Illustration and Visual Storytelling: Art and Industry - Summer Residency

Associated Residency Program

This studio residency offers artists the opportunity to explore the wealth of resources available to professional illustrators in New York City while developing a portfolio of work that embodies personal vision.

With guidance from award-winning illustrators, participants will complete a body of work composed of images created from assigned projects, as well as those self-directed by the artist, with the aim of showcasing personal style and aesthetic direction. The goals are to advance to the next level of artistic practice and to attain an enhanced position in the illustration marketplace.

A rigorous instructional program, including sessions in portfolio development, sequential illustration and painting from life, and visits to professional studios will complement independent work. Together these initiatives form an intense program that fosters professional growth and an expansion of personal voice. Special lectures by guest artists, gallery directors, publishers and art directors are designed to provide additional insight regarding the realities of a career in illustration.

Participants have access to a digital facility, as well as the opportunity to work in a variety of mediums. The program culminates in an open studio exhibition.

Faculty and lecturers have included Maëlle Doliveux, Tim Hamilton, Paul Hoppe, Viktor Koen, Aaron Meshon, Anna Raff and Andrea Tsurumi. Lecturers and portfolio reviewers have included Marshall Arisman, Paul Buckley, Martin Gee, Karl Heine, Charles Hively, Kat Irannejad, Francesca Messina, Yuko Shimizu, Sara Varon and Alexandra Zsigmond. Program coordinator: Viktor Koen.

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
Book Arts
Graphic Design
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
No meals are provided
Studios/Special Equipment
Shared Studios
Dedicated Studio/Shop Technicians - Part Time
Exhibition / Installation Space
Printers + Scanner
Photo + Video Editing Suite
Drawing Benches
Large Sinks
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

Illustration and Visual Storytelling: Art and Industry

Session 1: May 28 - June 28, 2024

Session 2: July 9 - August 9, 2024

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

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