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 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 2019-2020 program begins July 1, 2019 and ends June 15, 2020. 

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 2019 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 2019-2020 program begins July 1, 2019 and ends June 15, 2020. Notifications go out in early March 2019. 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 INSTRUTIONS

  • 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: eva@smackmellon.org

THIS IS FOR VIDEO SUBMISSIONS ONLY.

FOR STILL IMAGE SUBMISSIONS GO HERE

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 2019-2020 program begins July 1, 2019 and ends June 15, 2020. 

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 2019 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 2019-2020 program begins July 1, 2019 and ends June 15, 2020. Notifications go out in early March 2019. 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: eva@smackmellon.org 

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

FOR VIDEO SUBMISSIONS GO HERE

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 31, 2018 to May 15, 2019

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 Kathleen Gilrain at 718-834-8761 or artready@smackmellon.org


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

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 31st until January 16th, the group of 20 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)

Smack Mellon is interested in proposals that consider the unusual architecture of the gallery space and highly encourages site-specific projects. These proposals can be considered for any show at Smack Mellon.

We accept applications for Site-Specific Projects twice a year--in the summer and the winter. The next deadline to submit a proposal is January 16, 2019, and the following will be July 17, 2019. We will respond to each group of new applicants by the end of February and the end of August respectively. We will be reviewing submissions for 2020 or later.

Your submission should include:

1. Work Samples
Six (6) images and/or three (3) videos that are representative of your artistic career. Images should be saved as .jpeg or .tiff.  Videos should be no longer than 3 minutes each and cued to the appropriate segment for the panel to review. Please number each work sample file to correspond to the work sample list.

2. Work Sample List
Numbers on the work sample list should correspond with the numbers in the work sample file names.
For Images: Include the title, date, medium, dimensions, and a brief description of the work (less than 100 words).
For Video: Include title, date, duration, and a brief description of the work (less than 100 words).

3. Resume
Please include your name, address, phone number, and email address along with exhibition and educational background.

4. Artists' Statement
In 250 words or less, write a statement about your work in general and your process.

5. Site-Specific Statement with a description of the proposed work and an explanation of the idea and how it relates to the space.

6. A Drawing of the proposed project.

7. A Map of the space marking where your project would ideally be placed. You can download this map here.

Artists involved in exhibitions are responsible for the execution and installation of their own artwork. Artists should understand that they are responsible for delivering their work to the gallery, installing and de-installing their work. Smack Mellon does not have a full time staff of preparators. Smack Mellon staff can assist in installation of work requiring a bucket lift or special mounting, when arranged in advance. Our staff may also assist artists with installation of other complicated projects but will not be involved in helping the artist to build their work on site.

Specifics about the installation of artwork, the equipment and resources that Smack Mellon is able to provide will be discussed after the initial proposal has been reviewed and accepted as a proposal under consideration.

Smack Mellon reviews submissions from Mid-Career Artists wishing to  have their work considered for solo, two-person, or group  exhibitions. We define a mid-career artist as someone who has been  working as an artist for over 10 years. We support mid-career artists  who are without commercial representation.

We accept applications for Mid-Career Artist proposals twice a year--in the summer and the winter. The next deadline to submit a proposal is January 16, 2019, and the following will be July 17, 2019. We will respond to each group of new applicants by the end of February and the end of August respectively. We will be reviewing submissions for 2020 or later.

Your submission should include:

1. Work Samples
Images: 8 to 10 .jpg or .tiff images.
And/Or
Video: Maximum of 3 video clips no longer than 3 minutes each and cued to the appropriate segment for the panel to view. Only moving images, ie. time-based media, video art, kinetic art, or performance art should be submitted. Videos of exhibition documentation or artistic process will not be considered.

2. Work Sample List
For Images: The numbers on the Work Sample List should correspond with the numbers in the image file names. Include the title, date, medium, dimensions, and a brief description of the work (less than 100 words).

For Video: Include title, date, duration, and a brief description of the work (less than 100 words).

3. Resume
Please include your name, address, phone number and email address along with exhibition and educational background.

4. Artist Statement
In 250 words or less, write a statement about your work in general and your process.

Artists involved in exhibitions are responsible for the execution and  installation of their own artwork. Artists should understand that they  are responsible for delivering their work to the gallery, installing and  de-installing their work. Smack Mellon does not have a full time staff  of preparators. Smack Mellon staff can assist in installation of work  requiring a bucket lift or special mounting, when arranged in advance.  Our staff may also assist artists with installation of other complicated  projects but will not be involved in helping the artist to build their  work on site.

Specifics about the installation of artwork, the equipment and  resources that Smack Mellon is able to provide will be discussed after  the initial proposal has been reviewed and accepted as a proposal under  consideration.

Job Summary

The work exchange is 30 hours of work per month in exchange for a studio and use of the Fabrication Shop and Media Lab. Most work can be done during evening hours. Position will start in November 1st with a 3-month trial period. The Work Exchange Artist will have the same benefits as the Studio Program Artists, which includes the opportunity to participate in open studios and other planned visits with invited arts professionals. Media Systems Manager should see this as an opportunity to join a community of creative people who are committed to helping Smack Mellon’s programmatic and organizational growth.

The Media Systems Manager should have advanced technical skills in the areas of media exhibitions installation, AV event management, Apple computer maintenance and software, and IT networking. The position requires an ability to manage projects, prioritize work and work independently and in a team effectively. Multiple demands with competing deadlines will come from staff and Studio Artists. Duties include:

• Maintain and upgrade media systems and specialized institutional technology in administrative office, gallery, and Artist Studio Program Media Lab.

• Orient Studio Artists in the use of Media Lab’s systems and equipment.

• Work with artists, musicians, guest curators and Smack Mellon staff to plan and produce video/audio exhibitions. 

• Install and run video and audio equipment for exhibitions and other Smack Mellon events on and off site, including the annual benefit.

• Manage the loan of equipment and install equipment for Studio Artists for presentation of their work in their studios.

• Remain informed of new developments in related technology and make recommendations for upgrades.

• Assist with the technical components of Smack Mellon’s website, online application systems for Artist Studio Program and exhibition programs, and help prepare artists’ submission images and videos for panel viewing.


Work Experience Requirements

At least three years of experience in maintenance and programming of gallery A/V systems.


Required Qualifications:

• Working knowledge of: Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, video editing software, and Google Cloud. 

• Knowledge of the use of these hardware tools: audio mixing consoles, audio amplification systems, wood-working tools, internet networking hardware.

• Demonstrated diagnostic and problem solving skills.

• Very familiar with current digital media standards, data projection, sound systems, wireless integration, network connectivity.

• Helpful attitude and desire to share expertise and knowledge with artists to help them create and present their work in the way that they conceive.

• Must be able to work from a ladder and lift 40 pounds. 

• Must be willing to operate a scissor lift without fear of heights.


Apply:

Please send a cover letter & CV


Questions?

Email info@smackmellon.org 


Smack Mellon