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 who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

PROGRAM DATES: November 3, 2021 to May 18, 2022

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

LOCATION: Students will meet regularly in person, though this is subject to change based on CDC guidelines. From November through mid-January, the group will visit each of our artist mentors in their studios as well as meet for occasional trips to museums and galleries. 

Pending the safety and comfort of our students, families, and mentors, we will hold a culminating exhibition to showcase work participants created with their mentors at our physical gallery space at 92 Plymouth Street Brooklyn, NY. 

QUESTIONS? Please contact Willa Goettling at 718-834-8761 or artready@smackmellon.org


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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 who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

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 workshop; 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 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. 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 November 3rd until December 22nd, the group of high school students meets with each Artist Mentor who introduces their studio practice showing them the different ways artists navigate life and approach their work. Art Ready visits artists in the fields of graphic design, sculpture, painting, video, photography, collage, and drawing. Visits take place Wednesday afternoons from 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. In-person visits will be moved to virtual visits should changes in COVID-19 require this. 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

We will occasionally 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 a final exhibition of work created during the program and gallery reception open to students, mentors, families, and friends, located in Smack Mellon’s 6,000 square foot gallery space. Should we be unable to move forward with an exhibition, we will instead produce a culminating publication. 


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 STILL IMAGE SUBMISSIONS ONLY

Only ONE format - video or still 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. Applicants must be legal residents of NYC and file their taxes in NYC for one year prior to the application deadline. Applicants must be residing in NYC at the time of the application process and for the term of the residency. If you become a finalist and are invited for an interview, you must be able to provide a tax return for proof of residency. 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 2022-2023 program begins September 1, 2022 and ends August 15, 2023.

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 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 program begins September 1, 2022 and ends August 15, 2023. Notifications go out in late March 2022. 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 evaluate video or performance work based on still images, so we strongly suggest that you apply in the Video Submissions category if you are working in these mediums.



For any inquiries about the program please email: wgoettling@smackmellon.org

For technical questions go to: http://help.submittable.com/

THIS IS FOR VIDEO SUBMISSIONS ONLY                                                                
Only ONE format - video or still 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 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. Applicants must be legal residents of NYC and file their taxes in NYC for one year prior to the application deadline. Applicants must be residing in NYC at the time of the application process and for the term of the residency. If you become a finalist and are invited for an interview, you must be able to provide a tax return for proof of residency. 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 2022-2023 program begins September 1, 2022 and ends August 15, 2023. 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 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 program begins September 1, 2022 and ends August 15, 2023. Notifications go out in late March 2022. 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 any inquiries about the program please email: wgoettling@smackmellon.org 

For technical questions please go to: http://help.submittable.com/

Smack Mellon is a nonprofit arts organization whose 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 on the East River waterfront in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Our 12,000 sq ft facility includes a 5,000 sq ft gallery on the upper level and artists studios, fabrication shop, and media lab on the lower level.  


Job Summary

Smack Mellon seeks an Events & Communications Manager who will be in charge of our earned revenue through rental events, enhancing the organization’s image through communications, and helping to promote Smack Mellon through increased attendance, heightened recognition, and execution of marketing and public relations plans.

Under the supervision of the Executive Director and Director of Exhibitions, the Events & Communications Manager will lead Smack Mellon’s efforts to promote Smack Mellon to local, national, and international media across all platforms, in addition to our exhibitions and programs, and will oversee all aspects of media relations, marketing, and advertising for the purpose of Smack Mellon’s positioning, branding visibility, and audience and visitor growth in support of our mission and goals. The Events & Communications Manager is responsible for maintaining and building Smack Mellon’s venue rental program, which is a crucial part of our fundraising initiatives. They are also responsible for maximizing revenues through memberships, corporate sponsorships, media sponsorships, individual donors, and other sources.

We are looking for an individual with experience and interest in managing space rentals, event coordination and production, and/or vendor relations. Additionally, we’re looking for an individual with a background in the arts, design, marketing, public relations and/or communications to help develop and manage our promotional efforts to attract a wide and diverse audience to our exhibitions and events.


Responsibilities Include:

Venue Rental / Events / Membership

  • Promote and grow our venue rental by exploring new ways to engage and identify new social, print, and online networks to reach new renters
  • Source and increase free advertising exposure through new outlets and track success
  • Field rental inquiries and meet with potential renters
  • Build a client base from a variety of fields
  • Manage all event reservations and bookings
  • Negotiate partnerships and evaluate vendor services
  • Communicate rules and policies to contracted vendors
  • Manage all incoming Certificates of Insurance from outside vendors
  • Manage events, acting as building supervisor and enforcing rules of the rental contract to maintain the safety of guests and premises


Communications

  • Create and manage distribution of marketing and press materials
  • Create and manage e-blasts using email marketing tools (such as Constant Contact)
  • Identify media outlets to cultivate targeted audiences
  • Draft press releases for education initiatives & special events
  • Prepare and distribute press kits and photos as needed
  • Update press contact list and prepare list for emailing invitations and press releases
  • Prepare and maintain listings on art and event listing sites
  • Keep digital and hard copies of press books updated
  • Pitch stories to relevant media outlets to fulfill strategic PR goals
  • Grow and manage Smack Mellon’s social media profiles and presence, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other relevant platforms, and track success
  • Create new and using existing design templates, produce cards and other promotional materials in print, on email, and on social media for exhibitions and programs


General Organizational Support

  • Manage Smack Mellon's website, update and create pages on Wordpress and Square platforms
  • Alternating with other staff members, work late up to one evening each month helping with the First Thursday gallery walk event
  • Assist program staff with the production and presentation of online programs through Zoom, Instagram Live, and other platforms
  • Assist with all aspects of the annual Smack Mellon Benefit (usually in May) and any additional fundraising events.
  • Assist with exhibition openings and other public programs
  • Manage membership solicitations and renewals
  • Answer general inquiries by email and phone


The ideal candidate must be extremely organized and a self-starter. Should be able to work flexibly and collaboratively within a small office environment and be comfortable with handling many tasks at once. Must be able to perform effectively in a fast-paced environment with a high level of creativity, ownership, and entrepreneurship. Should be energetic, enthusiastic and not averse to picking up a broom, mop, snow shovel, or screw gun. Should be interested in learning how a nonprofit art organization runs and be willing to participate on every level.


Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required, ideally in art history, design, public relations, marketing, communications, events management, or liberal arts; or commensurate related experience.
  • Must have three years experience in a field directly related to events management or design/communications.
  • Must have excellent, demonstrated written, oral, interpersonal, and communication skills (including editing ability).
  • Proficient in: Mac OS, Microsoft Office software (specifically Excel), Adobe Creative Suite, Google Analytics and other G-Suite applications, email marketing (such as Constant Contact), and Wordpress. Experience with database software (such as FileMaker Pro), HTML, and/or CMS a plus.
  • Active and well-rounded personal presence in social media with a command of each platform and its best practices.
  • Nonprofit experience, particularly with an art organization, is preferred. Knowledge of art press and contemporary art is important. Design knowledge is a plus.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions of the position. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential responsibilities of this position may change or be changed from time to time.


This is a part time position 22 hours/week. Workdays must include Sundays. Other workdays are flexible Tuesday - Friday. $25,000/year.


To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume that includes your relevant work experience, and 2 professional references. 

We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

Questions? Email info@smackmellon.org

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