The 2018 application is now closed, the 2019 application will open in mid-October, 2018.

Each year, Baxter St at CCNY invites emerging lens-based artists living in New York City to apply for the Baxter St at CCNY Workspace Residency Program. This residency offers lens-based artists much-needed workspace in New York City as well as access to the Baxter St at CCNY community and programs.


– Workspace: Workspace Residents receive three months of free access to the B&W and Color darkrooms, Digital Lab and Shooting Studio at the International Center of Photography, as well as the Baxter St at CCNY facilities.
– Programs: Residents receive free admission to all 2018 Baxter St at CCNY events and a 10% discount on classes.
Materials: Access to film and paper donated by FUJIFILM North America Corporation and access to paper donated by the Awagami Factory.
– Stipend: Residents receive a monthly stipend of $1,000 for three months and donated material support during their residency.
– Exhibition Opportunity: Each resident receives a solo exhibition at Baxter St at CCNY after his or her term of residency with additional funding (currently between $2,000 – $5,000) to produce and mount their show pending availability.


All artists currently residing in New York City who are working in photography or lens-based art are eligible to apply. Please note that living accommodations are not provided and Workspace Residents must reside in New York City for the duration of the residency. Students must have completed their studies on or before January 1, 2018 in order to be eligible to apply. Chosen Workspace Residents MUST reside in New York City for the duration of the residency. A jury of photography professionals will consider all eligible applications.


Akili Tommasino is a curatorial assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. An advocate of emerging artists and scholar of the twentieth-century avant-garde, Tommasino has organized and collaborated on numerous exhibition projects at institutions internationally, including the Centre Pompidou – Musée national d’art moderne, Paris and National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; most recently, he curated 2017 MoMA exhibition Projects 107: Lone Wolf Recital Corps. Tommasino is completing a PhD in History of Art and Architecture through Harvard University, where he earned his MA and BA. His dissertation, which has been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, examines the machine aesthetic of French artist Fernand Léger (1881-1955). A Brooklyn native and current resident, Tommasino is chairman and co-founder of an arts initiative which, under the aegis of New York City-based gifted education program Prep for Prep, creates opportunities for young people from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Arthur Ou works in photography, painting, sculpture, and installation. He has exhibited internationally, most recently in “99¢” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, and “Astoria,” at the Grazer Kunstverein in Graz, Austria. His work has been featured in publications including Artforum, Aperture, Blind Spot, Camera Austria, Art in America, and The Photograph as Contemporary Art (Thames & Hudson). His work is featured in “The Beauty of a Social Problem: Photography, Autonomy, Economy,” by Walter Benn Michaels, and “Photography is Magic,” by Charlotte Cotton. He has published critical texts in Aperture,,, Bidoun, Foam, Fantom, Words Without Pictures, and X-Tra. Ou received his MFA from the Yale School of Art. He is an associate professor of photography at Parsons School of Design in New York City.

Howie Chen is a New York–based curator involved in collaborative art production and research. Chen is a founder of Dispatch, a curatorial production office and project space founded in New York City, later transitioning to a peripatetic exhibition model. He has organized exhibitions and programs at the Whitney Museum of American Art, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, The Kitchen, Circuit (Switzerland), IMO (Copenhagen) among others.

Justine Kurland was born in 1969 in Warsaw, New York. She received her BFA from School of Visual Arts, NY in 1996, and her MFA from Yale University in 1998. Her work has been exhibited extensively at museums and galleries in the U.S. and internationally.  Museum exhibitions have included Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the American West at the Museum of Modern Art, NY (2009) and Role Models: Feminine Identity in Contemporary American Photography at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. (2009). Kurland was also the focus of a solo exhibition at CEPA in Buffalo, NY (2009). Her work is in the public collections of institutions including the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, and the ICP, New York; the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal.

Michi Jigarjian is a multi-disciplinary artist who lives and works in New York City. As part of her socially engaged practice, Michi is a co-founder of Secretary Press and New Draft Collective. Her site-specific installation work has been commission by the Maritime Foundation. Her books include Writing as PracticeHow We Do Both: Art and Motherhood and the three volume series Mold. Jigarjian’s work has been exhibited internationally and she is a 2013 recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space Residency. She is the President of Baxter St at The Camera Club of New York, an artist run non-profit organization, which operates to create platforms of community engagement and progress for emerging lens based artists.  She is currently on faculty at ICP-Bard MFA Program. 


Applications are now being accepted through Submittable. The deadline to apply was November 17th, 2017.

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2018 Residents

In the 11th year of Baxter St at CCNY’s Workspace Residency Program, the five-person jury chose four artists for the residency program from a competitive and talented pool of NYC-based artists. The jury included independent curator Howie Chen, artist and Baxter St at CCNY Board Member Michi Jigarjian, photographer and Baxter St at CCNY Art Advisory Committee Member Justine Kurland, lens-based artist and professor Arthur Ou, and curator at MoMA Akili Tommasino..

BAXTER ST at CCNY would like to thank all the artists who entered this year, and we congratulate the four recipients of the 2018 BAXTER ST at CCNY Workspace Residency Program: Zalika AzimElliott Jerome Brown Jr.Arash Fewzee, and Tommy Kha.

Please click images below to view their work.

Zalika Azim

Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.

Arash Fewzee

Tommy Kha


Past Residents

Since 2008, the Baxter St at CCNY Workspace Residency Program has provided participating artists with three (3) months of free access to the International Center of Photography’s darkrooms, digital work stations, and shooting studio as well as the scanning stations at Baxter St (prior to 2014, all access was in-house at The Camera Club of New York’s old 37th street location).


The Baxter St at CCNY Workspace Residency Program is made possible by generous support from FUJIFILM North America Corporation; Awagami Factory; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and The Jerome Foundation.