** Applications for TAC AIR Cycle 12 will open January 13, 2020**





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 TAC 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 development, 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 and individual critiques with guests critics from galleries, museums, fine arts and textile  industry. A sampling of guest critics and mentors include: Sarah Scaturro (The Costume Institute), Gina Gregorio (PRATT, RISD), Pascale Gueracague (Lululemon), Grace Bonney (Design Sponge), Tara St. James (Study NY, BFDA), Sabrina Gschwandtner, Rebecca Kelly (FIT), Sarah Byrd (FIT, NYU), Annie Coggan (AIR Alumni, PRATT, SVA), Carin Kuoni (Vera List Center), Alexa Winton (Parsons), Marci McDade (Surface Design Journal), Liz Collins, Elana Herzog, Elissa Auther (MAD), Shannon Stratton, Erin M Riley, Pascale Gatzen (ArtEZ), Natalia Nakazawa (EFA), Carolyn Sycles (Abrons Arts Center), Samantha Bittman


  • Group exhibition, including artist talk and catalog.






  • 24/7 Access to TAC's studio
  • Access to resources and fiber arts community
  • Exposure through TAC marketing and social media
  • $750 worth of free classes at Textile Arts Center, followed by 30% off all additional classes taken





  • 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/fiber media, ages 21+.  We encourage international applicants, but applicants are responsible for all necessary VISA arrangements and fees. All applicants must have good English proficiency.





** Applications for TAC AIR Cycle 12 will open January 13, 2020**


Application fee: $25 (Early Bird, application submitted by March 2); $35 (applications submitted by March 16)





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 TAC AIR Cycle 12 (2020-21) is $10,000* 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 financial aid from third-party grants in your application. 


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





Application Dates for Cycle 12:  January 13 -  March 16  2020

Interviews: April, 2020

Notification of Acceptance: Mid-May, 2020

Next Cycle Dates: Cycle 12 - October 2020 - June 2021



Have a question? Check out our FAQ.  Or email isa@textileartscenter.com.





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