Call for applications

In Situ Artist Fellowship

Queens Museum (QM), New York, United States
Deadline: 14 August 2022

Courtesy of Queens Museum (QM)

Courtesy of Queens Museum (QM)

The Queens Museum (QM) announces an open call for its new two-year In Situ Artist Fellowship to be awarded to three artists.

Each artist selected for this two-year fellowship (October 2022-September 2024) will receive rent-free studio space at the Museum and an annualized salaried position at $45,000 per year with full benefits. Artists will develop their practice in collaboration with specific areas of the Museum’s work and Queens constituencies. Prioritizing co-creation, relationship building, research and ambitious experimentation, artists will develop a solo exhibition to open in Spring 2024 that will result from their work with QM communities.

In Situ fellows will work a minimum of three days per week as a key part of the QM team, together with the Museum’s constituencies, building on existing connections with communities and developing new ones. They will attend weekly All Staff meetings and participate in other meetings and Learning Sessions. They will be expected to make use of the studios and facilities which are accessible seven days per week.

Application Deadline: August 14, 2022, 11:59pm EST

Information Session: Jun 28, 2022, 6-7:30pm EST via Zoom (Register here)

Artists will be invited to develop work with one of the following programs and research areas:

La Jornada and Queens Museum Cultural Food Pantry (A weekly free food distribution in collaboration with a local organization La Jornada since 2020)
Queens Teens Institute For Art & Social Justice (A youth program that aims to nurture thoughtful, independent young artists and the next generation of leaders in arts and social change)
Archives & Collection (over 10,000 items from the two iconic New York World’s Fairs of 1939/40 and 1964/65 as well as culturally diverse body of artworks dating post-war to the present)
Children’s Museum (QM is developing a multilingual intergenerational family learning center rooted in art and culture – which will be a physical space within the Museum as part of the current capital project – slated to open in 2024/5. The Children’s Museum will center children and families of all kinds)
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Participants receive:

A rent-free studio at the QM (ranging from 300 to 550 square feet) and on-site production resources (woodshop and audiovisual studio) for two years (October 2022-September 2024)
Artists will have full access to their studios, 7 days per week, 8am-11:30pm, pending building closures for holidays and observances
Compensation and benefits as a full-time, temporary employee at the Queens Museum
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Artists will receive an additional production budget during the second year of the fellowship to support the presentation of a one-gallery solo exhibition in the Museum’s galleries during the Spring 2024 season
Professional development and mentorship opportunities from QM staff across all departments

Artists must reside in NYC from the beginning to the end of the fellowship. Queens-based and connected artists are encouraged to apply
Must demonstrate a commitment to social and public practice. Practitioners working across a range of creative disciplines are welcome to apply
Must apply as an individual artist. Collectives are not eligible
Must be present at the Museum at least 3 weekdays per week
Must not be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part-time or full-time, at an institution of higher learning at the time of the application deadline or during the fellowship years
Must be able to provide documentary evidence of eligibility for employment in the United States
We encourage applications from artists who have language skills in addition to English including but not limited to ASL, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic


A strong record of artistic practice and experience with exhibiting in galleries, museums, community and public settings
Strong commitment to values of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility
This includes the Museum’s core values and priorities in relation to social, racial, environmental, disability, language, and climate justice, as well as critical pedagogy
Strong cultural competencies and sensitivities, consciousness of cultural identities and difference, committed to intersectional thinking and practice
Familiarity with social practice, facilitation, and/or community organizing
A self-starter who is keen to support on programs with accountability and care for both the capacities of QM staff and the communities we collectively serve
Demonstrates investment in buttressing communities and can carry through sustainable education, public and community programs
Commitment to participating in the QM community of staff and artists and creating a nurturing environment for working together and learning
Selection Process and Onboarding:

A jury of QM staff across departments (Exhibitions & Programs, Education, and Communications) will review and shortlist applications based on the strength of their work samples, past experience, and expressed interest/commitment to one of the programmatic and research areas listed above
Shortlisted candidates will join a short Zoom interview with a small group of QM staff
Finalists will attend a second in-person interview at QM
Selected artists will be invited to move into their studios in late October 2022, with an orientation and the anticipated start of work date to follow in early November 2022
Once selected, participating artists and producers will work with staff members to identify ways to connect their work, interests, and expertise across the museum


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