Studio Residency Guidelines

Summer 2014 (June – August)



Deadline: April 25, 2014

Apply Here!


SOHO2O Chelsea Gallery is a non-profit artist-run gallery that has been promoting the work of women artists through gallery exhibitions and public programming since 1973. In conjunction with SOHO20’s ongoing mission to support the production and presentation of new work, the 3-month Studio Residency Program was implemented to provide visual artists, of any gender, with the space and community necessary to create, experiment and exchange ideas. With a focus on studio-based practice, the residency is an opportunity to develop a new body of work while engaging with SOHO20 artist members, and the surrounding New York arts scene.

The studio space is offered at no charge to the artist for a three-month period (June – August 2014). It is located at 547 West 27th Street within SOHO20 gallery, in the heart of Chelsea. The interior private space measures 26’ x 9’. The studio has 13’ ceilings; over 40’ of workable wall space and is semi furnished with storage units and worktable. It is accessible 24/7. The gallery and studio is housed in a contemporary art center among other commercial and non-profit galleries and organizations.

Note that the studio residency at 547 W. 27th Street is for work use only. There is absolutely no living space allowed.

The artist will be promoted through an individualized distributed postcard, as well as visibility on the SOHO20 website and email newsletters that reach 8,000+ viewers. Artists have the option to participate in Open Studios in conjunction with well-attended monthly gallery receptions. Artists may also use their residency for salons or talks in order to share their work with the greater general public. Gallery administrative staff can be available to facilitate coordinating studio visits with gallerists, critics and curators upon request. The studio’s proximity to one of New York’s major cultural hubs makes it convenient to experience esteemed exhibitions throughout the neighborhood, and readily gains exposure to an international contemporary art scene.

Online Applications must be submitted by Friday April 25, 2014 before midnight.  All applicants will receive notification via email at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the residency.  Please do not contact the gallery to check on the status of your application.

The SOHO20 studio residency is open to underrepresented, emerging and mid-career artists from all cultural backgrounds and disciplines, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, video, installation, performance and new media. The program is open to both men and women artists.  All applicants must be residents of the United States or have a valid visa not expiring before the end of the program, 18 years or older, may not be enrolled in any degree seeking program at the time of starting the residency. Applicants may not be participating in another studio residency program at the same time as the 2013 SOHO2O Studio residency. SOHO20 does not provide housing or transportation.

A rotating panel of SOHO2O Gallery artists and board members will review applications and select three finalists for the first residency term of the 2014 season.  Artists will be selected based on the quality of their work, as well as their potential to actively utilize their studio as a space for creative development.

Statement: Please include a short biographical statement as well as a brief statement that describes your practice, the proposed residency project or activities, and how you would benefit from participating in the program.

CV: Please submit a one-page up-to-date CV in PDF format.

Work Samples: Artists may upload up to 5 images of their recent work. Images should be JPEG format, no larger than 10MB. Alternatively, artists working in video/performance may choose to upload up to 3 online video links.

Application Fee:  A $35 application fee is required with each application. This must be paid online in order for your submission to be complete.

Note: Finalists will be asked to meet with the selection committee, and present work samples, before the final selection is made. This is not optional.  All finalists must be available to meet with the board in order to be considered for selection for the residency.


Comments are closed.