Artist Studios Program Museum of Arts and Design

Museum of Arts and Design

2 Columbus Circle
New York, New York 10019


Nov 29, 2020


Nov 11, 2020

The Artist Studios at Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is a community engagement and professional development program for contemporary artists and designers.

Designed to encourage visitors to ask questions, view works in progress, and gain firsthand exposure to the creative process of artists and designers, the Museum residency represents diverse artists and designers pursuing an array of experimental creative practices.The artists and designers selected participate in a wide range of virtual public programming, including open studio hours, teen art salons, and intergenerational workshops.

Established in 2008, the program has served as an important platform for more than 180 artists and designers to advance their careers and is widely recognized as an innovative model for Museum education. 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, Studio Museum, among others. The MAD Artist Fellowship was introduced in 2016 to support the practice of emerging NYC-based artists from historically underrepresented communities. In 2020, an exclusively virtual residency was introduced to expand the reach of the program to artists and designers across the country.

Three artists and designers are chosen on a biannual basis for the six-month residency during which they receive a stipend and studio space in the Museum on a weekly basis. In addition to their time in the studio, Artist Studios residents also participate in the Museum’s education programs for all ages.


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, 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
Daily Residency and Virtual Residency Eligibility

All artists are encouraged to apply. There are no eligibility requirements for the three daily resident or four virtual resident openings.

Fellowship Eligibility

The MAD Artist Fellowship is designed to support emerging artists and designers from historically underrepresented communities. Candidates for the MAD Artist Fellowship must:

Be an emerging artist or designer with an active practice. Mid-career or established artists are eligible for the Artist Studios, but not for the Artist Fellowship.
Identify as an artist from a historically underrepresented community as determined by (for example) race/ethnicity, ability, and gender.
Be a resident of the New York metro area.
Candidates for the MAD Artist Fellowship must meet the above criteria.

Contact marissa.passi@madmuseum.org with additional questions regarding eligibility.