A nine-month studio residency program that focuses on creative practice development for emerging artists working across all disciplines, LMCC’s Workspace program offers space for experimentation and dialogue with peers and arts professionals, as well as career-advancement opportunities. Workspace encourages creative risk-taking, collaboration, learning and skill-sharing at a critical early stage of an artist’s career and serves between 25 and 30 individuals or collaborative groups annually.

For further information about what is provided to Workspace participants and how the application process works, please read the guidelines below and note that applications will only be considered if they are complete, on time, and adhere to all guidelines. A complete application includes complete submission of the Online Application AND the Work Sample by the deadline.

 

Applications for Workspace 2015-2016 will be due on January 29, 2015 at 5pm.
Applicants to the 2015–2016 program will be notified by June 2015.
Please do not call or email about the results.

ATTEND AN INFORMATION SESSION. RSVP REQUIRED.
RSVP for Wednesday, January 7 at 6:00pm
RSVP for Thursday, January 15 at 4:00pm

APPLICATIONS FOR 2015–2016 WILL OPEN IN DECEMBER 2014.

Please note that Application Guidelines changed in 2014. Emerging visual artists, performing artists, and writers working in all media and genres are eligible to apply. Workspace is a good fit for applicants who are:

  • Generating new and original work and engaged in a contemporary dialogue
  • Seeking to foster a rigor of practice by dedicating time and focus to the creative process
  • In need of studio space in which to experiment and develop new work
  • Seeking a community of peers to engage in creative and professional dialogue over nine months in Lower Manhattan
  • Seeking to make connections with a network of curators, presenters, dramaturgs, editors, and other arts professionals working in and around New York City
  • Interested in opportunities to share in-progress work with audiences

Visual artists and writers who work independently or as a collaborative pair (no more than 2) are eligible to apply. Eligible collaborative applicants should submit one application and a joint biography and resume that demonstrate a history of collaboration.

Performing artists and arts groups (no more than 3 in a group) are eligible to apply. Eligible performing arts group applicants should submit one application and an integrated biography and resume that demonstrate a history of collaboration or work as a performing arts group.

International artists are eligible for this program. Please note that LMCC offers studio space only, NOT living space. If accepted, international participants are responsible for their own visa, travel, living, and housing expenses and arrangements. LMCC can only offer minimal assistance to international residents in securing necessary immigration documents. The small stipend/materials fee will not be sufficient for living expenses.

Applicants must choose to apply as a visual artist, performing artist, or writer; applicants cannot apply in multiple categories. Commercially focused artists with a client-based practice should review the resources offered byWorkspace to determine if the program is appropriate for their artistic practice.

Studio Space: Private or semi-private, within a larger shared space, with 24/7 access. Individual studio spaces are approximately 150–300 square feet, equipped with a desk, chair, and basic overhead lighting. Electricity and wireless internet are provided. Heat and air conditioning are provided seasonally during regular business hours. (Housing is not provided). Please also note: Studio space for LMCC’s Workspace program operates out of unique, temporarily vacant, minimally adapted commercial space in Lower Manhattan, which has been generously donated to LMCC each year. The Workspace studio location is subject to change each session.

Dance Floor & Rehearsal Space (for Performing Artists Only): There is a 20 x 24 foot dance floor in the shared space that is dedicated to use for the research and development of movement-based work. It is not available for large-scale rehearsals and presentations. The floor is open 24/7 and reserved for each performing arts participant for approximately 12–16 hours per week. Access to 2–4 weeks of dedicated rehearsal space off-site, including a 16 x 32 foot dance floor, is also available to performing arts participants.

Community Building & Professional Development: A unique aspect of Workspace is the opportunity to grow both a network of peers, curators, presenters, editors, dramaturgs and other arts professionals working in and around New York City and to share work with new audiences.

  • Salon evenings are required weekly group meetings on Monday nights that include one-on-one studio visits, professional development workshops, a guest artist lecture series, potluck dinners, and more.
  • Open Studios are required events where the general public is invited to visit your studio and learn more about your process and work.

Publicity: Participants are announced annually and listed on LMCC’s website as well as featured on other digital communication channels. Open Studio events are promoted as part of LMCC’s calendar of Public Engagement events.

