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Deadline: June 30, 2019, Mid-night

Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Inc. (JCAL) invites Queens County artists to apply to participate in our newly initiated professional development program, Artists Residency & Training Seminar Series (ARTWorks, Inc.) Program.  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, Inc. 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, Inc. Seminar Series which will culminate in a curated solo exhibit with inclusion in the ARTWorks, Inc 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 JAC’s Miller gallery and inclusion in the ARTWork, Inc catalogue and receive a $500 stipend. 

ARTWorks, Inc. is a fellowship that serves New York City’s (favorable to Queens’ artists) emerging and underrepresented 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, Inc. catalogue for the works created and/or curated during the ARTWorks, Inc. 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. 

The ARTWork, Inc. artists have access to JCAL’s administrative offices and equipment, including a fax machine, copy machine and computers.  In addition to the studio provided, the artist may also use JCAL’s workshop studio facilities, including a ceramics studio equipped with kilns and a computer design studio.  Theses studios are generally available for use during operating hours Monday through Friday and whenever they are not occupied by JCAL workshops that regularly take place on Saturdays.    

ARTWorks, Inc. Seminar Series - From October 2019 to August 2020, the seminar schedule includes monthly Off-site Saturdays and/or 3rd Wednesday lectures. Each of the artists will be exposed to mentoring artists and institutional leaders through studio & institutional visits, with peer-to-peer, group and one-on-one guidance and feedback. In addition, JCAL’s Director of Programs & Artist Services will be available as a resource to discuss issues and provide advice to these artists. At the end of the series, in honor of the group’s accomplishments, there will be both solo exhibits of the designated two Resident Fellows and the group exhibition for up to 10 ARTWorks, Inc. artists. 

Program Timeline: Applications are due June 30, 2019. Selections will be made by the late-June or early-July 2019 and the seminar series will be held from October 2019 through the first week of August 2020. Classes will meet once or twice a month, and will be held on Saturdays and during the week. Timelines are worked out during the initial Seminar.

Eligibility: Eligible artists must be a resident in the New York Metropolitan area (priority will be given to Queens County residents of underrepresented communities) under the age of thirty-five at the time of application, and must have received their most recent degree within the past three to five years. Students currently enrolled in a BFA/MFA program are only eligible if they will graduate by the end of December 2019. Self-taught artists that can demonstrate that they have been creating work for at least 5-8 years can also apply.

Selection Criteria: Artists will be selected on the basis of the strength of their work. Preference will be given to artists who have not received significant exposure in the form of exhibitions, grants, residencies, or are a member of the underrepresented communities of Queens County. We encourage applications from 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, in particular, we would encourage the fellowship artists to demonstrate a strong interest of social practice in any forms that will engagement the public and address the social progress today. 

Application Requirements: All applicants are to submit the following materials through our online application site ( by June 30, 2019. Please supply us with:

• 6 images (only jpeg, pdf, png, or tiff files are accepted) OR 2 videos of 3-5 minutes each (only mp4, mov, wmv, or Quicktime video formats). We will not review online video links that needs special instructions or a password to be reviewed.
• 1-page artist statement and a 1-page CV including all relevant contact information
• 1-page statement of intent, describing your expectation of the program and the impact it will have on your professional career
• 1-page description of images and video submission. For still images, include the title, date, dimensions, and medium of each work. For DVDs, include the title, date, duration, whether the video is in black and white or color, and whether the video is silent or has sound.
• 1-page CV including all relevant contact information
• Copy of a government-issued document, such as a driver’s license, for age verification

DEADLINE for all Submissions: June 30, 2019 is the postmark deadline. Please do not call to inquire about the status of your application. If you do not provide a self-addressed stamped envelope, we will be unable to return your materials to you. 

ARTWorks Inc.

for Emerging & Underrepresented Visual Artists

(718) 658-7400


161-04 Jamaica Ave,
Jamaica, NY 11432, USA


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