Fine Arts: Contemporary Practices - Summer Residency

Associated Residency Program

This intensive studio residency, hosted by SVA's MFA Fine Arts Department, has been designed for artists working in both medium-specific and cross-platform modes of production that aim for the intersection of art and ideas. Taught by distinguished members of the MFA Fine Arts faculty, the residency fosters a culture of rigorous practice and contemporary thought.

Each artist will have use of a private studio in a location central to New York City's gallery districts, museums and alternative hubs for culture and technology. Daily studio visits from renowned artists, curators and theorists support an ongoing discourse among an international community of fellow artists. In addition to concentrated work in the studio, artists will attend lectures, gallery walks, museum visits and workshops that support a professional art practice. Through focused creative engagement with the history and criticism of contemporary art, participants will be encouraged by a faculty of leading artists and scholars to take their work to the next level, aesthetically and conceptually. Faculty and guest lecturers will represent a variety of contemporary perspectives.

While the focus of the residency is on content and critical discourse, work in a variety of media is supported and encouraged, including drawing, painting, photography, performance, installation, digital and interactive media, electronics, sound, and all modes of experimental practice. Artists committed to a single form or medium can expect to delve deeper into the material concerns of their practice. Residents are also invited to consider the sociopolitical potentiality of art practices situated outside the paradigm of individual authorship, via forays into social practice and public forms. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to create an inclusive space for artistic research, activated by the spirit of inquiry.

Participants will have access to SVA's Visible Futures Lab and the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art tools for both digital and traditional fabrication. The printmaking studio is available for an additional fee, and provides access to silkscreen, etching, lithography, letterpress and digital facilities. Participants must have a working knowledge of the printmaking process they wish to use in order to be granted access. Artists have access to the studios daily from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm. Overnight stays are allowed with entry to the building prior to 11:00 pm. The program culminates in an open studio exhibition.

Faculty and guest lecturers have included: Dara Birnbaum, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Media Farzin, Mark Thomas Gibson, Miguel Luciano, Angel Nevarez, Juan Puntes, Jacob Rhodes, David Ross, Jerry Saltz, Mark Tribe and Caroline Woolard.

Note: A portfolio is required for review and acceptance to this program.

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Residency Length
5 weeks - 10 weeks
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Visual Arts
Digital Fabrication
Installation Arts
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Digital Media
Electronic Arts
Moving Image
Multimedia Arts
Sound Art
Virtual Reality
Public Art
Social Practice
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Residents granted leave during residency
Stage of Career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in public programming
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Accessible Housing
ADA Compliant
Meals Provided
Residents have access to shared kitchen
No meals are provided
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Shared Studios
Dedicated Studio/Shop Technicians - Full Time
Dedicated Studio/Shop Technicians - Part Time
Exhibition / Installation Space
Performance/Presentation Facilities
Large Format Printer / Plotter
Large Format Scanner
Printers + Scanner
Photo + Video Editing Suite
Painting Workspace (Oil)
Drawing Benches
Large Sinks
Textiles Workspace
Quilting Machine
Well-ventilated Spray Room
Dedicated Wood Shop
Woodworking Tools
Router Table
Wood Bending Equipment
Wood Vises And Wood Working Table
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
ADA Compliant
Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
No housing provided
Additional Eligibility Information

To apply, please compile the following materials and submit them through our online application.

  • Work sample (see guidelines below)
  • Image list including title, medium, size and date (for visual work samples only)
  • Artist's Statement / Statement of Purpose (250-500 words)
  • CV
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Fee Details

Fine Arts: Contemporary Practices

Session 1: May 28 - June 28, 2024

Session 2: July 9 - August 9, 2024

$3,200 per session / $6,400 for both sessions

Please email for information regarding tuition assistance.


Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

Residency Program Tuition Assistance Awards

SVA's Artist Residency programs are currently providing a select number of tuition assistance awards for accepted artists in need. Please note there is a limited amount of awards available per program and applying does not guarantee an award. For further details or to apply for a tuition assistance award, contact with the subject line "Tuition Assistance Award Application."

Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application