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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, relying 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 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 own housing

  •  Studio area will be provided and access 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 is preferred though not required.



Artist In Residence (AIR) Program at Arlene's Application Process: April 8, 2024  to May 25, 2024

Application Deadline: end of business, 5pm, Saturday, May 25, 2024

Finalists will be notified for interview in June

Accepted AIR will be chosen and notified after all interviews are completed.

Apply to the Artist in Residence (AIR) Program at Arlene's for a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a supportive creative environment. The AIR program is juried, and applicants must complete an online application. The deadline to apply is Saturday, May 25, 2024, by 5 pm. Click the link below to access the application and take the first step towards a transformative residency experience.

A complete Artist In Residence (AIR) Program at Arlene's Application looks like:

  • Personal Information

  • Letter of Intent

  • Current Resume or CV with relevant  info to the AIR program

  • A cohesive portfolio of up to 10 images of recent work 

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