The PES AIR Program is an annual initiative that invites four visual or multidisciplinary artists to Newark, NJ, to create work around social impact. The mission of the program is multifaceted and is intended to benefit both artists-in-residence and a larger audience or public. The program has been put in place to support artists both through introduction of new conceptual material and through engagement with new audiences. Within this aim, the program strives to create a symbiotic relationship between the artist and audience as a conduit for new artistic practice and intervention. The program’s final mission is to expose and encourage social discourses and narratives that are often overlooked or uncomfortable.

The PES AIR program includes the following:

Studio Space, Resources, and Support: Each resident is provided with a heavily amenitized studio space and resources for one year (3D printing facility, material support, studio visits from critics, collectors, and curators, etc.). He/She/They are in place to provide artists with support to realize new avenues within their existing practices.

- Solo Exhibition: At the end of the residency cycle, each artist will present a solo exhibition of work in the main gallery space. These exhibitions are collaboratively curated between the artist and the Project For Empty Spaces directors throughout the residency. 

Past Artists in Residence include: Nina Chanel AbneyDerrick AdamsDavid Antonio Cruzjc LenochanRichard HartWardell MilanShoshanna Weinberger, and Delano Dunn. To learn more about the program and past AIRs, please visit our website.

How to Apply
Submissions for the 2018 PES Artists in Residence Program are now being accepted through Submittable with a $35 fee. Submission fees will go directly to support the residency programs covering costs such as work space, exhibitions, and resources. Reviewers are happy to provide feedback to artists who request it. 

Applicants must be 18 and over and reside in the NJ/NYC area (housing is not provided.)

Deadline for Entries: October 15, 2017. Selected artists will be announced November 30th, 2017. The residency will be from January through December, 2018.