Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) invites New York City-based artists to apply for the Artists Residency and Training Seminar Series, known as ARTWorks. ARTWorks is a 10-month Fellowship focused on career sustainability for emerging, underrepresented visual artists in New York City; Queens-based artists receive priority. A jury, led by JCAL Artistic Director Courtney French and ARTWorks Project Manager Lisa Wade will select six Fellows for the 2022 ARTWorks cohort. ARTWorks’ submission portal is accessible here. The deadline for submissions is April 22, 2022.


ARTWorks, Inc. is a two tier program: Two Resident Fellows, each awarded $7,500, will receive priority access to JCAL studio/gallery spaces, and participate in seminars curated by the Project Manager, including topics that Resident Fellows request. At the culmination of the program, each Resident Fellow receives a curated 4-week solo exhibition in JCAL’s Miller Gallery and inclusion in the ARTWorks catalog. Four Seminar Fellows, each awarded $1,000, will receive access to JCAL studio/gallery spaces as available, and participate in seminars curated by the Project Manager, including topics that Seminar Fellows request. Seminar Fellows are invited to participate in a curated, 8-week group exhibition in JCAL’s Community Gallery and inclusion in the ARTWorks catalog.

ARTWorks Fellows receive practical knowledge to navigate the aesthetic and socioeconomic complexities and substructures of the New York art world. Through fiscal and technical support, two Resident Artists and four Seminar Fellows develop a creative vision and practice; expand their professional network through regular meetings and exploring diverse topics; and exhibit their work.

During ARTWorks 2022, the Project Manager will meet monthly with each Fellow, and will curate at least six seminars, each with one or more guest speakers, including established and emerging artists, curators, gallerists, critics and supporters in NYC contemporary visual arts


Selected Fellows will be contacted on Monday, May 2, 2022. The public announcement will be made public on Monday, May 16, 2022. ARTWorks 2022 will span from Wednesday, June 1, 2022 to Friday, March 31, 2023. Eligible Artists must be a NYC resident when applying and during the program, identify as BIIPOC and possess deep commitment to social practice in their work. They may not be enrolled full-time or part-time in any degree or certificate program.

To view the full application requirements and requested materials, view the submission portal here.