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Uncool Artist Residency NYC

Since 2018, Uncool Artist has hosted an international art residency program in Brooklyn*, NY. Our community fosters connections with experienced mentors, curators, critics, and gallerists. Artists have the opportunity to deepen their practice, showcase their work, and build a sustainable career in a vibrant artistic environment.

*UA Residency space is located in Building 77 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard: 141 Flushing Ave, AKA Building 77, Unit #1324A, Brooklyn, NY, 11205.

FAQ

What is the size of the studio space?
Our studio is a 1,500 sq ft space divided among 6 to 8 artists, providing approximately 190-250 sq ft of workspace for each artist. Studio spaces are assigned by our staff and negotiated among the artists based on the needs of each artist’s practice. Movable walls can be used to create different space layouts, giving artists the autonomy to configure the shared space.

Is the studio a work/live space or will I need to find accommodations when relocating to New York?
The studio is designted to artwork practice only. Artists are responsible for their own housing. Those who may need additional funding and support for housing accommodations should apply to other supplemental sources.

What sort of opportunities will I have to connect with the NY Art scene and present my work to the public during my residency term?
The UA residency offers artists various opportunities to introduce and share their work, including portfolio presentations, group discussions, in-person and online studio visits with guest visitors, field trips, and monthly open studios. Every residency season ends with a curated group exhibition.

How many studio visits will I expect to receive during my residency?
On average, residency artists will receive 3-4 studio visits per cycle by curators, critics, art historians, and gallerists.

What else does the UA residency offer?
In addition to the above, UA Residency staff provides technical assistance and supports project development through our equipment library and connects artists with specialized workshops in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. A dedicated online social network integrates resident artists with the UA worldwide network.

What are the residency cycles?
Each season, Winter-Spring and Summer-Fall, artists can choose to stay in the program for 1 to 5 four-week cycles. For specific dates, consult the current application form.

Does the UA Residency provide facilities and equipment suitable for working with materials such as ceramics, wood, metal, photo-video, etc.?
There are no special facilities provided by UA. We offer a 24/7 accessible studio space with a worktable, chair, and internet access. Artists are responsible for providing all the personal equipment or materials needed for projects created throughout the residency. Residents have access to our general equipment library for common use during the residency. We are happy to refer you to abundant artist resources and facilities in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and greater New York area. 

My practice involves hazardous or airborne materials. Are there any limits on what materials can be used in the studio space?
Yes, the use of anything that produces fumes or strong odors, creates dust or small particles in the air, or contains any other potentially hazardous materials is NOT ALLOWED in the studio space. Examples include plaster dust, aerosol paint, styrofoam, etc.

What are the tuition fees for the UAR-NYC program in 2025?
The tuition fees for the UAR program in 2025 are as follows:
. 4-weeks: $3,300
. 8-weeks: $6,270
. 12-weeks: $9,405
. 16-weeks: $12,573
. 20-weeks: $15,089.25

Is there a security deposit required?
Yes, for UAR-NYC a $600 security deposit is required. The security deposit must be sent, in full, by bank deposit before studio access and contract signing. It will be reimbursed once the residency term is finished and the space is returned in the same condition it was given.

Does the UAR/ILAP have different tuition costs?
Yes, the UAR ILAP tuition is $2,800 per quarter (12 weeks); $5,200 per two quarters (24 weeks); $7,400 per three quarters (36 weeks).

Are artists responsible for securing their own funding for the fees?
Yes, artists are responsible for securing their own funding for the fees.

How is the fee structure determined?
Our fee structure is designed to cover infrastructural costs, ensure affordability, and provide fair compensation for our team and guests. A portion of your total tuition payment can be allocated to support scholarships.

Is financial aid available?
Yes, Uncool Artist is a self-funded artist-run organization and will work with those in need to find financial aid to support their attendance. Financial aid needs can be addressed through the application form. We encourage everyone to apply regardless of their financial situation.

