Resources, residencies and more.

Support for Visual Artists

Resources, residencies and more. 

Residency Programs

From space and time to mentorship and experimentation.
Open Studios
Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

The residency period in from September through August, with an open studios event in the spring. The annual application period is from January 1 to February 15.


Open Studio
Cultural Space Subsidy Program

Two Trees is dedicated to maintaining a diverse group of commercial tenants that exemplify DUMBO’s identity as a place where creativity, entrepreneurship, and community engagement are celebrated. Recognizing that market rents are not feasible for all, the Cultural Space Subsidy Program dedicates at 50,000 square feet of space at below market rents to be awarded to applicants that best demonstrate their capabilities and intent to provide a social benefit to DUMBO and the broader Brooklyn community.

The program is open to arts, education, and community focused nonprofit organizations. Professional artists with a strong exhibition history or community focused practice are eligible to apply.

Cultural Space Subsidy Program recipients are awarded three-year leases at a reduced rate of $12/RSF (annual). Spaces available range from 750-2,500 RSF. The annual application period is from April 15 to June 15.


Triangle Open Studio April 2018
Triangle Arts

Triangle Arts Program offers local and international artists free, spacious studios and a dynamic artistic community to support the development of ambitious projects with emphasis on dialogue and experimentation. Applications are accepted bi-annually in the Fall. Artists or collectives working in any medium or discipline may apply.


Art Ready Smack Mellon
Smack Mellon

Launched in 2000, the Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program provides six artists each year with a private studio, a $5,000 fellowship, access to a fabrication shop, and a media lab with editing suites. Smack Mellon hosts two open studios events annually, as well as private visits from curators, critics and gallerists, which provide exposure and invaluable career building opportunities. This is a year long residency program; applications open in September. Requirements and more information here.


Mira Dayal Art In General
Art in General

Art in General offers artists in residence an honorarium to cover living expenses for a 6-9 week stay in New York City, and for materials to create a new work, travel expenses and living accommodations. (There is no open call for this program; artists are selected by invitation only.)


Events Dumbo Air Gallery Daria Dorosh 2X
A.I.R. Gallery

The A.I.R. Fellowship program encourages artistic experimentation and rigor by providing a space where feminist historical precedence and inter-generational dialogue are at the forefront.  Essential for this process are a series of professional development workshops, the close collaboration with an A.I.R. artist-mentor, scheduled studio visits through the year- including one with the panelists, and the participation in the Unforgettables Reading/Working Group.

Grants & Professional Development

These foundational-to-the-arts institutions all call Dumbo home