The QM-Jerome Foundation Fellowship Program for Emerging Artists in New York City will award two visual artists fellowships that culminate in exhibitions at the Queens Museum in 2021. The fellowship period will include the year leading up to the opening and ending with the closing of their exhibition.



  • Artists who are working in visual art in all media including public art, participatory and/or performance-based visual expression are eligible for this opportunity.
  • Artists must be a resident of New York City—from any of the five boroughs—and must have resided in the City for at least one year prior to the application deadline.  Artists must reside in NYC until the end of the 12-month Fellowship period in Winter 2021.
  • Artists may not be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part-time or full-time, at an institution of higher learning at the time of the application deadline or during the Fellowship year.
  • Eligible artists must fit the definition of “emerging” as defined by Queens Museum below. The artist must be limited in exhibition exposure, with no more than a few grants or fellowship awards.
  • The Queens Museum defines an emerging artist as one who is at the dawn of their public career. 
  • Eligible artists have completed their studies, but have not had solo exhibitions at established commercial galleries or institutions; one who is well beyond her/his studies, and may have participated in group exhibitions but have not received extensive press or market recognition; one who may have exhibited work in other countries on a limited basis, but have not had major exhibition opportunities in the US or in New York in particular.
  • Eligible artists have not received major grants.
  • Once accepted, Fellows must be willing to participate in the professional development program and to work closely with Queens Museum staff on their artist project and publication.

A five-person jury will review applications and make the selection. [The jury will be made up of the Queens Museum’s Director of Exhibitions and Programs; Queens Museum's Assistant Curators; artist and former QM-Jerome Foundation Fellow Sable Elyse Smith; and Dan Byers, John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University.] 

 Submission Deadline:
April 24, 2020

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