Island Press Artist Research Fellowship

The Island Press Artist Research Fellowship is a biennial residency open to artists who are in any stage of their career, who are under-recognized, and whose voices reveal significant potential. Paramount to the review of each proposal is an assessment of the quality of the artistic work. Island Press welcomes the opportunity to support projects that embody diverse perspectives.

Candidates for the Island Press Artist Research Fellowship are asked to submit project proposals for a one-week residency at Island Press to conduct practice-based research in print media and/or multiples. The fellowship will result in artifacts that stem from the artist's proposal including, but not limited to, the creation and editioning of fine art prints, with the expectation that ideas and projects evolve through experimentation and making during the residency. The Island Press master printer, along with a small team of assistants, will facilitate the project and collaborate with the artist on the project. We seek projects that are both innovative and feasible. Printmaking experience is not required.

Fellows will receive lodging for the residency period and half of the print edition(s)/project. All material expenses for the project will be covered. Transporation and meals are the responsibility of the artist/fellow.

Call for Applications

Island Press is not currently accepting applications for this fellowship. Please check back for updates when the next call is issued.

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2021 Fellow: Barber

Barber was named the recipient of the 2020 Island Press Artist Research Fellowship. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, his residency will be rescheduled for June 2021. Learn more>>

2018 Fellow: Benjamin Edmiston

Brooklyn-based artist Benjamin Edmiston served as the second Island Press Emerging Artist Fellow, working in residence June 25-29, 2018. For his twelve-plate etching Untitled (12 Grid), Edmiston assembled twelve small drawings into one playful, patchwork image by printing several etched plates onto one piece of paper in a loose grid. Learn more>>

2016 Fellow: Leah Beeferman

As the winner of the inaugural Island Press Emerging Artist Fellowship, Leah Beeferman worked in residence at Island Press from June 6-10, 2016. In her digital, video, and sound work, the New York City-based artist creates relationships between the physical, natural world and the immateriality of digital and experiential space. For her Island Press project, she explored how—or if—the material processes of printmaking could translate the quality of immateriality typically present in her digital work. Learn more>>