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Keyholder Residency Program 2011 – April Session

The Keyholder Residency Program offers emerging artists free 24-hour access to printmaking facilities to develop new work and foster their artistic careers. Residencies are free and one year long, starting on 1 April and 1 October each year, and they take place in the shared Artists’ Studio, including the solvent/etching area and the darkroom.

Keyholders work independently, in a productive atmosphere alongside other contemporary artists. Artists from all disciplines are eligible to apply; print-making skills are not required, but some familiarity with the medium is recommended.

Only current legal US residents may apply for the Keyholder Residency Program.

Target Group

Artists from all disciplines are eligible to apply.

  • Only current legal US residents may apply (Social Security Number is a must!) for the Keyholder Residency Program.
  • Students enrolled in any kind of degree program at the time of the residency are not eligible.
  • Keyholder Residencies are limited to emerging artists only. The Printshop defines emerging artists as under-recognized and under-represented artists at early stages in their careers.
  • Artists without access to a studio space are encouraged to apply.
  • Past recipients of the Keyholder Residency are not eligible.
  • Artists based in the New York City area and without access to a studio space are encouraged to apply.

Number of Residencies

A total of 11 artists are awarded the Keyholder residency annually.


One (1) year

Residency Value

  • 24-hour shared studio access
  • $500 stipend
  • storage space
  • basic supplies (newsprint, blotters, solvents, cleaners)
  • one free class in printmaking and consultations with Master Printers
  • 20% discount on all Printshop classes
  • free career development workshops
  • free digital documentation of selected works produced during the residency
  • inclusion in the Printshop’s permanent collection
  • opportunities to show new work in exhibitions and other public events presented by the Printshop


The deadline for the Keyholder residencies beginning on 1 April 2011, is 1 March 2011.

This is what your application should consist of:

  • up to 8 digital images of recent (past 2 years) work on a CD
  • image list: your name, work title, year, medium, and dimensions
  • application form
  • artistic resume
  • names and contact information for two references

Please visit the official website for further guidelines before submitting your application.