School of Visual Arts Residency Programs



About The School of Visual Arts

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.

SVA Artist Residency Programs

SVA’s Artist Residency Programs are internationally-renowned programs that offer artists, designers, and creative thinkers time, space, and a supportive community in which to develop ideas and focus on their artistic direction.

SVA’s Artist Residency Programs Summer 2024

The American Turkish Society offers a special scholarship to Turkish artists to attend one of SVA’s Artist Residency Programs. 

Summer residents 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, SVA’s Artist 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 Artist Residency Program community and beyond.

Faculty and lecturers have included Andrea Champlin, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Gregory Coates, Tobi Kahn, Alois Kronschlaeger, Judy Mannarino, Amy Myers, Iviva Olenick, Danica Phelps, Accra Shepp and Allison Hewitt Ward.

Each year, The American Turkish Society offers a special scholarship to Turkish artists to attend one of SVA’s on-campus Artist Residency Programs. This year, there are two summer programs available at the School of Visual Arts on campus:

– Fine Arts: Residency in Painting and Mixed Media

– Fine Arts: Residency in Contemporary Practices

The Artist Residency Project Fall 2024

In addition to SVA’s Summer Artist Residency Programs, The American Turkish Society is excited to announce that SVA will be welcoming one Turkish artist to participate in its online residency program – The Artist Residency Project, for the Fall 2024 session.

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.

This residency fellowship program is designed for fine artists working across disciplines, mediums, and platforms. Through online platforms, it aims to deliver a robust, global residency experience. Working with SVA’s distinguished faculty, participants will develop their practice without the limitations of location or the necessity for travel. The goal of The Artist Residency Project is to create an inclusive online space where artists can thrive, nurture their practice and build an active, engaged community.

Faculty will conduct remote studio visits and discuss each participant’s work on an individual basis, as well as facilitate group critiques and reading groups. Alongside these visits, daily activities and ways to connect will keep participants engaged with their community of artists, and a cohort of professional mentors spanning the fields of art, design, and contemporary practice. Special lectures by guest artists, critics, and gallery directors will provide further insight into the realities of the working artist in the present moment.

Note: A portfolio is required for review and acceptance to this program. All students with active registration in this online course will be given free access to the Adobe Creative Cloud. This residency is fully online and offered through a combination of synchronous as well as asynchronous studio visits, critiques, lectures, discussions, and activities. Synchronous sessions will be announced and scheduled in consideration of different time zones.

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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