Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency


Location: New York, New York

Mission: The Keyholder Residency Program offers emerging artists free 24-hour access to printmaking facilities to develop new work and foster their artistic careers. Residencies are free and one year long, starting on April 1st and October 1st each year, and they take place in the shared Artists’ Studio, including the solvent/etching area and the darkroom.

Keyholders work independently, in a productive atmosphere alongside other contemporary artists. Artists from all disciplines are eligible to apply; print-making skills are not required, but some familiarity with the medium is recommended. Basic instruction in printmaking techniques is available for new Keyholders. Technical assistance is not included in the program, but is available at additional cost.

Cost: $1,000 stipend

Application Fee: Free

Number of Artists: Up to 8 visual artists at a time

Accommodations: 24-hour shared studio access, storage space, no living accommodations

Length of Stay: 1 year long

Demographic: Only current legal US residents may apply (Social Security Number is a must!). Students enrolled in any kind of degree program at the time of the residency are not eligible. Keyholder Residencies are limited to emerging artists only. The Printshop defines emerging artists as under-recognized and under-represented artists at early stages in their careers. Artists without access to a studio space are encouraged to apply. Past recipients of the Keyholder Residency are not eligible. Artist duos or teams are not eligible; residencies are awarded per artist. Artist must reside in the New York metro area during the year of residency.

Medium: Printmakers, no technical support

Benefits: 24-hour shared studio access, $1,000 stipend, storage space, basic supplies (newsprint, blotters, solvents, cleaners), one free class in printmaking and consultations with Master Printers, 20% discount on all Printshop classes, free career development workshops, free digital documentation of selected works produced during the residency, inclusion in the Printshop’s permanent collection, opportunities to show new work in exhibitions and other public events presented by the Printshop

Deadline: March 1 6PM EST for residencies beginning April 1 + September 1 6PM EST for residencies beginning October 1



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