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Submission Guidelines

Visual 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 New York City Community Trust Van Leir Fellowships, 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.


General Opportunities



Curators identify artists for Glyndor Gallery, Wave Hill House, the Winter Workspace Program and generated@wavehill through different selection processes. Artists may submit their work for consideration for future opportunities through Slideroom, 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. Some of the themes under consideration for 2020 include soil, biodiversity, and an American Society of Botanical Artists juried, member show. Artworks are borrowed or new works are created for exhibitions. 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 2020 or later.

Download Glyndor Gallery drawings (pdf)

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 tea room. Paintings, drawings, prints and photographs that engage with themes related to nature will be considered for these spaces. Exhibitions are scheduled through 2020.

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 and open studios. This program is available to artists living in New York State and offers workspace, not living space. A nomination process is used to select artists for this program in addition to artists who submit through General Opportunities.


Curators invite an artist to create a temporal project for the site through this program. For 2021, we are considering projects related to sound and composition.


Sunroom Project Space Program 2021

Check back in Spring 2020

The Sunroom Project Space is a venue for New York-area emerging artists to develop a site-specific project as a solo exhibition at Wave Hill. The exhibition spaces for 2021 are the windowed Sunroom and Sun Porch in Glyndor Gallery. (The outdoor project takes place every other year; the next one will be in 2022.) Artists are encouraged to respond to and engage with these unique spaces. Work in all media will be considered. A stipend and exhibition support are provided.
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. This opportunity is not open to students, artists represented by a commercial gallery, or artists who have previously shown at Wave Hill.
Interested artists are strongly encouraged to visit Wave Hill before applying.
Questions: Email sunroomproject@wavehill.org.

Images of the Sunroom Project Space (pdf)

Download Sunroom Project Space Floor Plans and Elevations (pdf)

Images of the Outdoor Area with Dimensions (pdf)

Map of Wave Hill Indicating Three Exhibition Spaces (pdf)


2020 New York Community Trust
Van Lier Fellowships


This one-year fellowship, administered on behalf of the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust, is awarded to two New York City-based artists, who are age 30 or younger (born 1990 or after) and not currently enrolled in a degree-granting program. The fellowship provides emerging artists from historically underrepresented populations with mentorship opportunities through regular contact with the curatorial staff. In addition to mentorship, the fellowship also provides professional development through meetings with artists and arts professionals to prepare and promote their projects and to define career paths over the course of the program (January-December 2020). New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellows receive a $8,000 stipend, studio space during the six-week Winter Workspace Program (February 18–March 29, 2020); and a solo show in the Sunroom Project Space (September 5–October 18, 2020). Past Van Lier Fellows include Emily Oliveira and Duy Hoàng (2019), Ashton Agbomenou and Yelaine Rodriguez (2018), Doreen Garner and  Ariel Jackson (2016), Julian Chams and Beatrice Glow (2015), Tammy Nguyen and Alexandra Phillips (2014), Onyedika Chuke and Francisco Donoso (2013), and Nova Jiang and Cameron Rowland (2012).


Performing Arts


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

Our indoor concert series is a monthly series that takes place from October‒April in Armor Hall. Performances are acoustic with limited capability for amplification. The capacity for Armor Hall is 175 people. Artists with projects that address the natural world are encouraged to apply.

Our outdoor concert series “Sunset Wednesdays” takes place in the summer on Wednesday evenings on Wave Hill’s Great Lawn. Live sound and limited backline is provided for outdoor concerts. Due to the high number of submissions we receive, we respond only to those artists whose work fits the programs being planned. All unsolicited performing arts proposals must be sent by our submissions form.