A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship Program 2021

A.I.R. Gallery

Brooklyn, NY 11201


Oct 21, 2020


Aug 14, 2020

Open Call: August 14 — October 21, 2020

Application Info Session: September 23, 2020 at 6PM

Notification: April 2021

The A.I.R. Fellowship Program was established in 1993 by former artist member, Stephanie Bernheim, in order to support underrepresented and emerging self-identified women and non-binary artists in New York City. Each year, six artists are awarded a year-long fellowship to develop and exhibit a project at A.I.R.

In the last 25 years, more than 100 artists have had the opportunity to have their first solo exhibition in New York City with the support of the A.I.R. community. This program encourages artistic experimentation and rigor by providing a space where feminist historical precedence and intergenerational dialogue are at the forefront. Essential to this process is a series of professional development workshops, close collaboration with an A.I.R. artist-mentor, scheduled studio visits through the year—including one with the panelists—and participation in the Unforgettables Reading/Working Group.

Since 2009, A.I.R. Gallery names one yearly A.I.R. Fellowship seat in memory of the artist, activist, writer, and feminist Emma Bee Bernstein (1985-2008). In recognition of Emma’s significant contributions as a young artist, the youngest A.I.R. Fellowship recipient receives the honor of holding the Emma Bee Bernstein Fellowship.

- An artist who self-identifies as a woman or a non-binary person
- Have not had a solo exhibition at a permanent commercial gallery in NYC in the last 10 years
- Are residents, or within commuting distance of, New York City metropolitan area for the duration of the program
- 18 years or older
- Not a student or enrolled in any degree seeking program at the time of the program
- Not participating in a comparable development program or residency program
- Not currently be a member, employee or board member of A.I.R. Gallery, and never have had a solo show at A.I.R.
- Not a Fellowship alumna


Please note: This application is a blind review. Absolutely none of the submitted materials may include the artist’s name—the artist’s name may not appear in the file name or body of images, statement, CV, or any other submitted files. If a submitted file contains or is titled with the artist’s name, the submission will be disqualified and the artist will not be permitted to apply until the next Biennial cycle.