The artists chosen for MAD’s Artist Studios program represent a wide range of creative practices within the fields of art, craft, and design. Established in 2008, the program has served as an important platform for more than 200 artists and designers to advance their careers and is widely recognized as an innovative model for Museum education. The MAD Artist Fellowship was introduced in 2016 to support the practice of emerging NYC-based artists from historically underrepresented communities. Alumni of the program have gone on to highly regarded careers, and after their time at MAD have proceeded to exhibit work at MAD and other major institutions, including the Queens Museum, Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Studio Museum, among others.
The Artist Studios program offers one full-time MAD Artist Fellowship and two part-time Artist Studios residencies per six-month session.
The full-time MAD Artist Fellow receives a $15,000 stipend and dedicated studio space in the Museum. Fellows must commit to a weekly schedule of 21 public open studio hours each week on 3 set days in which the Museum public can visit. The Fellow’s weekly schedule remains set throughout the six-month residency. In addition to their 21 public open studio hours, Fellows are encouraged to utilize the studio space throughout the week for private studio hours. The Artist Fellow also receives a one-time unrestricted $1000 materials and mentorship stipend at the start of their residency.
The two Artist Studios residents receive a $5,200 stipend and share a studio space in the Museum. Residents commit to 7 public open studio hours per week. The residents’ weekly schedule will be established in conjunction with MAD’s Education Department and will remain set throughout the six-month residency. In addition to their 7 public open studio hours during each assigned week in the Museum, residents are encouraged to utilize the studio space for private studio hours. Residents benefit from a $200/week stipend when in the studios ($5,200 total over the six-month span of the residency). Each resident also receives a one-time unrestricted $500 materials and mentorship stipend at the start of their residency.
During their weekly open studio hours, all Artist Studios residents also welcome occasional visits from K-12 school groups (facilitated in-person and virtually by paid artist educators) and public tour groups (facilitated in-person by volunteer docents).
Successful candidates possess a mature body of work that reveals a mastery of techniques and processes within a developed conceptual framework.
Successful applicants will also display a readiness to engage with the public, work in an open studio environment, and be an integral part of the Museum experience for visitors.
At the time of application, all Artist Studios applicants:
Must be at least twenty-one years old
Must be a US citizen or legal resident of the US with a valid SSN or EIN
Cannot be enrolled in a full-time degree-granting program or its equivalent
The Artist Studios program offers one full-time MAD Artist Fellowship and two Artist Residencies per six-month session. Applications are now available for the September 4, 2024- February 14, 2025 (Cycle 41) and February 19, 2025- August 15, 2025 (Cycle 41) sessions of the Artist Studios.
All candidates interested in applying for the MAD Artist Studios must complete and submit an online application by Sunday, January 7, 2024, at 11:59 pm EST.
Applying for Multiple Opportunities
Artists interested in applying for both the Artist Residency and the MAD Artist Fellowship should complete one application for the MAD Artist Fellowship and indicate their interest in the Artist Residency within their Fellowship application materials. Candidates applying for multiple Artist Studios opportunities will only be selected for one program. Similarly, candidates interested in multiple sessions will only be selected for one session.
Applicants must have a mature body of work that:
Examines critical issues pertinent to the transdisciplinary fields of contemporary craft, design, art, and technology
Demonstrates strong conceptual framework
Reveals a deep engagement with processes and materials
Address a clear direction or question for pursuit during their residency at MAD
Display a readiness to engage with and benefit from dialogue with visitors, MAD’s teen interns, school groups, etc., unique to the open studios format at the Museum of Arts and Design
Demonstrate an awareness of the limitations and advantages of the Artist Studios space