The Bronx Museum of the Arts is an internationally recognized cultural destination that presents innovative contemporary art exhibitions, education and public programs and is committed to promoting cross-cultural dialogues for diverse audiences. Since its founding in 1971, the Museum has played a vital role in the Bronx by helping to make art accessible to the entire community and connecting with local schools, artists, teens, and families through its robust education initiatives and public programs. Reflecting the borough's dynamic communities, the Museum is the crossroad where artists, local residents, national and international visitors meet.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts is accepting applications for its celebrated AIM Fellowship program (formerly Artist In the Marketplace). Entering its 40th year, the AIM Fellowship provides career boosting resources to New York City's most promising emerging artists. The Fellowship's no-cost workshops and seminars offer intimate access to leading experts and cultural producers that guide artists on the practicalities of developing a sustainable studio practice in today’s competitive art market.

Two cohorts of 15 artists (Spring and Fall) are selected on the basis of need and merit by a jury of arts professionals to take part in a four-month course of professional development workshops, seminars, and community-building activities. AIM Fellows walk away empowered with key resources to improve artist statements, project financing, communication, marketing, and other areas of career management. As New York’s creative communities remain vulnerable to market forces, AIM offers artists an opportunity to engage in strategic career development while building close-knit relationships with peers and industry insiders through on-going engagement and off-site activities.

AIM's incomparable faculty are active and respected industry experts that offer unfiltered insight on the inner workings of the art market. AIM's workshops are currently led by Brian Boucher (arts journalist), Robin Cembalest (media strategist), Monika Fabijanska (independent curator), Cara Jordan (art historian and editor), Mary Mattingly (artist), Rebecca Selkowe (financial planner), Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento (Art+Law Program), Melissa Rachleff Burtt (NYU), and Lauren Wittels (Luhring Augustine), among others.


  • The Art Market - Artists take part in a series of conversations about the current art market focusing on recent trends in the art business, building relationships with galleries and curators, and understanding power dynamics in the art world.
  • The Artist Statement - Successful strategies for improving artist statements are workshopped with emphasis on avoiding the common pitfalls of artspeak.
  • Funding Opportunities - Practical guidance on researching funding opportunities and developing competitive applications for grants, residencies, and fellowships, is emphasized with the aim of helping artists find support for their work. 
  • Art & Law - Legal issues such as intellectual property, appropriation, and authorship are highlighted in this series of seminars that also sheds light on commonly used legal instruments typically encountered in an emerging artist's career.
  • Media Management - Best practices for building and engaging audiences across communication channels, as well as preparing for public speaking engagements, are the focus of these workshops. 
  • Financial Literacy - Artist taxes and investment strategies are featured in this seminar on learning to become more empowered with limited financial resources.
  • Career Planning - Learning how to set attainable goals, building aspirational road maps, and adopting positive and productive mindsets are explored in a sequence of seminars on learning to establish sustainable careers.

 AIM's practical guidance has helped a number of New York artists navigate the art market, including graduates such as 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.


  • Applicants are asked to submit 6 recent works (no more than 3 years old) that best represent current directions in their artistic practice.
  • Please read the submission instructions carefully in each section of the form; The Bronx Museum of the Arts will only consider complete applications. 
  • Semi-finalists must be available to meet with members of the selection committee in Fall 2019 for an in-person interview. Please note that virtual interviews cannot be accommodated.
  • Please note that AIM is not a studio program; studio space is not provided.


To be considered eligible for AIM, applicants must:

  • Be at minimum 18 years of age to apply.
  • Apply individually. AIM is open to individual visual artists working in all media. We are unable to accept applications from partnerships, collectives, and other group applicants.
  • Be considered an "emerging artist" broadly defined as an artist who is in the early stages of their creative development; who have a focused direction and goals, while developing their artistic “voice”; and, who have yet to be substantially recognized within their field, the media, funding circles, or the public at large.
  • Reside in the five boroughs of New York City (The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island) and must maintain residency in New York City through the duration of the program. 
  • Not be a student in a degree-granting program or its equivalent.
  • Not be concurrently participating in another professional development program or residency.
  • Be available to take part in a demanding schedule of weekly meetings and participate in-person in group discussion; virtual participation cannot be accommodated.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to pursuing art as a career not as a hobby, pastime or occasional pursuit.
  • Not be represented by a commercial gallery in New York.
  • Not be an employee (permanent or contract), board member, or major sponsor of The Bronx Museum of the Arts, or an immediate family member or associate of such a person or organization.

AIM sessions are primarily held at the Bronx Museum of the Arts on Tuesdays from 6pm to 9pm and occasional Sunday afternoons. The Spring session will take place January - May 2020; Fall session is scheduled for August - December 2020.

The deadline to apply is September 30, 2019.
Application fee: $0 | Cost to Participate: $0 | Instagram: @aimbxma


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