Applications for 2014 Artist Residency have closed

***Application deadline: November 7, 2013, 11:59pm EST.

*** Please read carefully through the below instructions, then click on "begin application" to apply!


The 2014 Studio Program will be housed on the lower level of Smack Mellon’s building at 92 Plymouth Street.  The residency will take place from May 15, 2014 -April 15, 2015.

Smack Mellon offers free studio space to eligible artists for an eleven-month period. The program provides 6 artists working in all visual arts media a free private studio space and a $5000 fellowship (dependent upon funding). The program does not provide living space. 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; 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.

Our fabrication shop equipment was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. We will replace the equipment as soon as funding is available. Meanwhile our Studio Artists can use the shop space, the hand tools we have and their own tools to build larger projects that their studios can't accommodate.

Studios range in size from 250 to 300 square feet. Not all studios have windows. Artists will not be permitted to choose their studio.

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.

**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. 

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 2014 Smack Mellon residency.

Selection Process
A panel of arts professionals and artists will review applications and select artists for the 2014 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. All applicants will be notified by email. Please do not call the office for selection results.



DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 7, 2013, 11:59pm. 

Please read through the below instructions, then click on "Begin application."

** This is an entirely online application process. All content must be uploaded through the Smack Mellon website, as a single .zip folder.

** You will not receive a confirmation email from Smack Mellon--just a page saying your upload was successful. If your files upload successfully, please do not contact the Smack Mellon office to confirm receipt of application. 

** If your files are not uploading correctly, we recommend making sure you are using an up-to-date browser and that your internet connection is working correctly. You can also attempt to upload with a different browser or from a different computer/internet connection. Also note you may need to allow extra time for large video files to upload, depending on your internet speed.  Please take these troubleshooting steps before calling the Smack Mellon office for assistance. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST DAY TO UPLOAD YOUR MATERIALS.

** Mis-labeled .zip folders, jpgs or other files may result in your disqualification, so please read the labeling instructions carefully! Please test all files before uploading to make sure they open correctly.

** If you upload a .zip file with the same exact name twice through our system, it will not replace your original file.  Please double check your file before uploading!    




Read through the instructions listed below. Then click the "Begin Application" button. You will be redirected to a page where you must enter information about yourself.



After submitting your personal information page, you will receive an email with a password for an “AirDropper” upload page, where you can upload all of your required portfolio materials (see list below--5 pdfs and EITHER 10 images or 3 videos) in one compressed (.zip) folder. All portfolio materials must be compressed into one folder and uploaded as a .zip file. 

Please visit these sites for additional information on creating .zip files:

Mac OS X

The .zip folder MUST be labeled with your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, and EITHER “Images” or “Videos” (depending on which type of file you are submitting). Example: Smith_John_Images or Smith_John_Videos.

.zip files labeled with other names like "smackmellon" or "archive" will get lost and be disqualified (see sample application breakdown below).

Instructions for creating each type of file that goes into your portfolio are below:



Please include your name, address, phone number and email address along with exhibition and educational background.

This must be submitted as a .pdf file.

The file name must be your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, resume. Example: Smith_John_resume.



In 250 words or less, write a statement about your work and your process.

This must be submitted as a .pdf file.

The file name must be your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, statement. Example: Smith_John_statement.



In 250 words or less, describe your plans for potential projects, ideas, and expectations while at Smack Mellon.

This must be submitted as a .pdf file.

The file name must be your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, objectives.  Example: Smith_John_objectives.



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.

This must be submitted as a .pdf file.

The file name must be your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, references.  Example: Smith_John_references.



The portfolio script must list the title, date, medium, dimensions, and may also include a brief description of each work in your uploaded portfolio (less than 50 words for each file).

The numbering on your portfolio script must correspond with the numbers of your uploaded files.

The portfolio script must be submitted as a .pdf file.

The file name must be your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, script.  Example: Smith_John_script



You can submit a maximum of 10 still images or a maximum of 3 three-minute videos, but not both. Only ONE format will be reviewed. You can submit an application only once per residency cycle.


Each image file must be titled with your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, image number.  Example: Smith_John_01.

Accepted File type: JPG only

Color mode: RGB (CMYK will not display properly)

Maximum size in any direction: 1000px

Image resolution: 72 DPI.



Each video file must be titled with your Last Name, underscore, First Name, video, number.  Example: Smith_John_video01.

Accepted file type: .mov or .mp4 only

Standard Definition video only--please make sure your three videos combined do not exceed 200MB.

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. Please test your video files to make sure they play on Mac and PC.


We will not accept CDs of digital images, slides, DVDs, or VHS. Please do not send original artwork.


Sample Breakdown of Application .zip File (click to see larger version):






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, Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of The New York Community Trust, Jerome Foundation, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation Inc., The Greenwich Collection Ltd., 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., Joan Mitchell Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, David & Minnie Berk Foundation, and Exploring The Arts.

We would like to thank The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, the Walentas family and Two Trees Management, Art Dealers Association of America Relief Fund, Dumbo Improvement District, Art F City, Richard Prince Studio, Mixed Greens Gallery, Gilbert MacKay Foundation, Athena Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York Council for the Humanities, Stephen Sollins, Niloo and Joe Steele, Creative Time Inc., Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Marie & John Zimmermann Fund, Inc., Allison and Tom Franco, St. Joseph High School, and all of the individuals who donated and volunteered to help us clean up and rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. 
Space for Smack Mellon’s programs is generously provided by the Walentas family and Two Trees Management. 








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