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The Bronx Museum of the Arts is accepting applications for the 42nd cycle of the AIM Fellowship program. The AIM Fellowship provides no-cost career-boosting resources to New York City-based visual artists who are at the early stages of their careers and seek to make a serious commitment to artistic practice as a profession.

Through an intensive series of professional development seminars and network-building activities, AIM Fellows are offered intimate access to leading experts and cultural producers who guide artists on the practicalities of developing a sustainable art practice. AIM's practical guidance has helped over 1,200 New York City artists establish their art careers including graduates Njideka Akunyili-Crosby, Polly Apfelbaum, Abigail DeVille, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Pablo Helguera, Byron Kim, Glenn Ligon, Miguel Luciano, Sarah Oppenheimer, Erik Parker, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Anton Vidokle, among many others.

Program Format

Unfolding over a 9-month period, a cohort of 14 artists begin the Fellowship term in Spring 2022 by taking part in an introductory 5-month foundational seminar in which participants meet weekly to explore issues concerning the art market and professional best practices. Following the introductory program period, the Fellowship cohort reconvenes in Fall 2022 to continue their engagement through arranged networking activities, special topic seminars, coaching clinics, and studio visits with peer and established artists.

AIM Fellows demonstrate interest and enthusiasm for building a diverse community of peers in alignment with the Bronx Museum’s mission to support artists of African, Asian, and Latin American ancestry, as well as artists for whom the Bronx has been formative and/or transformative.

AIM Fellowship | Part I – Career Foundations

February 1, 2022 – June 14, 2022

Tuesdays 6-9pm | Occasional Sundays 1-4pm

Instruction is delivered virtually and in-person at The Bronx Museum of the Arts (subject to change based on ongoing health and safety guidelines)


• The Art Market

• The Artist Statement

• The Artist’s Studio

• Career Planning

• Communication Strategies

• Curators and Artists

• Financial Literacy

• Funding Opportunities for Artists

• Legal Issues in Art

AIM Fellowship | Part II – Career Development

September 13, 2022 – December 13, 2022

To be Arranged: Tuesdays 6-8pm | Occasional Sundays 1-3pm

Ancillary activities are held in-person at off-site locations and virtually


• Studio Visits

• Portfolio Reviews

• Museum and Gallery Tours

• Career Management Coaching Clinics

• Rotating Special Topic Seminars


· Please read the submission instructions carefully in each section of the form; only complete applications will be considered.

· Applicants are asked to submit 6 recent works (no more than 3 years old) that best represent current directions in their artistic practice.

· Semi-finalists must be available to meet with members of the selection committee in Fall 2021 for a virtual group interview.

· Selected artists should be available to engage in AIM Fellowship meetings and activities in New York City for the 9-month duration of the program.

· Please note that the AIM Fellowship is not a studio program; studio space is not provided.


To be considered eligible for the AIM Fellowship, applicants must:

· Be at minimum 21 years of age.

· Apply individually; applications from partnerships, collectives, and other group applicants are not accepted at this time.

· Be an emerging artist defined as artists in the early stages of their creative development with 2-10 years actively creating and presenting new and original work in the field of visual arts and who have yet to be substantially celebrated within their field, the media, or the public at large.

· Be a New York City resident at the time of application and maintain New York City residency throughout the program term.

· Not be enrolled in a degree-granting program in any discipline concurrent to the AIM Fellowship.

· Not be enrolled in a professional development program concurrent to the AIM Fellowship.

· Not be a current employee (full-time, part-time, or contract) of the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

· Not be an immediate family member or employee of a Bronx Museum of the Arts board member.

· Not be represented by a commercial gallery in the United States.

Program Technical Requirements

The AIM Fellowship is delivered via hybrid instruction taking place in-person (as permitted) and facilitated through digital platforms. Participants should have access to the following:

· Access to a reliable internet connection

· Access to a computer or tablet with camera and microphone

· Access to a Google account (Gmail) to take part in Google Classroom, Meet, and Workspace-based instruction.

Applications due: October 11, 2021 | Application fee: $0 | Cost to Participate: $0

For technical support, please contact Submittable at

The Bronx Museum of the Arts