Smack Mellon

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Location: DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY

Mission: Smack Mellon is a nonprofit arts organization located in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Smack Mellon’s mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work, by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects. We see ourselves as a vehicle whereby under-represented artists can create, explore and exhibit their creative ideas outside the concerns of the commercial art world, offering many artists the exposure and recognition they deserve.

Smack Mellon offers free studio space to eligible artists for an eleven-month period. The program provides 6 artists working in all visual arts media a free private studio space and a $5000 fellowship (dependent upon funding).

Cost: $5000 fellowship (dependent upon funding)

Application Fee: No application fee

Number of Artists: Up to 6 artists at a time

Accommodations: Studios range in size from 250 to 300 square feet. Not all studios have windows. Artists will not be permitted to choose their studio.

Artists who are accepted into the program must be prepared to actively use their studio a minimum of 50 hours a month or they will lose it.

Length of Stay: 11 months

Demographic: All applicants must be United States citizens or legal Permanent Residents of the United States, 18 years or older, may not be enrolled in any degree program, and must be able to demonstrate need for a studio. Applicants may not be a resident artist in another studio program at the same time as the 2014 Smack Mellon residency.

Medium: All emerging or mid-career under-represented visual artists working in any medium

Benefits: The program does not provide living space. Artists also have access to shared facilities that include: a state-of-the-art digital production lab, including a set of 27″ iMac workstations professionally configured for video and graphics editing, calibrated video monitors, a 3D-capable HD projector, surround-sound monitor speakers, flatbed scanners, a wide-format photo printer, a color laser printer and wireless internet access; and a shared kitchen/lounge area. Our staff is on-hand to provide technical support and to respond to the studio needs of our resident artists.

Our fabrication shop equipment was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. We will replace the equipment as soon as funding is available. Meanwhile our Studio Artists can use the shop space, the hand tools we have and their own tools to build larger projects that their studios can’t accommodate.

Deadline: October 1, 2013 – November 7, 2013, 11:59pm

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