Opportunities for Artists
Governors Island is home to a diverse community of arts and culture organizations from across the five boroughs and beyond, many of which offer residency programs and other opportunities for artists and cultural practitioners across a wide variety of fields. See arts and culture organizations active on Governors Island, including through public programs and residency programs, on our Organizations in Residence page.
Pictured above, ArtCrawl Harlem 2020 artist-in-residence Demarcus McGaughey. Photo by Timothy Schenck
Governors Island Ice Sculpture Show
Governors Island Arts and Times Square Arts are pleased to announce a new partnership and open call for Governors Island’s third annual Ice Sculpture Show. Ten artists will be chosen and each selected finalist will be paired with a professional ice carver from Okamoto Studio, where sculptures will be carved in a two-hour public event on Governors Island on Saturday, February 3, 2024. Visitors are invited to witness this real-time ice carving and vote on their favorite sculpture for the“People’s Choice Award” at the end of the event. A larger-scale version of the winning sculpture will then be carved and installed by Okamoto Studio in Times Square as a visual anchor for the district’s annual Valentine’s Day events. Click here to learn more and apply by November 21, 2023.
Institute for Public Architecture: 2024 Spring & Summer Independent Project Residency
The Institute for Public Architecture (IPA) welcomes applications for the 2024 Spring and Summer Independent Projects Residency based at the historic Block House on Governors Island. Emerging and mid-career architects, urbanists, landscape architects, designers, and those committed to the public realm in all disciplines are invited to apply. Applicants will bring their own interests and projects to the program and will receive opportunities to present their work to the public over the course of the Residency. Fellows receive project support through access to subject matter experts and resources relevant to their project. Click here to learn more and apply by December 22, 2023.
Governors Island Arts Public Art Commissioning Program
Governors Island Arts presents a limited number of public art projects each year as part of its public art commissioning program. Artists and organizations interested in showing work on the Island as part of this program are invited to contact the Trust for Governors Island’s Arts and Culture team at email@example.com.