About the Arts Center Residency

The Arts Center at Governors Island is home to year-round artist residency programs for artists working in any discipline. LMCC’s residency programs aim to meet the immediate needs of the artist community we serve, with intention and responsibility toward our shared futures. We are committed to these acts of care and stewardship and throughout the pandemic, have continued to serve, support, and connect artists by providing free, collaborative space for creative development and production within the Arts Center. 

The 2022 Arts Center Residency will offer short-term, project-based residencies to artists and creative practitioners whose work is concerned with the broader themes of equity and sustainability. Concurrent to Governors Island’s ambitious plans for addressing climate change and environmental issues in the long-term, the Arts Center Residency encourages creative practices that engage with social and climate justice, NYC harbor history, urban ecology, and water. Artists are invited to explore these thematic anchors with Governors Island serving as a site for research and experimentation. Applicants may choose to address these themes explicitly or elaborate on how their practice and/or projects are relevant.  

The 2022 residency will take place in the open plan studios at The Arts Center on Governors Island in three sessions:

  • Session One: Tuesday, February 1 - Wednesday, May 11, 2022
  • Session Two: Tuesday, May 24 - Friday, August 26, 2022
  • Session Three: Tuesday, September 13 - Friday, December 16, 2022

Residency participants will be provided the following basic amenities:

  • Access to free, temporary, daytime work space in LMCC’s Arts Center for 3 months
  • Basic work tables and chairs
  • Basic overhead lighting
  • Electricity
  • Wi-Fi
  • Heat & A/C

In addition, all residency participants will be offered:

  • Regular and robust virtual communication, group sharing, peer critique opportunities facilitated by LMCC
  • Opportunities to share work in-person with the public during LMCC’s 2022 Public Season, scheduled for May – October 2022 at scheduled open studios moments
  • Access to LMCC’s hands-on publicity and marketing efforts via its website, e-blasts, social media channels

Please note:

  • There is NO stipend offered as part of the opportunity
  • Studios facilities do not offer access to medium- or technique-specific amenities such as a woodshop, print or media lab, or a large rehearsal space
  • Artists must provide their own supplies and tools; restrictions apply
  • Participants will be required to observe mandatory health and safety guidelines in light of the COVID-19 public health pandemic – including but not limited to filling out a daily health screening questionnaire, employing masks or facial coverings indoors at all times, and practicing safe social distancing on-site

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • A practicing artist and/or creative practitioner able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, career, and a public audience;
  • Able to express alignment with the theme of ‘equity’ and ‘sustainability’ through their proposed projects and/or ongoing practice (definitions enclosed in the application form);
  • Must not have been supported by an LMCC residency program in the last six (6) months;
  • Must not be scheduled to participate in another residency during the residency time frame offered;
  • Artists who work independently or as a small collective (no more than 3);
  • 21 years of age or older;

October 12, 2021 – Application Opens (on Submittable)

November 12, 2021, 5PM EST – Application Deadline

December 2021 – Selection Juries

January, 2022 – All applicants notified of decisions

Residencies will take place in three sessions, as outlined above, from February through December 2022


A jury comprised of former LMCC resident artists will review applications using the following selection criteria:

  • Alignment with LMCC’s values:
    • Driven by curiosity: we believe experimenting, questioning, learning, and understanding are essential to creative development.
    • Collaborative: we seek to invest in artists who are interested in building relationships, and by extension, in our robust artist network.
    • Openness: we are excited by artists and projects who embrace LMCC’s ambitions of generosity and care.
  • Clear intentions and goals in proposed project(s) and ideas
  • A purposeful relationship to the Arts Center and Governors Island
  • Willingness to engage in a community-oriented setting, of fellow artists and the larger public (when applicable)

LMCC is committed to assembling cohorts of artists in residence that collectively reflect the cultural and creative diversity of the field including artists of diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, sexual identities, genders, ages, physical abilities, and artistic genres and forms.

Questions? Please contact

Please note LMCC Staff are working remotely and email is presently the preferred and most expediate method for receiving and responding to inquiries.

Eleanor Kipping, Governors Island COVID-19 Response Residency 2020. Photo by Salome Mindiashvili

Governors Island Residency Initiative in Response to COVID-19

In 2020, as part of the Governors Island Residency Initiative, LMCC provided free, temporary residency and work space at LMCC's Arts Center to eligible artists and small arts groups based throughout the five boroughs.

LMCC’s Arts Center Residency program is supported, in part, by Cowles Charitable Trust, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, The Willem de Kooning Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., The Norman & Bettina Roberts Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), Teiger Foundation, Tiger Baron Foundation and YoungArts.

The Arts Center Residency is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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