The Summer Residency Program at The School of Visual Arts (SVA) 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. 

Through online platforms, participants in our Online residency programs receive a robust, global residency experience from wherever in the world they are located. Faculty will conduct remote studio visits and discuss each participant's work on an individual basis, as well as facilitate group critiques and reading groups. Special lectures by guest artists, critics and gallery directors will provide further insight into the realities of the working artist in the present moment.

With an emphasis on shared experience and community building, The Summer 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, and Caroline Woolard.

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

- Fine Arts: Residency in Painting and Mixed Media

- Fine Arts: Residency in Contemporary Practices


- The Artist Residency Project

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 applicants to our online program, the scholarship covers the cost of tuition; 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.

The SVA Summer Residency Program runs annually. Applications are due on April 1st.


Fine Arts: Residency in Painting and Mixed Media

Session 1: June 1–July 1, 2021

Session 2: July 6– August 6, 2021

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.

Fine Arts: Residency in Contemporary Practices

Session 1: June 1–July 1, 2021

Session 2: July 6– August 6, 2021

This intensive studio residency, hosted by SVA’s MFA Fine Arts Department, has been designed for artists working in both medium-specific and cross-platform modes of production that aim for the intersection of art and ideas. Taught by distinguished members of the MFA Fine Arts faculty, the residency fosters a culture of rigorous practice and contemporary thought.


The Artist Residency Project

July 6 – August 6, 2021

This residency program is designed for fine artists working across discipline, medium and platform. Through online platforms, it aims to deliver a robust, global residency experience. Working with SVA’s distinguished faculty, participants will develop their practice without the limitations of location or the necessity for travel. The goal of The Artist Residency Project is to create an inclusive online space where artists can thrive, nurture their practice and build an active, engaged community.

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)


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