Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR), the first residency in the United States exclusively for artists identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, is now accepting applications for its prestigious and internationally recognized summer program. Now in its seventh season in the secluded community of Cherry Grove, NY, an historic LGBTQ settlement of Fire Island, five emerging artists will share a live/work space for a four-week program marked by intimate studio visits with, and public lectures by, renowned leaders in contemporary art and curation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can International artist apply?
A. Yes. A working knowledge of English is required. FIAR is not an accredited academic institution and cannot participate in the student visa process. If admitted, artists must arrange for a visitor’s visa (if required) in time for the start of the program. 

Q. Do you allow collaborators to apply to FIAR?
A. Yes. FIAR allows collaborative teams to apply. Collaborative teams must apply using one application to represent the entire team. Please note we can only accept a duo, and duos may have to share a bedroom. 

Q. Can a partner, family member, or pet visit or stay with me at FIAR?
A. No. Visitors to the island are not allowed in FIAR's facilities. 

Q. Can I leave the residency during the session?
A. Absences are allowed only in a case of emergency or with prior approval by the Director. 

Q. Can I apply if I am still in school?
A. Yes

Q. Does SlideRoom save my application information from previous year's applications to FIAR?
A. Yes

Q. Does FIAR provide studio equipment such as a kiln, wood/ metal shop, etc.?
A. No, currently FIAR occupies rented beach house properties which are modestly converted into live/work spaces which include outdoor space for artist working with materials requiring ventilation as well as a small selection of hand tools such as drills.  Artist are encouraged to bring additional equipment that they are already familiar using and can transport safely to Fire Island via ferry service/shipped. 

$45 Application Fee
FIAR provides lodging, studio space, and a stipend for all meals.

LGBTQ emerging visual artists demonstrating new perspectives in contemporary visual art are encouraged to apply. 

2019 Program Dates
July 13, 2019 - August 7, 2019

2019 Application Period is Jan 2, 2018 to March 24, 2018 11:59PM Eastern.