Keyholder Residencies

NEXT DEADLINE: September 1, 2023 11:59 PM EST

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; printmaking 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.

Keyholder Residency includes

  • 24-hour shared studio access
  • $1,000 stipend
  • storage space
  • basic supplies (newsprint, blotters, solvents, cleaners)
  • consultations with Master Printers
  • 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


  • Only current US residents may apply. (Social Security Number is required.)
  • 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.
  • Artist duos or teams are not eligible; residencies are awarded per artist.
  • Artist must reside in the New York metro area during the year of residency.

Application Requirements

  • Up to 8 digital images of recent (past 2 years) work
  • Image list: your name, work title, year, medium, and dimensions
  • Application form
  • Artistic resume
  • Names and contact information of two references

Materials must be submitted by 11:59PM EST on the deadline date, no exceptions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

No phone and/or email inquiries about the status of your application, please. All applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by email before the residency start date.

The Printshop does not provide housing assistance.

Keyholder Residencies have been supported in large part by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and New York State Legislature, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Paul Bechtner Foundation, Jerome Foundation, New York Community Trust, PECO Foundation, and Leon Polk Smith Foundation.

Spring 2023 recipients of the Keyholder Residency:

Brianna Brooks
Lindsay Buchman
Ray Hwang
Linda Sok

Fall 2022 recipients of the Keyholder Residency:

We thank the selection panelists!

Spring 2023 selection panelists:

Kristen Clevenson, Assistant Curator at Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Cora Fisher, curator and arts writer, Curator of Visual Art Programming at the Brooklyn Public Library
Naomi Nakazato, Artist, and former Keyholder
Mae Shore, Master Printer at Shore Publishing, and Founder at Cheymore Gallery
Fall 2022 selection panelists:
Asuka Goto, former Keyholder, Program Head, and Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Moore College of Art & Design
Karen Hesse Flatow, Owner/Director of Hesse Flatow
Ladi’Sasha Jones, writer and curator, Artist Engagement Manager for the Laundromat Project
Paul Mullowney, Master Printer at Mullowney Printing