Current Open Calls

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Aferro Studios offers open calls for the studio residency program on an as-needed basis in order to fill 18 studios throughout our 5-story building. For 15 years, artists accepted into the program have been able to work in their studios 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 6-month rotations (with renewal options), and gain access to visiting curators and inclusion in collaborations with a wide range of organizations, including museums, orchestras, and galleries.

Many residency alumni have commented that the building is a kind of “context within a context” — one that encourages incubation of ambitious self-organized, sometimes collaborative projects that might otherwise have not been possible for the artist to achieve. Gallery Aferro focuses on this aspect when choosing artists to participate, as well as a commitment to a chosen field, excellence of artwork, demonstrated interest in engaging the public, etc.

And to learn more about what this open call entails, please continue reading below …

Standard Studio Residency Open Call

Gallery Aferro is a 19-year-old artist-run, alternative arts space where creative minds can share, collaborate and craft works that elevate the power of art in a culture that challenges the value of creative expression in our daily lives. When Aferro opened its doors in 2003, we recognized an absence of affordable studio spaces for artists who needed a dedicated place to pursue their art without fear of economic development pushing them out of their community. 

So in 2006, Aferro launched a pilot project that would grow into a Studio Residency program designed to uplift artists in an environment where they can make works as audacious, complex or experimental as they please. Forever committed to providing a platform for the exchange of ideas in service of advancing human dignity and beauty, Gallery Aferro’s Studio Residency program encourages artists in a genuinely accessible, yet engagingly rigorous atmosphere to make art that otherwise would not be possible. 

Located just 5 blocks from Newark Penn Station and within walking distance to other downtown galleries, as well as a wide range of local businesses and notable sites, Aferro Studios is housed in a 5-story, evocatively repurposed, 20,000 sq. ft. building built in 1899, during the height of Newark’s vibrant Gilded Age. Over the past 15 years, this creative enclave has become an epicenter of almost ceaseless activity 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 New Jersey’s largest city.

Aferro Studios – Standard Studio Residency expectations

This open call is for artists and writers working in almost any media who would like to continue their creative practice in an urban studio residency in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Each residency at Aferro Studios consists of a 6-month rotation for a monthly fee of $295, with the possibility of renewal after the initial term. Collectives are welcome to apply, and there are no geographical restrictions.

The work-only studios vary in size, but average more than 600 sq. ft. in workspace with dedicated storage and high ceilings. Embodying the DIY aesthetic of creative minds unafraid of taking risks, resident artists at Aferro Studios enjoy 24/7 access to large studio spaces, ongoing first-consideration for a range of on- and off-site opportunities, cross-promotional engagement via our studio blog, and community-oriented events to aid in developing your craft, career, and network — all within the heart of Newark’s downtown district with easy access to the Montclair, Jersey City, and New York City art scenes.

Selection for the program is based on excellence of work, an interest in engaging with the public via one’s art-making process, the probable impact the program will have on the artist’s ability to create works that otherwise would not have been possible, and a demonstrated commitment to a chosen field, especially in the face of financial or other personal disadvantage.

The growing network of Aferro Studios alumni is a powerful, multigenerational group of contemporary artists working across genre and media. Participation in the residency program includes a platform to share and participate in a community of artists and art lovers through informal networking and participation in seasonal cultural events. As a presenting and workspace organization run by artists, we are dedicated to providing opportunities to our residents in the form of exhibitions, commission referrals, advocacy, visiting curators, and letters of recommendation.

This open call opportunity is for February 21st, 2022 – August 20th, 2022

HOW TO SUBMIT

Be prepared to submit the following items via Gallery Aferro’s Studio Residency application form.

  • Full Name
  • Artist’s Name (if different from your Full Name)
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number

Only send the following submission documents as attachments (i.e., .doc, .pdf, Google Drive files, .jpgs, .png, etc.). Do not send oversized files like .tiff, .psd, or Word docs from Pages)

  • CV/Resume
  • Artist Statement
  • Proposal for what you would do with your studio and how participation in the program would be beneficial to you
  • Work Samples: You may submit up to 10 examples of work. Each image sample must be limited to approx. 1 MB. Each video (Youtube, Vimeo, etc.) sample must be limited to approx. 10 MB. Also, within the filename itself or in an additional document, please include full artwork information pertaining to each sample with the following information: Artist’s name, work title, media, dimensions, edition, and/or other relevant information)
  • $10 USD*** fee per proposal via the Paypal link below:

Standard Studio Fellowship proposal fee

This small fee helps us support our overall, diversified activities and nonprofit programs within the community.

$10.00

*** If you cannot afford this fee, please contact Candace Nicholson for a waiver at cnicholson@aferro.org. We do not believe in artist gouging and ask for this small fee only as part of our overall, diversified activities to support our nonprofit programs within the community.

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

The deadline for submitting your application to the Aferro Studios Residency program is 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Due to the quick turn-around time Gallery Aferro will not accept late applications whatsoever.

