Funding Research and Resources for Students
Student Grants & Funding
Alice Beck-Odette Scholarship
Named for a former faculty member and current inspiration, the Alice Beck-Odette Scholarship is awarded to current and incoming MFA Photography, Video and Related Media students who demonstrate academic merit as well as financial need. This scholarship is usually awarded in the amount of $4,000, via proposal, with some exceptions.
The Department Assistantship is a work-study program open to any current or incoming student. In exchange for working in the department a certain number of hours per week during the semester and 80 hours during the summer, SVA waives a portion of your tuition for a maximum of two semesters. A full-time position requires 20 hours per week, and reduces your tuition by half each semester. A part-time position requires 10 hours per week, and reduces your tuition by about a quarter per semester. These positions are very limited, but when one becomes available, students are given the opportunity to apply to the area in which they are most experienced, including computer lab, video lab, student relations, office assisting, and cage operations.
The Beth Block Travel Grant
This grant is to honor and continue the work of Beth Block, class of 2001. Her photography explored fleeting, everyday experience in a soulful, riveting manner. Beth’s choices and sensibilities lent depth and support to her keen photojournalistic approach, allowing the viewer access to the intimacies she seemed to share with her subject matter. Beth’s blend of artistic and documentarian style spoke to the universal condition. Her iconic images are found in museums and private collections.
The award supports students in their first year, or second year of the three-year program, in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media department at the School of Visual Arts, and is intended to be used as a travel stipend to support the investigation of “real world” issues the summer before their Thesis year.
SVA Alumni Scholarship Award
Alumni Scholarship Awards are given to final year undergraduate and graduate students to aid in completion of their thesis/portfolio project. These cash awards are intended to cover project expenses, and range from $500 to $2,000, depending on the student’s project budget. Applications are ranked by an alumni panel whose recommendations are approved by The Alumni Society Board of Directors. An annual total of $40,000 in scholarships has been awarded each year since 2008. Applications are available each October. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required to qualify for this award.
Thomas Reiss Memorial Award
An award fund in memory of Thomas Reiss (MFA 1993 Photography and Related Media) was established in 2003 by Tom’s brother, Richard M. Reiss. Tom, who was an avid environmentalist, died in August 2002 in a boating accident in Thailand. This $1,000 scholarship is given to the highest-ranked MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department student in the Alumni Scholarship Award applicant pool whose final project addresses a humanitarian issue.
College Art Association Fellowship
CAA’s Professional Development Fellowships support promising artists and art historians who are enrolled in MFA and PhD programs nationwide. Fellows are honored with $5,000 grants to help them with various aspects of their work, whether it be for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for the studio. Fellows also receive a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration to the Annual Conference. Honorable mentions, given at the discretion of the jury, also earn a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary conference registration.
CAA seeks applications from students who are current members; are citizens or permanent residents of the United States; will receive their MFA or PhD degree in the calendar year following the year of application, and have outstanding capabilities and demonstrate distinction in approach, technique, or perspective in their contribution to art history and the visual arts.
The Alexia Foundation provides educational opportunities and cash grants to help students produce bodies of work that share the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding.
Student applicants are encouraged to consider projects that explore cultural understanding in or near their local community. While the Foundation does not discourage proposals on topics outside the students’ region, no extra weight is given to these topics when determining winning Grant recipients. Rather, the Foundation believes applicants are more likely to complete a story closer to their school or home than one that requires travel.
The Foundation welcomes proposals for still photography or multimedia projects. Students are encouraged to submit multimedia pieces with their grant applications.
Grant & Competition Resources
D&AD Global Next Photographer Award
The Next Photographer Award is a competition open to new photographers with less than three years professional experience. The Award offers up and coming creative talent the chance to win invaluable industry mentorship from a wide portfolio of acclaimed photographers, agents and advertising agencies – giving emerging talent a platform to showcase their work in front of the people that matter most. In partnership with Getty Images, the Awards also offers new photographers the chance to win a prize fund to realise a photography project.
Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Photography
New Delta Review is the home of the Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Photography. For this contest, New Delta Review seeks a series of 10 photographs that will serve as the online cover pages for our journal’s winter issue. Together, the photographs should tell a story, or be centered on a unified theme of the artist’s choosing. In addition to publication in the winter issue, the winning artist will receive a $500 cash prize.
