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The Monti Artist Studio Program

The Monti Artist Studio Program awards subsidized private studio space to 3 visual artists for 11 month-long residencies. Our mission is to provide working studio space and community for visual artists of African and/or Afro-Latinx descent living locally in Brooklyn. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and curators. As a participant, each artist has sole access to an individual 300 sq. foot studio for a 11 month period, offered at a subsidized monthly rent of $300.

The program is open to artists over the age of 21 who live in Brooklyn, are of African and/or Afro-Latinx descent, and are not enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of their residency.

Learn more about the program and eligibility by reading our FAQ below.

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The application for the 2025 Artist Studio Program will be available starting June 30, 2024, with an application deadline of August 15, 2024.

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Application Info

2025 Session Dates: February 1, 2025 - January 15, 2025,

Application Period: June 30, 2024 - Aug. 15, 2024

Juried Decision Announced: September 23 - 27, 2024

Apply to the Monti Artist Residency Program

Applications are available from June 30, 2024 to Aug 15, 2024 at 11:59 PM. Artists must submit up to 10 but no fewer than 5 clear images of their most recent work and an artist statement describing their work and need for a studio space (no more than 250 words each). Artists working in video may submit a combination of up to 5 videos (no more than 5 min in length total) and stills. Letters of recommendation and resume are required.

Program FAQ

What is the program?

The Monti Artist Studio Program awards reduced-rent non-living studio space to 3 Brooklyn based visual artists of African and/or Afro-Latinx descent for 11 month -long residencies in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Where is the program?

The Monti Artist Studio Program studios are located in the Monti Building at 925 Bergen Street in Crown Heights. The Monti building is a unique commercial building filled with creative professionals.

What is the space like?

Studios are 300 sq/ft, have freight elevator access, high ceilings and natural light. Communal spaces include a slop sink, restrooms, and wi-fi. Studio access is 24 hours/7 days a week.

Who is eligible?

The program is open to professional visual artists of African and/or Afro-Latinx descent based locally who are 21 years or older. Applicants may not be enrolled in any degree program, or participate in any other residency program, or maintain a separate studio during their residency.

Do you have to be from New York?

Yes, the studio program is open to eligible artists who live in Brooklyn

Do you provide housing?

No, artists are responsible for their own housing.

Are there any limitations to materials or media?

Work that involves high levels of noise, heavy machinery, toxic fumes, or fire risk are not permitted in the studios.

How do I apply?

Apply online from June 30, 2024 to Aug 15, 2024 at 11:59 PM. Artists must submit up to 10 but no fewer than 5 clear images of their most recent work and an artist statement describing their work and need for a studio space (no more than 250 words each). Artists working in video may submit a combination of up to 5 videos (no more than 5 min in length total) and stills. Letters of recommendation and resume are required.

Is there a financial award or stipend with the studio?

The Monti Artist Studio Program does not offer financial assistance, stipends, or materials.

Can I share my studio with my spouse/partner?

No. The studios are intended for the artists awarded and selected by the jury.

What are my responsibilities as a Studio Artist?