Smack Mellon is a nonprofit arts organization located in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Smack Mellon's mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work, by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects. We see ourselves as a vehicle whereby under-represented artists can create, explore and exhibit their creative ideas outside the concerns of the commercial art world, offering many artists the exposure and recognition they deserve.

Programs
Smack Mellon's Exhibition Program is at the center of the organization. Designed to advance public interest in the visual arts, the program focuses on providing opportunities for artists to create site-specific works that creatively respond to our space, and work that explores innovative uses of both new technologies and traditional materials. The gallery space provides for large, ambitious shows that allow our artists ample room to explore and present their work. Exhibiting artists also have unlimited access to Smack Mellon’s in-house media equipment. On average, Smack Mellon produces five exhibitions a year showcasing the work of more than 50 artists for 20,000 visitors. We also produce on average one exhibit per year by an emerging guest curator. The gallery, which is free to the public, is open five days a week.

The Artist Studio Program was launched in 2000 in response to the crisis in availability of affordable workspace for artists living and working in New York City. This program provides free studio space, access to a workshop for metal, wood and general fabrication, a common area equipped with the latest technology, and a fellowship (dependent on funding) to six artists for an eleven-month period. Each year, Smack Mellon convenes a panel of arts professionals to select the six Studio Artists from over 600 applicants. The panel also chooses approximately 15 additional “Hot Picks” artists, whose work is featured on our website for one year, along with that of our studio artists. Smack Mellon hosts two Open Studios events annually, as well as sponsored visits from curators, critics and gallerists, which provide significant exposure and invaluable career building opportunities. 

In 2007 we developed Arts Education Programs for local youth, in order to better prepare underserved young people for the professional world and to expose them to diverse artistic disciplines. Our Art Ready after-school program partners high school students with professional artists in NYC for a series of studio visits, field trips and a 4-month mentorship in order to help them make a more informed decision about pursuing a career in the arts.  

ART READY: Smack Mellon’s Professional Artist Mentorship Program for High School Students

ELIGIBILITY: Open to students in grades 10-12, attending NYC public high schools 

PROGRAM DATES: October 30, 2019 to May 13, 2020

PROGRAM TIMES: Wednesday afternoons, 4:00-6:30pm

LOCATION: Smack Mellon Gallery, 92 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

From November through mid-January, the group will meet at Smack Mellon and will depart for studio visits at 4:00pm. From late January through May, students will go directly from school to their Artist Mentor’s Studio.

QUESTIONS? Please contact Becky Sellinger at 718-834-8761 or artready@smackmellon.org


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, October 3, 2019

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION – The Program is FREE for Participants

Overview

Smack Mellon’s Art Ready program brings high school aged artists in 10th to 12th grades into the studios of NYC’s most innovative and inspiring cultural makers. The program is open to students attending NYC public high schools. 

Art Ready operates during the school year and includes a series of studio visits with emerging and established artists; a series of field trips to museums and galleries; a portfolio prep workshops; and a four-month arts mentorship. Art Ready connects up to twenty-one high school students with seven diverse artists, to gain practical experience working with professionals in a variety of artistic disciplines. There is no fee to participate, and all expenses, including museum admissions, transportation and food, are paid.

Art Ready engages young people in a way no other arts education program does. It pairs students directly with working artists; the students learn firsthand over the course of a school year what it is to be an artist in the artist’s studio. Working as mentors, the artists provide professional and creative guidance as the students make decisions about their futures in the arts. Mentor/teaching artists tutor the students in their creative process, introduce them to new ways of working, and engage them in continuous critical reflection.

About the Organization

Smack Mellon's mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career, and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects. We see ourselves as a vehicle whereby under-represented artists can create, explore, and exhibit their creative ideas outside the concerns of the commercial art world, offering many artists the exposure and recognition they deserve. In 2007, Smack Mellon initiated Art Ready to extend its artistic services to creative high school students.

Group Visits

From October 30th until May 13th, the group of high school students visit Artist Mentor studios and arts institutions with the guidance of Smack Mellon’s mentorship program manager. Art Ready visits artists in the fields of graphic design, sculpture, painting, video, photography, collage, and drawing. Visits take place Wednesday afternoons 4:00-6:30pm.

Artist Mentorships

After the group has visited all the Mentors, each student works with one Artist Mentor from late January through May in the Mentor’s studio. Students attend their mentorships in groups of up to 4 students, from 4:00-6:30pm on Wednesdays. Our Artist Mentors are a varied group of professionals that represent the ethnic and artistic diversity of NYC. In keeping with Smack Mellon’s mission, a majority of the Mentors are women. Our Mentors are also selected based on their interest in sharing their knowledge, experience and skills with students, and all have prior teaching or mentoring experience. All are successful in their field.

