Program Overview

Each year, NXTHVN selects seven emerging artists, two curators, and five high school apprentices to participate in its highly-competitive Fellowship and Apprenticeship programs. With a focus on mentorship, professional development, and hands-on training, the cohort works collaboratively to cultivate their practices within the context of New Haven’s creative community. 

The NXTHVN team, with Deborah Berke Partners, has designed a unique shared environment—within a state-of-the-art facility—where artists, curators and the local community converge to make art, exchange ideas, and extend their networks.


Year-long Studio & Curatorial Fellowships

NXTHVN’s comprehensive, year-long Fellowships provide dedicated work space, a generous stipend, a rigorous professional development curriculum, and ongoing mentorship opportunities for early-career artists and curators. 

Some examples of our workshops and seminars include: Strategic Planning, Money Management, Contracts (Art and Law), Online Portfolio Development, Visiting Curator Discussions and Critiques, Professional Artist Talks, and Gallery and Collection Tours.

NXTHVN’s unique pedagogy focuses on both the theoretical and practical components of establishing and nurturing a sustainable art practice. Our curriculum features bi-monthly workshops and seminars led by esteemed industry leaders and visiting lecturers.

In addition to active participation in cohort-building activities, each fellow mentors a local high school student through our Apprenticeship Program to ensure the next generation of talent is given a chance to excel in the arts. 


Paid High School Apprenticeship & Job Training Program

The Apprenticeship Program is an integral part of NXTHVN’s mentorship principles and practices. Our priority is to recruit, hire and train students from New Haven high schools with predominantly African-American and Hispanic student bodies. Each year, NXTHVN welcomes 10-15 students who have exhibited a strong interest in the arts, possess a desire to learn new professional skills, and are in need of employment.

Under the supervision of the Apprenticeship Program Director, Apprentices are required to work directly with Studio Fellows 5-10 hours per week. Studio tasks include, stretching canvas, mixing paints, and conducting research. Apprentices are also required to attend workshops and seminars for job readiness and college portfolio development. Additionally, they assist in the planning, production and installation of an exhibition in the NXTHVN gallery at the end of the year.

Each year, NXTHVN selects six early-career artists from a competitive pool of applicants to receive a professional studio space and a generous stipend to cover material expenses throughout the Fellowship year. 

In addition to participation in a culminating group exhibit, Studio Fellows have the unique opportunity to form new creative partnerships within the art communities at Yale University, as well as in Greater New Haven and New York City. 

Studio Fellows are required to commit to a minimum of 20 hours of studio time per week and 5 hours of mentorship time with their high school Apprentice. Additionally, Studio Fellows are required to engage in a series of group critiques, studio visits, and workshops with art world professionals.

NXTHVN Studio Fellows must reside in or relocate to New Haven for the duration of the Fellowship year.

The Studio Fellowship includes:

  • A generous stipend of $25,000 and housing for eligible candidates
  • A dedicated studio space within a state-of-the-art facility for the duration of the Fellowship year
  • A dedicated studio assistant through the NXTHVN Apprenticeship Program
  • Professional Development Workshops twice per month
  • Scheduled critique sessions with NXTHVN Professional Artists
  • A group exhibition in the NXTHVN Gallery
  • Support from the NXTHVN Program Advisor
  • Access to the Yale University Library and Art Gallery 
  • Free membership to the NXTHVN co-working space

Applicants to the Studio Fellowship Program are required to submit:

  1. A clear indication of which program (Studio or Curatorial) you are applying for
  2. A one-page Letter of Intent
  3. An updated resume or CV
  4. An 300-word artist statement*
  5. 8-10 jpegs of recent work. Artists working with film/video/sound may submit up to 3, 4 minute clips of recent work, or a combination of 6 jpegs and one, 2 minute a/v clip.
  6. A $35 non-refundable application fee**

*A 1- 2-minute maximum video of the artist’s statement is acceptable, in lieu of a written statement.

Each year, the NXTHVN Curatorial Fellowship Program selects two early-career curators from a diverse pool of applicants to receive co-working space in NXTHVN's state-of-the-art facility, and a generous stipend to cover living and material expenses throughout the Fellowship year. 

In addition to co-curating an annual Studio Fellows exhibition in the NXTHVN gallery—and producing both an exhibition catalogue and NXTHVN website content—the Curatorial Fellows have the opportunity to develop skills in exhibition planning and logistics. Curatorial Fellows have access to the Yale University Library and Art Gallery, and work alongside a Senior Curator who acts as a program advisor. 

Curatorial Fellows are required to commit to a minimum of 10 hours of research time per week and 10 hours of mentorship time with their high school Apprentice. Additionally, Curatorial Fellows are required to engage in a series of group critiques, studio visits, and workshops with art world professionals.


Relocation is not a requirement but is suggested for Curatorial Fellows.


The Curatorial Fellowship includes:

  • A generous stipend of $25,000 for travel and research 
  • The opportunity to co-curate an exhibition in the NXTHVN Gallery
  • The opportunity to co-develop and co-produce an accompanying exhibition catalogue
  • A fully-funded exhibition production budget
  • Dedicated state of the art co-working space for the duration of the Fellowship
  • Professional Development Workshops twice per month
  • Support from a dedicated NXTHVN Program Advisor
  • Access to the Yale University Library and Art Gallery 


Applicants to the Curatorial Fellowship Program are required to submit:

  1. A one-page Letter of Intent
  2. An updated resume or CV
  3. A 300-500 word exhibition idea, including budget*
  4. A $35 non-refundable application fee**


*Exhibition proposals should take into consideration NXTHVN’s stated mission, vision and values; the demographics of our local community; and suggestions for innovative ways to engage our community in exhibition content. The proposed budget should include line items for: shipping, fabrication/printing, installation, framing and equipment rental (if applicable).

The Apprenticeship Program is an integral part of NXTHVN’s mentorship principles and practices. Our priority is to recruit, hire and train students from New Haven high schools with predominantly African-American and Hispanic student bodies. Each year, NXTHVN welcomes 10-15 students who have exhibited a strong interest in the arts, possess a desire to learn new professional skills, and are in need of employment.

Under the supervision of the Apprenticeship Program Director, Apprentices are required to work directly with Studio Fellows 5-10 hours per week. Studio tasks include, stretching canvas, mixing paints, and conducting research. Apprentices are also required to attend workshops and seminars for job readiness and college portfolio development. Additionally, they assist in the planning, production and installation of an exhibition in the NXTHVN gallery at the end of the year.