Stipend: A one-time stipend of approximately $1,100 is provided, depending on available funds. (There is NOT a monthly living or housing stipend).

Visiting Artist Status (for Visual Artists Only)Workspace participants have the opportunity to apply for visiting artist status at partner institutions to gain access to specialized facilities and resources. Harvestworks: Electronic media courses, reduced-rate technical assistance, lab/studio access. School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Arts Department: Courses, lab/studio access. New York University — Advanced Media Studio: Inkjet printing, scanning, laser cutting, 3D modeling, courses. Program offerings are subject to change.

  • Artists and writers who will be participating in another residency or professional development program from September 2015–May 2016;
  • Artists and writers who will be matriculated as students at any level from September 2015–May 2016;
  • Artists and writers who have been previously served by LMCC’s StudioscapeWorld ViewsNew Views, or Workspace residency programs;
  • Artists and writers who have been selected for any other LMCC artist residency program during 2014, 2015, 2016.

Workspace participants make a serious commitment to the program for the entire nine-month session.

Workspace participants are expected to utilize the studio actively and consistently (on average artists are in their studios 20–40 hours per week). In addition, regular attendance at Salon Evenings and participation in public programs like Open Studios is required. It is vital to the success of the program that Workspace participants fully take advantage of the unique resources we are able to provide. For this reason, Workspace participants cannot simultaneously participate in another residency, professional development, or degree-granting program while participating in Workspace.

 

In general LMCC receives more than 1,000 applications for Workspace each year. Applicants are reviewed by juries comprised of arts and literary professionals and artists. Visual artists, performing artists, and writers are reviewed by separate discipline-specific juries, which change each year. The juries review all applicants according to the following criteria:

  • Merit of past work, based on submitted Work Sample;
  • Career record, according to narrative Biography and Resume;
  • Proposed projects and ideas, as expressed in Proposal and Statement;

LMCC is committed to maintaining diversity in all of its programs.

Via an online application form, Workspace applicants are asked to provide:

  • Contact Information
  • Two Professional References (Contact Information Only)
  • Narrative Biography (100 words)
  • One-Page Artist Resume
  • Artist’s or Writer’s Statement (100 words)
  • Proposal (200 words)
  • Work Samples (images, video, audio, or writing samples) with Description

 

Choose one of three Work Sample Options. Follow the guidelines to prepare your Work Sample, and then submit them via the Online Application form.

Option 1 — Digital Images: Eight (8) digital images:

  • Images must be saved as JPEG files, 800 pixels in the longest dimension, at 72dpi.
  • Each image filename must be saved as: “LastName-FirstName-#” (e.g. Smith-John-01.jpg / Smith-John-02.jpg / etc.)
  • During the selection process, images will be viewed one at a time as a projection.
  • Work Sample files will be uploaded into the Online Application directly.

 

Option 2 — Video/Audio: Four (4) minutes of video/audio:

  • For time-based media only.
  • Applicants may submit up to two (2) clips of video/audio, together totaling no more than four (4) minutes of footage.
  • During the selection process, videos will be projected.
  • Video/Audio clips are accepted as weblinks to clips hosted on external sites (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). We recommend that you submit a video (which can contain one clip or multiple clips) that has been edited down to the allotted time. If your clip is longer than the allotted time, provide a cue point.
  • Applicants must provide passwords for password-protected videos.
  • Applicants should ensure that hosted online Work Samples follow the above guidelines and are accessible online at least six months beyond the Application Deadline.

 

Option 3 — Combination of Images and Video/Audio: Four (4) digital images AND one (1) clip of video/audio totaling no more than two (2) minutes of footage. Follow above instructions for labeling and formatting.

 

Please note that we do NOT accept:

  • Applications or Work Samples by conventional mail;
  • 35mm slides or VHS;
  • Original artwork;
  • PowerPoint presentations or slideshows;
  • Handwritten documents;
  • Letters of recommendation;
  • Support materials, including reviews, catalogues, and publications.

Work Samples that do not function or do not follow the submission guidelines will not be considered.

 

Submit a total of four (4) minutes of video in no more than two (2) clips by providing online links.

