2018 QCA ArtPort Residency Program

The QCA ArtPort Residency, a new program of the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) – in collaboration with the Port Authority New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), LaGuardia Airport – will offer a unique opportunity to a Queens artist to interact with the thousands of visitors that come through the region daily within the airport, and bring an engaging cultural experience to the space.

The ArtPort Residency will be housed in the rotunda of the landmark Marine Air (Terminal A). During the 3-month residency period, the artist will set up a public studio to create new work in a dedicated 110-square foot space within the Marine Air Terminal, where passengers will be encouraged to engage in conversation about the project with the artist and view works in progress.

Artists chosen for the ArtPort Residency will be asked to produce work that is inspired by and provides a gateway into the dynamic cultural life of Queens.

ArtPort Artists (l.-r.) Brian Soliwoda, Sandra Lopez-Monsalve, Sherwin Banfield, Gideon Jacobs, Lexie Smith (courtesy PANYNJ)

ArtPort Artists (l.-r.) Brian Soliwoda, Sandra Lopez-Monsalve, Sherwin Banfield, Gideon Jacobs, Lexie Smith (courtesy PANYNJ)

QCA is proud to announce the 5 new ARTPORT artists-in-residence 

Session 1 (April - June) - Gideon Jacobs & Lexie Smith, Ridgewood
Session 2 (July - September) - Sandra Lopez-Monsalve, East Elmhurst
Session 3 (October - December) - Sherwin Banfield, Astoria
Session 4 (January - March 2019) - Brian Soliwoda, Sunnyside


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View of the Rotunda of the Marine Air Terminal Credit: Leonard Zhukovsky/Shutterstock.com

View of the Rotunda of the Marine Air Terminal Credit: Leonard Zhukovsky/Shutterstock.com

Goals of the Residency

  • Enhance the airport environment by providing an artistic and cultural experience that will engage the traveling public with unexpected and participatory encounters.

  • Provide artists with an opportunity for workspace, research, and development of new projects.

  • Extend artists the opportunity to expand the reach of their works and to gain new viewership through the airport’s audience of millions of annual travelers.

  • Provide a unique venue for public interaction and engagement.

View of the 110 sq ft ArtPort Residency studio space

View of the 110 sq ft ArtPort Residency studio space

About The Residency

Four artists will be selected to activate the 110-square foot workspace for a 3-month residency. There will be four 3-month terms for the residency. The following is the proposed schedule for each term:

Week of April 16 – June 30, 2018

Week of July 1- September 30, 2018

Week of October 1 – December 31, 2018

Week of Jan 1 – March 31, 2019

  • The artist’s workspace will be provided by PANYNJ, located at LaGuardia Airport’s Marine Air Terminal (Terminal A). The space and artists equipment will be secured and remain undisturbed over the course of the 3-month residency at the terminal.

  • The 4 selected artists will receive a $3000 stipend for a 3-month period. The stipend will be paid at the end of the residency.

  • Artists must be committed to work a minimum of 6 hours a week during hours that will be agreed upon by the resident and QCA. The terminal is open from 4:00 am to midnight daily.

  • Artists will be expected to present their work in progress during the residency. Given the public nature of this residency, successful candidates will demonstrate their ability to engage visitors of the terminal.

  • Artists will have access to Materials for the Arts through QCA.

  • QCA staff will provide administrative, programming and coordinating support.


●      Artists of only visual, literary or media arts disciplines may apply

 Artists working with toxic materials, hazardous machinery, etc. will not be considered due to limitations within the building. Oil paint, spray paint, welding, and epoxy resin are not permitted.

●      Artist must be 18 year of age

●      Must be a Queens resident, PO Boxes are not accepted

 ●      Work created may not contain material that demeans or disparages individuals or groups; promote use of tobacco, profane language, or encourage graphic violence, illegal behavior or unsafe activities.

