A.I.R. Gallery (Artists in Residence, Inc.) is a feminist, not-for-profit, artist-run cooperative gallery for women, femmes and non-binary artists. As a collective, A.I.R. maintains a permanent exhibition space and exhibits the work of hundreds of artists each year. A.I.R. fosters a multiplicity of voices in the arts, facilitates intergenerational dialogue, continues investigations of feminism, and bridges art and activism. Founded in 1972, A.I.R. builds on its history while it seeks to expand the responsibility of a feminist space by supporting artists across a spectrum of intersectional identities and cultural perspectives.





 

“Put all your friends in [your art], everybody you loved, so one day they will find you and know that you were all here together, ” told Camille Billops to bell hooks, a writer who also had much to say about friendship and finding oneself in love and community.


As with most artist-run spaces, A.I.R. Gallery’s story begins with a couple of friends in 1972. Even if they didn’t put each other in their work, the gallery they founded ensured that we now know who they were there with, not to mention the countless other women and and non-binary artists who have come together since. Fifty years later, the 15th A.I.R. Biennial looks to showcase the friends of artists, welcoming both glimpses of those you are together with today and considerations of community and solidarity more broadly. The show asks artists to invite the public into their intimate and interconnected webs of relations, love, care, and mutual support. So whether you are making work with your comrades or putting them in your art, show up!


Curated by Eriola Pira, Curator at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, this exhibition is open to all artists working across all forms and disciplines.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Images must be JPG files only.
  • Each image may not exceed 1MB and 1000 pixels in any direction.
  • Images MUST be oriented properly (ex: top of the image is up).
  • Videos must be .MOV or MP4 format only and must not exceed 3 minutes in length.
  • Videos must not contain the artist name.
  • Text submissions must be in PDF format
  • Sound submissions must be in MP3 format
  • THIS IS AN ANONYMOUS REVIEW. Absolutely none of the submitted materials may include the artist's name—the artist's name may not appear in the file name or body of images, statement, or any other submitted files. If a submitted file contains or is titled with the artist's name, the submission will be disqualified and the artist will not be permitted to apply until the next Biennial cycle.

PLEASE NOTE

  • You must fill in all fields and upload at least 3 images in order for your application to be complete.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Applications will be reviewed in OCTOBER 2023. You may be notified as late as NOVEMBER 2023. Please DO NOT call the gallery about your application status.

NEW YORK MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM

To apply for membership please complete all questions.

EXHIBITION PROPOSAL FORM

Your application must include the following:

  • A 500 word proposal describing your plans and ideas for the exhibition
  • Resume (one page)
  • Artist statement (one page)
  • Please list one (1) reference with contact information
  • Images or Video
  • Ten (10) images related to proposed exhibition in 1000px high (variable width), 72dpi, JPG, RGB
    • Three (3) videos, each of which can be a maximum of three (3) minutes long. Accepted file types include Mp4, AVI, MOV, MPG. Only moving images, i.e. time-based media, video, kinetic art or documentation of performance art, should be submitted as video files. Videos of still artwork or documentation of artistic process will not be viewed.
  • Completed image or video list

We have three different exhibition spaces, please consider this in your proposal. 

Gallery I- $3,600 (August ONLY) 

Gallery II- $3,200 ($2,900 for A.I.R. NY Artists or August Dates)

Gallery III-$3,200 ($2,900 for A.I.R. NY Artists or August Dates)

2023–2024 A.I.R. GALLERY FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION

A 12-month sponsored A.I.R. membership and solo exhibition opportunity for emerging and underrepresented women and non-binary artists.

ELIGIBILITY:

In order to be eligible for the A.I.R. Fellowship program you must:

  • Be a woman or non-binary artist.
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be a resident of New York City, adjoining counties, or the Hudson Valley (Putnam, Dutchess, and Ulster counties). (September 2023–August 2024)
  • Not have had a solo exhibition at a permanent venue in NYC in the last 5 years.
  • Not be a student or enrolled in any degree-seeking program at the time of the program. (September 2023–August 2024)
  • Not be participating in a comparable development, fellowship, or residency program during the Fellowship. (September 2023–August 2024)
  • Not be a current member, employee, or board member of A.I.R. Gallery and must never have had a solo show at A.I.R. Gallery.
  • Not be a Fellowship alum. 

 
Not sure if you qualify? Check our frequently asked questions page for more info.

A Fellowship Program Info Session will be held on Saturday, October 1 at 12 PM ET via Zoom. To register, click here.

Artists awarded the A.I.R. Fellowship will receive a solo exhibition sponsored in full by the gallery, development workshops led by a professional in the field, a one-on-one studio visit with one of the review panelists, an artist-mentor at A.I.R. Gallery to work with throughout the program, and much more.

Fellowship artists are required to develop and execute one community project in the spirit of A.I.R.’s community. Artists will present a brief artist’s talk at the opening reception for their exhibition. They are expected to commit to participation in the program and the A.I.R. community by attending events and workshops. 


WORK SAMPLES


To apply, please submit five unique work samples. Two of these samples must be images. The other three can be images, videos, or audio files. All work samples must have been completed within the past three years (from 2019 onwards).


IMAGE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES  

  • 72ppi, JPG, RGB files only.
  • Images must not exceed 5 MB in size.
  • Images MUST be oriented properly (ex: top of the image is up).
  • All file names must be labeled with Title, Year, Medium, Dimensions (H x W x D), i.e. Untitled 2, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 14x14 inches.jpg. Please DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME IN THE FILE NAME.
  • You must fill in all fields and upload all 5 images in order for your application to be complete.

 
VIDEO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Video samples must not exceed 1 minute in length and 100 MB in size.
  • Video submissions must be original, time-based artworks (i.e. a clip from a video or film, or performance documentation). Please NO "behind the scenes" or "personal statement" videos.
  • Video must be submitted as .MOV or MP4 format.
  • Video credits must not contain the artist name.
  • All file names must be labeled with Title, Year, Medium, Duration, i.e. Untitled 2, 2019, digital video, 15 minutes.mp4.

 
ADDITIONAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • All questions should be answered to the best of your ability.
  • Please submit CVs and artist statements in PDF format ONLY.
  • THIS IS AN ANONYMOUS REVIEW. Absolutely none of the submitted materials may include the artist's name; the artist's name may not appear in the file name or body of images, statements, CVs, or any other submitted files. If a submitted file contains or is titled with the artist's name, the submission will be disqualified and the artist will not be permitted to re-apply until the next Fellowship cycle. 
  • Any application that does not adhere to our guidelines will be automatically disqualified.
  • No hyperlinks (i.e. to a personal website, Dropbox folder, etc.) allowed. Work samples must be uploaded directly to Submittable.

 

SELECTION PROCESS

Each year, a rigorous selection review is conducted by a panel of three outside curators, critics, and established artists. Through a multi-round process, artists are selected based on the quality of and commitment to their work. A final interview and selection is made by A.I.R. Gallery Artists. A mandatory in-person interview is held prior to being accepted to the program. The A.I.R. Fellowship Program is open to artists working in all media and is intended to support those who could most benefit from the opportunities that the program offers.  Six artists will be awarded a Fellowship. This year's panelists are artist Justine Kurland, artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and art historian Jeannine Tang.

A.I.R. Gallery reserves the right to omit any applications that do not meet our specifications.

If for any reason you do not get an email confirmation from Submittable after applying, please email info@airgallery.org. All applicants will be notified by APRIL 2023. Because of the large volume of applications received, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries regarding the status of applications.

A.I.R. Gallery