Artists Alliance Inc. LES Studio Program


Location: Lower East Side, New York City, NY

Mission: Founded in 1999, Artists Alliance Inc (AAI), a non-profit organization on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, plays a pivotal role in launching and strengthening the careers of emerging and mid-career artists and curators through residencies and exhibition opportunities. Firmly rooted in the local community, a longstanding epicenter for creative experimentation, AAI builds new relationships in and increased awareness of contemporary art and curatorial practice through exhibitions and programs presented in alternative and public spaces not usually devoted to these activities. AAI is dedicated to expanding the creative capital of the LES by fostering dialogues among local, national and international artists; curators; and the culturally diverse residents of the neighborhood.

As a small arts organization, AAI continually evolves with the changing needs of the artists and curators whom we serve. Through our three principal programs—Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, LES Studio Program, Art (Inter)Actions—AAI creates opportunities for discourse, supports economic development with cultural activities, and facilitates connections between contemporary art and the broader cultural community.

Cuchifritos Gallery was established in 2001 to provide an alternative space to showcase emerging artists and emerging ideas and to serve as a platform for independent and institutionally-affiliated curators to challenge dominant exhibition models and facilitate dialogues among underrepresented constituencies. Founded in 2003, the LES Studio Program underscores AAI’s belief that the contributions of contemporary art and professional artists are essential to the culture, history and future of the Lower East Side. Based in the the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center, the LES-SP provides competitive three and six-month residencies to local, national and international artists who seek to challenge, explore and expand their artistic practice. Finally, AAI’s Art (Inter)Action fosters collaborations with peer institutions and the community through educational projects including our newly developed PS160 Studio Visits program, which provides career enrichment for young artists through mentorships with more established practitioners.

Since its founding, AAI has remained committed to promoting meaningful and accessible arts experiences for the LES community. We continue to serve our mission to support and exhibit the work of emerging artists and curators and invite the community to participate in all stages of the process.

Cost: Fully-funded studio space

Application Fee: No application fee

Number of Artists: Up to 4 artists at a time

Length of Stay: 3 to 6 months residency periods

Accommodations: The residency offers 24-hour studio access, working within the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, a large multi-purpose studio building, residency participants will also have the opportunity to engage with other building artists, some new to the neighborhood and others having worked in the LES for several decades.

Demographic/Medium: Artists of all disciplines – painting, photography, sculpture, video, installation, new media

Benefits:  Fully-funded studio space, 24-hour studio access, the opportunity to present work to curators and critics through AAI-organized studio visits, a curated exhibition at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space and exposure to a broadened general audience during bi-annual Open Studios.

Deadline: Please visit the website or RMAR Upcoming Deadlines for more information

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