Overview and Studios
The Artist Studio Program was launched in 2000 in response to the crisis of available of affordable space for artists living and working in New York City. The program provides six eligible artists working in all visual arts media a free private studio space accessible 24/7 and a fellowship (dependent on funding). The program runs for an eleven-month period from June to May. The studios are located on the lower level of our building at 92 Plymouth Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn and range in size from 250 to 300 square feet. The program does not provide living space. 

Production Facilities
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; a fabrication shop including table saw, grinder, drill press, welding equipment, and hand tools; 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.

Special Notes
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. Not all studios have windows. Artists will not be permitted to choose their studio. Please also note that due to the possibility of flooding in our basement studios, we strongly recommend that artists keep anything valuable off the floor at all times; therefore artists accustomed to working on the floor should think carefully about whether our studios will meet their needs. 

Application and Selection Process
To apply to the 2017-2018 season, visit our How to Apply page. Please review the eligibility and application guidelines carefully before beginning your application. Each year, Smack Mellon convenes a panel of arts professionals to select the artists from over 600 applicants. A group of finalists who are not selected for the Studio Program are featured on our Hot Picks page for one year.

Open Studios and Studio Visitors
Smack Mellon hosts two Open Studio events annually, as well as sponsored visits from curators, critics and gallerists, which provide significant exposure and invaluable career building opportunities. Please see the list below of studio visitors.

In addition to monthly studio hours, artists are expected to help at Smack Mellon's benefit the first weekend in May and make themselves available for studio visits with school groups and other tour groups outside of Open Studio event hours. These service hours total about 12 hours for the residency year.

 

2016
Anthony Allen, Associate Director, Paula Cooper
Natalie Bell, Assistant Curator, New Museum
Heather Darcy Bhandari, Adjunct Lecturer, Visual Art, Brown University
Marina Chao, Assistant Curator, International Center of Photography
Jean Cooney, Project Manager, Artist Commissions, Creative Time
Sean Corcoran, Curator of Photographs and Prints, Museum of the City of New York
Lisa Dent, Director of Resources & Award Programs, Creative Capital
Kareem Estefan, Independent Art Critic and Editor-at-large, Creative Time Reports
Hitomi Iwasaki, Director of Exhibitions and Curator, Queens Museum
Flora Katz, Independent Curator
Theodore Kerr, Writer, Hyperallergic
William Petroni, Managing Director, Cristin Tierney Gallery
Heather Reyes, Exhibitions and Collection Manager, The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Matthew Schum, Independent Curator

 

2015

Anthony Allen, Associate Director, Paula Cooper 
Marco Antonini, Executive Director, NurtureArt and Writer 
Mark Beasley, Curator, Performa
George Bolster, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Curator, New Museum 
Susan Cross, Curator, Mass MoCA 
Clément Delépine, Assistant Curator, Swiss Institue 
Bridget Donahue, Owner/Director, Bridget Donahue Gallery
Lisa Dent, Director of Resources & Award Programs, Creative Capital
Elizabeth M. Grady, PhD, Programs Director, A Blade of Grass
Stamatina Gregory, independent curator and critic 
Janice Guy, Owner, Murray Guy
Nicole Hayes, Curator, The Fields Sculpture Park, Art Omi 
Amanda Hunt, Assistant Curator, Studio Museum 
Alexis Johnson, Associate Director, Paula Cooper
Ruba Katrib, Curator, Sculpture Center
Vitaly Komar, Artist
Melanie Kress, High Line Art Curatorial Fellow, High Line Art 
Thomas Lax, Associate Curator in the Department of Media and Performance Art, MoMA 
Barbara London, Independent Curator, formerly of MoMA
Matthew Lyons, Curator, The Kitchen 
Julie McKim, Curator, Galapagos 
Christiane Paul, Curator of New Media, Whitney Museum 
Christian Rattemeyer, The Harvey S. Shipley Miller Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, MoMA
Sara Reisman, Artistic Director, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
Magda Sawon, Owner, Postmasters
Nato Thompson, Chief Curator, Creative Time Nat Trotman, Associate Curator, Guggenheim Museum
Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum 

 

2014
Christopher Allen, Founder, Director of UnionDocs
Alexander Benenson, Independent Curator
Heather Darcy Bhandari, Director, Mixed Greens Gallery
Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator of Photography, Guggenheim Museum
Sherry Dobbin, Director of Public Art, Times Square Alliance
Taraneh Fazeli, Education Associate, New Museum of Contemporary Art
Elizabeth Ferrer, Director of Contemporary Art, BRIC Arts Media
Gabriel Florenz, Chief Operations Officer, Pioneer Works
Larissa Harris, Curator, Queens Museum
Paddy Johnson, Editor, Art Fag City
Naima Keith, Assistant Curator, Studio Museum
Emily Liebert, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA
Barbara London, Independent Curator/Writer, Former longtime Curator of Media and Performance, MoMA
Jennifer McGregor, Director of Arts and Senior Curator, Wave Hill
Julie McKim, Director, Kunsthalle Galapagos
Magdalena Sawon, Owner/Director, Postmasters Gallery
Manon Slome, President and Chief Curator, No Longer Empty
Cara Starke, Director of Exhibitions, Creative Time
Lumi Tan, Associate Curator, The Kitchen
Gregory Volk, Writer, Art in America

 

