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Fine Arts: Residency in Contemporary Practices

Session 1: June 1–July 2, 2020

Session 2: July 7–August 7, 2020

4 undergraduate studio credits per session

$3000 per session / $6000 for both sessions


Due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) this residency has been cancelled for the Summer of 2020.  As an alternative, we encourage you to check out our fully online residency program, The Artist Residency Project. If you have any questions, please contact us at: residency@sva.edu

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.


Each artist will have use of a private studio in a location convenient to New York City’s gallery districts, museums and alternative hubs for culture and technology. Daily studio visits from renowned faculty support an ongoing discourse on art and thought, amongst an international community of fellow artists. In addition to concentrated work in the studio, artists will attend lectures, gallery walks, museum visits and workshops that support a professional art practice. Through focused creative engagement with the history and criticism of contemporary art, participants will be encouraged by a faculty of leading artists and scholars to take their work to the next level, aesthetically and conceptually. Faculty and guest lecturers will represent a variety of contemporary perspectives.


While the focus of the residency is on content and critical discourse, work in a variety of media is supported and encouraged, including drawing, painting, photography, performance, installation, digital and interactive media, electronics, sound and all modes of experimental practice. Artists committed to a single form or medium can expect to delve deeper into the material concerns of their practice. Residents are also invited to consider the sociopolitical potentiality of art practices situated outside the paradigm of individual authorship, via forays into social practice and public forms. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to create an inclusive space for artistic research, activated by the spirit of inquiry. 


Participants will have access to SVA's Visible Futures Lab, for the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art tools for both digital and traditional fabrication. The printmaking lab is available for an additional fee, providing access to silkscreen, etching, lithography, letterpress and digital facilities. Artists have access to the studios daily from 8am–11pm. Overnight stays are allowed with entry to the building prior to 11pm. The program culminates in an open studio exhibition.


Faculty and guest lecturers have included Andrianna CampbellMedia Farzin, Mark Thomas Gibson, Miguel LucianoJodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Angel Nevarez, Seph RodneyDavid Ross, Jerry Saltz, Mark Tribe and Caroline Woolard.


For further information or questions regarding SVA's Summer Residencies email residency@sva.edu or call 212.592.2188.