Keyholder Residencies

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 April 1st and October 1st 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. Basic instruction in printmaking techniques is available for new Keyholders. Technical assistance is not included in the program, but is available at additional cost.

Participation is competitive. Applications are evaluated by a rotating committee of artists, critics, curators, and art professionals based on the quality of submitted artwork. A total of 8 artists are awarded the residency annually. Artists based in the New York City area and without access to a studio space are encouraged to apply.

Ruth Lingen of Pace Paper conducting a Keyholder Salon

Keyholder Residency includes

  • 24-hour shared studio access
  • $1,000 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
  • inclusion in the Printshop’s permanent collection
  • opportunities to show new work in exhibitions and other public events presented by the Printshop

Keyholder Residencies have been supported in large part by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governer Andrew Cuomo and New York State Legislature, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Jerome Foundation, New York Community Trust, PECO Foundation, and Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

Congratulations to the new Keyholders awarded in March 2016

We thank the selection panelists

  • Sarah Carpenter, Master Printer, Pace Prints
  • Maia Cruz Pailleo, Artist and former Keyholder Resident
  •  Rebecca Jampol, Director, Solo(s) Project House & R.Jampol Project(s), Co-Director, Gateway Project Spaces
  •  Christopher Kardambikis, Artist
  •  Sei Young Kim, Deputy Agency Chief Contracting Officer, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs