RIOC Announces Artist-In-Residence Grant Program

It's live: RIOC's Artist-In-Residence Competition

Artists and visitors mingle at a recent art exhibit curated by RIVAA, favorites to win RIOC's Artist-in-Residence Grant
Artists and visitors mingle at a recent art exhibit curated by RIVAA, favorites to win RIOC's Artist-in-Residence Grant
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

A program in which RIOC plans to hand out $38K every year for an artist-in-residence program, while most Public Purpose Grant recipients struggle with much less, is now official. The grant is staunchly opposed by Board Member David Kraut and got a lukewarm reception from fellow Member Michael Shinozaki at a recent Operations Committee meeting. Here is the text of RIOC's announcement.


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:

  • 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.
  • Curation and oversight of the annual Roosevelt Island Fall for Arts Festival.
  • Curation and Oversight of the Motorgate Gallery.
  • Recruitment of artists willing to donate art to Roosevelt Island and/or perform on Roosevelt Island.
  • 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 rioc.ny.gov on September 5, 2018. Applicants are advised that the optional pre-application meeting scheduled for this Thursday, September 20th will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the Good Shepherd Community Center located at 543 Main Street.

Editor's note: the publishing period for this grant is long past and the pre-application meeting just two days away at the time of this press release.

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