Securing the necessary visas and travel documents for the International Residency Program is the responsibility of the participating artist. UAR (United Artists Residency) is unable to offer specific advice or assistance in this process. Below, you’ll find general information to help you get started with your visa application. For detailed inquiries, we recommend contacting the US State Department Consulate or seeking advice from a legal professional.

Artists selected for the residency should promptly reach out to the United States Consulate or Embassy in their home country to obtain a visa. Generally, a B1/B2 visa is appropriate for business and tourism purposes, which will enable you to attend the residency programs. To check Visa Appointment Wait Times, please use the provided link.

UAR is happy to provide a letter of support for your visa application upon request. We encourage all international applicants to ensure they have all required documents and meet the entry requirements for the US well in advance of their residency start date.

Q&A Recording: A Glimpse into UA Residency, NYC

If you have any further questions, please contact residency@uncoolartist.com.

Remaining Slots for Summer /Fall 2024

Closed for Applications
2025

OPEN CALL

Applications are now open. Access the application form and pay close attention to the dates and detailed information.
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In line with Uncool Artist’s fundamental principles, our objective is to offer outstanding connections and opportunities in contemporary visual arts. This is achieved through a residency program centered on camaraderie, a spirit of experimentation, the exchange of ideas, and a warm and inclusive atmosphere.

2024 RESIDENTS

2024 WINTER/SPRING RESIDENTS

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Vanessa Lam

Canada

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Erika Choe

U.S.

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Amy Deal

U.S.

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Alejandro Macias

U.S.

Esther Bonder
Esther Bonder

Brazil

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Bel Andrade

Canada

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Borja Colom Bofarull

Spain

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Melissa Sclafani

U.S.

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Yuk Tsang Ng

Hong Kong

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Kiwoun Shin

South Korea

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Kate Greenberg

U.S.

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Brenda Sabbagh

Argentina

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Jay Lee

South Korea

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Forrest Wilson

U.S.

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Sarah Beilenson

U.S.

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Piotr Urbaniec

Netherlands/Poland

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Sangho Han

U.S.

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Marta Monteiro

Brazil

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Luana Maria Seu

Romania

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Lauren Grudzien

U.S.

UPCOMING 2024 SUMMER/FALL RESIDENTS

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Jason LamHong Kong
Llewellyn Skye QuabbaAustralia
Ana-Julia VilelaBrazil
Yinna Higuera

Colombia,

Ecuador

Anika KowalikU.S.
Paulo Assuncao

Brazil,

Netherlands

Kaio Wu Hiu NamHong Kong
Sigrid LuitsaluEstonia
Mikaela MontenegroEcuador
Peilian LiSwitzerland
Sae Jung OhU.S.
McKinna AndersonU.S.
Narayan MarinPhilippines
Wilson OrellanaEcuador
Simla IceliItaly, Turkey
Sining ZhuU.S., China

Rheanne Jane

Winstanley

Philippines

2023 RESIDENTS

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Amelia Roman

France

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Edson Pavoni

Brazil

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Tallulah Hutson

U.K.

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Thiago Noronha

Brazil

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Steven L. Anderson

U.S.

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Sun-ho Lee

U.S.

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Jerónimo Albornoz

Equador

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Mingyue (Luna) Chen

U.S.

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Se young Yim

U.S.

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Sarah Beilenson

U.S.

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Frank Martinez

Cuba

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Sangho Han

U.S.

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James Horner

U.S.

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Alessandro Telles

Brazil

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Charles Tupper

U.S.

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Stefania Urist

U.S.

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Danijela Nedeljkovic

Serbia

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Luiza Reginatto

Brazil

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Jinseok Choi

U.S.

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Eulàlia Comas

U.S.

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Soobin Jeon

U.S.

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G Imaginations

U.S.

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Dominique Labaki

U.S.

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Trevor Nathan

U.S.

2022 RESIDENTS

Danny Starr

U.S.

Erica Iassuda

Brazil

Danielle Cukierman

Brazil

Sika Foyer

U.S.

