Open Call: 2022-23 QM-Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists

A checkered collage of purple rectangles and archived images from past fellowship projects.

Images (left to right): Meredith James, installation detail from "Mobius City", 2015. Photo: Hai Zhang; Ronny Quevedo, "no hay medio tiempo / there is no halftime (after Glissant and Quevedo)", 2017. Photo: Argenis Apolinario; Kameelah Janan Rasheed, installation detail from "Source Material for a Poem I’ve Been Trying to Write about Casual Superlatives, National Progress and Palate Cleansers", 2015. Photo: Hai Zhang; Alexandria Smith, "The Rooting Place", 2019. Photo: Hai Zhang; Asif Mian, detail view, "Karmic Profile", 2021. Courtesy the artist; Julia Weist with Nestor Siré, installation view from "17.(SEPT) [By WeistSiréPC]™, 2017". Photo: Hai Zhang; American Artist, still from "2015", 2019. Courtesy the artist; Sable Elyse Smith, "Landscape I", 2017. Photo: Hai Zhang; Casey Tang, "Untitled (Rivers)" (still), 2015. Courtesy the artist; Sydney Shen, installation view from "Strange But True", 2021. Photo: Hai Zhang.

We are no longer accepting applications for this fellowship opportunity.


The Queens Museum (QM) is pleased to relaunch its fifth QM-Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists in New York City. Two visual artists will receive $20,000 each, individual studio space at the Queens Museum, professional development consultations, and close mentorship from QM staff members working toward an artist’s project. Fellows will move into the studios in October 2022 and will have access to studio space through September 2023. These one-year fellowships will culminate with the opening of solo project exhibitions at QM in Fall 2023.


The QM-Jerome Foundation Fellowship is open to emerging visual artists living in the five boroughs of New York City. The Queens Museum defines an emerging artist as one who is at the beginning of their public career. The eligible artist has completed their studies, but has not had solo exhibitions at commercial galleries or public institutions or yet received major grants. The category also includes artists who are well beyond their studies, and may have participated in group exhibitions but have not received extensive press or market recognition. These artists may have exhibited their work in other countries on a limited basis, but have not had major exhibition opportunities in the US or in New York in particular.


A five-person jury will review applications and make the selection. The jury will be made up of guest juror Jordan Carter, Curator at the Dia Art Foundation, and Queens Museum curatorial staff including: Lauren Haynes, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Programs; Hitomi Iwasaki, Head of Exhibitions/Curator; Lindsey Berfond, Assistant Curator and Studio Program Manager; and Sarah Cho, Assistant Curator.


Past Fellows


“The QM-Jerome Foundation Fellowship was an invaluable opportunity at a critical point in my trajectory as an emerging artist. The experience helped me both expand and define my studio practice. I learned a great deal about developing an institutional exhibition, and for the first time had the both time and funding to make ambitious, new, large-scale work.”
– Sydney Shen


“Even as we traversed pandemic delays and restrictions, there was a deep enthusiasm and unwavering support for my debut solo museum exhibition. The QM-Jerome Foundation Fellowship allowed me to work with a talented curatorial team and experienced staff to research, plan, create, and install the type of immersive installation I have been working towards. I am especially appreciative of how the exhibition integrated itself into the Queens community from items in the gift shop, to educational tours, and a guided sound meditation performance.”
– Asif Mian


“The QM-Jerome fellowship gave me space, time and funding to experiment with scale, materials, and architecture in ways I had not had the opportunity to in the past… Through this fellowship, I had the opportunity to teach a multilingual and intergenerational ‘zine-making class which allowed me to see the potential of an exhibition project that integrates all elements of my practice as both an artist and educator.”
– Kameelah Janan Rasheed


“The Jerome fellowship has allowed me to focus on creating a critically rigorous exhibition that reflects my research-based practice rather than being concerned with the artwork performing well on the art market. By having the fellowship I’ve gained an understanding of how production, labor, and research factor into a large-scale exhibition. I have also learned how to interface with a large institution and work collaboratively to develop an exhibition.”
– American Artist


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The QM-Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists in New York City is supported by a grant from the Jerome Foundation.