LES Studio Program Open Call

Applications are due by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, March 18, 2022. Please refer to the Residency FAQ on the AAI website for questions you may have. If you have any other questions or concerns, please reach out to Alessandro Facente at alessandro@artistsallianceinc.org by end of day, Wednesday, March 16. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Six-Month: September 1, 2022 – February 28, 2023 
Six-Month: March 1, 2023 – August 31, 2023 

We are pleased to announce the 2022 Fall Open Call for Artists Alliance Inc’s LES Studio Program. This application is for the following 2022/2023 residency sessions: September 1, 2022 – February 28, 2023 (6 months), and March 1, 2023 – August 31, 2023 (6 months). 

Based in Lower Manhattan and supported by public funds, the LES Studio Program provides free six-month residencies to under-represented, emerging, and mid-career artists. Artists working across all disciplines are encouraged to apply for fully-funded shared studio space in the historic Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center in the heart of the Lower East Side. 

The residency offers 24-hour access to a furnished studio with WiFi, the opportunity to present work to curators and critics through AAI-organized studio visits, a curated exhibition at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space (located inside the Essex Street Market), exposure to a broad general audience during bi-annual Open Studios, and monthly stipends (awarded to New York State residents only). Residencies are meant to facilitate experimentation, research, or production by providing much-needed space and time to residents. 

Select artists will also be invited to participate in Public Works, AAI’s collaborative programming that aims to integrate contemporary art practices with the missions of institutions within and outside of the art field. Previous collaborations include in-school workshops, studio visits with local high school students, and artist-designed bike rides in partnership with Bike New York. Artist fees and material support are provided for most of these activities.  

While in residency, artists are offered access to Materials for the Arts. Any additional materials needed should be brought or purchased by the artist. 

Free studio space with 24-hour access 
Monthly studio visits with invited guests 
Curated exhibition at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space 
Monthly stipend (available to New York State residentsonly)* 

Please note that studio space is shared between four artists and individual studio space is approximately 170 square feet and partitioned without a door. The studio is located on the 4th floor of the Clemente building, which does not currently have an elevator nor is it handicap accessible. 

Residents will be chosen by a jury of art professionals through a competitive process. The LES Studio Program is open to US and non-US residents; however, please note that travel costs are not covered by Artists Alliance Inc. Artists outside of the United States are responsible for arranging for and obtaining any needed visa, as well as considering the time it takes to do so. 

There is no fee to apply. If you are chosen to participate, your residency will be completely free; however, we are currently unable to offer travel reimbursement. Monthly stipends are provided to New York State residents. 

We recommend that internationally-based artists accepted into the residency program contact their nearest United States Consulate or Embassy (https://www.usembassy.gov/). Residents typically enter the United States on a B1/B2 visa, which is issued for business/tourist purposes. A letter of invitation, provided by AAI, can be used in support of the visa application process. 

In accordance with New York City’s Key to NYC mandate, all participants in the LES Studio Program must be fully vaccinated. As of January 29, 2022, individuals ages 5 and older who are participating in public indoor activities will be required to show proof that they have received two vaccine doses, except for those who have received one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. People 18 and older are also required to show identification along with their proof of vaccination (CDC Vaccination Card, NYC Vaccination Record, NYC COVID Safe App, CLEAR Health Pass, Excelsior Pass or Excelsior Pass Plus).

* You are a New York State resident if: 
– your domicile is New York State; or 
– your domicile is not New York State but you maintain a permanent place of abode in New York State for more than 11 months of the year and spend 184 days or more in New York State during the tax year. 

The 2022/2023 season of the LES Studio Program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.