  • Applicants may submit up to two (2) clips of video, together totaling no more than four (4) minutes of footage.
  • Indicate the cue time (i.e. cue 0:00, cue 3:24).
  • During the selection process, videos will be projected.
  • Each clip will be played for no more than the allotted time from the cue point; start times for each clip should mark the beginning of a segment that best represents your work.
  • Video clips are accepted as Weblinks to clips hosted on external sites (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). We recommend that you submit a continuous clip that has been edited down to the allotted time.
  • Applicants must provide passwords for password-protected videos.
  • Applicants should caption video Work Samples using this format: Work Sample #, Title, Date, Venue, Cue, Original Running Time; (Example: 1, Dance Sketch, 2010, HERE Arts Center, Cue 4:30, ORT 38:00).
  • Applicants should ensure that hosted online Work Samples follow the above guidelines and are accessible online at least six months beyond the Application Deadline.

Please note that we do NOT accept:

  • Applications or Work Samples by conventional mail;
  • 35mm slides or VHS;
  • Original artwork;
  • PowerPoint presentations or slideshows;
  • Handwritten documents;
  • Letters of recommendation;
  • Support materials, including reviews, catalogues, and publications.

Work Samples that do not function or do not follow the submission guidelines will not be considered.

Choose one of the following options to submit as a PDF. Applicants may provide any number of works totaling the designated number of pages. The applicant’s name, title of the work, and a page number should appear on each page of the manuscript.

  • Option 1 — Fiction, Non-Fiction, or Script: Up to 20 double-spaced pages in 10–12 point font.
  • Option 2 — Poetry: Up to 10 pages in 10–12 point font.

 

Please note that we do NOT accept:

  • Applications or Work Samples by conventional mail;
  • 35mm slides or VHS;
  • Original artwork;
  • PowerPoint presentations or slideshows;
  • Handwritten documents;
  • Letters of recommendation;
  • Support materials, including reviews, catalogues, and publications.

Work Samples that do not function or do not follow the submission guidelines will not be considered.

2014 – 2015

Visual Artists Jury

    • Charles Aubin, Associate Curator, Performa
    • Juliana Driever, Curator / Writer / Educator
    • Larissa Harris, Curator, The Queens Museum
    • Lyle Ashton Harris, Artist / Associate Professor of Art, New York University
    • Lindsay Howard, Curator / Researcher
    • Yamini Nayar, Artists / 2011–2012 Workspace Participant

Writers Jury

    • Mia Alvar, Author / 2012–2013 Workspace Participant
    • Deborah Brevoort, Playwright / Librettist / Faculty, Goddard College and New York University
    • Christian Hawkey, Poet
    • Dawn Lundy Martin, Poet / Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh
    • Dolan Morgan, Author
    • RJ Tolan, Co-Artistic Director, EST/Youngblood

Performing Artist Jury

    • Annie Dorsen, Theater Director
    • Beth Gill, Choreographer / 2010 Process Space Participant
    • Ishmael Houston-Jones, Choreographer / 2013 Process Space Participant
    • Joshua Lubin-Levy, Dramaturg
    • Nicky Paraiso, Director of Programming, The Club at La MaMa / Curator, La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival
    • Sarah Scandiffio, Managing Director, Roulette Intermedium

 

2013 – 2014

Visual Artists Jury

    • Daniel Bejar, Artist / 2011–2012 Workspace Participant
    • Michelle Levy, Program Director, EFA Project Space, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
    • Elisabeth Sherman, Senior Curatorial Assistant, Whitney Museum of American Art

Writers Jury

    • Abigail Katz, Director of New Play Development, Atlantic Theater Company
    • Anna Moschovakis, Poet / Editor, Ugly Duckling Presse
    • Barbara Cassidy, Playwright / 2010–2011 Workspace Participant
    • Ethan Hauser, Author / 2009–2010 Workspace Participant
    • Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Poet / Instructor, Sarah Lawrence College
    • Sherisse Alvarez, Author / 2011–2012 Workspace Participant

 

2012 – 2013

Visual Artists Jury

    • Nora Lawrence, Associate Curator, Storm King Center
    • Dan Leers, Independent Curator / Curator, New Photography 2011, MoMA
    • Edwin Ramoran, Independent Curator / Curator, Art in Odd Places 2012
    • Ryan Schneider, Artist / 2010–2011 Workspace Participant
    • Lumi Tan, Assistant Curator, The Kitchen

