Asian American Arts Alliance Alliance Portfolio In Practice


Saturday, June 21

1pm – 5pm

New York Foundation for the Arts

20 Jay Street, 7th Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11201


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The Asian American Arts Alliance’s  Portfolio In Practice is an exchange between emerging Asian American visual artists and high-profile institutions in New York interested in engaging upcoming talent. Five different panelists represent five opportunities for valuable exposure, professional development, and grants to support projects.

The event opens with a guided discussion on best practices for application submissions with our panelists. All interested artists must register via Eventbrite. Artists can purchase up to 3 tickets for twenty minute one-on-one sessions with their selected panelists.

Artists who register for a portfolio review session should come prepared with questions regarding an application and/or a portfolio in progress tailored to that open call so they may receive additional insight and feedback in a more intimate setting.


This cycle of Alliance Porfolio in Practice includes:

Garbriel de Guzman, Curator of Visual Arts @ Wave Hill

The Van Lier Visual Artist Fellowship is for contemporary artists who explore the dynamic relationship between nature, culture and site.

  • Studio space during the Winter Workspace Program
  • Solo show in the Sunroom Project Space
  • Valuable mentorship and exhibition opportunities


Molly MacFadden, Manager of Teen, Family and Engagement Programs @ Museum of Art and Design

The Artist Studio is an education program for experienced artists — particularly those with teaching experience — interested in engaging with the public about their work and process through demonstration.

  • Paid, temporary adjunct and part-time, 4 month program
  • Work displayed in the museum’s 6th floor vitrines
  • Bio and two images of work featured on MAD’s website


Sarah Nicholls, Programs & Marketing Manager @ The Center for Book Arts

The Artist-in-Residence Workspace Grant for New York Emerging Artists is a yearlong program to promote experimentation in book arts, thus artists from all disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

  • Stipend and materials budget
  • 24 hour access to the Center’s printing and binding facilities
  • $3,000-$5,000 tuition waiver for courses throughout the year

Roddy Schrock, Director of Programs & Residencies @ Eyebeam

The Eyebeam on the Move Residency supports technology-based projects that incorporate collaborative forms of architectural practice, urban presentation, policy engagement and other forms of meaningful community dialog.

  • 5-month residency with stipend in support of project realization
  • Shared design, research, and fabrication labs
  • Partnerships with appropriate neighborhood organizations
Lia Zaaloff, Curator @ Bronx Museum of the Arts

The Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) provides professional development opportunities to emerging artists through a 13-week seminar that addresses practical concerns and cultivates networking opportunities.

  • 13-week seminar that addresses practical concerns, and cultivates networking opportunities.  Topics covered include: Community, Grant Writing, Writing Workshop, Copyright, Contracts, Art Market, Studio Visit, Art Criticism, and Marketing.
  • Introduces the work to a greater audience via exhibition and catalogue


Available slots are open on a first come, first served basis.

Early application is encouraged due to extremely limited slots.



This is a rare opportunity to receive feedback on your application directly from someone on the application review committee. The review session is an informal interview for a program you wish to apply to now or in the future.


Ways to maximize your review session include:


  • Present your work in the context of the open call, including the language used in explaining your work
  • Present the images/works you are considering to use for the application, as well as options for discussion
  • Research the organization and make sure your work is relevant to their mission
  • Read the application guidelines and FAQ carefully to get a sense of what the organization wishes to achieve by offering the program
  • Ask questions



  • Try not to ask questions already addressed on the organization’s website or covered during the panel discussion
  • No excuses; be thoughtful about what you present
  • Refrain from arguing with constructive criticism; take notes instead


Brainstorm! is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Metropolitan Life Foundation, Con Edison, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the CJ Huang Foundation. This organization has received funding from the 2012 JPMorgan Chase Regrant Program, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).


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