an artists' stipend a materials budget 24/7 studio access 1,200 sq ft of studio space

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Please read all application guidelines (below) before submitting any materials for consideration. Recess will only consider complete proposals submitted in the correct format. You must fill out all of the required questions. Please note that you will be prompted to submit references in the questionnaire section. You must include the following items in the “File Upload” section:

  • Project Proposal
  • Proposed Budget
  • Work Samples (total of 10 images, videos, and/or audio samples)
  • Image, Video and/or Audio List / Work Descriptions 
  • Resume or CV

The application requires the following items saved as individual files named with your first initial, last name, and description. Ex: jsmith_proposal, jsmith_budget, etc.

1. Project Proposal

Your proposal should be less than 1,200 words and should not exceed two pages of 12-point, single-spaced type. Please save your proposal as a .pdf file. Your proposal should address your proposed project’s overall concepts, materials, technical requirements, related audiences, and opportunities for public engagement. Successful applications will clearly explain:

  • How the proposed Session responds to timely social issues 
  • What the Session gallery will look like throughout your project (What, physically, will be in the space? How will it evolve during your Session?)
  • Your specific interest in the Session program at Recess
  • The desired length of your Session (Generally, Sessions are 2 months long. If you require a different length, please explain)
  • The proposed means of public or community engagement (If possible, include the specific communities and/or demographics directly affected by the proposed Session)

2. Proposed Budget

An itemized list of possible expenditures. These need not be final numbers. If selected, budget will be discussed and potentially amended with Recess staff.

3. Work Samples

Documentation should show work created within the past two years and/or renderings of proposed project. Renderings are strongly encouraged, but not required. Media files should be titled with your first initial, last name, and number (e.g. jsmith1.jpg, jsmith2.jpg). Video and audio submissions must be Mac compatible. Each clip will be viewed for no longer than 2 minutes. Please submit work samples according to one of the following options:

  • 10 .jpeg images (12 images if applying as a group), at 72 DPI resolution minimum, no dimension exceeding 1,000 pixels 
  • OR––up to 2 video or audio samples sent as links to online work (preferred) or as Quicktime files no larger than 3 MB (each clip will be viewed for no longer than 2 minutes) and up to 8 .jpeg images (10 images if applying as a group)

4. Work Descriptions/Image List/Video List

A numbered list of images, audio, or videos with title, year, size, and medium of work. Include a brief (2-3 sentences) description of work if necessary

5. Resume or CV

CVs should be no longer than 5 pages.

If you have any technical problems or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at We will not be able to answer inquiries after 4pm EST on April 10, so we encourage you to submit your application early in order to have the opportunity to address technical issues. 


Q: How much are artists paid for participating?
A. Artists receive a $2000 fee. This is in addition to the artist’s project budget.

Q: When will Sessions take place?
A. Sessions will occur some time between September 2021 & August 2022.

Q. Are Sessions open to non-US citizens?
A. Yes. We love receiving international applications. However, material stipends and honoraria will be reported to the IRS for tax purposes. Thus, we do ask that non-US citizens have either US residency status (with a valid Social Security number) or a valid work visa that runs through at the least the end of the residency period.

Q. Should members applying as a group each provide a resume, artist statement, and examples of past work?
A. Each person in your group should submit a resume and artist statement. Groups can send up to 10 images, divided amongst members as you see fit. If you have worked together in the past, please submit examples of past collaborations. If this is your first time working as a group, individual work is fine.

Q. Can I submit more than one application if the proposals are totally different?
A. Please select the idea you think is most in line with Recess’ mission. You can always reapply with new ideas, but please only one application each round.

Q. Can I build costs of travel and accommodation into my budget?
A. Artists receive a stipend that should be used towards purchasing the materials and, in select cases, hiring specialized support essential to realizing their proposed project. At this time, we cannot offer financial support for living, travel and accommodations. The honorarium can be spent however you see fit.

Q. How much should my budget propose?
A. You should propose a budget as close to your projected materials costs as possible. If granted a Session, artists will revise and finalize budget with Recess staff. Generally, materials stipends range from $3,000-8,000 with occasional exceptions on both ends of that spectrum. Note that we can’t cover living expenses.

Q. Can the project stipend include an artist fee for me or honorariums for other artists or performers?
A. The majority of the materials stipend should go towards physical materials, but can include some performers fees or technical support fees if they are essential to your proposal. Recess intends the honorarium to act a gesture of thanks for the participating artist, so we ask that no further funds for Session artist be taken out of the materials stipend.

Q. What do you mean by “proposed means of public engagement?”
A. We never ask artists to propose participation for participation’s sake. Instead, we’re interested in creating an active space that changes and evolves over the course of a project. Given restrictions on in-person gathering caused by COVID, we welcome ideas for digital and hybrid forms of engagement. Artwork and programs can engage audiences through visual, intellectual or auditory means, or more explicitly through direct participation. We ask that each proposal define public engagement in terms of the specific needs of the project.

Q. Will the gallery be open to the public during my Session?
Depending on city-wide restrictions related to the pandemic, Sessions projects may be open by appointment only. We encourage you to be thorough in your public engagement strategy, keeping in mind that many immunocompromised populations, for example, may be uncomfortable visiting in-person spaces for several months to come. As a result, please take full advantage of virtual, Internet-based resources as you put together your project proposal.

Q. What kind of tools and AV equipment does Recess have?
A. We have a few drills and basic tools (hammer, saw, nails, etc). For AV equipment, we have a few flatscreen monitors, 2 PA systems, a microphone, handheld recorders, projectors, projector screen, and some lights. We are also members of Materials for the Arts, where all Session artists are welcome to visit to procure various materials.

Q. Do renderings of the proposal count towards my work samples quota?
A. Yes. It’s usually very helpful to include renderings of the project among your work samples, as it helps selection panelists understand the Session you’re proposing in the context of your existing body of work.