Writers Jury

    • Andy Bragen, Playwright / 2009–2010 Workspace Participant
    • Alexander Chee, Author
    • Melissa Febos, Author
    • Barbara Henning, Poet / Author
    • Luis Jaramillo, Writer / Associate Chair, Writing Program, The New School
    • Annie MacRae, Literary Manager / Sloan Project Manager, Manhattan Theater Club

 

2011 – 2012

Visual Artists Jury

    • Kalia Brooks, Director of Exhibitions, MoCADA / Curator, Art in Odd Places 2011
    • Joanne McNeil, Senior Editor, Rhizome
    • Paul Sepuya, Artist / 2009–2010 Workspace Participant
    • Niels Van Tomme, Independent Curator, Researcher and Art Critic / Director of Arts and Media, Provisions Learning Project
    • Maxim Weintraub, Ph.D. / Adjunct Professor, Department of History of Art, Hunter College

Writers Jury

    • LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Writer, Vocalist, & Sound Artist / 2009–2010 Workspace Participant
    • Anna Godbersen, Author
    • Adam Greenfield, Director of New Play Development, Playwrights Horizons
    • Brett Fletcher Lauer, Poet / Poetry Editor, A Public Space / Managing Director, Poetry Society of America
    • Dan Machlin, Poet / Founder & Executive Editor, FuturePoem books
    • Kay Takeda, Director of Grants & Services, LMCC

 

2010 – 2011

Visual Artists Jury

    • Nathalie Angles, Curator and Director, Residency Unlimited
    • Yona Backer, Co-Founder, Third Streaming
    • Tairone Bastien, Curator, Performa
    • Elvis Fuentes, Curator, El Museo del Barrio
    • Eric Sall, Artist / 2007–2008 Workspace Participant

Writers Jury

    • Corina Copp, Poet / Playwright / Editor, The Poetry Project Newsletter / Co-Curator, The Twenty-Five Cent Opera of San Francisco
    • Alice Elliott Dark, Short Story Author and Novelist / Writer-in-Residence, Rutgers-Newark University
    • Jeffrey Kastner, Senior Editor, Cabinet Magazine
    • Raphael Martin, Literary & Humanities Manager, Soho Rep
    • Alexios Moore, Creative Non-Fiction Writer / Educator / 2008–2009 Workspace Participant
    • Vijay Seshadri, Poet / Essayist / Critic / Director, Non-Fiction Writing Program, Sarah Lawrence College.

 

2009 – 2010

Visual Artists Jury

    • Josh Kline, Communications and Public Programs, Electronic Arts Intermix
    • Carin Kuoni, Director, The New School’s Vera List Center for Art & Politics
    • Simone Leigh, Artist / 2007–2009 Workspace Participant
    • Amy Owen, Director of Exhibitions, Artists Space
    • Nat Trotman, Assistant Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Writers Jury

    • Maggie Boepple, President, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
    • Susan Daitch, Fiction Author / Professor, Hunter College
    • Tonya Foster, Poet / Essayist / Fiction Author / Professor, Cooper Union and Bard College
    • Stephen Motika, Poet / Program Coordinator, Poet’s House / Publisher, Nightboat Books
    • John Talbird, Writer / Past Workspace Participant / Professor, Queensborough Community College

 

2008 – 2009

Visual Artists Jury

    • Alyson Baker, Executive Director, Socrates Sculpture Park
    • Dean Daderko, Independent Curator
    • Savannah Gorton, Marketing and Communications Manager, LMCC
    • Shinique Smith, Artist / Past Workspace Participant
    • Cara Starke, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media, Museum of Modern Art
    • Alun Williams, Founder & Director, Parker’s Box

Writers Jury

    • Donald Breckenridge, Writer / Fiction Editor, The Brooklyn Rail
    • Ken Chen, Poet / Executive Director, Asian American Writers Workshop
    • Marcella Durand, Poet / Past Workspace Participant / Poetry Editor, Erato Press
    • Jennifer Firestone, Poet in residence, Eugene Lang College at the New School
    • Suzan Sherman, Novelist / Editor, NYFA Current
    • Ranbir Sidhu, Novelist / Playwright / Past Workspace Resident

