Studio Program Open Call


The Queens Museum is one of the only US museums to house a working studio program. In Fall 2013, an expansion doubling the Museum’s size included artist studios in the north wing. We invite all artists to apply for a subsidized studio at the Museum, available for one year, with a possible extension for a second year. In designating permanent real estate to the long-term development of new work on-site, as well as creating a community of artists, the Queens Museum aims to promote artists’ creative process and professional development. Please click here for more information.

July 8: Application deadline. To apply, please click here.
August 8–August 12: Finalist interviews
August 15: Artists informed
October 1: Studios available for occupancy

(1) 550 sq ft studios = $350/month
(2) 350 sq ft studios = $225/month
(1) 300 sq ft studio = $200/month

Fees go towards studio program administrative costs and maintenance.

WHO SHOULD APPLY? As a studio program within a museum, we encourage artists to apply who believe they might be able to contribute to the life of the organization. Participation can range from being in your studio during Queens Museum exhibition openings to organizing events for the public with the input of the Curatorial, Education, and Public Events departments. Please consider your availability and geographical location carefully, and apply only if you are confident you will use the studio 15 hours/week or more. If you can, we encourage you to visit and familiarize yourself with the Museum before you apply.

SELECTION PROCESS Selections will be made by Queens Museum staff and two distinguished outside professionals: one curator and one artist. This jury will select a small number of finalists who will then be interviewed in person or via Skype for a final decision.

THE STUDIOS Artists have access to their studios from 6:00 am to midnight. Because the studios are within the Museum, there can be no use of toxic or combustible materials.

COMMUNITY AND CAREER We ask all studio artists to attend a monthly meeting to which everyone can bring ideas, questions, and interesting visitors. Open studios are scheduled to coincide with exhibition openings at the Queens Museum.

FAQ For frequently asked questions, please click here (PDF)

Image: Studio artist ruby onyinyechi amanze in her studio at the Queens Museum