About the Visual Arts Residency

Hyon Gyon's Studio. Pioneer Works, 2014.

APPLICATIONS
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INQUIRIES:
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Current Visual Arts Residents

Tahir Carl Karmali

Visual Arts
Working across multiple mediums, materials, and photography, Brooklyn-based artist Tahir Karmali’s interests lie in manipulating materials that perpetuate colonialism.

Carlos Rosales-Silva

Visual Arts
Carlos Rosales-Silva’s central intellectual and artistic project is de-centering his white, hetero, Euro-centric western education.

Nate Lewis

Visual Arts
Nathaniel Lewis is a Washington DC based artist whose work focuses on portraiture and figurative work through the creation of sculpted, paper photo works that combine elements of drawing, sculpture, etching, embroidery, and fabric.

Camel Collective

Visual Arts
Camel Collective is the name under which Anthony Graves (US) and Carla Herrera-Prats (MX) have worked since 2005.

Past Visual Arts Residents

Kenya (Robinson)

Visual Arts
Kenya (Robinson) is a community-taught artist from Gainesville, FL. A past resident of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s WorkSpace Program, the Bemis Cen...

Evelyn Donnelly

Visual Arts
Evelyn Donnelly is a New York and Seattle based artist whose work examines performance and social exchanges in institutions, casual contexts, and unauthorized s...

Angel Nevarez/Valerie Tevere

Visual Arts
Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere are multidisciplinary collaborators who have been working together since 2001 (2001-2008 under the collaborative name neuroTran...

Pascual Sisto

Visual Arts
Pascual Sisto is an artist and filmmaker currently based in New York. Sisto’s work primarily focuses on video installation and sculpture. Sisto is the recipie...

Doreen Garner

Visual Arts
Doreen Garner is a Brooklyn-based artist (originally from Philadelphia, PA) whose work combines painting and sculptural processes to investigate notions of perv...

Onyedika Chuke

Visual Arts
Nigerian-born, New York-based artist Onyedika Chuke is internationally recognized for his disquieting collection of objects, The Forever Museum Archive (2011-pr...

Xu Wang

Visual Arts
Born in Dalian, China, Xu Wang works in sculpture, video installation, drawing, and performance. Interested in process and materiality, Wang continues to explor...

Helene Nymann

Visual Arts
The artistic practice of Copenhagen-based multi-disciplinary artist Helene Nymann (AKA “Ima”) addresses the notion of embodied knowledge and the way in whic...

Laura Morrison

Visual Arts
Based in New York and London, Laura Morrison turns intimate personal and professional experiences into subjects, utilizing writing, video, performance, and pain...

Abigail Deville

Visual Arts
Abigail DeVille is an independent artist living in New York. DeVille attended Pratt Institute and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and earned a BF...

Adam Stennett

Visual Arts
Adam Stennett (born, 1972 in Kotzebue, Alaska) is an internationally exhibited American painter based in Brooklyn, NY best known for his hyperrealist works. Ste...

Adam Stone

Visual Arts
Adam is a Melbourne based photographer, sculptor, video and installation artist who recently received his BFA First Class Honours from the Victorian College of ...

Adeline DeMonseignat

Visual Arts
Adeline DeMonseignat is a London-based artist from Monaco with a Masters of Fine Arts from the City Guilds of London Art School. Her sculpture and installation ...

Alex Verhaest

Visual Arts
Based between Amsterdam and Brussels, Alex Verhaest is a multimedia artist who uses contemporary technology to investigate the narrative space within art. Verha...

Alina Tenser

Visual Arts
Alina Tenser is Ukrainian born sculptor and video artist currently living and working in Brooklyn. She received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York...

Amelia Winger-Bearskin

Visual Arts
Amelia Winger–Bearskin recently graduated from NYU – ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program) in 2015 (PBS MediaShift). In 2014 her video artwork was in...

Ana Bilankov

Visual Arts
Ana Bilankov (born in Zagreb, Croatia) lives and works in Berlin and Zagreb. Her conceptual and contextual practice in the media photography, video/experimental...

Andrea Roberts

Visual Arts
Andrea Roberts is an intermedia artist whose work melds sound, performance, and installation. She has shown and performed at international galleries and fest...

Andres Carranza

Visual Arts
Costa Rican artist Andres Carranza uses primordial elements of spatial conception to propose different ways to perceive cognitive functions in a specific enviro...

