SHARP: Snug Harbor Artist Residency Program

SHARP supports eight talented, culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged young artists annually in an eight-week fellowship program.

Artists working in variety of disciplines at the post-BFA college level create new work and gain experience to establish successful careers in the arts.  Studio space and living accommodations in a historic 19th century cottage are also provided to each artist at Snug Harbor.  Artists receive studio visits from guest artists and curators as part of a mentorship program.

Participants are encouraged to show their work in Snug Harbor galleries or on campus.  SHARP 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.

Funding primarily comes from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York City Council, and the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation.  Additional support is provided from Staten Island Arts, and New York Community Trust. Snug Harbor is a proud Smithsonian Affiliate.

Past SHARP Exhibits:


October 14, 2017: Ify Chiejina & Taylor McMahon

Ify Chiejina makes paintings, drawings, and mixed media work that represent her interests in understanding the culture, and people of Nigerian and African descent. She does so while capturing the relationship between a person(s) and the physical space in nature that surrounds them. She also deals with the notion of both physical and or emotional space separately.   Taylor McMahon is a fiber artist. Her current work focuses on examining friendships and the ways in which we define and represent these bonds. How visual and palpable representations of affection grow up with us or are forgotten as we are forced to negotiate adulthood. Her recent works utilize mainly children’s craft materials such as lanyard, model magic clay and pipe cleaners.