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Jewelry Center

For 143 years, 92Y has been a world-class cultural institution where people around the world connect through culture, the arts and entertainment.

92Y has harnessed the power of the arts and ideas to enrich, enlighten and change lives. It is a destination for influencers and pioneers on both sides of the podium to nurture talent and provide the space for innovative and exhilarating conversations and performances. The 92nd Street Y Jewelry Center serves 1,400 students each year through over 60 classes weekly and technical workshops in four fully equipped studios. It is the oldest open studio in New York City and the largest program of its kind in the country. The wide variety of courses and levels allow students to pursue comprehensive courses of study, whether it’s a basic introduction for the absolute beginner or advanced workshops and studio time for pre-professionals and professionals refining their skills.

The International Jewelry Artist Residency is a juried residency for cutting edge, emerging and established jewelry artists to develop their work in the multifaceted New York City art scene. For a month from mid-August to mid-September, the Residency will provide the opportunity for an international artist with a studio based practice to develop a new body of work or complete research while engaging with New York's cultural community.

The International Jewelry Residency includes access to 92Y Residence, 24-hour private studio working space and travel expenses to and from New York City.

This Residency offers the opportunity for an artist to share with the New York City design community their different aesthetic, technical or design impetus through a required 2-day lecture and workshop at 92Y Jewelry Center during the last weekend of the residency and through professional meetings with participating cultural institutions while expanding their artistic and professional opportunities.

ELIGIBILITY. Residencies are intended as professional development opportunities for jewelers and metalsmiths. Proposals for self-directed, creative residencies must be compatible with available working studio spaces, facilities, and resources. Artistic merit and promise are the basis for selections but the relevancy of how the New York City environment will effect or progress the artist’s work is weighed highly in the selection process.

Mature as well as emerging artists are encouraged to apply. The residency is awarded to one artist each year.

DEADLINE. Applications and supporting materials must be submitted by April 1, 2020 (with notification by April 23). Incomplete applications will not be accepted for review.

DURATION OF RESIDENCY. One month, August 19 – September 20, 2020.

AWARDS. A rotating panel of experts and professionals in the arts and humanities independently review applications and supporting materials.

The International Jewelry Residency is for an individual artist and is not open to couples or collaborators. Unfortunately, the residency cannot accommodate spouses, children or partners during the term of the stay.

REAPPLICATION. After one year has passed, previous residents may reapply for a residency by submitting a new application with new work. Artists who have applied previously may reapply by submitting a new application and new work.


  • Work completed in the past two years.
  • 10-20 digital images.


RESIDENCY PROGRAM LOCATION. The International Jewelry Residency Program at the 92nd Street Y is located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, New York City. The location is close to Museum Mile which includes some of New York’s most important fine art and decorative art collections and connections on the 4, 5, 6 subway lines to all major transportation.

FACILITIES. Residencies provide time, space and facilities for research, experimentation and production for work and ideas in jewelry and light metalwork. Residents are at liberty to structure their own time and activity. The resident is encouraged to have a plan of work and or study and an agenda of what they would like to accomplish during their stay. They may choose to maintain their privacy or to engage with New York City’s cultural institutions and relevant professionals. The Director of the program will help facilitate these meetings.

The resident is offered separate living accommodations and work-space. The living accommodation is a studio apartment with private bathroom and cooking facilities. The resident will have access to all four of the Jewelry Center’s studios with one studio to be used a permanent space to work for the duration of the program. The studios are equipped with soldering areas, relevant jewelry tools and equipment, silversmithing stakes and hammers, centrifuge casting equipment, polishing, grinding and tumbling equipment.

DEPOSIT. A $100 deposit is due within two weeks of notification. Receipt of deposit confirms the residency. The deposit is returned upon arrival at the residency program. If an artist cancels a residency reservation less than three months prior to the beginning of the residency, the deposit is not refunded. There are no fees charged for the residency.

CHILDREN. Accommodations for children and family members are not provided.

PETS. Pets are not allowed.

VISITORS. Accommodations for visitors are readily available in New York City.

SMOKING. The 92nd Street Y is a smoke-free environment.

PRIVACY. All application materials and work samples are confidential and retained for use of the 92nd Street Y International Jewelry Residency Program only.

COMMUNITY. Although no services are expected of residents during their stay, interaction within the community is welcomed and graciously supported.

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