Field Trips

During the mentorship period students continue to meet as a group for gallery and museum trips. Past field trips have included a tour of the Brooklyn Museum, a trip to the NADA art fair, and an art-making workshop at Urban Glass.

Final Exhibition

Art Ready culminates in an exhibition of work created during the program in Smack Mellon’s 6,000 square foot gallery space. Smack Mellon hosts an evening opening reception for students, mentors, families, and friends that is also advertised to the general public.


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Please answer the questions on all sections of the application honestly and to the best of your ability. The information in your application is strictly confidential and will only be used by Smack Mellon staff and mentors for the purpose of best meeting the needs of our program participants. You must also provide the name and contact info for a teacher or counselor at your school or another youth program who can be contacted as a reference. Finalists will be interviewed and up to 20 students will be selected with these criteria in mind: their interest in pursuing a career in the arts, their ability to attend every session and complete a 4-month mentorship, and the quality of their application.

APPLICATION CHECKLIST:

Part 1: Completed Application Form

Part 2: Completed Essay Questions

Part 3: Two (2) Artwork Samples labeled with your name

Part 4: Release Form signed by a Parent/Guardian (will be emailed to applicants upon completion of this form)

Part 5: Permission to Use Photographs Release Form signed by a Parent/Guardian (will be emailed to applicants upon completion of this form)

THIS IS FOR VIDEO SUBMISSIONS ONLY
Only ONE format - video or images - will be reviewed.
You can submit an application only once per residency cycle.                                                                                                                       
You may submit up to 3 videos, each of which may be a maximum of 3 minutes long.
FOR STILL IMAGE SUBMISSIONS GO HERE
Program Eligibility
We have changed our Applicant Requirements for the Artist Studio Program. All applicants should be emerging or early career artists and must reside within the five boroughs of New York City. All applicants must be United States citizens or legal Permanent Residents of the United States,18 years or older, may not be enrolled in any degree program, and must be able to demonstrate need for a studio. Applicants may not be a resident artist in another studio program at the same time as the Smack Mellon residency. The 2020-2021 program begins July 1, 2020 and ends June 15, 2021.
All six of the artists selected for the studio program will receive a fellowship, three will receive a New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship. The New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund provides support for talented, culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged young people who are seriously dedicated to a career in the arts.
*Applicant Requirements for The New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship are to support artists who are seriously dedicated to a career in the arts, reside in New York City, identify racially and or culturally with a historically underrepresented community, age 30 or younger, and have a demonstrated need for financial assistance to advance their artistic career. If you feel you are qualified and would like to be considered for one of Smack Mellon’s (3) Van Lier funded studios you will have a place to indicate your interest in the application form. Please note that if you have received a Van Lier Fellowship from another organization, you are not eligible for this.*
For those who are not eligible for the Van Lier Fellowship, the other three slots available in Smack Mellon’s Studio Program are for emerging artists of any age who are New York City residents.
Selection Process
A panel of arts professionals and artists will review applications and select artists for the 2020-2021 season. Artists will be selected based on the quality of their work and their potential for making the most of their time in the program. The 2020-2021 program begins July 1, 2020 and ends June 15, 2021. Notifications go out in early March 2020. Please do not call the office for selection results.
Before applying, we encourage you to read about the
 Artist Studio Program, by clicking here.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • You may submit up to 3 videos, each 3 minutes long maximum.
  • File types: Mp4, AVI, MOV, MPG.
  • File titles: LastName_FirstName_video number.  Example: Smith_John_01.
  • Enter title, production date, total run time. 
  • Video script: Enter up to 60 words about the content of your video. This information will be reviewed by the panel when your work is viewed.

 **If titling, crediting, or other important textual information is part of the video, we strongly suggest that it come at the beginning of the video.
**Only time-based media, video, kinetic art or documentation of performance art, should be submitted as video files. Stills of artwork or documentation of artistic process will not be viewed.
For technical questions please go to: http://help.submittable.com/
For any inquiries about the program please email: bsellinger@smackmellon.org

THIS IS FOR VIDEO SUBMISSIONS ONLY.
FOR STILL IMAGE SUBMISSIONS GO HERE

Smack Mellon
92 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Smack Mellon is a nonprofit arts organization located in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Smack Mellon's mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career, and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work, by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects. We see ourselves as a vehicle whereby under-represented artists can create, explore and exhibit their creative ideas outside the concerns of the commercial art world, offering many artists the exposure and recognition they deserve.

