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Program Overview

NXTHVN is pleased to announce the opening of its annual open call for studio and curatorial fellows. Founded by Titus Kaphar and Jason Price in 2018, NXTHVN was designed with a core aim to build an alternative model of arts mentorship and career acceleration through a specially designed curriculum. Each year NXTHVN welcomes up to seven artists and two curators to participate in its paid 10-month intensive Fellowship Program. The application is open until February 27, 2023.

Each fellow will receive studio or office space, a stipend, and subsidized housing. Selected from an international pool of applicants, fellows relocate to New Haven to participate in NXTHVN’s mentorship-driven curriculum which includes professional development sessions led by visiting artists, curators, scholars, and practitioners. Selected fellows are also matched with a high school apprentice, for focused one-on-one mutual learning, which gives the next local generation a chance to grow and excel in creative fields. The fellowship year culminates with an annual group show at a prominent gallery space.

Through active participation in NXTHVN’s year-long programs, early-career artists and curators make personal strides and interpersonal connections that advance their careers. NXTHVN provides the groundwork for artists and curators to emerge from the fellowship program as active professionals geared toward making significant contributions in art and culture through their creative work.

NXTHVN encourages and welcomes applicants of all backgrounds to apply for the fellowships. We do not discriminate based on age, race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, religion, marital status, or nation of origin in our admission policies.

In 2023, NXTHVN will welcome its fifth cohort of fellows from August 2023-May 2024. The Fellowship Application is available online at nxthvn.com/apply. All application materials must be submitted online through Submittable. Selected applicants will be notified in April 2023. Please direct any application questions to hello@nxthvn.com

We look forward to welcoming Cohort 5 in 2023!

NXTHVN’s 10-month fellowships provide:

·  Curatorial fellows will each receive a $45,000 stipend disbursed quarterly throughout the fellowship year.

·  Studio fellows will each receive a $35,000 stipend disbursed quarterly throughout the fellowship year.

·  Optional, subsidized housing in the Dixwell Neighborhood of New Haven

·  Dedicated work and/or studio space with 24-hour access

·  Monthly professional development sessions

·  Access to NXTHVN’s professional network of field experts and guest speakers

·  Culminating exhibitions for curatorial fellows and studio fellows

·  An annual publication featuring writing and work by the fellows and apprentices

·  Opportunity to design and participate in artist-led projects and public programming

·  Vocabulary and skills for navigating the art market

Expectations include:

·  Completing the entire 10-month residency program

·  Attendance at all professional development and advising sessions

·  Relocation to New Haven

·  Spending 13 hours per month mentoring a high school apprentice

·  COVID-19 Vaccination


NXTHVN is a groundbreaking institution that combines the best of arts and entrepreneurship. Through access, education, programming and impact investing, NXTHVN launches the careers of artists and curators and strengthens the livelihood of its local community. Located in the historically Black Dixwell neighborhood of New Haven, CT, the expansive adapted-reuse campus houses gallery, studio, library, office and coworking, performance and living spaces in addition to a forthcoming storefront cafe. Cornerstone programs include a renowned fellowship to educate and accelerate emerging and underrepresented artists and curators, paid arts apprenticeships for local high school students and business incubation to nurture cultural and capital value in the neighborhood. Co-founded in 2018 by acclaimed visual artist Titus Kaphar and private equity investor Jason Price—both longtime residents of New Haven—NXTHVN represents a new national arts model for developing an equitable society.