The Project Development Grant offers financial support to fine art, documentary, or photojournalist works-in-progress. The grant includes a cash award to help complete a project as well as platforms for feedback and professional development opportunities for the work’s final stages. This grant is awarded to projects that are still in progress and have not been exhibited or published. It requires signing of a contract to participate in an exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts during Review Santa Fe.
The Project Launch Grant is granted to an outstanding photographer working in fine art series or documentary project. The grant includes a cash award to help complete or disseminate the works, as well as providing a platform for exposure and professional development opportunities. This grant is awarded to complete or nearly completed projects that would benefit from the grant award package.
The Documentary Project Fund
TheDocumentaryProjectFund Call-For-Entries is open to emerging and established still photographers. All applicants must have the appropriate skill level necessary to plan and execute a documentary project. Selected artists will have six months to complete the photographic work.
Each Call-For-Entries is intended to fund one project and will award up to $5000. The fund may grant project support to photographers working in conjunction with another nonprofit, provided that group will match our funding.
John Gutmann Fellowship
For over sixty years, John Gutmann made an imprint as an artist and educator on the development of photography as an art form. Through his philanthropic generosity, annual awards of $5,000 to $10,000 are made to emerging photographers showing professional accomplishment, serious artistic commitment, and need in the field of photography. Candidates for Gutmann Fellowships are nominated by an appointed jury.
Inge Morath Award
The annual Inge Morath Award is given to a woman photographer under thirty years of age, to assist in the completion of a long term documentary project. The winner and finalists are selected by the photographer members of Magnum Photos and a representative of the Morath Foundation at the Magnum annual meeting.
Crusade for Art Engagement Grant
Crusade for Art aims to educate, inspire, and support artists to create unique, approachable programs that bring new audiences to art and allow them to engage with art in a meaningful way.
The centerpiece of Crusade for Art is a $10,000 grant that will be awarded to an individual photographer or group of photographers with the most innovative plan for increasing their audience and collector base. The unrestricted grant is created both to generate and highlight these innovations, and to underwrite the execution of the best idea.
Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award
The Carmignac Foundation launched the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award in 2009 with the aim of supporting and promoting investigative photography in areas not in the spotlight yet at the heart of complex geostrategic conflict with global repercussions and where human rights and freedom of speech are often violated.
With a prize set at 50,000 Euros, this award aims to fund in-depth photographic report that reflects the complexity of the current situation. The Carmignac Foundation undertakes to support the winner throughout the project by monitoring his/her progress in the field as well as promoting and running a touring exhibition in France, Italy, Germany and the UK and financing a monograph. The Carmignac Foundation also commits to buying four photographs resulting from the winner’s endeavours.
Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Grant
The EPF grant is designed to support continuation of a photographer’s personal project. This body of work may be of either journalistic mission or purely personal artistic imperatives. The primary intent is to support emerging photographers who will become the icons of tomorrow.
Photo Contest Directory
Listings of photography contests for students and alumni
The Margaret Meade Film Festival + Filmmaker Award
The American Museum of Natural History’s Margaret Mead Film Festival is presented by the Museum’s Public Programs Division in the Department of Education. Held annually each fall, the Mead Festival was founded in honor of pioneering anthropologist Margaret Mead, one of the first anthropologists to recognize the significance of film for fieldwork. The Mead Festival screens documentaries, experimental films, animation, and hybrid works that increase our understanding of the complexity and diversity of the peoples and cultures that populate our planet.
In 2010, the Margaret Mead Film Festival implemented the Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award. The Award recognizes documentary filmmakers who embody the spirit, energy, and innovation demonstrated by Margaret Mead in her research, fieldwork, films, and writings. The award is given to a filmmaker whose feature documentary offers a new perspective on a culture or community remote from the majority of our audiences’ experience as well as displays artistic excellence and originality in storytelling technique. Films selected for the Margaret Mead Film Festival that are U.S., North American, or World Premieres are eligible for the Award. The award winner is selected by a jury of industry professionals.
The Snider Prize
The Snider Prize is a purchase award given to emerging artists as they leave graduate school. The curatorial staff at MoCP at Columbia College Chicago will select an artist and offer $1000 for the purchase of work to be added to its permanent collection.
The award forms a part of the museum’s ongoing commitment to support new talent in the field of contemporary photography. The prize is open to MFA students currently in their last year of study at an accredited program of study in the United States. The Snider Prize is sponsored by MoCP patrons Lawrence K. and Maxine Snider.
