1. Early applications are highly recommended and may be eligible for early decisions. Applications will continue to be reviewed until programs are filled.

    For tuition details for specific programs please see the dates and fees section of our website here

    A complete application includes:

  • Personal Information (Name, Address, Phone #, email)
  • Website URL -OR- Work sample as attachments (see guidelines below)
  • Artist's Statement  (250 words)
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing sample (for Design Writing only): Up to 2,000 words of published or unpublished writing (such as essays, blog posts, or articles) about art, design, architecture or related subjects (.doc or .pdf file)



Work Sample Guidelines (For those submitting work as attachments)

Visual work samples (for all programs except for Design Writing)


  • 10-15 jpgs and/or audio / video files. (Please label files as such:  1_lastname_.jpg, 2_lastname.jpg, etc)
  • Image List. Number images according to the file numbers. Include title, date, medium, size. 











The School of Visual Arts (SVA) Artist Residency program in Fine Arts is an internationally-renowned program that offers artists, designers and creative thinkers time, space and a supportive community in which to develop ideas and focus on their artistic direction.

On-campus residents each have their own semi-private studio housed within SVA’s MFA Fine Arts department. Work in the studio is supported by individual studio visits from core faculty as well as from visiting artists, critics and arts professionals. The program culminates in an open studio exhibition, which enables the participants to present their work to the public.

With an emphasis on shared experience and community building, The Summer Artist Residency Program provides a platform where participants can build and expand their networks and create lifelong connections with artists, critics, curators and other arts professionals. A robust schedule of group and one-on-one critiques helps to establish critical as well as social engagement within the Summer Residency Program community and beyond.

Current and recent faculty and guest lecturers include Heather Darcy-Bhandari, Ofri Cnaani, Media Farzin, Mark Thomas Gibson, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Jerry Saltz, Jason Stopa, Mark Tribe, Carlos Rosales-Silva, Miguel Luciano, and Caroline Woolard.

Each year, The American Turkish Society offers a special scholarship to Turkish artists to attend one of SVA’s on-campus Artist Residency Programs. This year, there are two summer programs available at the School of Visual Arts on campus:


On-Campus
- Fine Arts: Residency in Painting and Mixed Media

- Fine Arts: Residency in Contemporary Practices

The program is open only to active professional artists residing in Turkey who are not represented by a gallery. Graduate and post-graduate students may apply. Applicants should have fluency in English sufficient enough for engaging in meaningful dialogue with other participants.  For on-campus programs: tuition, housing, round-trip airfare, visa expenses, transportation in New York City, a stipend for living expenses, and a stipend for necessary art materials are provided.
Now in its fourth decade, this internationally renowned program offers artists an opportunity to work intensively in a private studio and receive individual critiques from faculty selected for their diversity, professional achievement and critical engagement. Artists are supported in their painting, drawing, printmaking, installation and mixed-media work, and are encouraged to push their practice to the next level, aesthetically and conceptually. Attention is given to contextualizing resident artists' work within contemporary interdisciplinary discourse.
Application Timeline
Application Deadline: April 1
Acceptance Notifications: May 1
Registration: May 15-June 1

A complete application includes:
Personal Information (Name, Address, Phone #, email)
Website URL
Artist's Statement  (250 words)
CV/Resume

If you have any questions, please email residency@sva.edu

SVA Artist Residency Programs