Studio & Curatorial Fellowships

Each year, NXTHVN welcomes seven emerging artists, two curators, and five high school apprentices to participate in its highly-competitive Fellowship and Apprenticeship programs. With a focus on mentorship, professional development, and hands-on training, the cohort works collaboratively to cultivate their practices within the context of New Haven’s creative community.

The NXTHVN team, with Deborah Berke Partners, has designed a unique shared environment—within a state-of-the-art facility—where artists, curators and the local community converge to make art, exchange ideas, and extend their networks.

Year-long Studio & Curatorial Fellowships

NXTHVN’s comprehensive, year-long Fellowships provide dedicated work space, a generous stipend, a rigorous professional development curriculum, and ongoing mentorship opportunities for early-career artists and curators.

Some examples of our workshops and seminars include: Strategic Planning, Money Management, Contracts (Art and Law), Online Portfolio Development, Visiting Curator Discussions and Critiques, Professional Artist Talks, and Gallery and Collection Tours.

NXTHVN’s unique pedagogy focuses on both the theoretical and practical components of establishing and nurturing a sustainable art practice. Our curriculum features bi-monthly workshops and seminars led by esteemed industry leaders and visiting lecturers.

In addition to active participation in cohort-building activities, each fellow mentors a local high school student through our Apprenticeship Program to ensure the next generation of talent is given a chance to excel in the arts.

The Studio Fellowship includes:

  • A generous stipend of $25,000 and housing for eligible candidates
  • A dedicated studio space within a state-of-the-art facility for the duration of the Fellowship year
  • A dedicated studio assistant through the NXTHVN Apprenticeship Program
  • Professional Development Workshops twice per month
  • Scheduled critique sessions with NXTHVN Professional Artists
  • A group exhibition in the NXTHVN Gallery
  • Support from the NXTHVN Program Advisor
  • Access to the Yale University Library and Art Gallery
  • Free membership to the NXTHVN co-working space

* For more info on the Studio Fellowship or to apply, click here.

The Curatorial Fellowship includes:

  • A generous stipend of $25,000 for travel and research
  • The opportunity to co-curate an exhibition in the NXTHVN Gallery
  • The opportunity to co-develop and co-produce an accompanying exhibition catalogue
  • A fully-funded exhibition production budget
  • Dedicated state of the art co-working space for the duration of the Fellowship
  • Professional Development Workshops twice per month
  • Support from a dedicated NXTHVN Program Advisor
  • Access to the Yale University Library and Art Gallery

** For more info on the Curatorial Fellowship or to apply, click here.

Paid High School Apprenticeship & Job Training Program

The Apprenticeship Program is an integral part of NXTHVN’s mentorship principles and practices. Our priority is to recruit, hire and train students from New Haven high schools with predominantly African-American and Hispanic student bodies. Each year, NXTHVN welcomes 10-15 students who have exhibited a strong interest in the arts, possess a desire to learn new professional skills, and are in need of employment.

Under the supervision of the Apprenticeship Program Director, Apprentices are required to work directly with Studio Fellows 5-10 hours per week. Studio tasks include, stretching canvas, mixing paints, and conducting research. Apprentices are also required to attend workshops and seminars for job readiness and college portfolio development. Additionally, they assist in the planning, production and installation of an exhibition in the NXTHVN gallery at the end of the year.

*** For more info on the Apprenticeship Program or to apply, click here.

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