Abrons Arts Center’s Visual Art AIRspace Residency annually supports 4 New York City-based visual artists.

2022-23 Visual Artist AIRspace Resident cohort. Image by Daqi Fang

Visual Art AIRspace Residents receive a stipend and a semi-private studio for up to nine months at Abrons. To foster critical and professional development, studio visits are arranged with critics, curators, artists and other arts professionals throughout the residency cycle. The residency period culminates in a group exhibition in Abrons’ galleries.

The application for the 2022-2023 Visual Artist AIRspace Residency is closed. The application for the 2023-2024 Visual Artist AIRspace Residency will open Fall 2022. Learn more about the application process and eligibility below.


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Calling Out: Visual Artist AIRspace Residency Exhibition, 2022. Photograph by Olympia Shannon

Calling Out: Visual Artist AIRspace Residency Exhibition, 2022. Photograph by Olympia Shannon

2022-2023 Visual Artist AIRspace Residents

nina macintosh

nina macintosh is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and organizer born and raised in Manhattan (Lenapehoking). Working between film, painting, ceramics, and printmaking, macintosh explores and honors the parallel grief of gentrification and dissociation– ruptures from home, body and land. Key to their practice is also working collaboratively on films to approach healing and collective liberation from different roles.

Emily Manwaring

Emily Manwaring lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Manwaring graduated from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art with a BA in Fine Arts. The influence of New York lives in her paintings and sculptures from depictions of public transportation to the brick buildings that fill the city. With her family being from Trinidad and Haiti, the diaspora is celebrated through the vibrancy of the work. Manwaring’s work focuses on the heartening interactions of everyday life. The works are intimate snapshots of people’s lives, and captures how joy and love is shared with others.

Alex Dolores Salerno

Alex Dolores Salerno is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Informed by queer-crip experience, they work to critique standards of productivity, notions of normative embodiment, the commodification of rest, and 24/7 society. Salerno’s practice incorporates found, used and accumulated objects to depict the materiality of interdependence and reveal tensions between our needs and societal values of self-reliance. Beds and bedding are some of their primary materials which allow them to explore the bed as a site of care, collectivity and protest. Salerno’s practice embraces slowness, and they argue that to celebrate diverse bodyminds requires a reconfiguration of time and value away from capitalist frameworks.


Shirt is a multiform artist from Queens, New York City. Working across rap music, writing, performance, video, photography, painting and sculpture, Shirt’s practice often resembles the interplay between Black Dada, Conceptual Art and Hip-Hop, forming a bricolage of language, sound and object wherein notions of authorship and publics are blurred to create a more expansive readership. Exploring modes of social critique through a deep investment in radical imagination and found practices, Shirt’s work considers ways of unlearning and seeks to propose questions such as: Who gets to be called an artist? and What is considered art?


Abrons Arts Center’s Visual Artist AIRspace residencies are made possible through the generosity of The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.