Open Call: Gallery Aferro Studio Residency: (Due June 20)

Deadline: 6/20/2019 @ 11:59pm EST for residency starting August 20, 2019

Gallery Aferro is invested in creating and sharing resources for artists, and encouraging a genuinely accessible, engagingly rigorous environment where artists can make work as large or complex as desired. This open call is for artists and writers working in almost any media, and who would like to continue their creative practice in an urban studio residency in downtown Newark, NJ. The residency is a 6-month rotation with a monthly fee of $275, and the possibility of renewal after the initial term. Collectives are welcome to apply, and there are no geographical restrictions.

For more than 10 years, resident artists at Gallery Aferro 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. Many alumni have commented that 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.


Submit via email to:

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

(Example: Smith, Jane – Residency)

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 submissions/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 to 10 examples of work to be shown with us (approx.1 mb images, clearly labeled youtube links, etc. Also include full information pertaining to each work sample including Artist’s name, work title, media, dimensions, edition, price, and/or any other relevant information)

5) $10 USD fee per proposal, via paypal on (link below)

**If you truly cannot afford this fee please contact Candace Nicholson for a waiver at We do not believe in artist gouging and ask for this small fee only as part of our overall, diversified activities to support our non-profit programs.

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 – Studio Residency


Jamie Earnest