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Please Note

While our system automatically saves your work as you go, we recommend that you prepare your up-loadable application materials – detailed below – in advance and prior to entering the online application. Required fields are noted with an asterisk (*).

Personal Information Section

Anti-Discrimination Notice: It is unlawful to discriminate against any individual with re-spect to that individual’s race, color, sex, gender identification, national origin, religion, age, equal pay, disability or genetic information. As a stipulation of out grant making activities, Socrates Sculpture Park is subject to certain nondiscrimination and affirmative action record-keeping and reporting requirements which require the grantor to invite applicants to voluntarily self-identify their race/ethnicity. Submission of this information is voluntary and refusal to provide it will not subject you to any adverse treatment. The information obtained will be kept confidential and may only be used in accordance with the provisions of applicable federal laws, executive orders, and regulations, including those which require the information to be summarized and reported to the Federal Government for civil rights enforcement purposes. For civil rights monitoring and enforcement purposes only, all race/ethnicity information will be collected and reported in the seven categories identified below. The definitions for each category have been established by the federal government. If you choose to voluntarily self-identify, you may mark only one of the boxes presented below.

Complete the following in the application portal (required fields are noted with an asterisk):

1) Name*

2) Date of Birth*

3) Place of Birth*

4) Mailing Address*

5) Telephone Number*

6) Email Address*

8) Gender

9) Preferred Pronoun*

10) What is your race/ethnicity? Please mark the race/ethnicity category with which you primarily identify:

Hispanic or Latino

A person of Cuban, Mexican, Chicano, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.


A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

Black or African American

A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.


A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

American Indian or Alaska Native

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.

Two or More Races

A person who primarily identifies with two or more of the above race/ethnicity categories.

11) Veteran status – I belong to the following classifications of protected veterans (choose all that apply):

-Disabled Veteran

-Active Wartime or Campaign Badge Veteran

-Armed Forces Service Medal Veteran

-Recently Separated Veteran

-I am a protected veteran, but I choose not to self-identify the classifications to which I belong.

-I am NOT a protected veteran

-I prefer not to answer

12) Disability Identification – please select below:

-Yes, I have a Disability (or previously had a disability)

-No, I don’t have a Disability

-I don’t wish to answer

13) Did you attended an info session?

14) Are you currently based in New York City?*

15) Are you applying as an individual or a collective?*

16) Are you eligible to work in the United States?*

Van Lier Fellowship Eligibility

Required fields are noted with an asterisk (*)

The New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship provides support for talented, culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged young people in the arts. Two of the ten selected proposals will be awarded the Van Lier Fellowship. You are eligible for the Van Lier Fellowship if you meet the following criteria:

-Are thirty years or younger at the start of the fellowship (April 15, 2021)

-Identify racially and or culturally with a historically underrepresented community

-Are a New York City-resident

-Have not previously received a Van Lier Fellowship

17) Do you meet the eligibility guidelines for a Van Lier Fellowship?*

Professional Information Section

Required fields are noted with an asterisk (*)


Upload your most current resume as a PDF to the application portal. Resume should include information about your education; exhibition history; awards, grants, and residencies; and details of any published writings. (File formats accepted: PDF, DOC, or DOCX)

Work Sample List*

Upload a numbered list to the application portal that corresponds to each of the 10 work sample files submitted. For each image, include the title, date, materials, and dimensions. A two-sentence description of each work is optional. (File formats accepted: PDF, DOC, or DOCX, Must by under 1MB)

Work Samples*

Upload ten past work samples to the application portal. Work samples should be of recent work, particularly work that relates to your proposal for Socrates Sculpture Park. If you are applying as a collaborative team, please submit proposals of past collaborative work. If this is a new collaboration, please submit recent relevant work. These images are in addition to any images submitted as part of the project proposal. (File formats accepted: JPG, TIFF, MP3, WAV, MP4 and MOV.)

Artist Statement*

Use this section to briefly describe the interests and concerns of your artistic practice.

Project Proposal

Required fields are noted with an asterisk (*)

Written Description*

In the application portal, enter a written description of the project – up to 500 words – that you would like to produce and exhibit at Socrates Sculpture Park. This written description should include overall concept, dimensions and materials, and demonstrate a general familiarity with the park’s site, hours, operations, and audience.

Production / Process*

Describe the production process including durability of materials for an outdoor environment and the relationship to your practice, as you are invited to produce work on-site at the Park’s open-air studio space. If you work is participatory, changes over time or includes a performative element, please indicate how you imagine the public would interact with it and what type of props/equipment materials you would use.

Images and Materials*

Upload to the application portal a single file of up to three pages with at least one drawing or rendering of how you anticipate the completed project to appear. If applicable please include production plans and historical and reference images. (File formats accepted: PDF, DOC, or DOCX, JPG, or TIFF.)


Upload a realistic budget for materials and production with a thorough break-down of anticipated expenses. This should include the cost of fabrication assistance if necessary and performative elements if they are an essential component of the project within the $6,000 budget total. Please note that there is a separate artist honorarium of $1,500. (File formats accepted: PDF, DOC, or DOCX.)

Potential Workshops / Programming

Please share ideas for any additional hands-on workshops, public programming or performance elements that may complement the Park’s already existing special event and public programming that occur throughout the summer and fall. In the digital section of the website, look at the publications of past years seasonal calendars. Please propose something with a small budget of $X to serve at least X people.

-Do you have experience as an art educator?

-If so where?


Provide two names, emails and phone numbers of people familiar with your work in the application portal.


Once all material is entered and uploaded to the application portal, click SUBMIT. You will receive an email confirming receipt of the application after completion.


Email with questions or concerns.

Application Deadline & Acceptance Notification

Applications will not be accepted after 11:59pm on Friday December 4, 2020. Selected artists will be notified in March 2021.