Visual Arts Residency

Hyon Gyon's studio, Pioneer Works, 2015

The residency in Visual Arts provides studio space for artists looking to expand, deepen, or redefine their practice. Like all residents, our visual artists are given access to an unparalleled array of tools and programs — from the 3D printer in the technology lab to the music studio in the garden. In addition, this residency facilitates ample open studio opportunities through Pioneer Works’ Second Sundays events, which attracts a diverse community of viewers, as well as bi-monthly studio visits with critics, curators, and other arts professionals.

Residents are also encouraged to contribute to Pioneer Works culture and community, whether through teaching a class through the education department, publishing artist books through our in-house imprints, and/or attending various Pioneer Works programs.

Applications for the 2017 Spring Session of the Visual Arts Residency Program are now closed.

Current Visual Arts Residents

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?


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


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?


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.