The Here & There Collective (THAT Co.) is committed to uplifting and connecting contemporary artists from the Asian diaspora by providing direct support to artists and opportunities for a deeper connection with our community. In 2022, THAT Co. launched an open studio grant to provide artists with access to a private studio located in Brooklyn, NY for a 6-month period. Our program offers artists time and various resources to develop their practice as well as opportunities to connect with THAT’s community of artists, writers, gallerists, and curators.

Applications for our 2024-2025 studio grant are now open. Please read the criteria and deadlines below prior to applying.

DEADLINES & TIMING

  • Submissions open: March 1, 2024
  • Submissions deadline: March 25, 11:59 PM ET, 2024
  • Selected artist announced: early May 2024
  • Studio grant start: June or December 2024 (to be confirmed if selected)

WHAT YOU'LL GET

  • 24/7 private access to our studio space located in Brooklyn, NY for a 6-month period
  • Opportunities to connect with THAT’s community of artists, writers, gallerists, and curators
  • Artist Feature with video interview shared on THAT Co. platform
  • Publication of a limited-release artist book including images, essay(s), and interview(s)​

CRITERIA

  • Open to all artists who self-identify as part of the Asian-diaspora
  • Must be able to commute to studio space located in the Bushwick neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY
  • Artists will be granted access to THAT Studio for 6 months. The start date will either be in June or December (to be confirmed if selected). 
  • Note grant is for studio space only. Accommodations, visa sponsorship, cost of living, art materials, transportation, or other stipends are NOT included.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO

  • CV in PDF form Artist statement – 500 words or less
  • Work samples – up to 10 images of recent work with captions and/or links to videos in a single PDF format
  • All applications should be in a SINGLE PDF, less than 10 MB total, with the following naming convention: FirstName-LastName_THAT-Studio-2024.pdf

APPLICATION PROCESS

Interested artists should apply through the link below – submissions sent via email or DMs will not be considered. Each application will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee to determine the grantee.

Selection Committee

Claire Kim

THAT Director of Curatorial Affairs

Claire Kim is a curator and writer based in New York City. She is currently the Director of Curatorial Strategy at the Here and There Collective. Kim previously served as the Special Assistant to the President at BRIC, in Brooklyn, as well as a 2020–21 curatorial fellow at NXTHVN, in New Haven, CT. She has worked in museum education and programming with arts organizations, including the Asian American Arts Alliance, New Museum, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She has organized exhibitions at James Cohan Gallery, New York; Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard; Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York; Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, Brooklyn; and BRIC, Brooklyn. Kim completed her MA at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

Melissa Joseph

ARTIST

Melissa Joseph is a New York-based artist and independent curator. Her work considers themes of memory, family history, and the politics of how we occupy spaces. She intentionally alludes to the labors of women as well as her experiences as a second-generation American and the unique juxtapositions of diasporic life. Her work has been shown at the Delaware Contemporary, Woodmere Art Museum, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Jeffrey Deitch Projects, MOCA Arlington, and List Gallery at Swarthmore College. She has been featured in Hyperallergic, Artnet, New American Paintings, Vogue, Artillery, Le Monde, CNN, and Architectural Digest and participated in residencies including Dieu Donné, Fountainhead, the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, the Museum of Arts and Design, Art Pace San Antonio and upcoming at Greenwich House Pottery in 2024. She is a 2024 Art Production Fund Art In Focus Artist at Rockefeller Center. She is a regular contributor to BOMB magazine.

Min Sun Jeon

Independent Curator and Researcher

Min Sun Jeon is an independent curator and researcher based in New York and is currently a curatorial assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art, working on the 2024 Whitney Biennial Even Better Than the Real Thing. Her research focuses on works that create tension between cultural specificities and the universal. She holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies, where she curated “Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: audience distant relative” (2022). During her time attending CCS, Min Sun also cocurated “Push Over / Push Back” (2021) at the Hessel Museum in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY and was a Curator-in-Residence at EMPAC in Troy, NY, where she cocurated “Conspiracy Influencer” (2022). 

Ye Qin Zhu

ARTIST, THAT STUDIO ALUM

Ye Qin Zhu is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Having earned his M.F.A. from Yale in 2020, he was the inaugural Innovation Fellow for Tsai CITY and Yale Schwarzman Center serving as the lead liaison between the two institutions. He created several large-scale public projects including A Universe in Strafford, New Hampshire, and CONSTELLATION on Governors Island, New York (2021). Zhu led community-oriented projects in New Haven, CT, working with the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Yale-New Haven Hospital to create public installations and healing spaces (2020-present). Zhu has exhibited widely between New York and Los Angeles, as well as internationally in France, China, England, and the Netherlands, with his most recent solo exhibitions at Harkawik Gallery (2022) and Dimin Gallery (2023) in New York, NY.

FAQs

How many are selected per cohort?

There will be two artists selected this round – the space will be occupied consecutively so there will only be one artist working in THAT Studio at a time. Artists can submit their preference for which start date they prefer, but the final date will be determined upon selection.

What can I expect in the studio?

THAT Studio is a beautiful 600 sq ft. space located in the Bushwick neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. Selected artists will be the sole artist-in-residence and have 24/7 access for the duration of the studio grant.

Basic furnishings, heat/AC, and internet will be provided, however, all art materials and specialized equipment will be the responsibility of the artist.

What is expected of me?

  • Selected artists will be expected to host studio visits with THAT sponsors (to be coordinated with THAT Co) and be willing to participate in shoots and written submissions for our platform
  • Artists must be willing and able to collaborate on an artist catalog with THAT Co., including photographing and documenting work while in granted studio space
  • Artists must provide all materials needed for their practice
  • Artists are also expected to follow the rules of the building and be good stewards of the space, restoring the studio space to its original state and returning keys

As the program is meant to be a gift of time, there is no expectation of finished work at the end of it – you are free to use it as you choose :)

What will I need to apply?

  • CV in PDF form
  • Artist statement – 500 words or less
  • Work samples – up to 10 images of recent work with captions and/or links to videos in a single PDF format
  • All applications should be in a SINGLE PDF, less than 10 MB total, with the following naming convention: FirstName-LastName_THAT-Studio-2024.pdf 

To apply, you must fill in the Google Form

Is the studio live/work?

No – studio space is strictly for work. Artists are expected to have their own accommodation and be able to commute.

What if I have questions?

Questions? Please email hello@thehereandthere.co

Previous Cohorts

2023-2024

Anna Ting Möller

June – December 2023

Justin Han

December 2022 – June 2023

2022-2023

Ye Qin Zhu

April – September 2022

Huidi Xiang

April – September 2022

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