Emerging Curator Program

Application Deadline: CLOSED 

Application & Guidelines: HERE   

Review the Guidelines prior to beginning your application.


International Artist Residency Program
There are two open calls each year for the International Artist Residency Program. Review the Guidelines prior to beginning your application.

Fall Open Call Deadline: October 1, 2015

Application & Guidelines

View US-Based Artist Application Guidelines

View International Artist Application Guidelines

Juried Solo Exhibition Program

Application Deadline: CLOSED

Review the Guidelines prior to beginning your application. Please note: These are the previous year Guidelines, to be used for reference only.

Application Guidelines


International Artist Residency Program

Spring Open Call Deadline: April 1, 2015

Application & Guidelines

The NARS Foundation offers a residency program that supports emerging and mid-career artists as well as artists with established national and/or international reputations for whom a change of environment may offer refreshment and inspiration. The program offers full and partial residential fellowships for a minimum of three month and up to twelve months. The number of awards and the amount may vary depending on sponsorship available at the time of application.

The artists-in-residence are offered a Studio that range in size from 280sq. ft. to 325sq. ft. with Wi-Fi connections and 24/7 access. The workspaces are located in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. Other than the core residency artists, the artist-in-residence can also take advantage of the interaction with New York City artists working in the NARS studios.

The NARS International Artist Residency Program offers professional development through panel discussions, lectures, workshops, artist talks and artist salons scheduled throughout the year. In addition, regularly scheduled studio visits with NYC art professionals offer the artists-in-residence the chance to meet with curators, critics, art historians, and gallerists to discuss their work in an intimate setting. Furthermore, open studios and group exhibitions at the NARS Gallery provide the opportunity to share new work and works in progress with the general public. Artists-in-residence are also expected to interact with the local community through public programs and community outreach programs offered in collaboration with other local not-for-profit organizations.

NARS currently offers 6-month residencies for U.S. based applicants and 3-month and 6-month residencies for international applicants. Only U.S. based artists are eligible for the Full and Partial Residency Fellowships at this time. International artists who need funding to cover the program fee, travel, materials, and accommodations should apply to other sources for this support.

International Curator Residency Program

The curatorial residency offers an emerging or mid-career curator with a furnished Internet ready office space located within the NARS studios with easy access to over 30 NARS artists as well as a chance to network with a wide range of artists and art professionals. Candidates who may benefit from a fellowship in New York City are chosen based on their past exhibition projects and potential growth. The residency provides the curator with a chance to meet new artists, do research, and develop future projects.

At this time, the International Curator Residency Program is not being offered. If you would like to be updated on the status of the program, please e-mail: Thank you.

Studio Visits

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The NARS Gallery exhibition program strives to present the most interesting works being produced in the greater New York City area along with works by international and national artists providing a platform for various discourses and fostering cross-pollination among artists of disparate backgrounds.

Juried Solo Exhibition Program 

Open Call Deadline: Application and guidelines will be posted mid-April 2015.

The exhibition provides the opportunity for emerging and underrepresented national and international artists to present innovative and compelling artwork that creates new dialogue and a forum for exchanging ideas with a wider audience. Artists must submit a strong cohesive body of work produced within the last five years.

Emerging Curator Program 

Open Call Deadline: March 3rd, 2015

The Emerging Curator Program offers an opportunity for an individual to organize a conceptually cohesive group show at the NARS Foundation Gallery. The aim of the program is to encourage new dialogue and to create a platform for emerging curators and artists to experiment and exchange ideas. No prior curatorial experience is necessary. Two-person collaborations are welcome.


Artist Talks and Panel Discussions

NARS presents regularly scheduled Artists Talks and Panel Discussions throughout the year providing artists the opportunity to share their new work and works in progress with the general public as well as get critical feedback from peers. Lectures, Workshops and Panel Discussion on various timely subject matters are offered throughout the year. Please check the Events and Exhibitions page for past and upcoming public programs.

Artist Salon

The Artist Salon series is a program organized by NARS artists for their fellow studio and residency artists. The Artist Salon Committee coordinates artist talks, presentations, studio visits, and various other activities to encourage insightful dialogue among its participants. Continuously building dynamic conversations around topics related to the current times and our environment, the Artist Salon is an open forum for testing out new ideas, examining paradigm shifts in the art world, and furthering the creative development of the NARS artist community. This is a self-directed program that shifts and morphs according to the needs of the community.


Our Educational Community Outreach Initiatives strives to create a positive impact in the community by cultivating critical thinking, creative problem solving skills and greater self-esteem through hands-on visual arts experiences.

The NARS Foundation collaborates with local grassroots organizations to develop educational programs for local children and their families. We welcome any new program ideas, suggestions, and volunteers from the south Brooklyn community. For further information please contact

Saturday Family Workshop

The free Saturday family program seeks to provide greater accessibility to contemporary arts and to encourage stronger community engagement. In conjunction with the exhibitions on view at the NARS Foundation Gallery, we offer interactive exhibition tours lead by an experienced museum educator followed by hands-on workshops taught by talented teaching artists from around the world.

School Partnership Program

The NARS School Partnership Program provides visual art based cultural enrichment programs at the public schools in Brooklyn. In collaboration with the school's K - 12 teachers, these interdisciplinary workshops introduce hands-on creative learning experiences that stimulate visual communication, and promote greater understanding of other perspectives and cultures.

See Community Outreach Programs


International Artist Exchange Program

The NARS Foundation selects artists for short-term international exchange residency programs in collaboration with international contemporary art institutions from around the world. This program enables artists to work and live in other countries and experience working in a different environment. Artists are sponsored by governments, corporations, foundations, galleries, private patrons or by themselves.

In addition, NARS actively pursues partnerships with international residencies abroad for its short-term international artist exchange. The NARS Foundation presents Artists Salons and multifaceted exhibitions focusing on the exchange of different cultures and ideas.


Interns at the NARS Foundation have a chance to engage with artists in an international environment while gaining the invaluable experience of working for a not-for-profit arts organization.

Due to our small staff, interns play a key role in the overall administration and management of the organization and have the opportunity to present ideas and shape its path.

Young aspiring art professionals are encouraged to experience various aspects of running an artist residency, organizing exhibitions, developing public programs, and fund raising. The three internship positions at the NARS Foundation are:.


Assist with press outreach
Produce content and maintain active presence on various social media platforms
Facilitate in producing and designing publicity material, including e-blasts, flyers, and announcements


Assist the Program Director with coordinating exhibitions including liaising with artists and cataloging work
Assist in organizing exhibition/studio tours for the community and outside visitors
Assist in organizing youth, family and school programs, including workshops, in-school activities and exhibition/studio tours


Assist the Founding Director with facility operations including managing our 32 studios and gallery space
Assist with coordinating special events, including our spring benefit, and provide logistical support for exhibitions
Some grant research and development support for fundraising events

Interested candidates may apply for an internship at the NARS Foundation by sending a cover letter and resume to
No telephone calls please.

We are always open to interested volunteers. If you have a specific area of expertise or skills that you would like to share, please let us know. Volunteers are also needed for special events and exhibitions.

If interested in volunteering with NARS, please e-mail with your interest, skills, and availability.

Please email info@ with further questions about our programs and open call opportunities.

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