City of Levallois Photography Award
This prize is open to all practices of contemporary photography. Photographers must present their own new work, which has not been previously published or exhibited. The selection panel will pay particular attention to the consistency of the artistic approach in its form and content. This award is open to all photographers 35 and under, regardless of nationality. The prize is 10,000 euros and the production of a solo show during the Levallois Photo Festival.
Sarah Jacobson Film Grant
The Sarah Jacobson Film Grant supports women “whose work embodies some of the things that Sarah stood for: a fierce DIY approach to filmmaking, a radical social critique, and a thoroughly underground sensibility.” Grants are about $2,000 each, to support film projects in any stage of completion, from pre-production through distribution.
W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund
The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist. For 2012, the amount of the grant will be $30,000. An additional $5,000 in fellowship money will be dispersed, at the discretion of the jury, to one or more finalists deemed worthy of special recognition.
Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc.
Provides small grants ($500-$1500) to individual feminist women in the arts whose work in some way focuses upon women. Limited to art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Black Rock Arts Foundation: A Community Resource for Interactive Art
BRAF funds highly interactive, community-driven works of art that prioritize community involvement in their development, execution and display. We fund art that is accessible to the public, civic in scope and prompts the viewer to act. We like art that can be experienced in more ways than visually – art that is touched, heard or experienced as well as viewed. We prioritize funding art that involves the audience in its conception, creation and presentation.
Open Society Foundations
In 2010, the Open Society Foundations, through its New York, Budapest, and London offices alone, awarded more than 4,500 grants in the amount of $612 million. While we predominantly fund preselected organizations, some programs encourage submission of letters of inquiry or publish funding guidelines for grant seekers. Our scholarship and fellowship programs in particular actively solicit applications from individuals who satisfy the defined selection criteria. If you are interested in seeking a grant from the Open Society Foundations, we encourage you to explore this website to determine whether any of our programs or foundations correspond to the work you are pursuing. The Foundations do not award grants outside of our targeted thematic and geographic areas of interest.
Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship
The Aaron Siskind Foundation offers a limited number of Individual Photographer’s Fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each, for artists working in photography and photo-based art. Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium in its widest sense. The Foundation seeks to support artists/photographers who demonstrate a serious commitment to the field, who are professionally active or employed in the field. Open to US citizens and permanent residents.
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
Often characterized as “midcareer” awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and the other open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean. Candidates must apply to the Guggenheim Foundation in order to be considered in either of these competitions.
The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905-1972), seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists. The Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit arts organizations and artists in Minnesota and New York City.
Creative Capital Foundation
Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Literature, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Working in long-term partnership with artists, Creative Capital’s pioneering approach to support combines funding, counsel and career development services to enable a project’s success and foster sustainable practices for its grantees. Creative Capital is the only national grantmaking and artist service organization for individual artists with an open application process. Our selection process includes three steps: inquiry, application and panel review.
American Council of Learned Societies
The mission of the American Council of Learned Societies, as set forth in its constitution, is to “advance humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and to maintain and strengthen relations among the national societies devoted to such studies.” As the pre-eminent representative of humanities scholarship in America, the ACLS carries out its mission in a variety of programs across many fields of learning.
The Columbia Foundation
Columbia Foundation’s mission is to be a catalytic funder of work to protect and enhance the quality of life within the means of nature. Grantmaking is focused on programs that provide opportunities to artists from diverse cultures for the creation, development, performance, or exhibition in the performing (music, opera, dance, theater) literary, or visual arts.
The Aftermath Project
The Aftermath Project holds a yearly grant competition open to working photographers worldwide covering the aftermath of conflict. The grant application usually goes online in mid-August, and the application deadline is in early November. Specifics are on the application form.
The AAF Prize for Fine Arts
Each year, The AAF Prize for Fine Arts (formerly The Daisy Soros Prize and The Hayward Prize) offers US fine arts graduate students, or those who have completed their graduate studies within the past two years, the opportunity to study at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts Salzburg in Austria. The AAF Prize for Fine Arts is funded through the generosity of AAF trustee Gerhard Seebacher and his wife Angelika. The fellowship covers Summer Academy tuition, up to $1,000 of travel reimbursement, accommodation in Summer Academy’s approved student housing, and a small pocket money stipend.