●      Artist must not be currently enrolled in an institutional/academic program of study, including instructional museum programs, full or part-time

●      Artists must be comfortable to work in an open studio setting where the public is able to interact with the artist during public hours and work in an engaging environment and commit to set residency hours, which will be determined with QCA administrators.

●      Terms and guidelines for the residency will be discussed further with the artist after selection.  Artist must be willing to abide by the terms of the residency, which will include restrictions on creating certain types of art defined as violent, obscene or partisan political in nature.

Application Process and Criteria For Selection


Online Application will include:

            1. Artist statement

            2. Artist Resume or Bio

            3. Proposed use of residency time

            4. Work sample submissions:

Visual arts- up to 8 images in one of the following formats: .jpg, .tiff, .png 

Media arts (e.g. video and other electronic media)- up to 2 work samples not to exceed 5 minutes in a combined total of video or audio. Work samples maybe submitted in one of the following formats: MP3, MP4, WAV, MOV

Literary arts:

Prose: one work sample up to 5 pages from a single literary sample

Poetry: up to 5 poems, not to exceed 5 pages total

Script/Screenplay: one work sample up to 10 pages from a single literary sample, including a one-page synopsis

             5. Past Publicity and/or Press - up to 3 articles or reviews

 Evaluation Criteria

●      Proven artistic merit

●      Displayed public engagement experience

●      Clarity of the project proposed during the course of the residency


●      Call to artists opens: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

●      Application deadline: Thursday, April 5  at 11:59pm

●      Notification for interviews: Tuesday, April 10

●      Applicant interviews: Thursday and Friday, April 12-13

Selection Process

  • Artist residents will be selected through an Open Call application process. A panel consisting of QCA administrators, members of the local arts community and representatives from PANYNJ will review all applicants.

  • A select number of applicants will then be invited for an in-person interview.

  • The final determination of residency assignments will be made based on the application and the in-person interview

Traveling to the Marine Air Terminal (LaGuardia Terminal A):

By Public Transportation: Terminal A can be accessed via the Q47 bus, or the M60 SBS

By Car: Free parking will be made available for the selected artist during the term of their residency.  

Ownership of Work

The artist shall retain ownership, including all copyright, title, patent, and intellectual property rights of original content developed during the residency period. Artist group/organization may feature original content developed during residency in future performances or engagements for purposes unrelated to the airport residency. Artist group/organization agrees to credit QCA, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and PANYNJ as partners when promoting all activities associated with the residency.

Reproduction Rights

QCA and PANYNJ reserves the right to photograph, film, videotape or otherwise depict artists of the residency and to distribute such photographs, film, video or depictions at any time during the residency or thereafter for the purposes of promotion in relation to the residency. Name recognition will be given to the artist. Artist will be responsible for furnishing professional quality images and videos for staff approval and promotional use throughout the duration of the residency.

Questions regarding QCA ArtPort Residency?

Contact Dan Bamba, Queens Arts Fund Manager, dbamba@queenscouncilarts.org or 347.505.3017.

The QCA ArtPort Residency is a program of the Queens Council on the Arts, Queens Art Fund that is supported in part by the NYC DCLA, Greater NY Arts Development Fund, in partnership with the NYC Council and in partnership with PANYNJ.

More about Port Authority New York and New Jersey

Founded in 1921, PANYNJ builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. PANYNJ also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. PANYNJ receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.

The Marine Air Terminal ("Terminal A"), located at LaGuardia Airport, is the only active airport terminal dating from the first generation of passenger travel in the US. Originally built to handle seaplanes, the Marine Air Terminal, an Art Deco building designed in 1939 by the firm Delano & Aldrich, consists of a central two-story rotunda with an attic, a rectangular entrance pavilion and two one-story wings on either side. The rotunda features a skylight, and a mural called Flight by James Brooks, created as part of the Works Progress Administration program.

The terminal was designated as a New York City landmark in 1980.

In LaGuardia Airport's overall terminal naming scheme, the Marine Air Terminal is called "Terminal A."