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Artist Guidelines

Guidelines for Visual and Performing Arts

The Visual Arts Program at Wave Hill presents the work of contemporary artists who explore the dynamic relationship between nature, culture and site through exhibitions in Glyndor Gallery and the Sunroom Project Space, and through the Winter Workspace Program and generated@wavehill. Artists may apply online to General Opportunities, the Sunroom Project Space, and the Van Lier Visual Artist Fellowship. Program descriptions and selection processes are listed below.

Van Lier Visual Artist Fellowship

DEADLINE: August 25, 2014
INFO SESSION: Saturday, july 26, 2014, 3–4PM
guidelines and application available here

This one-year fellowship, administered on behalf of the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust, provides valuable mentorship and exhibition opportunities, including learning from the curatorial staff about the creation and interpretation of exhibitions and arts programming and working with arts professionals to define career paths over the course of the program (January–December 2015). Van Lier Fellows will be given a studio space during the Winter Workspace Program and a solo show in the Sunroom Project Space. Current and past Van Lier fellows include Tammy Nguyen (2014), Alexandra Phillips (2014), Onyedika Chuke (2013), Francisco Donoso (2013), Nova Jiang (2012), and Cameron Rowland (2012).

Eligibility: This fellowship is open to New York City-based artists who are 30 years of age or younger and are not currently enrolled in a degree-granting program. It supports emerging artists from culturally diverse backgrounds and underserved communities.

General Visual Arts Opportunities

Next deadline will be in Fall 2014. Check back in October for application guidelines.

Curators identify artists for Glyndor Gallery, the Winter Workspace Program and generated@wavehill in many different ways. Artists may submit their work for consideration for future opportunities through the online application. Curators review submissions and contact all artists within three months of the deadline.


Two or three thematic group exhibitions are curated for the spring, summer and fall in Wave Hill’s Glyndor House. Exhibitions generally combine painting, sculpture, works on paper, installation, photography and some video. Artworks are borrowed or new works are created for the exhibitions. The gallery occupies three spacious rooms and other ancillary spaces on the main floor of this Georgian Revival house. The rooms are flexible with excellent natural light, but cannot be fully darkened. During 2014 we will continue with cultural programming that celebrates previous residents of Wave Hill including William Henry Appelton, Theodore Roosevelt, Arturo Toscanini, and Mark Twain. This will include readings, lectures, concerts and exhibitions in Glyndor Gallery and Wave Hill House. Other themes are being developed for 2015 that celebrate Wave Hill’s 50th Anniversary.


From January to March, the galleries are turned over to artists to use as workspace for six week sessions. We encourage artists who are interested in studying our plant collection and responding to the natural setting. Artists have an opportunity to share their practice with visitors through participatory workshops. This program is open to artists living in New York State and offers workspace, not living space. A nomination process is used to select artists for this program that includes artists who submit through General Opportunities.


Curators invite an artist to create a temporal project on the grounds through this program.

Sunroom Project Space Program

The Sunroom Project Space is a venue for New York-area emerging artists to develop a new body of work or site-specific project as a solo exhibition in one of the two windowed sunrooms in Wave Hill’s Glyndor House. Five artists will be selected for six-week solo exhibitions from April to November 2016.  Work in all media will be considered and artists are encouraged to respond to and engage with this unique space. A stipend and exhibition support is provided. Artists apply online and must submit an artist statement, résumé, work samples and a preliminary concept. This opportunity is open to emerging artists who live within a 50-mile radius of the Bronx, and have a record of solid achievement and potential, and who are not represented by a commercial gallery, not a student, and have not previously shown at Wave Hill.

Images of the Sunroom Project Space (pdf)

Download Glyndor Gallery drawings (pdf)

Any questions? Contact visualarts@wavehill.org or 718-549-3200 x213.

Performing Arts

Wave Hill has a rich tradition of performing arts indoors and out. We accept unsolicited submissions in the form of an email with links to websites and audio and video samples. Interested artists may write to performing arts@wavehill.org.

Due to the high number of submissions we receive, we respond only to those artists whose work fits the programs being planned. Performance possibilties include:

  • An indoor concert seriess in Armor Hall with presentations from October through April. The focus is traditional chamber music, jazz, and performances for families. Artists with projects that address the natural world are encouraged to apply.
  • "Sunset Wednesdays" is a series that includes outdoor evening concerts each summer, focused on the musical cultures of the Bronx.
  • Occasional site-specific outdoor dance performances take place with choreography that responds to the natural setting of the gardens.
  • Musicians may be engaged for special programs and events.