The Application Closed on November 3, 2016. Results will be announced in March, 2017.

Program Eligibility
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 2017-18 Smack Mellon residency.

Selection Process
A panel of arts professionals and artists will review applications and select artists for the 2017 season. Artists will be selected based on the quality of their work and their potential for making the most of their time in the program. Smack Mellon takes into consideration artists who best fulfill our mission to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists. All applicants will be notified by email in early March, 2017. Please do not call the office for selection results.

 Before applying read about the Artist Studio Program, by clicking here.


This is an entirely online application process. It is recommended that you prepare your answers offline and save them in a text or Word document and copy and paste your answers into the application form so that you don't loose your work.



If you are having technical problems, contact: or 855-467-8264 ext 2. Submittable’s standard support hours are M-F 10 AM to 5 PM Central. After they have received your message, they will respond within 1 business day. To find quick answers to questions, visit their Knowledgebase:

The application process will require:

1. 10 images or 3 videos: SEE BELOW (Only ONE format - video or images - will be reviewed. You can submit an application only once per residency cycle.)

Helpful hint for submitting images: It's difficult for panelists to understand still images of video or performance work so we strongly suggest that you apply in the Video Submissions category if you are working in this way.

2. Image or Video Script (Enter up to 60 words of description about the content of each image (or series of images) or video.) This information will be reviewed by the panel when your work is viewed.

3. Resume (One file - Word .doc, .docx, .rtf or PDF. Please include your name, address, phone number and email address in this document along with exhibition and educational background.)

4. Artist Statement (In 250 words or less, write a statement about your work and your process.)

5. Statement of Objective (In 250 words or less, describe your plans for potential projects, ideas, and expectations while at Smack Mellon.)

6. Three references (Please provide the name, email address, telephone # and address of three references who know you on a professional level and can comment on your recent work and artistic development.)

You can submit a maximum of ten (10) still images.
Each image file must be titled with your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, image number.  Example: Smith_John_01.
Color mode: RGB; File types: .jpg or .tiff
Maximum size in any direction: 1000px
Enter title, medium, production date for each entry

Image Script: Enter up to 60 words of description about the content of each image or series of images. (This information will be reviewed by the panel when your work is viewed.) 

We will not accept emailed files, CDs of digital images, slides, DVDs, or VHS.

To apply with still images, please go here.

You may submit up to three (3) videos, each of which can be a maximum of three (3) minutes long.  Accepted file types include Mp4, AVI, MOV, MPG. Only moving images, i.e. time-based media, video, kinetic art or documentation of performance art, should be submitted as video files. Videos of still artwork or documentation of artistic process will not be viewed. 

Enter title, production date, run time.

If you are not submitting full video, please indicate the total running time of the video in its entirety not just the clip you have submitted. 

If titling, crediting, or other important textual information is part of the video, we strongly suggest that it come at the beginning of the video.  

Video Script: Enter up to 60 words of description about the content of your video. (This information will be reviewed by the panel when your work is viewed.)

We will not accept emailed files, CDs of digital images, slides, DVDs, or VHS. Most video codecs will be played back on Submittable's platform - please test your videos for playback before finalizing your submission. 

To apply with video, please go here.

Please carefully read all instructions and these FAQs before submitting and prepare your materials accordingly.

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.