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.  

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/

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