The Summer Residency at The School of Visual Arts (SVA) is an internationally renowned program that offers artists an opportunity to work intensively in a private studio, receive individual critiques from faculty, and attend weekly lectures given by guest artists, critics, and gallery directors. Each year SVA offers a special scholarship to Turkish artists that is supported by both The American Turkish Society and SVA. The selected participant has exclusive use of a small studio located in the School of Visual Arts Chelsea Building. Faculty visits the studios Mondays through Thursdays. Exposure to the New York art world complements this on-site residency program. The program culminates in an open studio exhibition, which enables the participants to present their work to the public. 

The program is open only to active professional artists residing in Turkey who are not represented by a gallery. Current undergraduate students are not eligible to apply. Graduate students may apply. Applicants should have fluency in English sufficient for engaging in meaningful dialogue with other participants.

The SVA Summer Residency Program runs annually. Applications are due on March 1st.  More information on application procedures comes available as the Program approaches.

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About SVA

About SVA: The School of Visual Arts (SVA), established in 1947 in New York City as the Cartoonists and Illustrators School, is one of the leading institutions of its kind in the United States.  It seeks to educate students through undergraduate degree programs that prepare them for entry into an array of professional fields in or related to the visual arts, while also equipping students with the skills necessary to become productive and thoughtful members of society.

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Previous Scholars

The American Turkish Society has awarded scholarships each year for the past seven years. Below are a few examples of the art produced by our scholars after their guided work sessions at the SVA. 

SVA Open Studio Exhibitions

2016: Ahmet Albayrak

2015: Defne Tesal

2014: Gozde Onaran

2013: Vize Aretgicir

2012: Erman Ozbasaran

2011: Neslihan Koyuncu

2010: Nazim Unal Yilmaz