Open Call

Fully Funded Studio Residency for Women Artists of Color

Gallery Aferro

With Funding
Newark, United States


The new fellowship is open to Women Artists of Color of any age. 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.

Number of Participants

Gallery Aferro announces the John and Lynn Kearney Fellowship for Equity in support of gender-based, racial and economic justice. The new fellowship, open to Women Artists of Color of any age, will cover all workspace studio costs of six months each for two artists annually, along with a restriction-free stipend and bespoke solo programming opportunities within the vibrant context of Gallery Aferro and Newark, NJ. Collectives are welcome to apply, and there are no geographical restrictions. The first six-month rotation is from February 20, 2020- August 20, 2020.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


February 20, 2020 - August 20, 2020


  • $1,000.00 stipend (one-time)


  • $10.00 application fee


Gallery, Individual Studio, Installation Space, Library, Print Shop, Wood Shop


No meals

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Critique, Discussion, Exhibition, Grant, Mentors, Mural Projects, Open Studios, Performances, Professional Development, Readings, Retreat, Self-Directed, Workshops


Activists, Administrators, Animation, Architecture, Arts Administrator, Ballet, Book Arts, Ceramics, Collective, Conceptual Art, Crafts & Trades, Curatorial, Dance, Digital Media, Documentary, Drawing, Dreamers, Entrepreneur , Fiber Arts, Fiction, Film, Illustration, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Intervention, Jewelry, Land Art, Literature, Makers, Moving Image, Multimedia, Nonfiction, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Playwriting, Printmaking, Public Art, Puppeteers, Research, Robotics, Scholar, Scientists, Sculpture, Social Practice, Textile, Theatre, Thinkers, Video Art, Visual Arts, Wearable Technology


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Program Description

Creating a fellowship, like any other act making and holding space for the arts, is an expression of what and who we value. It is an intentional, creative act, representing an interruption of the inertia of the status quo. 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. The work-only studios average more than 600 sq. ft. per studio, and have dedicated storage space and high ceilings.

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