EFA Project Space's SHIFT Residency was launched in August 2010 to provide a unique opportunity: peer support and studio space for artists who work in arts organizations (as curators, educators, administrators, etc). For arts workers, their livelihood isn’t just a day job, but a passion and responsibility, demanding high amounts of creativity, stamina, and sacrifice. SHIFT Residency honors these artists’ commitment to the broader NYC-based art community with a unique environment to revitalize their studio practices. Each year, residents are selected through a competitive nomination process based on the excellence of their work, their strong potential for artistic growth, and the outstanding contributions they have made to New York’s cultural institutions. Since its launch, SHIFT has accommodated over forty artists working in a growing range of media, from sound and installation to painting, performance, and social practice. How it works:
  • The full cycle of residency is one year long, beginning with the two-week SHIFT Residency Intensive in August and ending with an evaluative retreat and public exhibition.
  • During the SHIFT Residency Intensive, residents transform EFA Project Space’s 3,500 square foot gallery into a collective studio space with 24-hour access.
  • After the SHIFT Residency Intensive, monthly follow-up meetings are held to maintain creative momentum. A small shared studio space at EFA Center is available for residents to share over the following year leading up to the culminating group exhibition.
  • SHIFT artists participate in a series of activities including brainstorming sessions, presentation of new work, and discussion of strategies for future creative work throughout their residency.
Participating residents have come from the following organizations: Abrons Art Center, Artists Alliance Inc., Bronx River Arts Center, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, CUE Art Foundation, Czech Center New York, Elastic City, Eyebeam Center for Art + Technology, Flux Factory, FreeDimensional, Henry Street Settlement, International Center for Photography, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Metropolitan Opera, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Museum for Arts & Design, Museum of the City of New York, Museum of Modern Art, New York Foundation for the Arts, NURTUREart, Reanimation Library, Residency Unlimited, Time Out New York, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Triangle Art Association, Vera List Center for Art + Politics at The New School, and Wave Hill.

For more about SHIFT, read EFA Project Space Founding Director Michelle Levy’s essay here, and former SHIFT Resident Elizabeth Hamby’s text here.