Honickman First Book Prize in Photography
Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University
Winners of the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography receive a grant of $3,000, publication of a book of photography, and inclusion in a website devoted to presenting the work of the prizewinners. The winner will also be given a solo exhibit at the Center for Documentary Studies and the photographs will then be placed in the Archive of Documentary Arts in Duke University’s Rubenstein Library.
Daylight Photo Awards
Daylight is a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography via our book, magazine, and multimedia programs. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine-art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large.
International Photo Awards
Now in its tenth year, the International Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for professional, non-professional, and student photographers on a global level, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today.
Tracey Baran Award
The Tracey Baran Award was established to honor the memory and achievement of Tracey Baran, a young photographer who died after a short illness in 2008. This annual award, with a fellowship grant of $5000, will be given to one emerging female photographer who is a citizen of the United States.
Julia Dean Photo Workshops: The Berenice Abbott Prize
One emerging photographer is awarded an all-expenses-paid, one-person exhibition at the Julia Dean Gallery in Los Angeles, all matting and framing of prints, invitations and postage, opening reception, airfare to and from Los Angeles for the exhibit opening, hotel for two nights.
SF Camerawork Exhibitions
Each year, SF Camerawork stages six to eight major exhibitions featuring photography, video, digital media, and film. Additionally, public programming in conjunction with exhibitions often includes performances, screenings, readings, and lectures. Camerawork’s program calendar, conceptualized and organized by Camerawork’s Curator, Curatorial Council, and guest curators, is scheduled 18—24 months in advance.
Fotofoto National Photography Competition
The competition is open to all US residents 18 years of age or older, excluding members of fotofoto gallery. Any photographic medium including digital and alternative processes will be accepted. The maximum height or width of framed work cannot exceed 36 inches. Free-standing pieces cannot be accepted.
CDS Filmmaker Award
This $7,500 annual prize recognizes documentary films that combine originality and creativity with firsthand experience in examining central issues of contemporary life and culture. In keeping with the CDS mission, the award was created to honor and support documentary artists whose works are potential catalysts for education and change. The award goes to filmmakers who best connect the power of the documentary tradition with community life, who best lead viewers to understand and reflect on themselves and the world portrayed.
PDN Photo Contests
Photo District News holds contests year-round, varying on subject matter and prizes awarded. For more information, visit the website.
Photo Review International Photography Competition
The Photo Review’s is “a competition with a difference” that enables thousands of people across the country to see the accepted work in the competition issue. The prize-winning photographers will be chosen for an exhibition at the photography gallery of The University of the Arts, Philadelphia.
The Leica European Publisher’s Award for Photography
The European Publishers Award for Photography was established in 1994 and celebrates its 19th year in 2012. The competition requires the submission of a substantial, completed and unpublished photographic book project. The winning project is then published in book form simultaneously by each of the publishers. The 2012 winner will be published in six editions in six languages. For several past winners the Award book has been their first publication and has proved to be of significant benefit in the development of their careers. Additionally, in recent years the winning photographer has received a major exhibition of the work during the following Rencontres d’Arles.
Getty Images Grants
Getty Images offers grants for editorial photography, creative photography to promote positive change, emerging talent, and portrait photography. Their goal is to enable photographers, filmmakers, and content creators to bring attention to significant social and cultural issues, as well as to take new and inspiring strides in creative work.
Ratingy Annual Scholarship Program
Raingy have created the Ratingy Annual Scholarship program for undergraduate and postgraduate students with the passion of Latest technology/Gadgets to receive a Scholarship.
Adventographer Travel Scholarship
Adventographer believes that travel is a catalyst for change, for personal growth, for acceptance and tolerance. We have a passion for traveling and recording the unique and life changing moments that can happen during those adventures. Open to students around the world.
Mohsen Arts Foundation
The Mohsen Arts Foundation provides scholarships to anyone of Middle Eastern, Arab, or Southeast Asian descent residing in the United States with a passion for the arts.
women photographers grant
The PHmuseum 2018 Women Photographers Grant aims to empower the work and careers of female and non-binary professionals of all ages and from all countries working in diverse areas of photography. Its mission is to support the growth of the new generations and promote stories narrated from a female perspective, while responding to the need to work for gender equality in the industry.