Move-In Date: February 21, 2022


Sustainable Arts Fellowship Residency Open Call

Gallery Aferro is a 19-year-old artist-run, alternative arts space where creative minds can share, collaborate and craft works that elevate the power of art in a culture that challenges the value of creative expression in our daily lives. When Aferro opened its doors in 2003, we recognized an absence of affordable studio spaces for artists who needed a dedicated place to pursue their art without fear of economic development pushing them out of their community. 

So in 2006, Aferro launched a pilot project that would grow into a Studio Residency program designed to uplift artists in an environment where they can make works as audacious, complex or experimental as they please. Forever committed to providing a platform for the exchange of ideas in service of advancing human dignity and beauty, Gallery Aferro’s Studio Residency program encourages artists in a genuinely accessible, yet engagingly rigorous atmosphere to make art that otherwise would not be possible. 

Located just 5 blocks from Newark Penn Station and within walking distance to other downtown galleries, as well as a wide range of local businesses and notable sites, Aferro Studios is housed in a 5-story, evocatively repurposed, 20,000 sq. ft. building built in 1899, during the height of Newark’s vibrant Gilded Age. Over the past 15 years, this creative enclave has become an epicenter of almost ceaseless activity 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 New Jersey’s largest city.

Aferro Studios – Sustainable Arts Fellowship expectations

As an artist-run space, Aferro Studios recognizes 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. We are invested in uplifting artists who are parents to help them make art now, not later when they’re told it is more acceptable after their children are of a certain age. We wish to create an environment where they can make work as large and complex as their vision, without the fear of wondering if they’ll be judged for their attention to their craft.

With the help of funding from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Aferro Studios is proud to offer 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, New Jersey. The studio will be provided to the parent-artist for 6 months at no cost and will come with a $1,000 stipend (distributed in two payments — one at the beginning of the 6-month residency, and one at the end of the 6-month residency). The stipend and free studio will facilitate the parent-artist in coordinating effective time and energy to be spent in their studio spaces. Collectives are welcome to apply, and there are no geographical restrictions.

* 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. We think a “parent” can be defined in many ways that are definitely not tied to gender binaries or “having” a child. So with that in mind, this open call is open to anyone who has or shares legal guardianship over a person under the age of 18.

The work-only studios vary in size, but average more than 600 sq. ft. in workspace with dedicated storage and high ceilings. Embodying the DIY aesthetic of creative minds unafraid of taking risks, resident artists at Aferro Studios enjoy 24/7 access to large studio spaces, ongoing first-consideration for a range of on- and off-site opportunities, cross-promotional engagement via our studio blog, and community-oriented events to aid in developing your craft, career, and network — all within the heart of Newark’s downtown district with easy access to the Montclair, Jersey City, and New York City art scenes.

In addition to the parent-artist requirement, selection for the Sustainable Arts Fellowship program is based on excellence of work, an interest in engaging with the public via one’s art-making process, the probable impact the program will have on the artist’s ability to create works that otherwise would not have been possible, and a demonstrated commitment to a chosen field.

The growing network of Aferro Studios alumni is a powerful, multigenerational group of contemporary artists working across genre and media. Participation in the residency program includes a platform to share and participate in a community of artists and art lovers through informal networking and participation in seasonal cultural events. As a presenting and workspace organization run by artists, we are dedicated to providing opportunities to our residents in the form of exhibitions, commission referrals, advocacy, visiting curators, and letters of recommendation.

This open call opportunity is for February 21st, 2022 – August 20th, 2022
or August 21st, 2022 – February 20th, 2023

HOW TO SUBMIT

Be prepared to submit the following items via Gallery Aferro’s Sustainable Arts Fellowship Residency application form.

  • Full Name
  • Artist’s Name (if different from your Full Name)
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number

Only send the following submission documents as attachments (i.e., .doc, .pdf, Google Drive files, .jpgs, .png, etc.). Do not send oversized files like .tiff, .psd, or Word docs from Pages)

  • CV/Resume
  • Artist Statement
  • Proposal for what you would do with your studio and how participation in the program would be beneficial to you
  • Work Samples: You may submit up to 10 examples of work. Each image sample must be limited to approx. 1 MB. Each video (Youtube, Vimeo, etc.) sample must be limited to approx. 10 MB. Also, within the filename itself or in an additional document, please include full artwork information pertaining to each sample with the following information: Artist’s name, work title, media, dimensions, edition, and/or other relevant information)
  • $10 USD*** fee per proposal via the Paypal link below:

Sustainable Arts Fellowship proposal fee

This small fee helps us support our overall, diversified activities and nonprofit programs within the community.

$10.00

*** If you cannot afford this fee, please contact Candace Nicholson for a waiver at cnicholson@aferro.org. We do not believe in artist gouging and ask for this small fee only as part of our overall, diversified activities to support our nonprofit programs within the community.

