SHARP offers emerging artists a supportive environment to explore their creative development for two months. Artists are provided studio space on the ground floor of a two-story, nineteenth-century cottage, which has bedrooms on the second level. The unique opportunity is situated within 83 park like acres of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Staten Island. The facility is connected to the art world of New York City, yet secluded from the urban center by the New York Harbor. Artists receive studio visits from guest artists and curators as part of a mentorship program.
Participants are also encouraged to show recent work in Snug Harbor galleries or on its campus. The Residency includes the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship that is funded by New York Community Trust, which provides support for talented, culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged young people who are seriously dedicated to a career in the arts. The Fellowship helps artists in all disciplines at the post-BFA college level to make the transition from formal training to professional careers.