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In Situ Artist Fellowship

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Queens Museum (QM) and Mellon Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/14/22 11:59 PM EST


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Fellowships to New York City artists to build ties with the local community. The program is intended to culminate in a solo exhibition. Artists will work with a food pantry, youth programs, children's museum, or within the archives and collection department. In addition to a salary, fellows will receive mentorship, access to a studio, and other benefits.

In Situ fellows will work a minimum of three days per week as a key part of the QM team, together with the Museum’s constituencies, building on existing connections with communities and developing new ones. They will attend weekly All Staff meetings and participate in other meetings and Learning Sessions. They will be expected to make use of the studios and facilities which are accessible seven days per week.  

Artists will be invited to develop work with one of the following programs and research areas:

  • La Jornada and Queens Museum Cultural Food Pantry (A weekly free food distribution in collaboration with a local organization La Jornada since 2020)
  • Queens Teens Institute For Art & Social Justice  (A youth program that aims to nurture thoughtful, independent young artists and the next generation of leaders in arts and social change)
  • Archives & Collection (over 10,000 items from the two iconic New York World’s Fairs of 1939/40 and 1964/65 as well as culturally diverse body of artworks dating post-war to the present)
  • Children’s Museum (QM is developing a multilingual intergenerational family learning center rooted in art and culture – which will be a physical space within the Museum as part of the current capital project – slated to open in 2024/5. The Children’s Museum will center children and families of all kinds)

Participants receive:

  • A rent-free studio at the QM (ranging from 300 to 550 square feet) and on-site production resources (woodshop and audiovisual studio) for two years (October 2022-September 2024)
  • Artists will have full access to their studios, 7 days per week, 8am-11:30pm, pending building closures for holidays and observances
  • Compensation and benefits as a full-time, temporary employee at the Queens Museum
  • Artists will receive an additional production budget during the second year of the fellowship to support the presentation of a one-gallery solo exhibition in the Museum’s galleries during the Spring 2024 season
  • Professional development and mentorship opportunities from QM staff across all departments

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 205052

Number of Grants:

In Situ Artist Fellowship to be awarded to three artists.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each artist will receive rent-free studio space at the Museum and an annualized salaried position at $45,000 per year with full benefits.

Term of Contract:

Artists will be selected for a two-year fellowship (October 2022-September 2024).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Artists must reside in NYC from the beginning to the end of the fellowship. Queens-based and connected artists are encouraged to apply
- Must demonstrate a commitment to social and public practice. Practitioners working across a range of creative disciplines are welcome to apply
- Must apply as an individual artist. Collectives are not eligible
- Must be present at the Museum at least 3 weekdays per week
- Must not be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part-time or full-time, at an institution of higher learning at the time of the application deadline or during the fellowship years
- Must be able to provide documentary evidence of eligibility for employment in the United States
- The Museum encourages applications from artists who have language skills in addition to English including but not limited to ASL, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: August 14, 2022, 11:59pm EST

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Queens Museum
New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368

T 718 592 9700
F 718 592 5778

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