Eligibility:

Q: How many artists are selected to participate in the Studio Program each year?

A: Six (6) artists are selected to participate in the Studio Program each year.

Q: I am not a US Citizen, but have a visa that will not expire before the end of the residency period. Am I eligible to apply?

A: We are no longer able to accept artists with visas. You must be a U.S. citizen, or have Permanent Resident status (a green card). 

Q: For the portfolio, should I submit samples of my past work, or sketches for a new project I am planning to do while at Smack Mellon?

A: Your portfolio should contain examples of your best work, and we recommend prioritizing your most recent work. We do not recommend submitting sketches or works in progress unless you consider these some of your strongest work samples. The panelists are much more interested in your track record as an artist than your plans for what you will do while in residence.

Q: Why can’t I submit both video and still image files?

A: The video applicants and still image applicants are initially reviewed by two separate panels, so both types of files cannot be reviewed at the same time. Therefore you must make a choice between the two. Applicants that submit both will be disqualified.

Q: Can I submit a collage of several different views of the same project, as one of my images?

A: You are permitted to submit collages showing multiple views of a single project within the same image. However, you should make sure the images within the collage are large enough to view in detail—we will not be able to zoom in to your images during the panels. We recommend submitting at least some images that are single views and not collages.

Q: Can my artistic collaborator(s) and I apply together as a team for the same studio?

A: We do accept artist teams—however, the team must be able to use the studio to make collaborative work for the duration of the residency. Therefore your joint application must demonstrate that you have a history of working collaboratively. You must submit only one set of portfolio materials for all members of the team, and these materials (including the resume) should reflect your past collaborative work rather than the work of each individual member. To enter your information into the Submittable system, enter the first alphabetical name in the last name field followed by "and" and the first and last name of the second collaborator. Enter the first name of the first alphabetical name in the first name field. Use the other fields to enter the demographic information to reflect the collaborative team.

Q: I am currently enrolled in school, but will be graduating this spring. Can I still apply for the program?

A: Your school dates cannot overlap with the Studio Program dates. You may apply if you will be completely done with school before the official program start date (June 1, 2015).

Q: I have plans to travel during the residency period (June 1, 2017-May 15, 2018). Can I still apply for the program?

A: You need to be able to put in a minimum of 50 hours per month during each month of the Studio Program. Therefore, if you plan to be away for an entire month or more (or if your travel would prevent you from working 50 hours in any given month), you will not be able to meet the program requirements and are not eligible.

Q: I accidentally uploaded the wrong file/made a mistake on my application. Can I replace it with a corrected one if it is still before the deadline? 

A: You can make changes and save your Submittable application up until you submit. Please try to check over your work before submitting to make sure everything is correct.   After that you may make changes by emailing us with a request.  We can open the application and make changes up until the published deadline.

Q: I am confused about the application process.  Who should I contact?

A: For questions about the program and eligibility, email info@smackmellon.org

For technical questions about file formats, uploads, and the application itself, please contact Submittable at:
Phone: (855) 467-8264, ext. 2
Email: support@submittable.com

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: http://help.submittable.com/

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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.