Anna Lundh

Visual Arts
Anna Lundh’s research-based work investigates cultural phenomena and societal agreements, aspects of time and temporality, language and technology, and it fre...

Antonia Wright

Visual Arts
Antonia Wright explores the various politics and comic facets of contemporary life through a multidisciplinary practice that blurs the boundaries between live p...

Austin Swearengin

Visual Arts
Austin Swearengin’s sculptural practice focuses on understanding design and how it is implemented through a relationship between objects and linguistics. A...

Azikiwe Mohammed

Visual Arts
Azikiwe Mohammed is a multimedia artist who creates manufactured items with a focus on historical means of storytelling and representation. He graduated from Ba...

Benjamin Torres

Visual Arts
Benjamín Torres began in the field of sculpture. Later on he directed his work to experimentation in a more open concept in the practice of three-dimensional a...

Bradley Pitts

Visual Arts
Bradley Pitts is a Brooklyn-based artist whose practice is born from his background in art, architecture, and aerospace engineering. Aiming to illuminate possib...

Brett Swenson

Visual Arts
Brett Swenson is a Brooklyn based multimedia artist. His work explores intersections of the “natural” world with human constructs, seeking a balance between...

Bruno Levy

Visual Arts
Bruno Levy is the first artist in residence to use the on-site Nanotronics’ atomic microscope to scan materials used to make paintings. Mostly imaging pigment...

Bryan Graf

Visual Arts
Bryan Graf navigates the photographic medium with a discursive interest in the history of photography and it’s relationship to design, painting, and narrative...

Carmen Bouyer

Visual Arts
Carmen Bouyer is a French artist and environmental designer whose work explores the possibilities of engaging in a fundamental and sensuous dialogue with the nu...

Cassie Tarakajian

Visual Arts
Cassie Tarakajian is a New York based technologist and artist from Hoboken, New Jersey. She moved to Baltimore, Maryland to study electrical engineering and mus...

Christine Laquet

Visual Arts
Through the use of different forms of expression including installation, painting, performance or video, Laquet questions the imagery of savagery, of what remai...

Christopher Kardambikis

Visual Arts
Christopher Kardambikis is exploring an absurd mythology for the future through drawings, paintings, and books. He has co-founded three artist book projects: En...

Clara Claus

Visual Arts
Clara Claus is a French artist based in Brooklyn. Through her multimedia practice, she focuses on the real via the immediate observation of the surrounding worl...

Clifford Owens

Visual Arts
Clifford Owens received a BFA in 1998 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 2000 from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University...

Curtis “Talwst” Santiago

Visual Arts
The work of Canadian-Trinidadian artist Curtis “Talwst” Santiago incorporates mixed-media and performance practices. He is currently engaged in an ongoing s...

Daniel Horowitz

Visual Arts
Daniel Horowitz is a Brooklyn-based artist working in a variety of media whose work has been exhibited in New York as well as internationally. Horowitz is the w...

David Colosi

Visual Arts
Dedicated to a practice of unifying visual art and literature, with each project David Colosi explores varied subjects: peptic ulcers, goose compositions for sa...

David Horvitz

Visual Arts
In his practice, Horvitz grapples with time and standardized measurements, and the shifts that occur when natural phenomena are subjected to manmade systems and...

Dominick Talvacchio

Visual Arts
Born in Philadelphia in 1976, Dominick Talvacchio is a visual artist, mathematician, and writer obsessed with the idea of losing oneself not in chaos but rather...

Drew Conrad

Visual Arts
Drew Conrad was born in 1979 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Conrad received his BFA from the University of Georgia and received his MFA from Parsons School of De...

Elise Rasmussen

Visual Arts
Elise Rasmussen is a research-based artist working in photography, video, and performance. Her work questions authoritative notions of history and how storyt...

Elizabeth Orr

Visual Arts
Elizabeth Orr is an interdisciplinary artist from Venice Beach, CA, living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Her work combines video installation, performance, and t...

Emily Spivack

Visual Arts
Emily Spivack is an artist, writer, and editor whose work draws from contemporary culture, fashion and history. Emily launched Worn Stories, a collection of sto...

Ernesto Pujol

Visual Arts
Ernesto Pujol is a site-specific public performance artist and social choreographer. During the 1990s, Pujol became known for site-specific ephemeral installati...

