Emma Sulkowicz WAS the summer 2018 Artist in Residence.

Emma Sulkowicz (b. 1992) is an American artist of Japanese-Chinese-Jewish descent who lives and makes art in their hometown, New York City. They earned a BFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University in 2015 and studied studio art in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. They are perhaps best known for their senior thesis at Columbia University — “Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight)” — an endurance performance artwork in which they carried a dorm mattress everywhere on Columbia’s campus for as long as they attended the same school as their attacker. Their awards include the National Organization for Women’s Woman of Courage Award (2016) and Susan B. Anthony Award (2014), the United States Student Association’s National Student Movement Builder of the Year Award (2015), and the Feminist Majority Foundation and Ms. Magazine’s Ms. Wonder Award (2015).

See their work here.

MFA Art Practice at the School of Visual Arts invites emerging and mid-career artists working in all disciplines to apply for the Art Practice Artist-in-Residence program. One artist will be selected to be the Artist-in-Residence for the duration of the Art Practice program’s summer semester. The residency period will be June 12 – July 31, 2019. The Artist-in-Residence will receive a studio, access to the facilities, including the Metal Shop, Wood Shop, Digital Sculpture Center, Digital Editing Lab, Fibers Lab, Ceramics Lab and Nature and Technology Lab, and a $5000 stipend. Additionally, the Artist-in-Residence will give a public artist talk on Tuesday, July 2. They are expected to engage with the SVA Art Practice community, participate in weekly group critiques, and develop a project with first-year MFA candidates in the program, which will culminate in a public presentation (exhibition, screening, performance, book launch, etc.) during Open Studios on July 24.

We are committed to building a culturally and artistically diverse community and encourage applications from artists working in all media and representing all identities.


  • Deliver an artist talk at the School of Visual Arts on Tuesday, July 2, 2019

  • Participate in weekly group critiques of Art Practice graduate students’ work

  • Conceive of and carry out a project with first-year MFA candidates in the program, which will culminate in a public presentation of the work

  • Dedicate at least 20 hours per week to work within their Art Practice studio and/or the related facilities


  • An MFA or equivalent

  • Proven ability to execute ideas to completion

  • Experience in teaching or leading workshops is highly desirable


Applications for the AIR program should be submitted via Submittable and must include:

  • 5 – 10 still images of recent work and/or 1 -2 video or audio files, up to 2 minutes in length

  • An artist statement, contextualizing one’s work

  • A project proposal, including a timeline and material and space requirements

  • C.V.

  • The names and contact information for 2 references

  • The application deadline in November 26th

Additional Information

  • The selected Artist-in-Residence will receive a stipend of $5000.00 to be paid over the course of the residency.

  • Artists with a collaborative history may apply for the residency as a team, with the understanding that they would share a studio and the total stipend would be divided among them.

  • Travel and housing costs are the responsibility of the artist.

  • Currently, the residency is only open to artists with legal status to work in the United States.

  • Alumni from the SVA MFA Art Practice program are ineligible to apply.