The Summer Residency Program at The School of Visual Arts (SVA) is an internationally-renowned program that offers artists, designers and creative thinkers time, space and a supportive community in which to develop ideas and focus on their artistic direction.

Summer residents each have their own semi-private studio housed within SVA’s MFA Fine Arts department. Work in the studio is supported by individual studio visits from core faculty as well as from visiting artists, critics and arts professionals.  The program culminates in an open studio exhibition, which enables the participants to present their work to the public.

With an emphasis on shared experience and community building, The Summer Residency Program provides a platform where participants can build and expand their networks and create lifelong connections with artists, critics, curators and other arts professionals. A robust schedule of group and one-on-one critiques helps to establish critical as well as social engagement within the Summer Residency Program community and beyond.

Current and recent faculty and guest lecturers include Heather Darcy-Bhandari, Ofri Cnaani, Media Farzin, Mark Thomas Gibson, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Jerry Saltz, Jason Stopa, Mark Tribe, and Caroline Woolard.

Each year, The American Turkish Society offers a special scholarship to Turkish artists to attend one of SVA’s Summer Residency Programs.

This year, there are three options available, two on-campus options and one online:



Fine Arts: Residency in Painting and Mixed Media

Session 1: June 1–July 1, 2021

Session 2: July 6– August 6, 2021

Fine Arts: Residency in Contemporary Practices

Session 1: June 1–July 1, 2021

Session 2: July 6– August 6, 2021


The Artist Residency Project

July 6 – August 6, 2021


The program is open only to active professional artists residing in Turkey who are not represented by a gallery. Graduate and post-graduate students may apply. Applicants should have fluency in English sufficient enough for engaging in meaningful dialogue with other participants. The scholarship covers: tuition, housing, round-trip airfare, visa expenses, transportation in New York City, a stipend for living expenses, and a stipend for necessary art materials.

The SVA Summer Residency Program runs annually. Applications are due on April 1st.

Click here to apply


-About SVA-

The School of Visual Arts (SVA) was founded in 1947 in New York City as the Cartoonists and Illustrators School and is one of the leading institutions of its kind in the United States.  It seeks to educate students through undergraduate degree programs, which prepare them for professions in visual arts.

For more information about the School of Visual Arts, please visit the SVA Website.


Previous Scholars

The American Turkish Society has been sponsoring the SVA summer residency scholarship program since 2004. 

2021: Mustafa Kemal Yurttas

2020: Leman Akpinar

2019: Huo Rf

2018: Merve Denizci

2016: Ahmet Albayrak

2015: Defne Tesal

2014: Gozde Onaran

2013: Vize Aretgicir

2012: Erman Ozbasaran

2011: Neslihan Koyuncu

2010: Nazim Unal Yilmaz

2009: Ayse Nur Ipek

2008: Sinem Disli

2007: Hayal Incedogan

2006: Dilek Tina Winchester

2004: Deniz Aygun