Fabrice Monteiro

Visual Arts
Raised in Benin to a Beninese father and a Belgian mother, Dakar-based photographer Fabrice Monteiro had a childhood shaped by multiple cultures. After an intro...

Felix Bernstein

Visual Arts
During his residency at Pioneer Works, New York-based artist, poet, and writer Felix Bernstein will rehearse for his exhibition, Bieber Bathos Elegy, which will...

Gerard and Kelly

Visual Arts
Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly have collaborated since 2003 to create installations and performances interrogating the formation of the couple and exploring the ...

Gibby Haynes

Visual Arts
Gibby Haynes is an American musician, radio personality, painter, and the lead singer of the band Butthole Surfers. He received a BA from Trinity University. Hi...

Henrique Oliveira

Visual Arts
Henrique Oliveira is a Brazilian artist whose work uses a wide range of references–from science-fiction and medical text to Art History and psychoanalysis. Th...

Hyon Gyon

Visual Arts
Hyon Gyon (b.1979) is based in New York, U.S. She received her B.A. from Mokwon University in Korea and her M.A. and PhD from Kyoto City University of Arts in J...

Ian Trask

Visual Arts
Ian Trask is a scientist-turned-artist who received his degree in biology from Bowdoin College in 2005. After years of working in research labs, Ian spent some ...

Ido Michaeli

Visual Arts
Ido Michaeli was born in Israel in 1980, and is currently based in New York. He holds an M.F.A and a B.Des degree from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. M...

Ivan Forde

Visual Arts
Spanning three photographic series –Transformation, De i section, and Fight! – Forde’s work depicts imaginative and unusual ways of seeing the body in con...

Jacob Levenson

Visual Arts
Jacob Levenson is the author of “The Secret Epidemic: The Story of AIDS and Black America,” a social history of the AIDS epidemic and an investigation into ...

James Mercer

Visual Arts
Sculptor, visual and sound artist James Mercer has created a speculative project about waste management and garbage set in the year 2157. Presenting trash from ...

Jaša

Visual Arts
Jaša is a Slovenian artist who lives and works in Ljubljana, Venice, and New York. His works bends temporality into something more palpable. By seducing the vi...

Jason Saager

Visual Arts
Jason Saager is a painter from Mesa, Arizona who currently lives and works in Brooklyn. He received a BFA in 2007 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicag...

Jesse Moretti

Visual Arts
Jesse Moretti uses digital technologies to design the spaces of painting and photography. Existing between abstraction, graphic art, Adobe CS and the screen th...

Jessica Vaughn

Visual Arts
Jessica Vaughn is a visual artist working in sculpture, photography and public installation. Her multimedia practice looks to create images and objects that poi...

Joey Frank

Visual Arts
Artist Joey Frank’s has a degree in Art/Semiotics from Brown University and is represented by RODEO gallery in Istanbul. His unfortunately in-depth knowledge ...

John Gordon Gould

Visual Arts
John Gordon Gaul lives and works in New York City. A graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design, he works primarily as an oil painter, using such materials...

Jonathan Harris

Visual Arts
Born in 1979, Jonathan Harris is an artist and computer scientist whose work explores the relationship between humans and technology, incorporating computer sci...

Josephine Kaeppelin

Visual Arts
Joséphine Kaeppelin’s art works are initially based on the use of machines. These devices are at the same time means of production, co-authors and food for t...

Kate Ovaska

Visual Arts
Kate Ovaska (b. 1984 Gaithersburg, MD) is a visual artist and photographer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Her photographs and light installations consider ...

Keunmin Lee

Visual Arts
Based in Seoul, Korea, painter Keunmin Lee has channeled a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder into a visionary practice that transforms hallucinations...

Laura Brunelliere

Visual Arts
Laura Brunellière is a French artist who lives in Paris an teaches at Esba Talm in Le Mans. Having undertaken studies in photography and film, her work address...

Lia Halloran

Visual Arts
Lia Halloran is an artist who grew up surfing and skateboarding in the Bay Area and developed a love of science during high school in her first job at the Explo...

Lisa Fairstein

Visual Arts
Lisa Fairstein uses the process of image-making to create conspicuous spaces for narratives of visual analysis. Her works are studies of imaged culture, the ...

