On hiatus until 2022

Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) invites Queens County artists to apply to participate in our newly initiated professional development program, Artists Residency & Training Seminar Series (ARTWorks). It teaches visual artists to regard their work as a small business, identify their entrepreneurial and professional goals and create a long-term plan for accomplishing them.


ARTWorks is a two tier program:  Resident Fellows Tier: 2 Resident Fellows receive monetary support of $10,000 each, a full time studio at Jamaica Art Center, access to the ARTWorks Seminar Series which will culminate in a curated solo exhibit with inclusion in the ARTWorks catalogue; Seminar Fellows Tier: Twelve Seminar Fellows are invited to access the 10 month Seminar Series, some scheduled studio time, an exhibit stipend and be included in a group show in JCAL’s Miller gallery and inclusion in the ARTWorks catalogue and receive a $500 stipend.


ARTWorks is a fellowship that serves New York City’s emerging and underrepresented artists (favorable to Queens’ artists). It offers training in cultural entrepreneurial skills through hands-on practicum, educational seminars and mentorships with established working artists and cultural leaders. The program culminates in a group exhibit that has an ARTWorks catalogue for the works created and/or curated during the fellowship period. The goal is for the fellows to walk away with knowledge for a successful, self-fulfilled arts career in a range of communities, from self-defined and emergent to an existing, well defined and competitive global marketplace.

In addition to the studio provided, the artists may also use JCAL’s workshop studio facilities, and have access to discounted classes in ceramics, computer design, and more. Select workshop facilities are generally available for use during operating hours Monday through Friday and whenever they are not occupied by JCAL’s regularly scheduled classes.   

Program Timeline: The fellows are selected through an open call. The application portal is typically open in early Spring and due at the end of June, with selections announced by mid August. The program commences in September and continues through October the following year. The ARTWorks Seminar Series is held once a month from September through June. In addition to these lectures, off-site activities are offered on Saturdays. The seminar schedules are subject to change.

Eligibility: Artists based in New York Metropolitan area are eligible to apply. Artists must have received their most recent degree within the past three to five years. Students enrolled in a BFA/MFA program are only eligible if they graduate prior to the commencement of the program. Self-taught artists who can demonstrate that they have been creating work for at least 5 years are welcome to apply.

Selection Criteria: Fellows are selected on the basis of artistic merit. Preference will be given to artists who have not received significant exposure in the form of exhibitions, grants, residencies, are members of under-represented communities in Queens County, or are under the age of thirty-five. We encourage people of color, women, and other under-represented artists to apply. Fellowships will be awarded to those who, in addition to meeting the above criteria, demonstrate a strong interest in social practice art that will engage the public and address current social issues.