Located on the sixth floor of the Museum and open to the public, the Artist Studios at MAD is a community engagement and professional development program for contemporary artists and designers. The only artist residency of its kind, the program is designed to encourage visitors to interact with artists-in-residence as they expand their creative practice while working on-site at MAD.
The Virtual Residency was launched in 2020 to expand the reach of the program and maintain engagement with art and artists while physically distancing. Virtual residents interact with visitors via online platforms including Zoom, Twitch, and Instagram Live, for program series including Opens Studio Hours, Teen Art Salons, virtual studio visits, and Digital Drop-in workshops. MAD staff provides virtual training, program support and co-facilitation, and marketing and outreach to cultivate and engage audiences online.
The artists chosen for MAD’s Artist Studios program represent a wide range of creative practices within the fields of art, craft, and design. Established in 2008, the program has served as an important platform for more than 180 artists and designers to advance their careers and is widely recognized as an innovative model for Museum education. Alumni of the program have gone on to highly regarded careers, and after their time at MAD have proceeded to exhibit work at MAD and other major institutions, including the Queens Museum, Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Studio Museum, among others.