EFA STUDIO PROGRAM: International Partnerships

EFA Studio Program: International Partnerships offers studio space and career development opportunities to sponsored artists from around the world. EFA Studio Program was created to provide studio space within a community of artists, and promote public and critical exposure for our members.

Outline of Partnerships:

Partnership Sponsor eligibility: cultural institutions, government agencies, corporate organizations or private patrons.

Artist eligibility: Professional-level visual artists selected by the sponsoring organization and approved by EFA. Artists must have a working command of the English language.

Length of Residency: EFA highly recommends a six-month stay as most beneficial. Long-term sponsors may send artists for shorter periods after discussing the options with EFA’s Studio Program Director.

Cost: EFA provides a studio with the benefits listed below. Studio cost varies according to the studio chosen by the sponsor.  Costs for studios range from approximately $1,600 to $2,000 per month.

Benefits for Participating Artists:

  • Private studio with 24-hour access, air-conditioning/heat, fresh air fan system, large windows, and 10’6” ceilings located in the EFA Center in midtown Manhattan
  • articipation in the Annual Open Studios event held for three days in mid-October
  • Participation in the Annual Armory Arts Week Open House in March
  • Private studio visits with selected curators, critics, and gallerists
  • Professional Practice lectures and seminars
  • Advice and/or introduction to relevant New York area visual arts organizations and galleries
  • Inclusion in at least one members’ group exhibition on the 3rd Floor
  • Public Presentation by visiting artist to EFA Studio Members and invited arts professionals
  • Membership in EFA’s Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop
  • Invitation to social events, such as holiday parties, lunch discussions with the Program Director and members, exhibition receptions, and events for all three EFA Programs
  • Interaction with professional artists in the 89 studios of the EFA Center in mid-town Manhattan
  • Discussion with Program Director about professional and cultural challenges

Additional Considerations:

EFA does not provide funding for transportation, housing, art materials, or living expenses. If necessary, we recommend that sponsors consult with their consulates or UN staff to ascertain appropriate support or gain help with living accommodations. The sponsor is responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa. EFA will provide a letter confirming the purpose of the artist’s stay in the United States upon request.

Please contact Bill Carroll, Director of EFA Studio Program: bill@efanyc.org / 212-563-5855 x 225