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

The deadline for submitting your application to the Aferro Studios Residency program is 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Due to the quick turn-around time Gallery Aferro will not accept late applications whatsoever.

Move-In Date: February 21, 2022 or August 21, 2022


Lynn and John Kearney Fellowship for Equity Residency Open Call

Gallery Aferro is a 19-year-old artist-run, alternative arts space where creative minds can share, collaborate and craft works that elevate the power of art in a culture that challenges the value of creative expression in our daily lives. When Aferro opened its doors in 2003, we recognized an absence of affordable studio spaces for artists who needed a dedicated place to pursue their art without fear of economic development pushing them out of their community. 

So in 2006, Aferro launched a pilot project that would grow into a Studio Residency program designed to uplift artists in an environment where they can make works as audacious, complex or experimental as they please. Forever committed to providing a platform for the exchange of ideas in service of advancing human dignity and beauty, Gallery Aferro’s Studio Residency program encourages artists in a genuinely accessible, yet engagingly rigorous atmosphere to make art that otherwise would not be possible. 

Located just 5 blocks from Newark Penn Station and within walking distance to other downtown galleries, as well as a wide range of local businesses and notable sites, Aferro Studios is housed in a 5-story, evocatively repurposed, 20,000 sq. ft. building built in 1899, during the height of Newark’s vibrant Gilded Age. Over the past 15 years, this creative enclave has become an epicenter of almost ceaseless activity 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 New Jersey’s largest city.

Aferro Studios – Equity Fellowship expectations

Continuing in its third year, Aferro Studios is once again offering the Lynn and John Kearney Fellowship for Equity in support of gender-based, racial and economic justice. This fellowship is open to women artists of color of any age and will cover all workspace studio costs for 6 months, along with a restriction-free $1,000 stipend (distributed in two payments — one at the beginning of the 6-month residency, and one at the end of the 6-month residency) and bespoke solo programming opportunities within the vibrant context of Gallery Aferro and Newark, New Jersey. Collectives are welcome to apply, and there are no geographical restrictions.

The work-only studios vary in size, but average more than 600 sq. ft. in workspace with dedicated storage and high ceilings. Embodying the DIY aesthetic of creative minds unafraid of taking risks, resident artists at Aferro Studios enjoy 24/7 access to large studio spaces, ongoing first-consideration for a range of on- and off-site opportunities, cross-promotional engagement via our studio blog, and community-oriented events to aid in developing your craft, career, and network — all within the heart of Newark’s downtown district with easy access to the Montclair, Jersey City, and New York City art scenes.

In addition to the women artists of color requirement, selection for the Lynn and John Kearney Fellowship for Equity program is based on excellence of work, an interest in engaging with the public via one’s art-making process, the probable impact the program will have on the artist’s ability to create works that otherwise would not have been possible, and a demonstrated commitment to a chosen field.

The growing network of Aferro Studios alumni is a powerful, multigenerational group of contemporary artists working across genre and media. Participation in the residency program includes a platform to share and participate in a community of artists and art lovers through informal networking and participation in seasonal cultural events. As a presenting and workspace organization run by artists, we are dedicated to providing opportunities to our residents in the form of exhibitions, commission referrals, advocacy, visiting curators, and letters of recommendation.

This open call opportunity is for February 21st, 2022 – August 20th, 2022
or August 21st, 2022 – February 20th, 2023

HOW TO SUBMIT

Be prepared to submit the following items via Gallery Aferro’s Lynn and John Kearney Fellowship for Equity Residency application form.

  • Full Name
  • Artist’s Name (if different from your Full Name)
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number

Only send the following submission documents as attachments (i.e., .doc, .pdf, Google Drive files, .jpgs, .png, etc.). Do not send oversized files like .tiff, .psd, or Word docs from Pages)

  • CV/Resume
  • Artist Statement
  • Proposal for what you would do with your studio and how participation in the program would be beneficial to you
  • Work Samples: You may submit up to 10 examples of work. Each image sample must be limited to approx. 1 MB. Each video (Youtube, Vimeo, etc.) sample must be limited to approx. 10 MB. Also, within the filename itself or in an additional document, please include full artwork information pertaining to each sample with the following information: Artist’s name, work title, media, dimensions, edition, and/or other relevant information)
  • $10 USD*** fee per proposal via the Paypal link below:

Equity Fellowship proposal fee

This small fee helps us support our overall, diversified activities and nonprofit programs within the community.

$10.00

*** If you cannot afford this fee, please contact Candace Nicholson for a waiver at cnicholson@aferro.org. We do not believe in artist gouging and ask for this small fee only as part of our overall, diversified activities to support our nonprofit programs within the community.

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

The deadline for submitting your application to the Aferro Studios Residency program is 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Due to the quick turn-around time Gallery Aferro will not accept late applications whatsoever.

Move-In Date: February 21, 2022 or August 21, 2022