 

2007 – 2008

Visual Artists Jury

    • Sally Berger, Assistant Curator, Department of Film and Media, Museum of Modern Art
    • Lia Gangitano, Director, Participant Inc.
    • Jeanne Gerrity, Art Spaces Associate, LMCC
    • Kanishka Raja, Artist / Past Workspace Participant
    • Paul Ramirez-Jonas, Artist / Professor, Bard College

Writers Jury

    • Quang Bao, Executive Director, Asian American Writers’ Workshop
    • Jeff Byles, Non-Fiction Author / Past LMCC Resident
    • Charlotte Cohen, Regional Fine Arts Manager, U.S. General Services Administration
    • Eric Demby, Director of Marketing and Communications, LMCC
    • Jill Magi, Poet / Past Workspace Participant

 

2006 – 2007

Visual Artists Jury

    • Linda Genereux, Consultant, Cultural Trade Commission of the Consulate General of Canada in New York
    • Heng-Gil Han, Curator of Visual Arts, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning
    • Scott Hug, Artist / Past Workspace Participant / Independent Curator / Editor, K48 Magazine
    • Debra Singer, Executive Director and Chief Curator, The Kitchen
    • Mari Spirito, Independent Curator / Director, 303 Gallery
    • Mark Vevle, Director of Marketing and Communications, LMCC

Writers Jury

    • Alan Gilbert, Poet / Critic / Past Workspace Participant
    • Adam Kleinman, Associate Curator, LMCC
    • Jackson Taylor, Writer / Associate Director, Creative Writing, The New School

 

Two jury and program cycles per year

November 2005 – May 2006

Visual Artists Jury

    • Patrick Callery, Independent Curator
    • Rebecca Herman, Artist / Past Workspace Participant
    • Yukie Kamiya, Associate Curator, The New Museum of Contemporary Art
    • Tumelo Mosaka, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum
    • Kay Takeda, Director of Grants & Services, LMCC

Writers Jury

    • Stacy D’Erasmo, Author / Assistant Professor, Columbia University
    • Stacy Leigh, Readers & Writers and Open Book Director, PEN American Center
    • Ryan Murphy, Poet / Awards Coordinator, American Academy of Poets

 

April – October 2005

Visual Artists Jury

    • Regine Basha, Adjunct Curator, Arthouse
    • Franklin Evans, Artist / Past Workspace Participant
    • Tom Healy, President, LMCC
    • Matthew Higgs, Director and Chief Curator, White Columns
    • Zoe Ryan, Senior Curator, Van Alen Institute
    • Maria Christina Villaseñor, Associate Curator of Film and Media Arts, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

 

November 2004 – April 2005

Visual Artists Jury

    • Nolini Barretto, Director of Performing Arts, LMCC
    • Joel Beck, Co-Director, Roebling Hall
    • Luis Camnitzer, Viewing Program Curator, The Drawing Center
    • Claudia Joskowicz, Artist / Past Workspace Participant
    • Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo, President, The Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation / Vice President and Trustee, Whitney Museum of American Art

 

June – October 2004

Visual Artists Jury

    • Wayne Ashley, New Media and Public Programs Curator, LMCC
    • Koan Jeff Baysa, Independent Curator / Critic
    • Erin Donnelly, Associate Director of Programs, LMCC
    • Kendal Henry, Arts Program Manager, MTA Arts for Transit
    • Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy, Curator, Art in General
    • Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, Artist / Past Workspace Participant

 

November 2003 – March 2004

Visual Artists Jury

    • Deborah Cullen, Curator, El Museo del Barrio
    • Sara Herda, Director, Storefront for Art and Architecture
    • Moukhtar Kocache, Director of Programs and Services, LMCC
    • Edwin Ramoran, Director, Longwood Arts Project
    • Gregory Sholette, Artist / Associate Professor and Director or Arts Administration, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

 

April – October 2003

Visual Artists Jury

    • Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem
    • Moukhtar Kocache, Director of Visual and Media Arts, LMCC
    • Shamim Momin, Curator and Branch Director, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria
    • Sina Najafi, Editor-in-Chief, Cabinet Magazine
    • Jenny Perlin, Artist / Past New Views Resident