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Artist In Residence (AIR) Program at Arlene’s

The Artist In Residence (AIR) Program at Arlene’s offers artists a year-long opportunity in Albany, NY, providing them with time, space, and a supportive community to develop their ideas and focus on their artistic direction. This self-propelled program encourages artists to invest in their experience to maximize its benefits. Integrated with all of Arlene’s programs, the residency aims to provide a comprehensive and enriching experience.


The program has two main components. One focuses on the artist's individual practice, while the other emphasizes community engagement. First, AIR participants will create a cohesive body of work to be exhibited in the R Gallery at Arlene’s and will have access to studio space. They will also teach in the Atelier at Arlene’s program and can participate in classes or workshops offered at Arlene’s. Additionally, accepted AIRs will be automatically included in every cycle Makers Markets at Arlene's during their tenure. They also will talk about their creative process and share their experiences in the AIR podcast, titled AIRwaves. Second, AIR are required to develop and implement a community project that directly engages with Arlene’s community members, enriching their creativity and fostering a stronger artistic community.


The Artist In Residence Program at Arlene's is open to artists working across disciplines and media. It is a juried program, and applicants must fill out an application during our open period and be selected by our advisory committee. We are looking for applicants who emphasize the quality of their work and their desire to be part of our community. For further information or questions regarding the Artist In Residence (AIR) Program at Arlene’s, please check out the FAQs or email

Residency Framework and Requirements:

  • The Artist in Residence (AIR) Program length is a year commitment starting at the beginning of October and ending at the end of the following August.

  • AIR will create a cohesive body of work to be exhibited in the R Gallery at Arlene's after their residency is completed.

  • AIR will participate in Guest Critiques designed to help them with their current body of work. 

  • AIR must teach at least one class, with a minimum of 3 sessions, or 3 individual workshops per semester with the Atelier at Arlene’s during their residency period. AIR will be paid for their time, depending on if the class/workshop runs.

  • AIR will help facilitate Make and Take Events.

  • AIR has the option to participate in any classes or workshops at the Atelier at Arlene’s on a space-available basis (The AIR is responsible for all materials).

  • AIR will be given the opportunity to participate in the Spring, Fall, and Holiday Makers Markets at Arlene’s during their tenure at no charge. 

  • AIR will be responsible for organizing and implementing a community project that will involve members of our community.

  • AIR is expected to give an Artist Talk at Arlene’s in the form of participation in AIR Podcast, AIRwaves.

  • AIR is responsible for their housing

  • Access to our studio will be provided but can only be given during store hours.

  • AIR will receive access to the facilities and technical expertise available through our staff and teaching faculty, some exceptions apply.

  • The AIR program is self-guided. The more time/energy invested in it the program, the more the AIR will get out of it.

  • Bachelor's or Master of Fine Arts degrees are preferred though not required.



Applications for the 2024-25 Artist in Residence program are now closed. Thank you for your interest!

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