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LMCC’s flagship residency program, Workspace, is a nine-month studio-based program that focuses on the creative process and cohort development of emerging artists. At its core, Workspace nurtures experimentation, creative risk taking, collaboration, learning and skill sharing through regular opportunities for dialogue with peers and arts professionals. Participating artists are provided round-the-clock access to semi-private studio spaces and are expected to engage with the cohort for the full duration of the nine-month program.

LMCC is shifting its guidelines for the Workspace program to be more responsive to the multi- and interdisciplinary ways in which artists work. We seek to create a welcoming, diverse, and dynamic cohort of individuals working across disciplines, including but not limited to visual arts, film, performance art, social practice, design, digital media, and the literary arts. Applicants should review program offerings to determine applicability to their practice.

Program Guidelines and Application

Applications for Workspace 2020–2021 closed on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 5PM EST. Applicants will be notified of LMCC’s decision no later than August 31, 2020. Please do not call or email about results prior to notifications.

If you have general inquiries about the program or application guidelines, please email workspaceapp@lmcc.net or call 212-219-9401.

Application Eligibility

LMCC is shifting its guidelines for the Workspace program to be more responsive to the multi- and interdisciplinary ways in which artists work. We seek to create a welcoming, diverse, and dynamic cohort of individuals working across disciplines, including but not limited to visual arts, film, performance art, social practice, design, digital media, and the literary arts.

Workspace is a good fit for applicants who are:

  • Generating new and original work and engaged in a contemporary dialogue
  • Seeking to foster a rigorous 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, critics, and other arts professionals working in and around New York City
  • Interested in opportunities to share in-progress work with audiences

Artists 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.

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 need not identify solely with one discipline to apply; applicants will be able to select as many disciplines applicable to their practice on the application, and will be offered options to submit different types of work samples (images, text, and/or links).

Program Offerings

What is provided as part of Workspace:

  • 24/7 access to a semi-private studio within a larger, shared space (ranging from 150–300 sq. ft.)
  • Basic worktables and chairs
  • Basic overhead lighting
  • Electricity
  • Wi-Fi
  • Heat and air conditioning seasonally during regular business hours

 Please note:

  • Housing is NOT provided – artists must secure their own accommodation in NYC for the duration of their residency
  • Studios facilities do not offer access to medium- or technique-specific amenities such as a woodshop, print or media lab, or a dance floor – please take this into consideration in preparing your proposal and residency goals
  • Artists must provide their own tools; restrictions apply

It is important to remember that 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. Studios are not open to the public, with the exception of planned Open Studio events.

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

  • Salon evenings are required participant meetings currently scheduled 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 $1,200 is provided, depending on available funds. (There is NOT a monthly living or housing stipend).

Visiting Artist Status: Workspace participants have the opportunity to apply for visiting artist status at partner institutions to gain access to specialized facilities and equipment. Currently, LMCC holds partnerships with Harvestworks, School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Arts Department, and NYU’s La Guardia Studio. Program offerings are subject to change.

Application Restrictions

  • Artists who will be participating in another residency or professional development program from October 2020–June 2021;
  • Artists who will be matriculated as students or enrolled in an academic program from October 2020–June 2021;
  • Artists who have been previously served by LMCC’s StudioscapeWorld ViewsNew Views, or Workspace residency programs;
  • Artists who have been selected for any other LMCC artist residency program during 2019–2020.

Participation Requirements

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.

Application Review Process & Selection Criteria

In general, LMCC receives between 700–1,000 applications for Workspace each year. Applicants are reviewed by juries comprised of arts professionals and artists and will assess applications 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 Artist Statement;

LMCC is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in all of its programs.

Work Sample Options

Choose one of four 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, 1500 pixels in the longest dimension.
  • 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 web links 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.

Option 4 — Combination of PDF and Video/Audio: One (1) written sample as PDF AND one (1) clip of video/audio totaling no more than two (2) minutes of footage. Follow above instructions for labeling and formatting.

Option 5 — A Written Sample: One (1) written PDF sample of no more than 15 pages.

  • Applicants may provide any number of works compiled into a single PDF document no more than 15 pages. The applicant’s name, title of the work, and a page number should appear on each page of the manuscript.
  • File should be saved and uploaded as: LastName-FirstName.pdf

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 adhere to the submission guidelines will not result in an ineligible application.

LMCC’s Artist Residency Programs are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Space for the 2019–2020 Workspace program was donated by Cove Property Group and BentallGreenOak.

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