Louise Foo & Martha Skou

Visual Arts
Danish born Foo and Skou are trained visual artists, but self-taught musicians and part of the motivation for their image –sound explorations comes from a wis...

Lucia Kempkes

Visual Arts
Lucia Kempkes researches the effects of landscapes on the personal perception of location, and searches for new ways to depict landscape as we live in between d...

Lucia Love

Visual Arts
Lucia Love was born in Manhattan where she lived in a thin triangle with a tv that only showed tanks playing in the sand. Soon her mother, a clothing maker turn...

Lulu Miller

Visual Arts
Lulu Miller is a reporter on the NPR Science Desk where she is working with Alix Spiegel to start a new series about Human Behavior. She is also a contributing ...

Maria Antelman

Visual Arts
Maria Antelman makes videos, photographs, sound installations, and sculptures using both new and traditional technologies. Conceptually, her art practice points...

Mathilde Roussel

Visual Arts
Mathilde Roussel (b. 1983) is a french artist based in Paris. Her drawings and sculptures are conceived like living organisms. During her creation process, Rous...

Melissa F. Clarke

Visual Arts
Melissa F. Clarke is an educator, curator, and an interdisciplinary artists working at the intersections of research, data, science, and design. She extrapolate...

Molly Dilworth

Visual Arts
Molly Dilworth is a Brooklyn-based artist who views her creative practice as a form of research. Using data from a specific site as a structure, she gives form ...

Molly Lowe

Visual Arts
Molly Lowe is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist whose work reveals uncanny relationships between emotional interiors, material culture, nature, and anim...

Nancy Nowacek

Visual Arts
Nancy Nowacek makes task-based encounters between bodies, things, and the space around them. Her work examines the relationship between late-capital post-indust...

Nanotronics

Visual Arts
Nanotronics Imaging is the world’s most advanced imaging company combining 3D microscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy, Gesture Control and Virtual Reality to expl...

Neil Harbisson

Visual Arts
Neil Harbisson is a Catalan-raised, British-born contemporary artist and cyborg activist, known for creating the first cyborg antenna and for being the first pe...

Paul Korzan

Visual Arts
Paul Korzan is an emerging New York City based visual artist from Brooklyn. He attended Brooklyn College receiving a bachelors in cinematography, then going on ...

Pedro Wirz

Visual Arts
Pedro Wirz is a Swiss-Brazilian mixed-media artist currently based in both Basel and Sao Paulo. His practice, through which he often collaborates with other art...

Pixy Liao

Visual Arts
Pixy Liao is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Photography. She has completed artist residencies at Light Work, Lower Manhattan ...

Radek Szlaga

Visual Arts
Radek Szlaga (1979) lives and works between Warsaw and Detroit, Michigan. He trained at the painting faculties of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (CZ) and Po...

Recycle Group

Visual Arts
Andrey Blokhin and Georgy Kuznetsov (aka Recycle) are from the Krasnodar region in Russia. Winners of the 2010 Kandinsky prize and participants of the Venice Bi...

Rosalie Rosenthal

Visual Arts
Rosalie Rosenthal holds a B.F.A degree from the Allen R. Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville and a B.A. degree in history from Smith College. She...

Rowan Renee

Visual Arts
Through photography, sculpture and installation I disassemble codified systems of power that inhibit the connection between individuals and communities. I am dr...

Ruben Millares

Visual Arts
Ruben Millares was born in Miami, Florida in 1980. As a visual artist he is medium agnostic as he attempts to define balance as a concept. Through the use of sc...

Sara Magenheimer

Visual Arts
Sara Magenheimer is an artist based in Brooklyn and upstate NY who addresses linguistic, semiotic, and temporal concerns across a variety of media including vi...

Shana Lutker

Visual Arts
Born in Northport, New York, Shana Lutker received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Arts from UCLA and now lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work has been ...

Shandoah Goldman

Visual Arts
Shandoah Goldman holds a M.A from London Contemporary Dance School as well as a B.A from Bennington College. Currently based in Brooklyn, Shandoah has worked an...

Shezad Dawood

Visual Arts
Shezad Dawood (b. London 1974), is an artist/film-maker, who looks at the compiling, layering and editing of multiple narratives across his films, paintings and...

