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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 the Sunroom Project Space, Van Lier Fellowships, General Opportunities, and for this year, the 21st Annual International of the American Society of Botanical Artists via the ASBA website. Program descriptions, selection processes and deadlines are listed below.

We are currently accepting applications for the Sunroom Project Space, New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowships, and the 21st Annual International of the American Society of Botanical Artists. Please see descriptions and links below to apply.

Applicants for the Van Lier Fellowship will also be considered for the Sunroom Project Space alone. There is no need to submit two separate applications. The same jury will review the Van Lier Fellowship and Sunroom Project Space applications.

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

Call for Entries:
21st Annual International American Society of Botanical Artists and Wave Hill

Deadline: March 30, 2018


As a new collaboration, Wave Hill is partnering with the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) to produce and host the 21st Annual International in 2018. ASBA’s mission is to provide a thriving, interactive community dedicated to perpetuating the tradition and contemporary practice of botanical art. ASBA’s programming includes exhibitions, educational classes, conferences, and publications. Since its founding by Diane Bouchier in 1994, ASBA has grown from an organization of 200 to over 1800 individual members and from 5 to 40 institutional members from around the world.

Venue: Wave Hill

Dates: September 8 – December 2, 2018

Eligibility: Open to all ASBA members in good standing, worldwide.


Botanical specimens. Work may have appeared in regional exhibitions, but may not have been shown in another international juried exhibition of ASBA. While not required, artists are encouraged to depict plants contained in Wave Hill’s collection. Please see plant lists HERE


$35 for the first entry, $10 for each additional entry up to three.

Media Accepted for Exhibition:

Two-dimensional original botanical art. No photography, no digitally generated work, and no three-dimensional work will be accepted.

Ken Druse, garden lecturer, author, and photographer; Karen Kluglein, botanical artist; and Eileen Jeng Lynch, Curator of Visual Arts, Wave Hill

Application Process:

ASBA is organizing the call for entries. Details here


Sunroom Project Space Program

DEADLINE: May 4, 2018


INFO SESSION: APRIL 7, 2018 from 3 – 4PM; RSVP to sunroomproject@wavehill.org

The Sunroom Project Space is a venue for New York-area emerging artists to develop a new, 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 2019. 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.

Artists may submit their proposals for consideration through this online application. A jury composed of staff and outside curators, as well as a previous Sunroom artist, will convene to review submissions and select artists for the 2019 Sunroom Project Space season and the Van Lier Fellowships.


Images of the Sunroom Project Space (pdf)

Download Sunroom Project Space Floor Plans and Elevations (pdf)

New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowships

Deadline:  May 4, 2018


In 2019, Wave Hill will administer two Fellowships on behalf of the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust. The Fellowship provides support for talented, culturally diverse young artists who are seriously dedicated to a career in the arts. The current (2018) Van Lier Fellows are Ashton Agbomenou and Yelaine Rodriguez.

The Van Lier Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that will be awarded to two (2) New York City-based artists, who are 30 years of age or younger (born in 1989 or after) and are not currently enrolled in a degree-granting program. The fellowship provides emerging artists from culturally diverse backgrounds valuable mentorship opportunities, including working with the curatorial staff, artists and arts professionals to prepare and promote their projects and to define career paths over the course of the program (January through December 2019).

Each Van Lier Fellow will receive a stipend of $8,000. The goal for each Van Lier Fellow at Wave Hill is to develop the skills and professional credit needed to establish a successful career in art. Fellows will:

  • Participate in the 6-week Winter Workspace program (February–March 2019);
  • Create solo show in the Sunroom Project Space (September–October 2019);
  • Receive career mentoring, proposal development support, and portfolio reviews from staff and art experts;
  • Work with staff to observe artist selection process and attend studio visits;
  • Learn to speak about and interpret their art, while interacting with the public through Winter Workspace Program; and
  • Meet regularly with curators to outline and review development of their art work and career paths.


For this fellowship, we are seeking applicants who:

  • Are emerging artists 30 years of age or younger;
  • Are from underrepresented communities and/or culturally diverse backgrounds;
  • Live in one of the five boroughs of New York City;
  • Have completed college and are not enrolled in a degree-granting program in 2019;
  • Demonstrate artistic and career potential;
  • Are not represented by a commercial gallery; and
  • Are available to participate in the Winter Workspace and Sunroom Project Space.

Application Process: Applicants for the Van Lier Fellowship will also be considered for the Sunroom Project Space alone. There is no need to submit two separate applications. The same jury will review the Van Lier Fellowship and Sunroom Project Space applications.

Required application materials include an artist statement, résumé, a letter of reference and up to 10 work samples. We are also interested in what you would like to achieve during the year-long fellowship and how it would help further your career goals.

Interested artists are strongly encouraged to visit Wave Hill before applying.

An info session will be held on Saturday, April 7 from 3–4PM. RSVP to visualarts@wavehill.org.


General Opportunities

DEADLINE HAS PASSED. Applications will be accepted in fall 2018

Check back in October for guidelines

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

Glyndor Gallery

Two or three thematic group exhibitions are curated for the spring, summer and fall in Wave Hill’s Glyndor House. Artworks are borrowed or new works are created for exhibition. The gallery occupies three rooms and other ancillary spaces on the main floor of the Georgian Revival house. Exhibitions generally combine painting, sculpture, works on paper, installation, photography and some video. The rooms are flexible with excellent natural light, but cannot be fully darkened.

Winter Workspace Program

From January to March, the galleries are turned over to artists to use as studios 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 for the site through this program.


Download Glyndor Gallery drawings (pdf)

Performing Arts

Wave Hill has a rich tradition of performing arts indoors and out.

Starting with our 2018-2019 indoor season, all unsolicited performing arts submissions must be submitted by our submissions form (COMING SOON). Please check back for more information and the submission link.

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

  • An indoor concert series in Armor Hall with presentations from October through April. 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.