Fellowship Program





In 1993, A.I.R. Gallery established the Fellowship Program for underrepresented and emerging self-identified women artists. This FREE 12-month intensive program includes mentoring, professional development, and exhibition opportunities at A.I.R. Gallery.

The program is structured to give each Fellow the opportunity to develop their work in preparation for a solo show and to build relationships with other artists and arts professionals. The Fellows leave the program with a new supportive community at their fingertips and important skills for negotiating a successful career. A.I.R. Gallery is committed to maintaining diversity in the Fellowship Program.

Artists awarded the A.I.R. Fellowship will receive a solo exhibition sponsored in full by the gallery, development workshops with a professional in the field, a one-on-one studio visit with one of the review panelists, an artist-mentor at A.I.R. gallery to work with throughout the program, and much more.

Artists are required to develop and execute one community project in the spirit of A.I.R.’s community. See examples of past Community Projects here. Artists will present a brief artist’s talk at the opening reception for their exhibition. They are expected to commit to the participation in the program and A.I.R. community by attending events and workshops. Each Fellow will receive a $500 stipend at the end of their participation in the program, pending available funding.

The A.I.R. Fellowship Program is supported in part by the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, the Bernheim Foundation, the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, PGS Millwork, the Scalapino O-Books Fund, and from individual donations to the Emma Bee Bernstein Fund. To support the A.I.R. Fellowship Program click here!



In order to be eligible for the A.I.R. Fellowship Program you must be;

  • A self-identified woman artist
  • Have not had a solo exhibition at a permanent commercial gallery in NYC in the last 10 years.
  • Are residents, or within commuting distance of, New York City metropolitan area for the duration of the program.
  • 18 years or older
  • Not a student or enrolled in any degree seeking program at the time of the program.
  • Not participating in a comparable development program or residency program.
  • Not currently be a member, employee or board member of A.I.R. Gallery, and never have had a solo show at A.I.R. Gallery.
  • Not a Fellowship alumna.

Not sure if you qualify? Check our frequently asked questions page for more info.

In order to prepare the best application possible A.I.R. will host a free Info Session. This is not mandatory however it is strongly encouraged that applicants attend the workshop if possible.

**Fellowship Q&A Info Session on Tuesday September 29th and Wednesday, October 7th from 6:30-7:30pm. RSVP required, limited seating available. Please RSVP here (29th) and here (7th).



Each year, a rigorous selection review is conducted by a panel of outside curators, critics, and established artists. Through a multi-round process, artists are selected based on the quality and commitment to their work. A final interview and selection is made by A.I.R. Gallery Artists. A mandatory in-person interview is held prior to being accepted to the program. The A.I.R. Fellowship Program is open to artists working in ALL media and seeks to work with those that could benefit from the opportunities that the program offers.  Six artists will be awarded a Fellowship.

See past panelists here.




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Photo: Benolt Pailley


Natalie Bell is a writer and curator based in New York. She is assistant curator at the New Museum where she co-organized the 2014 exhibition “Here and Elsewhere.” Prior to joining the museum, she was an assistant curator for the 55th International Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. She has also collaborated with Frieze Projects, the not-for-profit branch of the Frieze Art Fair, and served on the selection committee for the Future Generation Art Prize and the Prix Canson.



Monika Bravo born in Bogota Colombia, lives in NYC since 1994. Bravo was commissioned the installation ARCHE-TYPES: The sound of the word is beyond sense, by the Vatican City-State, at the Pavilion of the Holy See at the 56th International Art exhibition at Venice Biennale. Her new piece “Studies for musical notations” is part of “Theorem” curated by Octavio Zaya at the MANA Contemporary Center in Jersey City NJ. Bravo will have a Solo show mid 2015 at Bis/oficina de proyectos curated by Juan Sebastian Ramirez in Cali, Colombia. Recent solo shows include: “URUMU” curated by Beatriz Lopez at NC-arte, in Bogota, Colombia. LABORATORIUM Solo projects at ArtBO curated by Jose Roca, “Recent works” at MAM, Museum of Art, Montclair. NJ, “El objeto de la Percepción” at Centro Colombo Americano, Bogota and “Landscapes of Belief” at BYU Museum of Art (MOA) in Provo, UTAH all took part in 2013. Her work has been shown at Sternesen Museum, Oslo, Museo de Arte, Banco de la Republica, Bogota, Colombia, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Seoul International Biennial of New Media Art, SITE Santa Fe; Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Caja CAB de Burgos, Spain, El Museo del Barrio, and New Museum in NY. Her videos have been screened at MOMA, Anthology Film Archives, Brooklyn Museum, New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kitchen, Museo di Arte Contemporaneo di Roma, the New York video festival at the Lincoln Center & the Americas Society in NY, L.A MOCA, Tate Britain, Museo Reina Sofia.

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Austin Thomas is an artist, curator and community builder. A graduate of NYU, Thomas has exhibited nationally and internationally in Singapore, Australia, and Hungary and at the Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna. In New York she has exhibited at the Drawing Center, the Sculpture Center, White Columns and is represented by Undercurrent Projects located in the East Village. She writes frequently on her online journal titled, “Drawing on the Utopia,” and co-directs a gallery (reopening scheduled for September 2015). In the fall of 2015 her permanent public sculpture for a new park in Brooklyn will be unveiled. She has also done public commissions for the Public Art Fund and Grinnell College. Thomas’ work is featured in the book titled “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists.”




Click here to view A.I.R. Gallery’s past Fellowship Recipients.