QCA ArtHotel Residency Program

The QCA ArtHotel residency is intended to give artists a safe place to focus on their work in the public realm, build different audiences, and be seen making work within the Queens community.  In turn this will give access to the public to a working artist’s process. This residency is also intended to build the value of local working artists in an attempt to revise the narrative of displacement due to gentrification and development borough-wide.

ArtHotel artist residency program has been established to offer 2 Queens-based artists, a $3,000 stipend each, for a 3-month period of time to work outside of their traditional environment and daily life. The artist will not live on-site.

Artists of any discipline may apply.

As the organizer of this residency, QCA’s view is that artists are creative and valuable community members who are often experts at creative problem solving and encouraging neighbors to interact, in addition to being specialists who make works of art.

Check out the 2018 ArtHotel Residency Artists


ArtHotel Residency is not a traditional residency where the artists work in a place of isolation, but a place where artists retreat to create their work and have an opportunity to focus inwardly on it and share her/his process with the public.

Artists will be working in a designated space within the hotel that will be publically viewed. Artists must be comfortable with an open working environment.

Artists must be present a minimum of 20 hours of open studio time per 3-month residency to engage with interested public to share their vision and creativity.


QCA will act as the residency organizer of ArtHotel and will facilitate the selection process, as well as provide assistance to both the artist and the residency host site throughout the course of the residency.

The hotels to be acting as hosts for the 2018 QCA ArtHotel Residency include The Paper Factory Hotel, located in LIC and SpringHill Suites NY LaGuardia located in Corona.

 Our hotel partners, The Paper Factory Hotel and the Springhill Suites will provide space for a residency artist to be active in creating, practicing or performing their art making in a public environment.

  • The Paper Factory Hotel is an open space with windows located in the hotel lobby with a separate storage area

  • SpringHill Suites LaGuardia is an open space, to be determined, located in the open lobby area with a separate secured storage area

The artist’s workspace and equipment will be secured and remain undisturbed over the course of the residency.

A community room, or other place within the hotel facility maybe accessed to host public events or workshops, during the residency. The artist will have access to Wi-Fi.

Each artist selected to participate will work with each host site to determine the work schedule.

Proposal methods and criteria for selection

Application can be accessed here - CLOSED

Online Application will include:

  1. Artist statement

  2. Proposed use of residency time

  3. Proposed culminating event/ exhibition

  4. Artistic Resume or Bio as a pdf

  5. Work sample submissions -
    * Visual arts - up to 10 images in one of the following formats: jpg, tiff, png;
    * Performance or Media arts - up to 2 works samples not to exceed 5 minutes in total of video or audio. Work samples maybe submitted in one of the following formats: MP3, MP4, WAV, MOV.

  6. Past Publicity- up to 3 articles or reviews


  • Artistic excellence

  • Public engagement experience

  • Clarity of the proposed residency public activity


  • Artist must be 18 year of age

  • Must be a Queens resident

  • Emerging artists of all disciplines may apply

  • Emerging artist working in most media will be considered. Artists working with toxic materials, hazardous machinery, etc. will not be considered due to limitations within the building. Oil painting and epoxy resin are permitted.

  • Artist must not be currently enrolled in an institutional program of study, including instructional museum programs

  • Artists must be comfortable to work in an open studio setting where the public is able to interact with the artist during public hours and working in a collaborative environment and commit to set hours.


  • Call to artists: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

  • Open House at participating hotels to tour to the residency sites - Wednesday, December 20th,
    11:00am - 1:00 PM at SpringHill Suites, LaGuardia, 112-15 Northern Blvd, Corona, NY 11368
    2:00 - 4:00 PM at Paper Factory Hotel, 37-06 36th St, LIC, NY 11101

  • Application deadline: Monday January 8, 2018 @ 5:00 PM

  • Notification: week of January 15, 2018

  • Artist interview late January (TBD)

  • Residency scheduled to begin by February 15, 2018

  • Culminating public event, no later than June 30, 2018.

Selection Process

Artist residents will be selected through an Open Call application process. QCA administrators and representatives from the participating hotels will review applications.

The panel will make a final determination of residency assignment that will include the application process and an in-person interview.

Two artists will be selected to receive a $3000 stipend each for residency. The stipend will be paid at the beginning of the residency.

Artists must be present a minimum of 20 hours of open studio time per 3-month residency.

Artists will be expected to present their work or work in progress during the residency either as a public lecture or demonstration or exhibition as a public event. QCA will help in marketing all activities associated with the ArtHotel Residency.

Artists will have access to Materials for the Arts through QCA.

Questions regarding QCA ArtHotel Residency?

 Contact Daniel Bamba, Queens Arts Fund Manager, DBamba@queenscouncilarts.org or 347.505.3017.

The QCA ArtHotel Residency is a program of the Queens Council on the Arts, Queens Art Fund that is supported in part by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Greater NY Arts Development Fund, in partnership with the NYC Council and in partnership with the Paper Factory Hotel and the SpringHill Suites LaGuardia.


 Located in the Kaufman Arts District, Queens Council on the Arts’ mission is to foster and develop the arts in Queens County and to support individual artists and arts organizations in presenting their cultural diversity for the benefit of the community.

Since its founding in 1966, QCA has evolved into a wide-ranging arts service organization fostering live cultural experiences and providing grants, professional development, and education services throughout the borough including The Queens Arts Fund, Su Casa Residency program, Artist Commissioning Program, Professional Development workshops, Artist Leaders Circles, LAB and High School to Art School Portfolio Development Program. More information can be found at http://www.queenscouncilarts.org.     



Located in the heart of LIC, at the crossroads of the Kaufman Arts District and Astoria, the Paper Factory Hotel is an ideal choice for the business traveler as well as the lifestyle driven tourist eager to access New York City. The Paper Factory Hotel’s combined 5,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces make the venue a leading business, wedding, entertainment and party destination that has hosted world-class performers and families creating lifelong memories. Each of the 122 guestrooms has its own unique aesthetic with relaxing hues, curated art, and custom furnishings. The eclectic decor and artistic ambiance are enriched by modern industrial accents reminiscent of this building’s past- a radio manufacturing factory in 1920s, a paper factory in 1970s, converted into a hotel in 2010s. Paper Factory Hotel also features a restaurant and bar, Lily Valley, known for it’s date night vibes and highly reviewed food and drink. http://www.paperfactoryhotel.com



 This extended-stay hotel provides an unbeatable location in the Corona neighborhood. Travel is just minutes to Citi Field, Flushing Meadows Corona Park and New York Hall of Science and we offer a complimentary shuttle to and from LaGuardia Airport. Touch down into relaxation at our apartment-style suites complete with free Wi-Fi, luxurious bedding and ergonomic workstations. Following your restful night, awake and energize at our free breakfast buffet serving all of your morning favorites daily. Quench your thirst at our stylish lobby bar. Our fitness center helps you burn some of your consumed calories and achieve your health goals. Traveling for business? Host your meeting in one of our three event rooms that offer AV equipment and catering services. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-photos/nycqc-springhill-suites-new-york-laguardia-airport

Check out the 2018 ArtHotel Residency Artists

Check out the 2017 ArtHotel Residency Artists

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