Residency Unlimited

PAST – 2024 New York City-Based Artist Residency Open Call

Residency Unlimited (RU) is pleased to announce an Open Call for the 2024 NYC-Based Artist Residency Program.

Dedicated to artists who are traditionally underrepresented in the arts, RU’s NYC-Based Artist Residency Program is accepting applications from artists who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color, with a focus on artistic practices that explore ideas connected to identity as an individual or as part of a larger community. The three-month residency will take place from April 1 – June 30, 2024 in collaboration with RU Guest Curator Hayley Ferber.

Residency Unlimited (RU) is a non-profit art organization that supports the creation, presentation, and circulation of contemporary art and ideas through its unique residency program and year-round public programs. Located within a former South Congregational Church in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, RU is a multifunctional space, acting as a hub and meeting place for RU’s various community activities and public programs, including, talks, screenings, performances, and exhibitions. Here, artists and curators-in-residence hold meetings, conduct research, and at times produce work.


Application Deadline: Sunday, December 31, 2023 at 11:59 pm EST

Notifications: Friday, February 16, 2024

Residency Dates: April 1 – June 30, 2024


– RU welcomes applications from BIPOC artists working across media
– Artists practice explores ideas connected to identity as an individual or as part of a larger community.
– Artists live in one of the five boroughs
– The artist has a valid social security number
– Matriculated students are not eligible
– Please note that this program does not offer studio space

Four artists will be selected from applications reviewed by a jury of arts professionals. Past jurors have included: Natasha Becker, Curator of African Art Fine Arts Museum San Francisco and co-founder of Assembly Room; Rachel Raphaela Gugelberger, Curator of Visual Arts at Wave Hill; Alaina Simone, artist liaison, art consultant, and curator; Christopher Udemezue, 2020 RU alum, visual artist and founder of RAGGA NYC; and Ilk Yasha, Studio Museum Institute Coordinator, Elvira Clayton, 2021 RU NYC-Based Artist Residency alum; and Dario Mohr, Founder and Director of AnkhLave Arts Alliance, Inc.

The 2024 NYC-Based Artist Residency features:
– A $3,300 stipend
– $500 production support
– Weekly one-on-one visits with guest curators/critics, both in person and on-line, that align artistic/curatorial interests. Visits will include meetings with guest curator Hayley Ferber, the RU team and invited art professionals
– Activities with international artist resident community including artist presentations, a monthly salon with guest curator Hayley Ferber and field trips
– Project/production assistance
– A culminating group exhibition curated by Hayley Ferber, location and exact dates to be determined
– Residency activities are expected to take place in-person and combine virtual activity as well
– A culminating group exhibition curated by Hayley Ferber will take place at All Street Gallery (119 Hester St)

To fill out the application form, please have the following materials ready:
– Contact information
– Artist Statement (1500 characters / 250 words)
– Statement of Interest / Proposal (3000 characters / 500 words)
– Current CV (PDF format)
– PDF portfolio including up to 10 images of work including title, date, medium, dimensions and a brief narrative description (max 7MB)
– If you are submitting samples of performance and/or time-based works, please include up to three links in the application

If you have questions please email

Jurors for the 2024 NYC-Based Artist Residency Program

Re’al Christian is a writer and editor based in Queens, NY. Her writing has appeared in BOMB Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Art in America, Artforum, and ART PAPERS, where she is a Contributing Editor. She has written catalogue texts for Howardena Pindell, Zipora Fried, Performa, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and the recent anthology Track Changes: A Handbook for Art Criticism. Her curatorial projects include The Black Index (2020–22) and Life as Activity: David Lamelas (2021), which she worked on as a graduate curatorial fellow at the Hunter College Art Galleries, as well as Repetition means a/void at Parent Company (2023), Steven Anthony Johnson II: Getting Blood from Stone at ISCP (2022), and The earth leaked red ochre at Miriam Gallery (2022).

Christian is the Assistant Director of Editorial Initiatives at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School. She received her MA in Art History from Hunter College and her bachelor’s degree from New York University, where she double majored in Art History and Media, Culture, and Communication.

Hayley Ferber is a contemporary arts facilitator, curator, educator and artist living in Brooklyn, NY. In her current role as Associate Director of Operations at The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center and previous role as Deputy Director of Chashama, she supports a creative community of multidisciplinary artists. Independently, she has curated exhibitions for The Clemente Center, Residency Unlimited, Equity Gallery, New York Artists Circle, Robert Berry Gallery, and the Yard: Williamsburg, among others. As a visiting curator, Hayley has worked with artists from Residency Unlimited, ISCP, the NARS Foundation, Kunstraum LLC and ChaNorth, and has served as guest juror for NYSCA, the DCLA, Brooklyn Arts Council, and Queens Council on the Arts. Hayley’s personal artistic practice explores nautical themes through artist books and printmaking. She has exhibited her work at the Kalamazoo Book Art Center, Equity Gallery, Chashama, the Pelham Art Center, 440 Gallery, 92NY and Aqua Art Miami among others. She was a resident artist at ChaNorth in 2021 and received her MAT in Art & Design Education from RISD and BS in Studio Art from NYU.

Sophia Ma is an independent curator and writer. Her current exhibition includes “Between Line and Thread: Connecting the Asian American Arts Center Collection,” taking place through January 2024 in Think! Chinatown. The most recent project Ma completed in August 2023 was “Gathering”, a two-sited exhibition of forty-five members of Asianish, an informal artist and cultural producers collective of Asian descent with FiveMyles and Tiger Strikes Asteroid-New York. She was the co-grantee of the Asian Women Giving Circle grant and the Brooklyn Arts Fund with Cecile Chong. In November 2023, Chiquita Room in Barcelona hosted Ma for a three-week curatorial residency, during which she curated Marina Sagona’s third solo exhibition, “Stabat Mater,” in the space. Her upcoming projects include a two-artist exhibition with Jamie Chan and Sonya Derman at Essex Flowers and a photography show of Ed Cheng’s work at Think!Chinatown.

Ma worked in development, programming, and operations for the Museum of Chinese in America and the event fundraising consultancy Projects Plus Inc. In the Fall of 2020, Ma completed her master’s in art history and curatorial studies from Hunter College, CUNY, with a thesis on the relationship between the work and spiritual practices of the abstract painter Bernice Lee Bing (1936-1998), who has since yielded a major retrospective at the Asia Art Museum in San Francisco. Ma has written for multiple online art publications, including The Brooklyn Rail, Art Papers, Hyperallergic, Art Spiel, Arte Fuse, and White Hot Magazine. She currently works for M+ American Friends Foundation as their Programs and Members Manager, connecting audiences in the US to the work of M+ through programming and events.

About All Street 

All Street is a community oriented gallery and multimedia art collective holding space for exhibitions, experimental productions, and creative gatherings with locations in New York City’s East Village and Chinatown. | IG:


The 2024 NYC-Based Artist Residency Program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


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