportunity to have their first solo exhibition in New York City with the support of the A.I.R. community.

Brief Description

Organization A.I.R Gallery
Educational Level Artists
Subjects Art
Amount Stipend and other benefits
Access Mode Online
Number of Awards Undefined
City Any
Nationality Domestic and International
Country United States
Application Deadline October 21, 2020
Application Fees Nil
Requirement Application, Video, Resume

Who May Be Eligible?

Here are the eligibility requirements you have to stand on to apply for this program:

  • Applicant should be an artist who self-identifies as a woman or a non-binary person.
  • Candidate should not have a solo exhibition at a permanent commercial gallery in N.Y.C. in the last ten years.
  • Fellows should be a resident, or within commuting distance of, New York City metropolitan area for the duration of the program.
  • Candidates should be 18 years or older.
  • Applicant should not be a student or enrolled in any degree-seeking program at the time of the program.
  • Candidate should 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.
  • An individual should not be participating in a comparable development program or residency program.
  • The fellow should not be a Fellowship alumna.

How to Apply

Only the eligible candidates should apply for the program through an online application form. Applicants should create an online account to apply for the program. All the needed supporting documents should be provided with caution. Late or incomplete applications will not be entertained for the program. All the candidates should remember that this is a blind review process, so do not mention your name on any of the supporting documents. An interview will be conducted after the selection. If candidate’s name is mentioned in a file or cv, the application will be rejected.

Supporting Documents

Applicants will need to send images as per the following guidelines:

72ppi, JPG, RGB files only.

Image may not exceed 1000 pixels in any direction.

Images MUST be oriented properly (ex: top of the image is up).

All file names must be labelled with Title, Year, Medium, Dimensions (H x W x D), i.e. Untitled 2, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 14×14 inches.jpg.

You must fill in all fields and upload all five images for your application to be complete.

  • VIDEO Guidelines:

Video samples may not exceed 3 minutes in length.

We will only accept a video artwork piece – NO ‘behind the scenes’ or ‘personal statement’ videos.

The video must be submitted as.MOV or MP4 format.

All file names must be labelled with Title, Year, Medium, Dimensions (H x W x D), i.e. Untitled 2, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 14×14″.jpg.


Benefits of this fellowship are given below:

  • The winning candidate will get a free membership at the A.I.R. Gallery for one year.
  • The selected candidate will get a solo exhibition in the Fellowship Gallery fully supported by A.I.R.
  • Professional development workshops led by a professional in the field.
  • The candidate will get the opportunity for participation in membership-based exhibitions.
  • The fellow will get access to the gallery space, resources and career development assistance during program tenure.
  • One-on-one studio visit with one of the review panellists.
  • An artist-mentor at A.I.R. Gallery to work with throughout the program.
  • An individual will get a stipend at the end of their participation in the program, pending available funding.

Application Deadline

The last date to apply for the program is October 21, 2020.

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