2013
Cecilia Alemani, Curator and Director, High Line Art
Valerie Altahawi, Director, Cristin Tierney Gallery
Matthew Deleget, Founder/Director, Minus Space
Jean Cooney, Project Manager, Artist Commissions, Creative Time
Sean Elwood, Director of Programs and Initiatives, Creative Capital
Andrew Freiser, Director, Fredericks & Freiser Gallery
Lia Gangitano, Founder/Director, Participant, Inc.
Elyse Goldberg, Director, James Cohan Gallery
Flora Katz, Independent Curator
Erin Kimmel, Associate Curator, Ballroom Marfa
Christopher Lew, Assistant Curator, MoMA PS 1
Omar Lopez-Chaoud, Independent Curator
Matthew Lyons, Curator, The Kitchen
Allyson Melchor, Trustee, La Napoule Arts Foundation
Erica Papernik, Assistant Curator, MoMA
Christian Rattemeyer, The Harvey S. Shipley Miller Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, MoMA
Elisabeth Sherman, Curatorial Assistant, Whitney Museum
Nat Trotman, Associate Curator, Guggenheim Museum
Eugenie Tsai, Curator, Brooklyn Museum
Hrag Vartianian, Editor in Chief, Hyperallergic
Edward Winkleman, Director, Edward Winkleman Gallery
Jordana Zeldin, Executive Director, ArtBridge

 

2012
Daniel Belasco, Henry J. Leir Associate Curator, The Jewish Museum
Heather Darcy Bhandari, Director, Mixed Greens Gallery
Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator of Photography, Guggenheim Museum
Kristen Chappa, Curatorial Associate, SculptureCenter
Elizabeth Ferrer, Director of Contemporary Art, BRIC Arts Media
Elizabeth Houston, Director, Hous Projects
Ryan Inouye, Curatorial Associate, New Museum
Lesley Johnstone, Curator, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal
Nina Katchadourian, Curator, Drawing Center
Jonathan David Katz, Curator and Director of the Doctoral Program in Visual Culture Studies at State University of New York at Buffalo
John Massier, Visual Arts Curator, Hallwalls Gallery, Buffalo
Sara Reisman, Director, Percent for Art and Independent Curator
Sara Jo Romero, Director, Schroeder Romero & Shredder Gallery
Gregory Volk, Contributing Writer, Art in America
Megan Holly Witko, Director, Andrea Meislin Gallery

 

2011
Mark Beasley, Curator, Performa
Heather Darcy Bhandari, Director, Mixed Greens Gallery
Jodie Dinapoli, Director of Programs, No Longer Empty 
Elizabeth Ferrer, Director of Contemporary Art, BRIC Arts Media
Sarah Giovanniello, Research Assistant, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum 
Janice Guy, Owner/Director, Murray Guy Gallery 
Paddy Johnson, Curator and Art Writer of ArtFagCity and Hyperallergic
Lesley Johnstone, Curator, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal
Nina Katchadourian, Curator, Drawing Center
Jonathan David Katz, Curator and Director of the Doctoral Program in Visual Culture Studies at State University of New York at Buffalo

 

2010
Heather Darcy Bhandari, Director, Mixed Greens Gallery
Gary Carrion-Murayari, Associate Curator, Whitney Museum 
Janice Guy, Owner/Director, Murray Guy Gallery
Kurt Kauper, Artist
Matthew Lyons, Curator, The Kitchen 
Sina Najafi, Editor-in-Chief, Cabinet Magazine
Sara Reisman, Director, Percent for Art and Independent Curator
Nato Thompson, Curator, Creative Time

 

2009
Heather Darcy Bhandari, Director, Mixed Greens Gallery
Marina Cashdan, Editorial Director, Artsy
Janine Foeller and Jane Hait, Wallspace Galler
Joanna Kleinberg, Adjunct Assistant Curator, Drawing Center
Carin Kuoni, Director, Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School
Melissa Levin, Director of Artists Residencies, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Rachel Liebowitz, Assistant Curator, Drawing Center
Sara Reisman, Percent for Art Director and Independent Curator
Amie Scally, Deputy Director/Curator, White Columns
Erin Sickler, Independent Curator
Lowery Sims, Chief Curator, Museum of Art and Design
Michael Steinberg, Owner/Director, Michael Steinberg Fine Art and Smack Mellon Board Member
Eugenie Tsai, Curator, Brooklyn Museum

 

2008
Sarina Basta, Curator, SculptureCenter
Mark Beasley, Curator and Producer, Creative Time
Naomi Beckwith, Assistant Curator, The Studio Museum 
Josée Bienvenu, Owner/Director, Josée Bienvenu Gallery
Boshko Boskovic, Associate Director, Sean Kelly Gallery
Heather Darcy, Director, Mixed Greens Gallery
Richard Flood, Chief Curator, New Museum
Rachel Gugelberger, Director, Sara Meltzer Gallery
Janice Guy, Owner/ Director, Murray Guy
Eric Heist, Director, Momenta Art
Eungie Joo, Director and Curator of Public Programs, New Museum
Miriam Katz, Independent Curator and Writer for Artforum
Sina Najafi, Editor-in-Chief, Cabinet Magazine
Kristina Newman-Scott, Director of Visual Arts, Real Art Ways
Juan Puntes, Director, White Box
Victoria Reis, Executive Director, Transformer Gallery, Washington DC
Lauren Rosati, Assistant Curator, Exit Art
Herb Tam, Curator, Exit Art

The Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York City Council Member Stephen Levin, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, and with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of The New York Community Trust, Jerome Foundation, Gilbert Mackay Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Inc., Select Equity Group Foundation, and Smack Mellon’s Members.

Smack Mellon programs are also made possible with generous support from The Roy and Niuta Titus Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Lambent Foundation, The O’Grady Foundation, Iorio Charitable Foundation, and Exploring The Arts.

Space for Smack Mellon’s programs is generously provided by the Walentas family and Two Trees Management.