Smack Mellon is located between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, on the East River waterfront in DUMBO Brooklyn. Our 12,000 sq ft facility includes a 5000 sq ft gallery, an office, and a storage space on the upper level and artists studios, fabrication shop, media lab, and kitchen on the lower level. 


Internships
Smack Mellon has internships available for college students and recent college graduates looking for experience working in a nonprofit gallery.  We offer the unique opportunity to learn about running a non-profit organization with a gallery, artist studio space program, and education program serving local teens. Because we are a small organization, interns will have the chance to learn through direct contact with the Executive Director, Director of Exhibitions, Programs Manager, and artists.

The schedule can be flexible, but all interns are expected to commit 8-16 hours per week for 3 months. We review applications on a rolling basis. At the moment we are focused on applications for Spring 2019 (March-June). During this time, interns will work with Smack Mellon staff on a variety of projects in the office, as well as independently-driven projects. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in a related field and be extremely self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented, energetic and hardworking with strong computer skills. Mac proficient in Word and Photoshop is a must and knowledge of other programs is a plus.
Interns will assist with:


-Office administration: updating website, press kits, info books...
-Assisting with membership outreach and mailings
-Maintaining archive and photographing events
-Assisting with Studio Program (residency) selection panels as needed
-General gallery maintenance--repairing gallery walls and other physical aspects involoved in maintaining the gallery
-Special events and openings 


Stipend
Stipend is $20/day.

Application Procedure
To apply, send the following as in a PDF format (Word documents will not be accepted):
1/ Cover letter
2/ Resume
3/ One writing sample (3 pages maximum)

]THIS IS FOR STILL IMAGE SUBMISSIONS ONLY
Only ONE format - video or images - will be reviewed.
You can submit an application only once per residency cycle.
You can submit a maximum of ten (10) still images.
FOR VIDEO SUBMISSIONS GO HERE
Program Eligibility
We have changed our Applicant Requirements for the Artist Studio Program. All applicants should be emerging or early career artists and must reside within the five boroughs of New York City. All applicants must be United States citizens or legal Permanent Residents of the United States,18 years or older, may not be enrolled in any degree program, and must be able to demonstrate need for a studio. Applicants may not be a resident artist in another studio program at the same time as the Smack Mellon residency. The 2020-2021 program begins July 1, 2020 and ends June 15, 2021.
All six of the artists selected for the studio program will receive a fellowship, three will receive a New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship. The New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund provides support for talented, culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged young people who are seriously dedicated to a career in the arts.
*Applicant Requirements for The New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship are to support artists who are seriously dedicated to a career in the arts, reside in New York City, identify racially and or culturally with a historically underrepresented community, age 30 or younger, and have a demonstrated need for financial assistance to advance their artistic career. If you feel you are qualified and would like to be considered for one of Smack Mellon’s (3) Van Lier funded studios you will have a place to indicate your interest in the application form. Please note that if you have received a Van Lier Fellowship from another organization, you are not eligible for this.*
For those who are not eligible for the Van Lier Fellowship, the other three slots available in Smack Mellon’s Studio Program are for emerging artists of any age who are New York City residents.
Selection Process
A panel of arts professionals and artists will review applications and select artists for the 2020-2021 season. Artists will be selected based on the quality of their work and their potential for making the most of their time in the program. The 2020-2021 program begins July 1, 2020 and ends June 15, 2021. Notifications go out in early March 2020. Please do not call the office for selection results.
Before applying, we encourage you to read about the Artist Studio Program, by clicking here.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • You can submit a maximum of 10 still images.
  • Each image file must be titled LastName_FirstName_image number. Example: Smith_John_01.
  • File type: JPEG, 1000px maximum in any direction
  • Enter title, medium, and date for each entry
  • Image script: Enter up to 60 words of description about the content of each image or series of images. This information will be reviewed by the panel when your work is viewed.

 Helpful hint for submitting images: It's difficult for panelists to understand still images of video or performance work so we strongly suggest that you apply in the Video Submissions category if you are working in these mediums.

THIS IS FOR STILL IMAGE SUBMISSIONS ONLY.
For any inquiries about the program please email: bsellinger@smackmellon.org
For technical questions go to: http://help.submittable.com/
FOR VIDEO SUBMISSIONS GO HERE

Smack Mellon