Open Call: Fully Funded Studio Residency for Artists who are Parents: (Due: June 20)

2019-2020 Sustainable Arts Fellowship at Gallery Aferro

Deadline: 6/20/2019 @ 11:59pm EST, for residency August 20th, 2019 – February 20th, 2020

As an artist-run space Gallery Aferro honors the layers of complexity that working artists negotiate throughout their lives. This is often especially visible in the practices and careers of artists who are also parents. Gallery Aferro is invested in uplifting artists to help them make art now, not later, and encouraging an environment where they can make work as large and complex as their vision. With the help of funding from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Gallery Aferro offers this open call to all artists or writers that are parents* and would like to continue their creative practice in an engaged and energized studio residency in downtown Newark, NJ. The studio will be provided to the parent-artist for 6 months at no cost and will come with a $1000 stipend given at the beginning of the 6-month rotation. The stipend and free studio will facilitate the parent-artist in coordinating effective time and energy to be spent in their studios. Collectives are welcome to apply, and there are no geographical restrictions.

For more than 10 years, resident artists at Gallery Aferro, many of whom are parents, have had 24/7 access to large studios, ongoing first consideration for a range of on and off-site opportunities, access to our studio blog, and generous one-on-one career and technical support from staff. The growing network of residency alumni is an increasingly powerful, multigenerational group of contemporary artists working across media. Participation in the residency program includes a platform to share and participate in a community of artists and others through informal networking and participation in seasonal open studios and artist talks at the gallery. As a presenting and workspace organization run by artists, we are dedicated to providing opportunities to our residents in the form of exhibitions, opportunities, advocacy, visiting curators, and letters of recommendation. The work-only studios average more than 600 sq. ft. per studio, and have dedicated storage space and high ceilings. The gallery is located just 5 blocks from Newark Penn Station and is walking distance to other galleries in the city as well as a wide range of local businesses and notable sites. The building is a kind of context within a context: an evocative repurposed 20,000 sq. ft. building in almost ceaseless use by a varied and lively population of gallery staff, volunteers, artists, youth, and community residents, all within the dense cultural, architectural and historical context of NJ’s largest city.

*The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a “Parent” simply as “a person who is a father or mother” -or- “a person who has a child”, and although that may be a nice, tidy definition, we think it oversimplifies the term. A “Parent” we think can be defined in many ways that are definitely not tied to gender binaries or “having” a child. This open call is open to anyone who has or shares legal guardianship over a person under the age of 18.


Submit via email to:

Subject Line: “Last Name, First Name – Parent”

(Example: Smith, Jane – Parent)

Only send submissions as attachments (i.e. .doc, .pdf, google drive files, .jpgs, .png, etc. Do not send us oversized files like .tiff, .psd, or word docs from Pages)

Every submission\proposal must include:

1) CV\resume

2) Artist Statement

3) Proposal for what you would do with your studio and how participation in the program would be beneficial to you.

4) Work Samples: up to10 – 1 MB jpegs or mpegs or clearly labeled youtube/vimeo links

5) $10 USD fee per open call submission, via paypal on (link below) If you truly cannot afford this fee please contact Candace Nichsolson at for a waiver. We do not believe in artist gouging and ask for this small donation only as part of our overall, diversified activities to support our nonprofit programs.

Please include the title, medium, size, edition, price, or any other relevant information for each piece. Do not refer us to your website without ALL the other required material.

Applicants are encouraged to stop by during gallery hours, Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 6pm, to look at the space. Feel free to email us with questions or other information you may need at



Move in Date: August 20th, 2019

Due to the quick turn-around time Gallery Aferro will not accept late applications whatsoever.

2019 Open Call Fee – Parent


Jamie Earnest