Fitzhugh Karol, ‘What’s Progression,’ 2014. Photo: Courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park



The Open Call for The Socrates Annual Fellowship 2024 is closed. Fellowship notification will be in February 2024.

The Socrates Annual Fellowship (formerly the Emerging Artist Fellowship) and exhibition reflects Socrates’ founding commitment to artistic experimentation and excellence, while also nurturing artists’ careers. Artists are selected through an open call and receive financial support, access to our outdoor studios and technical support, and inclusion in a Park-wide exhibition. Since 2001, 279 artists have participated with many subsequently receiving further commissions for public art projects.

The Socrates Annual Fellowship & Exhibition is one of the Park’s longest running programs and is an important training ground for early career artists to gain experience creating art in the public realm.

In  2023, six artists were selected to receive:

  • Financial support: $8,000 production stipend and $2,000 honoraria.
  • Access to Socrates’ outdoor studio: Our facilities are equipped for large-scale art production (a rare commodity in New York City).
  • Curatorial mentoring and advising: Fellows meet regularly with Socrates’s Curator & Director of Exhibitions who helps each Fellow articulate their project for the exhibition.
  • Production assistance: Socrates has a long history of managing production according to artist needs combining onsite expertise with outside vendors and contractors.

Each artist or artist group, creates their own project for inclusion in a Park-wide exhibition which will open in the Fall and remain on view for six months. Fellows have the opportunity to participate in networking events with alumni, a public opening event at the Park, Instagram takeovers of the Park’s institutional account, and exhibition-related programming.

Public Art Review cited the program in 2011 as “one of the most famous (city-park residencies) in America” and it is widely viewed as “proof of concept” that an artist proposing a public artwork can succeed, with many alumni going on to receive more public art commissions.

Artists including Leilah Babirye (2018), Sable Elyse Smith (2016), Heidi Lau (2014), David Brooks (2009), Hank Willis Thomas (2006), Orly Genger (2004), and Sanford Biggers (2001) have participated in the Fellowship program since it was formalized in 2000.

Previous exhibitions

2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010

2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020

2021 | 2022  | 2023

  • Meredith James 'Far from this setting in which I now find myself,' 2014. Image: Nate Dorr

About the Open Call

The Open Call for The Socrates Annual Fellowship 2024 is closed. Fellowship notification will be in February 2024.

The open call for The Socrates Annual Fellowship is announced annually in the fall. Socrates encourages artists to create proposals that consider the use of materials and scale of projects in relationship with the Park’s five-acre landscape. Artists’ proposals are reviewed and selected by our Curator & Director of Exhibitions and Executive Director, as well as two Curatorial Advisors.

Starting 2024 in an effort to increase the Park’s capacity to support “living” installations, Socrates is introducing a “pilot” ecology-focused cohort as an expanded approach to the longstanding Fellowship program. Cohort 1 Fellows will take advantage of the peak spring growing season and will have a dedicated outdoor work space and access to the Park’s grounds facilities. Both Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 (original fellowship) will present their work in the annual exhibition.

Learn more about The 2024 Open Call HERE >>>>

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