Mark Engel

U.S.

Flavia Fabiana

Brazil

Debora Rayel Eva

Brazil

Rodrigo Pimenta

Brazil

Mariana Guardani

Brazil

Cristina Canepa

Brazil

Gabriela Cardozo

Brazil

Beatriz Chachamovits

U.S.

Thiago Boecan

Brazil

Gela Borges

U.S.

Kayla Gomez

U.S.

Mashael Alsaie

Bahrain and UAE

Daniel Albuquerque

Brazil

Kellen Grissom

U.S.

Gloria An

China

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“It was my first residency in this beautiful space with an intense interaction full of daily exchanges with other artists and curators with different and instrumental observations about my work. The experience was a watershed moment that changed my outlook on the way of looking at my practice.” – Thiago Boecan

“The Uncool Artist in Residency was very important for me cause I could live my work intensively! NYC is so full of references, a great place to see what’s happening and what happened. Excellent museums and galleries! I am in love with Brooklyn; I had a great time there. I am bringing with me a significant “baggage.” Thanks, Uncool Artist!” – Dani Cukierman

“The Uncool Artist in Residency was an amazing experience! It was very refreshing sharing a space with other accomplished artists and letting our ideas flow with one another. Carolina was very good at bringing in curators and other artists in the city to visit the studio so we could all discuss our journeys as artists and where the art world is today. Highly recommend this to any serious artists looking to boost their work and experience!” – Danny Starr

Uncool Artist Residency was a watershed in my work.

I got to know the visual arts scene in New York, occupy a studio in Brooklyn, and receive curators who contributed a lot with their views on my process. I visited exhibitions, museums, met artists from different countries, established exchanges and connections, and got to know and experience the city intensely. It was a period of experimentation, freedom, and growth, which till today reverberates and unfolds in other creative paths.

Lara Perl

OPEN CALL

Applications are now open. Access the application form and pay close attention to the dates and detailed information.
2024

APPLICATIONS are Closed!

2024
Testimonial Bobbi

Uncool Artist and my participation in the ILAP community have pushed me to work on projects and ideas which have long been spinning in my head. I'm excited about the new work I am producing and the fully rounded experience of sharing my thoughts, researching, and communicating within a nurturing environment. I feel challenged and supported. I'm following the mission "just DO"!

Bobbi Meier | Chicago, US
Testimonial Douglas

Being part of ILAP was extremely important in my path as an emerging artist. Within Uncool Artist, I met artists from different places and different approaches and moments in their careers. The exchanges with these people continue to help me tread a place in the universe of contemporary art.
Understanding how to do an artistic project, the assembly of different categories of portfolios, and the critical monitoring offered by Uncool Artist, were things that helped me to understand how exhibition and market circuits work. Uncool Artist is an international community concerned to support its participants, always with a critical and considerate eye.

Douglas Ferreiro | Brasilia, Brazil
Testimonial Dainy

Uncool has been a tremendous opportunity and challenge to take my practice to the next level.
I have found a great community of artists that has allowed me to know better the creative artistic process, which is indispensable as a curator. It is an invaluable opportunity to hear from accomplished artists, curators, art fairs, and museums directors first-hand and in an intimate conversation setting.
All of this, topped with the synergy of a group of individuals working towards the common goal of being better art professionals, is what makes all the time, money, and efforts invested pay off!

Dainy Tapia | Miami, US
Testimonial Marisa Opportunities

Uncool Artist pushes me to go out of my comfort zone. It helps me understand that opportunities are out there, and I must be ready in all senses and see that I can create the chance I'm looking for. Understand the audience, be involved with the audience, storytelling, project my whole year... It is difficult to explain Uncool Artist in a few words because it is a whole new thing.

Marisa Bernotti | Dolores, Uruguay
Testimonial Rodrigo

Uncool Artist has been an inspiring space with a hands-on approach to learning (by doing) that has been instrumental in my recent realizations as an artist.

Rodrigo Pimenta | São Paulo, Brazil
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