AAHD Scholarship Program
The PHmuseum 2018 Women Photographers Grant aims to empower the work and careers of female and non-binary professionals of all ages and from all countries working in diverse areas of photography. Its mission is to support the growth of the new generations and promote stories narrated from a female perspective, while responding to the need to work for gender equality in the industry.
Light Work Grants
The Light Work Grants in Photography program was established in 1975 to support artists working in Central New York. The $3,000 grants are awarded to encourage the development of ongoing projects and the creation of new work. The work of the grant recipients is exhibited at Light Work and reproduced in Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.
Lenscratch Student Prize
LENSCRATCH is a daily journal that explores contemporary photography and offers opportunities for exposure and community.
International Emerging Artist Award
The mission of IEAA is double: support the emergence of upcoming artists by uncovering them through the competition and increase their visibility on the global art market by placing them in renowned art galleries and allowing them to participate in international art events.
Aperture Portfolio Prize
The purpose of the Aperture Portfolio Prize is to identify trends in contemporary photography and highlight artists whose work deserves greater recognition
Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards
The Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards is an international photography competition for up-and-coming image makers who are ready to kickstart their careers. Selected photographers will be provided with the resources they need to get their career off to a strong start including 3 international group exhibitions, $$$, and incredible exposure opportunities.
The Prix VIRGINIA, awarded every other year, beginning in 2012, is open to all living professional women photographers, regardless of age or nationality, with the exception of photojournalisms and advertising.
Sony World Photography Awards
The objective of the Sony World Photography Awards is to establish a platform for the continuous development of photographic culture. The Awards do this by recognizing great contributions to photography in the past through the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize as well as finding new talents of the future and providing them with the opportunity to be promoted and exhibited around the world. This is achieved through the Awards programme and by integrating a Student and Youth competition as well as Student and Professional Sony Grants.
First Book Award
The First Book Award is a photography publishing prize open to photographers who have not previously had a book published by a third party publishing house (this does not include self-published print on demand projects). The award was established in 2012 to support emerging photographers. The call for submissions emphasises a predilection for projects conceived in book form: works that find a voice through the book.
Residencies for Alumni
Harvestworks Artist In Residency
The Harvestworks New Works Residency is a national program that offers American artists (US residents) commissions of up to $5000 to make a new work in our Technology, Engineering, Art and Music (TEAM) lab. Each artist receives up to a $2000 artist fee with the balance of the award used for TEAM lab activities including research and development, sound and image production, programming and prototyping. The artist works with a team comprised of Harvestworks’ Project Manager and consultants, technicians, or instructors. The proposed projects should explore new aesthetic premises and push the boundaries of conventional art forms and media.
Each year, CCNY invites emerging photographers living in New York City to apply for the CCNY Darkroom Residency Program. This residency offers local photographers much-needed studio, darkroom, and digital workspace in New York City, free access to the CCNY community and programs, exhibition opportunities, and a stipend with some donated materials. A three-person jury selects four artists for the 3-month residency program.
RayKo Photo Center
Artists-in-residence will receive unlimited access to RayKo’s facilities, and significant discounts on other services and workshops at RayKo. Work produced in the program will culminate in a show in our side gallery. There is a five month time frame to shoot, print, and complete the body of work, and one month to prepare work for the exhibition. Up to three final prints of the gallery director’s choice will be donated to RayKo’s print collection. Artists will have regular review sessions with the gallery director as the project progresses. Mentoring is available to assist in the artistic development of residents and cultivate a more polished body of work.
Headlands Center for the Arts
Located in California’s Marin Headlands, these residencies of four to ten weeks include flexible studio space, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and travel and living stipends when available. AIRs become part of a dynamic community of artists participating in Headlands’ other programs, allowing for exchange and collaborative relationships to develop within the artist community on campus. Artists selected for this program are at all stages in their careers and work in all media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, dance, music, interdisciplinary, social practice, and architecture.
Millay Colony for the Arts
Located in Austerlizt, New York. The Millay Colony for the Arts hosts writers, visual artists, and composers of all ages and in all stages of their artistic career. Groups of six to seven artists representing various disciplines are invited for month-long residencies at the Colony between the months of April and November. The Colony provides each resident a private room and studio, and meals.
Vermont Studio Center
As the country’s largest artists’ community, the 75 artists and writers participating each month in 4-12 week independent studio Residencies, are selected to represent an intentional mix of mediums, cultures, experience, and ages. The Vermont Studio Center accepts applications on a rolling basis. It is best to apply at least six months in advance of your preferred start date, though we will consider applications received as late as 8 weeks in advance of the month(s) for which one is applying.
