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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 and the Sunroom Project Space. Program descriptions and selection processes are listed below. 

Any questions? Contact visualarts@wavehill.org or 718.549.3200 x213.

New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowships

DEADLINE: november 27, 2017



This one-year fellowship, administered on behalf of the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust, will be awarded to two New York City-based artists, who are age 30 or younger (born 1988 or after) and not currently enrolled in a degree-granting program. The fellowship provides emerging artists from historically underrepresented populations with 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-December 2018). New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellows receive a $8,000 stipend, studio space during the six-week Winter Workspace Program (Feb 12–Mar 26, 2018); and a solo show in the Sunroom Project Space (Sept 9–Oct 21, 2018). Past Van Lier Fellows include Doreen Garner (2016), Ariel Jackson (2016), Julian Chams (2015), Beatrice Glow (2015), Tammy Nguyen (2014), Alexandra Phillips (2014), Onyedika Chuke (2013), Francisco Donoso (2013), Nova Jiang (2012), and Cameron Rowland (2012).

Please review the guidelines carefully. If you do not meet the requirements of the Van Lier Visual Artist Fellowship, then we encourage you to apply for General Opportunities, which is open to all artists.

General Opportunities


Curators identify artists for Glyndor Gallery, Wave Hill House, 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. We are currently reviewing artists for shows in spring 2019 or later, with works that reflect themes related to nature.

Wave Hill House

Artists exhibit 2-D work on the walls of common areas in Wave Hill House for a period of 4 to 9 months. Artists will be selected to display a body of work in the café and reception area, and for small solo shows in the tearoom. Paintings, drawings, prints and photographs that engage with themes related to nature will be considered for these spaces. 

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. For 2019, we are considering projects related to Wave Hill's woodland.

Sunroom Project Space Program

Applications will be accepted in spring 2018.

Check back in February for guidelines.

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 2018. 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)

Download Sunroom Project Space Floor Plans and Elevations (pdf)

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 series 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.