Current Residents

June 2021
May - Jul 2021
Mar - Aug 2021

Open Call

Open Call information coming soon

Past Residents

Apr - May 2021
Apr 2021
Mar 2021
Feb - Apr 2021
Dec 2020 - May 2021
Nov 2020 - Feb 2021
Oct - Nov 2020
Sep 2020 - Jan 2021


The LES Studio Program is a three or six month residency program open to underrepresented, emerging and mid-career professional working artists. Founded in 2003, the LES Studio Program underscores AAI’s belief that the arts and individual artists are essential to the culture, history and future of the Lower East Side community. Artists of all disciplines – painting, photography, sculpture, video, installation, new media – are considered for fully-funded studio space to produce new work and make use of resources needed to support their creative practice. The residency offers 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. 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.