Over the course of 9 months, residents delve into a full curriculum underscored by continuous critical dialogue.  Ongoing conversations allow artists to foster greater consciousness within their practices and center their work. Through balanced examination of historical and topical practices, our residents develop contemporary works with a solid appreciation for our common artistic heritage. At AIR, students are able to advance and elevate their work, actively pursue their career ambitions, and share their knowledge outside of the studio walls.



  • Structured curriculum focused on technical classes, craft theory, the history and conservation of textiles, and professional development. Each are designed to cultivate artistic rigor and elucidate practice. (3) months are spent in technical workshops exploring weaving, printing and dyeing methods, needle arts, sculpture, drawing, and more; followed by (3) months of textile history, conservation and craft theory; concluding with (3) months of professional developmen, including grant writing, art law, branding, photography, sourcing and business strategies. Classes are taught by TAC staff as well as visiting instructors and professionals.


  • Group salon-style critiques with special guests from galleries, museums, textile and design industry, and other working artists complement the weekly seminars. A sampling of guest instructors and critics include: Sarah Scaturro (The Costume Institute), Gina Gregorio (PRATT, RISD), Pascale Gueracague (Helmut Lang), Grace Bonney (Design Sponge), Nicole Giordano (Start Up Fashion), Tara St. James (Study NY, BFDA), Sabrina Gschwandtner, Rebecca Kelly (FIT), Annie Coggan (AIR Alumni, PRATT), Carin Kuoni (Vera List Center), Alexa Winton (Parsons), Astrid Feruggia (Studio Anthost), Marci McDade (Surface Design Journal), Caitlin Mociun (MOCIUN), Erin M Riley, Catherine Morris (Brooklyn Museum), Liz Collins (artist/designer) 
  • Group exhibition, including artist talk. 






  • Access to TAC's studio, resources and fiber arts community
  • Exposure through TAC marketing and social media
  • $600 worth of free classes at Textile Arts Center, followed by 30% off all additional classes taken
  • Relationship with a mentor 





  • 24/7 access to personal 8’ x 8’, well-lit space. Each space has 3 full walls, including  shelving, as well as a “tack” wall.
  • 24/7 access to TAC studio and equipment (includes floor looms; home and industrial sewing machines; knitting machines; drying rack; utility sink; dye lab for natural and synthetic dyes; washer/dryer; steamer; screen printing facilities which include 3 yardage tables, large exposure unit and washout booth)








Artists and designers working in textile media, ages 21+.  We encourage international applicants, however can only accept applicants that do not require special visas at this time. All applicants must have basic English language skills.




The selection process is led by a committee of Textile Arts Center's staff, as well as professionals working in different fields of textile arts. Selection criteria include:

  • Quality of work
  • Clear plan on work to be created during time of residence
  • Desire to work within a strong community 


Selected applicants will be asked to come in for an interview.




Tuition for the program for 2017-18 is $9500* for the 9 month cycle. We are happy to work with accepted candidates on payment plans and installments. 


In addition, please let us know if you will be seeking finantial aid from third party grants, through the application process. 


*Please note that residents are responsible for their own travel fees, housing and art supplies





Application Dates for Cycle 9:  January 16 -  March 18  2017

Interviews: Cycle 8 - TBA

Notification of Acceptance: Cycle 9 - TBA

Cycle Dates: Cycle 9 - October 2017 - June 2018


Have a question? Check out our FAQ.  Or email All applications MUST be submitted online.




Cycle 7 residents lounge on Colette Aliman's work during the Cycle 7 Final Exhibition.