Textile Arts Center AIR Open Call


New York City



Posted 19 days ago

About this Service

TAC AIR combines studio access with a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, regular critical dialogue, and mentorship, providing residents an opportunity to learn and explore the textile medium, and an alternative to traditional higher education programs. The residency culminates in a group exhibition produced and hosted by TAC. Since 2010, TAC AIR has graduated over 100 artists and designers whose work continues to further textile art within the fashion, fine arts, design, and art education fields. Over the course of 9 months, TAC AIR residents delve into a full curriculum of technical classes, textile history and conservation and professional development. Ongoing critical dialogue allows residents to gain a greater awareness of their practices and contextualize their work within contemporary and historical textile art.

We are looking for artists and designers at all career stages, working in textile/fiber media or looking to explore and develop a new body of work in this medium. Eligible applicants must be 21+ years old and should be proficient in English and have good communication skills. We encourage international artists to apply, but applicants are responsible for all necessary VISA arrangements and fees.

Early Bird $25 through Jan 31

Fee $35 Feb 1 – March 17

All applications must be submitted digitally through Slideroom by March 17, 2023

BIPOC candidates can contact the email below to waive the application fee.

Application Dates for Cycle 16: January 1 – March 17, 2024

Interviews: April 2024

Notification of Acceptance: End of May 2024

About this Lister

Textile Arts Center (TAC) is a NYC-based resource facility dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of textiles through creative educational programs for children and adults. At TAC, we unite and empower the textile community and advocate for the handmade by providing accessible, skills-based classes that reinvigorate engagement with traditional crafts. Techniques like weaving, sewing, and dyeing are practical, connective, and process-driven—common denominators around the world. They are part of our collective history and vital to our ongoing expressions of design, art, and culture.

Background and Expertise

Since 2009 TAC has used its platform and collective power to increase visibility of fiber arts and foster connections forged through sharing our knowledge of textiles with one another. The past ten years have brought forth projects, programs, and accomplishments including Sewing Seeds, 505 textiles, TAC Magazine, Give Back Holiday Market, unique youth programming and artist residencies and facilities. Cultural partnerships include institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Edible Schoolyard, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Art and Design, the Museum of the City of New York, and more. All thanks to our robust network of artists, academics, and educators; TAC has become a place to gather, to hold space, to learn and to teach, to make and experience art that is meaningful, thought provoking, and culturally relevant.


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