Visual Studies Workshop
Visual Studies Workshop sponsors artists’ residencies in photography, artists’ books, digital video and multimedia, 16mm film and analog video. Residencies are project-based and are for a period of one month. VSW will provide access to facilities, and housing on the premises.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Located in Snowmass Village, Colorado, Anderson Ranch provides a rich, interactive experience designed to stimulate innovation and chart new directions in the artist’s career. The residency program is intended for independent artists who are adept at the use of equipment and processes in the areas in which they choose to work. Residents are chosen based on demonstrated desire and potential growth.
The Ragdale Foundation
Located in Lake Forest, Illinois, Ragdale is a place where writers and artists of all disciplines can find uninterrupted time to work in a peaceful setting. Residencies are available from a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of two months.
Fine Arts Work Center
A unique residency program for writers and visual artists in the crucial early stages of their careers, providing seven-month fellowships to twenty fellows each year in the form of living/work space and a modest monthly stipend. Fellows have the opportunity to pursue their work independently in a diverse and supportive community.
The MacDowell Colony
Located in Peterborough, New Hampshire, the MacDowell Colony is the nation’s leading artist colony. The Colony nurtures the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination. The maximum length of residence is two months; an average stay is four weeks. There are between 20 and 30 artists at MacDowell at any given time. There are no residency fees at MacDowell; the Colony is a not-for-profit institution funded mostly by contributions.
Oregon College of Art and Craft
Oregon College of Art and Craft’s residency program provides emerging and nationally-known artists the time and space to think and immerse themselves in their own creative process. Residents have the freedom to explore, experiment, interact, create and collaborate. Each fall and spring semester, the College hosts two artists for a Residency.
Women’s Studio Workshop
Women’s Studio Workshop has an artist-centered philosophy and a deep commitment to the individual’s creative process. We support this vision through providing time and space where artists can come to work with 24-hour access to the studios, onsite and adjacent housing and technical advice and support. A WSW Residency is supported by our technical and artistic staff that is readily available to coach, train, and assist artists on all aspects of their projects. This active engagement allows artists to work across mediums, integrating new processes and materials into their work, and to gain new levels of mastery in specific disciplines.
Yaddo Artist Colony
Located in Saratoga Springs, New York. The artists’ community established in 1900 by Spencer and Katrina Trask, has a simple mission: to offer creative artists uninterrupted time to work, good working conditions, and a supportive environment. Visits last two weeks – two months. Application due January 1 or August 1.
Edward Albee Foundation
Located on Long Island, New York, the Edward F. Albee Foundation exists to serve writers and visual artists from all walks of life, by providing time and space in which to work without disturbance. The Barn hosts an annual summer residency program designed to offer space to five creative persons for four and six week periods between the middle of May and the middle of October. Writers receive a large bedroom equipped with a desk, bed and dresser; visual artists receive a slightly smaller room (with a bed and dresser) and a rather large studio space (forty foot ceilings).
Abrons Art Center AIRspace Residency
Each year the Abrons awards residencies to five visual artists. Beginning each September, residents are provided a studio for 11 months within the Abrons facility. Throughout the residency, meetings and studio visits are also arranged with critics, curators, artists, and other art-workers. The program provides a range of career development opportunities throughout the residency, including educational work within the Abrons education and gallery programs, as well as an Open Studios weekend, and a culminating group exhibition.
The Bellagio Study and Conference Center
The Rockefeller Foundation
The Bellagio Creative Arts Fellows high profile program awards fellowships to visual artists who have demonstrated exceptional originality, work that is inspired by or related to global social issues, and who share in the Foundation’s mission of promoting the well-being of humankind. The Creative Arts Fellows are nominated by an international selection committee of leading arts professionals. The Fellows are given a cash award and are invited for a residency for two months to work on a project.
The Carmargo Foundation
Located in Caissis, France, the Camargo Foundation maintains a study center in Cassis, France, for the benefit of fellows who wish to pursue projects in the humanities and social sciences related to French and Francophone cultures, as well as creative projects by writers, composers, visual artists (painters, sculptors, photographers, video artists, filmmakers, and new media artists). Creative projects do not need to have a specific French connection.
