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Posted on: September 17, 2018

[ARCHIVED] RIOC Announces Artist-In-Residence Grant Program


The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) seeks to provide a grant to a New York City-based arts 501(c)(3) non-profit with the appropriate experience, qualifications, and capacity to help create and operate an Artist-In-Residence program including

to enhance the artistic and musical community events and exhibits on Roosevelt Island. RIOC seeks to create a cohesive art program woven into the diverse Roosevelt Island community.

The grant term will be three (3) years, in the amount of $38,000 per year. 


Duties will include:


  1. Creation of a rotating subsidized workspace program.

RIOC is creating a studio* to provide selected artists a free work space. The grantee will provide daily management and oversight of artists working in the studio and will also use its arts experience to cultivate and manage interest in the workspace program.

  1. Curation and oversight of the annual Roosevelt Island Fall for Arts Festival.
  2. Curation and Oversight of the Motorgate Gallery.
  3. Recruitment of artists willing to donate art to Roosevelt Island and/or perform on Roosevelt Island.
  4. Coordinate exhibitions with artists, promote such exhibitions to the arts community (in coordination with RIOC), and be present for such exhibitions.


RIOC recognizes the strong presence of public art on Roosevelt Island. Recent installations include:

  • FDR Four Freedoms Park – designed by Louis Kahn;
  • The Blue Dragon – designed by Ulla and Gustav Kraitz;
  • The Good Shepherd Community Center streetscape and plinth installation – currently featuring the work of Michael Poast;
  • The Motorgate Gallery – featuring the work of various artists who volunteered time, effort and passion at RIOC’s annual Fall for Arts Festival;
  • The WPA-commissioned murals, removed from the former Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility and reinstalled in the Cornell Tech buildings.

The Request For Applications will be published on the RIOC website under competitive grants at on September 5.  An optional pre-grant meeting will be held Thursday, September 20 at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd's multi-purpose room at 543 Main St., Roosevelt Island, New York, N.Y. 10044.


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