Program Overview

Each year NXTHVN welcomes up to seven artists, two curators, and nine New Haven high school students to its annual fellowship and apprenticeship programs. Founded by Jason Price, Titus Kaphar and Jonathan Brand, the core principles of NXTHVN’s mission are: mentorship, collaboration, and professional development. In its fellowship program, the organization nurtures and serves a community of artists, curators and high school apprentices through a dynamic learning model that focuses on two key areas of professionalization in the field of art: access and education.

Selected from an international pool of applicants, fellows relocate to the Dixwell Neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut to participate in NXTHVN’s mentorship-driven curriculum which includes professional development sessions led by visiting artists, curators, scholars, and practitioners. Each fellow mentors a local high school apprentice, providing them with hands-on instruction in studio and curatorial practices. The year culminates with exhibitions for the fellows and apprentices.

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.

We look forward to welcoming Cohort 4 in 2022!


NXTHVN’s year-long fellowships provide:

●  A generous stipend disbursed quarterly throughout the fellowship year, which runs from August to May

●  Optional, partially 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, studio fellows, and high school apprentices

●  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

NXTHVN welcomes up to seven artists, two curators, and nine New Haven high school students to its annual Fellowship and Apprenticeship programs. Through a proprietary curriculum that focuses on mentorship, professional development, and skills training, members of the cohort cultivate their individual practices within a collaborative, community-driven context. Each fellow mentors a local high school apprentice, providing them with hands-on instruction in studio and curatorial practices. Through active participation in NXTHVN’s year-long programs, early-career artists and curators make the personal strides and interpersonal connections that advance their careers.


NXTHVN’s year-long fellowships provide:

●  a generous stipend disbursed quarterly throughout the fellowship year, which runs from August-May

●  optional, partially subsidized housing in Dixwell, 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, studio fellows and high school apprentices

●  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