The Arts Center at Governors Island is home to year-round artist residency programs for artists working in any discipline. LMCC’s residency programs aim to meet the immediate needs of the artist community we serve, with intention and responsibility toward our shared futures. We are committed to these acts of care and stewardship and throughout the pandemic, have continued to serve, support, and connect artists by providing free, collaborative space for creative development and production within the Arts Center.

The 2022 Arts Center Residency will offer short-term, project-based residencies to artists and creative practitioners whose work is concerned with the broader themes of equity and sustainability. Concurrent to Governors Island’s ambitious plans for addressing climate change and environmental issues in the long-term, the Arts Center Residency encourages creative practices that engage with social and climate justice, NYC harbor history, urban ecology, and water. Artists are invited to explore these thematic anchors with Governors Island serving as a site for research and experimentation. Applicants may choose to address these themes explicitly or elaborate on how their practice and/or projects are relevant.

The 2022 residency will take place in the open plan studios at LMCC’s Arts Center on Governors Island in three sessions:

  • Session One: Tuesday, February 1 – Wednesday, May 11, 2022
  • Session Two: Tuesday, May 24 – Friday, August 26, 2022
  • Session Three: Tuesday, September 13 – Friday, December 16, 2022


Residency participants will be provided the following basic amenities:

  • Access to free, temporary, daytime work space in LMCC’s Arts Center for 3 months
  • Basic work tables and chairs
  • Basic overhead lighting
  • Electricity
  • Wi-Fi
  • Heat & A/C

In addition, all residency participants will be offered:

  • Regular and robust virtual communication, group sharing, peer critique opportunities facilitated by LMCC
  • Opportunities to share work in-person with the public during LMCC’s 2022 Public Season, scheduled for May – October 2022 at scheduled open studios moments
  • Access to LMCC’s hands-on publicity and marketing efforts via its website, e-blasts, social media channels

Please note:

  • There is NO stipend offered as part of the opportunity
  • Studios facilities do not offer access to medium- or technique-specific amenities such as a woodshop, print or media lab, or a large rehearsal space
  • Artists must provide their own supplies and tools; restrictions apply
  • Participants will be required to observe mandatory health and safety guidelines in light of the COVID-19 public health pandemic – including but not limited to filling out a daily health screening questionnaire, employing masks or facial coverings indoors at all times, and practicing safe social distancing on-site


To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • A practicing artist and/or creative practitioner able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, career, and a public audience;
  • Able to express alignment with the theme of ‘equity’ and ‘sustainability’ through their proposed projects and/or ongoing practice (definitions enclosed in the application form);
  • Must not have been supported by an LMCC residency program in the last six (6) months;
  • Must not be scheduled to participate in another residency during the residency time frame offered;
  • Artists who work independently or as a small collective (no more than 3);
  • 21 years of age or older;


October 12, 2021 – Application Opens

November 12, 2021, 5PM EST – Application Deadline

December 2021 – Selection Juries

January 2022 – All applicants notified of decisions

Residencies will take place in three sessions, as outlined above, from February through December 2022


A jury comprised of former LMCC resident artists will review applications using the following selection criteria:

  • Alignment with LMCC’s values:
    • Driven by curiosity: we believe experimenting, questioning, learning, and understanding are essential to creative development.
    • Collaborative: we seek to invest in artists who are interested in building relationships, and by extension, in our robust artist network.
    • Openness: we are excited by artists and projects who embrace LMCC’s ambitions of generosity and care.
  • Clear intentions and goals in proposed project(s) and ideas
  • A purposeful relationship to the Arts Center and Governors Island
  • Willingness to engage in a community-oriented setting, of fellow artists and the larger public (when applicable)

LMCC is committed to assembling cohorts of artists in residence that collectively reflect the cultural and creative diversity of the field including artists of diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, sexual identities, genders, ages, physical abilities, and artistic genres and forms.


Complete the Online Application Form below.

Deadline: November 12, 2021 at 5PM Eastern Standard

Access to computers, scanners, reliable internet, and assistance uploading documents and materials is available. Please contact LMCC staff at ArtRes@lmcc.net if you require assistance to complete the Online Application Form.

No late applications will be accepted. Virtual interviews will be scheduled for finalists. All applicants will be notified in January 2022.


Questions? Please contact ArtRes@lmcc.net.

Please note LMCC Staff are working remotely and email is presently the preferred and most expedite method for receiving and responding to inquiries.


In Fall 2019, we re-opened LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island, our first permanent home for artists and audiences, and the gateway to Governors Island’s Historic District. Built in 1870, the 40,000 SF warehouse is a gathering place for artists, an incubator for new works through LMCC’s residency programs, and an open space for the public to engage with art and take part in the creative process. Since our re-opening in Fall 2019, LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island has offered year-round artist residency programs with studio and presenting space for artists to develop their work, and a broad range of events during the public season.

With our expansion, we have 19 open-plan studio spaces, two rehearsal spaces, and larger assembly spaces that serve artists across disciplines.

Listing expiration: November 12, 2021.