To realize its mission, Window Studio offers three core programs at affordable or no cost to the public.
Window Studio Artist-in-Residence (AIR): an intensive 6-month studio artist residency designed to immerse artists in their studio practice while sharing their process with the community. Artists from all media are invited to apply. Four residencies, two held concurrently, are offered each year. Emerging artists living and working in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community are given preference but all New York City artists are welcome to apply. Since an important component of the Window Studio AIR program is to interact with members of the community, applicants must be able to spend a minimum of 15 hours per week working in the studio. The artist will also be required to design and teach one class per semester (2 classes total), in addition to conducting 3 separate 2-hour long workshops during the 6-month residency. The selected artist will receive unlimited studio access during the 6-month period as permitted by operating hours, monthly transportation stipend and materials stipend. The artist will also have a culminating exhibition in the Window Studio Gallery, curated by Anne LaFond. Selection is based on artistic merit determined by Anne LaFond, Nicholas Rispoli, and one guest juror, made public following the announcement of selected participant.
Window Studio Workshops: Artist-led workshops are offered evening and weekends for all ages and levels of experience. Two-hour workshops are available a minimum of two evenings a week and on Saturday mornings, depending on the capacity and schedule of the artists-in-residence. In keeping with the open, inclusive nature of Window Studio, workshops are available to the public on a drop-in basis or for a monthly membership. Supplies and instruction are included in the low-cost membership fee ($10/session; $50/month) with financial aid available upon request. A variety of media and techniques are explored, including observational drawing from a model, outdoor sketching, as well as abstract and experimental approaches. Participants discover great art of the past as well as the work of contemporary artists. One museum field trip included per semester. An absolutely unique opportunity to enjoy some creative time!
Exhibits and Events: Window Studio hosts two exhibits of artists-in-residence work, as well as several juried exhibition by emerging curators each year. Other cultural events include Art-in-the-Garden parties, neighborhood Arts Walks, and film nights held in collaboration with other Bedford-Stuyvesant arts organizations.