Suzannah Lessard

Visual Arts
Suzannah Lessard began her writing life at The Washington Monthly where she was a staff writer from 1969 to 1975, then went on to The New Yorker where she was a...

Tashi Brauen

Visual Arts
Tashi Brauen is an artist who lives and works in Zürich. He creates photographic images that isolate, recontextualize and re-present industrial and mass produc...

Thomas Beale

Visual Arts
Thomas Beale is a sculptor and the founder/director of Honey Space (2008-2012). A graduate of Dartmouth College, he has been working with found wood and other n...

Virginia Poundstone

Visual Arts
Virginia Poundstone lives in Brooklyn and travels the world for her work. Since 2009, her sculptures, photographs and videos have exclusively explored flowers f...

Wilmot Kidd

Visual Arts
Wilmot Kidd is a photographer and filmmaker based in New York. His suburban nightscapes have appeared in shows around New York city. His portrait work has appea...

Xu Wang

Visual Arts
Born in Dalian, China, Xu Wang works in sculpture, video installation, drawing, and performance. Interested in process and materiality, Wang continues to explor...

Young New Yorkers

Visual Arts
Young New Yorkers, directed by Rachel Barnard, is an arts and social justice not-for-profit. Their mission is to empower court-involved young people to transfor...

Z Behl

Visual Arts
Z Behl is a multimedia artist who works in performative portraiture. A native of New York, she holds a degree in Studio Art and English from Wesleyan University...

Zach Nader

Visual Arts
Zach Nader is a Brooklyn-based artist conducting image-based experiments drawn from the possibilities of contemporary image editing software coupled with the fl...

Christy Gast

Visual Arts
Christy Gast is an artist whose work across media reflects her interest in issues of economics and the environment, and the role of content in giving meaning to...

Micah Ganske

Visual Arts
Micah Ganske was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1980. In 2002 he received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Post-Baccalaureate certific...

Willie Stewart

Visual Arts
Willie Stewart was born in Gallatin, Tennessee, on December 30, 1982. His family were members of an outlaw motorcycle club. Willie was raised by his great-grand...

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I mail a hard copy of my application materials to the Pioneer Works office?
No. only applications submitted online through our website will be considered for admission.

I have video/audio samples as well as JPEGs of my work. Can I submit samples of both?
Yes. On the application form applicants can choose from one of three submission options. If you select the option of a combination of digital images and video/audio, you must submit 5 digital images AND 1 clip of video/audio totaling no more than 2 minutes of footage.

Are current students and MFA candidates eligible for participation in the Pioneer Works Residency Program?
No.

I am currently a student but will have graduated by the beginning of the residency term. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes.

I am an “emerging artist”, meaning that I’m active in my artistic practice but I do not have an extensive history of exhibiting or selling work. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes. It is in integral to Pioneer Works’ mission to support up-and-coming artists who are in need of exposure and opportunities for professional development. We are most interested with the quality and character of the work submitted.

I just submitted my application but I want to revise / edit it, is this possible?
No. Once you submit your application you cannot revise / edit the materials.

When I submit my application, will I receive confirmation that my application has been received?
Yes. You will receive a confirmation email.

Does Pioneer Works offer a stipend or other resources to fund the cost of the residency?
No. Unfortunately, as a young non-profit, we currently are unable to provide financial assistance for the artists in residents.

Does the application cost money?
No.

Does the studio include a living space or will I need to find housing when relocating to Brooklyn?
No. However we can help with recommending neighborhoods and landlords.

Who is eligible to apply?
Emerging and established visual artists and innovators working in any media and genre are eligible to apply. Pioneer Works is consistently working to broaden horizons and diversify our community.

Do you allow collaborators to apply?
Yes, however you will be granted one studio and studio visits will be scheduled for the collaborators as one unit.

Can international artists apply?
Yes. It is important for our mission to have a diverse group of artists from all backgrounds.

Who should I ask to be a reference on my application?
References should be provided for individuals that can speak to your practice and character as an artist. Gallerists, Art Educators, and other professionals are all acceptable references.

Are there exhibition opportunities for residents?
There are no guaranteed exhibition opportunities for residents however we do have the capacity to accommodate small scale exhibitions in our 2nd and 3rd floor gallery spaces. In order to propose exhibitions or events, we ask that you draft a proposal which will then be reviewed on a monthly basis by our curatorial review committee.