Open Call

EFA Studio Membership

Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts

No Funding
New York City, United States


Visual artists working in all forms of media are eligible. The program is designed for artists with a developed studio practice and career. Applicants cannot be enrolled in a college or university degree-granting program. Certain types of work cannot be accommodated for practical reasons, including large or heavy sculptures, some types of metal work, and work involving high noise levels or fire risk. Applications are judged solely on the quality of the work as presented. EFA does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation or marital status. Artists must be citizens of the United States, or must be legal U.S residents during their tenure.

Number of Participants

8-15 new members are added per year. There are 65-75 total studio members working at EFA at a time.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


May 01, 2022 - April 30, 2024


  • $900.00 program fee (monthly)


Computer Lab, Conference Rooms, Gallery, Individual Studio, Library, Print Shop, Shared Studio


Studio Only


No meals

Public Programs

Exhibition, Open Studios, Panel, Professional Development, Publication, Self-Directed, Visiting Professionals



Program Description

Membership is available to artists through an application and selection process. Members receive a private studio for a period of up to two years that is subsidized at below market cost. Membership renewal is possible after two years through a reapplication process. All studios are located in the EFA Center at 323 West 39th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues in Midtown Manhattan. Studios range in size from 200 to 440 square feet. Ceilings are 11′ high. Membership fees vary according to the size and shape of the studio assigned to the artist and the artist’s demonstrated financial need. Subsidized membership fees range from $598 to $1976 per month. In addition, each member pays a monthly due of $80.00. The EFA Center is equipped with passenger and freight elevators, shared restroom facilities, wash sinks, and common areas with a coffee maker, sink, refrigerator and microwave oven. All studios have free access to the Internet via an Ethernet connection.

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