The Eyebeam Atelier
Eyebeam seeks to support artists and innovative creative practice through a variety of initiatives including residencies, commissions, fellowships and teaching positions.
Saltonstall Arts Colony in Ithaca, NY
Artists and writers who are New York State residents are invited to apply for month-long summer residencies at the 200-acre Saltonstall Arts Colony in Ithaca, New York. There are five residents in each session: one photographer, two writers, and two painters, sculptors or other visual artists. The colony is located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York. The Summer Residency competition is statewide and is open to all New York State residents (including NYC). Former residents are eligible to re-apply after four years.
The American-Scandinavian Foundation
The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Awards are made in all fields.
Art OMI International Artists’ Residency
Omi International Artists Residency invites visual artists from every continent, representing a wide diversity of artistic styles, to gather in rural New York State to experiment, collaborate and share ideas. During three weeks each July, concentrated time for creative work is balanced with the stimulation of cultural exchange and critical appraisal. Each session, a distinguished critic/curator is invited to participate as Critic-in-Residence, who leads discussions and makes individual studio visits. Our Visitors Program enables residents to have conversations with many visiting art critics, gallery owners and prominent artists. Direct engagement with the New York City art world is unmatched by similar residency programs. The program culminates with Open Studio Day, during which hundreds of professionals, art lovers, neighbors and friends view work, ask questions and respond.
Artists’ Enclave at I-Park
I-Park is both an open air and a closed studio laboratory for individual artistic pursuits in the fields of the visual arts, music composition/sound sculpture/design, moving image, landscape/garden design and creative writing. The artists-in-residence program offers a quiet, retreat-like environment conducive to exploration and experimentation – without the expectation of particular outcomes. Artists are free to conceive and execute new ideas or work on existing projects.
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
The Residency Program at the Bemis Center was started by artists for artists and is a program that truly trusts artists and seeks to support the creative process. The Residency Program provides support in the form of time, space and monthly stipends to 36 artists per year. Three month residencies allow artists time to reflect, research and take risks. Our famously large live/work studios and installation spaces allow artists to do the work they cannot do elsewhere. Access to on-site facilities and a monthly stipend allow each artist to concentrate fully on their creative process.
Light Work Artist in Residence
Every year Light Work invites between twelve and fifteen artists to come to Syracuse to devote one month to creative projects. Over 360 artists have participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program, and many of them have gone on to achieve international acclaim. The residency includes a $4,000 stipend, a furnished artist apartment, 24-hour access to our state-of-the-art facilities, and generous staff support. Work by each Artist-in-Residence is published in a special edition of Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual along with an essay commissioned by Light Work. Work by former Artists-in-Residence is also part of the Light Work Collection.
Penland School of Crafts
The Penland School Resident Artist Program seeks to enrich the total educational experience at Penland by providing a stimulating, supportive environment for artists at transitional points in their careers. Penland resident artists are full-time, self-supporting craftspeople who live and work at the school for three years.
Glacier National Park Artist In Residency
Glacier National Park seeks the assistance of one or two artists each summer. Rather than donate a piece to the park, the selected artists will be expected to present programs on their work to the general public. The number and schedule of programs will be determined by our Artist-in-Residence Coordinator. Selected artists will receive lodging to allow them the opportunity to pursue their particular art form. This lodging is in a rustic cabin with no cell phone service or internet. It is an historic structure on the shores of Lake McDonald. No stipend is available. Artists must provide their own transportation and are responsible for the upkeep and cleaning of their lodging.
The Space Program
The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation
The Space Program provides free studio spaces in Brooklyn, NY to visual artists. The seventeen studios are non-living spaces for the making of new works of art. The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation does not provide a stipend, equipment or organized programs. Juried by a panel of artists. Visual artists 21 and over are invited to submit proposals for free Studio Spaces. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. Residents, and not in school at the time of residency. Emerging, mid-career and older artists are encouraged to apply.
WUSTL Freund Fellowship
Supported by the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Endowment Fund, Freund Fellowships promote the exhibition and acquisition of contemporary art at the Saint Louis Art Museum, as well as the teaching of contemporary art principles in the Sam Fox School. Each fellowship consists of two month-long residencies, during which recipients teach in the Sam Fox School and prepare an exhibition for the museum’s Currents series. Each fellow will receive compensation of 6,500 USD per visit in addition to housing and transportation to and from St. Louis.