The Monira Residency Program at Mana Contemporary awards rent-free, non-living studio space to visual artists for year-long intervals. Its mission is to provide a stimulating, rigorous, and contemplative environment in which the most talented and committed participants benefit from high-quality workspace and the active support of a vital creative community.
Studio space is still critical to the practices of the overwhelming majority of visual artists but remains at a premium, especially in the New York tri-state area; a Monira Foundation residency facilitates continued production and helps strengthen professional and intellectual bonds among diverse individuals. In addition to much-needed physical space, residents may receive visits from artists, curators, critics, and collectors.
Resident artists are selected annually through invitation from peer recommendations composed of artists, critics, and curators. The program is open to artists over the age of 21 who are American Citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States, and who are not enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of their residency.