Submittable application for Still Images

Submittable application for Still Images for Video

Application deadline Friday, November 3, 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 2018-19 Smack Mellon residency.

Selection Process
A panel of arts professionals and artists will review applications and select artists for the 2018 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, 2018. 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 lose your work. 



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The application process will require:

1. 10 images or 3 videos: Only ONE format - video or images - will be reviewed. You can apply only once per residency cycle.

Helpful hint for submissions: 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 these mediums.

2. Image or Video Script: Enter up to 60 words 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: PDF file. 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, and telephone number 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 10 still images.
  • Each image file must be titled Last Name_First Name_image number. Example: Smith_John_01.
  • File type: JPEG, 1000px maximum in any direction
  • Enter title, medium, and 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.


  • You may submit up to 3 videos, each 3 minutes long max.
  • File types: Mp4, AVI, MOV, MPG.
  • Enter title, production date, total run time. 
  • 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.

**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.
**Only time-based media, video, kinetic art or documentation of performance art, should be submitted as video files. Stills of artwork or documentation of artistic process will not be viewed. 

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.