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About EFA RBPMW Studio Immersion Project

Studio Immersion Project (SIP) is an intense summer fellowship designed to introduce artists from multiple disciplines to printmaking. SIP invites artists seeking creative exploration through printmaking, regardless of expertise, to apply their creative knowledge and conceptual goals to the print medium.

Selected artists are each provided 3 months of access (June-July-August) to a community and professional printmaking workspace, a monthly stipend, a materials stipend, three printmaking workshops, and assistance from EFA RBPMW staff and monitors.  SIP has little or no out of pocket expenditures for artists while maximizing technical assistance in EFA RBPMW’s fully stocked and equipped intaglio, relief, lithography, and digital media workspace.

EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop is located in the EFA Center at 323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor, between 8th and 9th Avenues in Midtown Manhattan.

SIP Award Description
1 year EFA RBPMW membership
3 months unlimited EFA RBPMW studio access
Monthly stipend
Materials stipend
6 session SIP Orientation Program
Includes: In depth studio orientation, basic intaglio, lithography, screenprinting, relief and monotype techniques.
3 EFA RBPMW classes picked from Summer Class Schedule
Group exhibition in 20|20 Gallery the summer after fellowship year
Scheduled project consultation with EFA RBPMW staff printers
3 month material & supply storage
Access to exhibition and portfolio exchange opportunities through EFA RBPMW membership

Eligibility is limited to artists living and working in New York State that have no affiliation with any institution as a full or part time student, be in a residency program during the time of the SIP fellowship, nor have received any other fellowship from EFA RBPMW in the past 2 years. 

Prior printmaking experience is not required. Artists working in other media are greatly encouraged to apply.

Selection Process

Artists of any race, gender, ethnicity, creed, or socioeconomic background are encouraged to apply.  Selection is based on artistic merit determined by an independent 5 person interdisciplinary panel of art professionals in a blind jury. All jurors names will be made public following the announcement of selected participants.

Deadlines and Notification Process

All applications must be submitted online by or before Monday, December 14, 2019. All applicants will receive an automatic email response after successfully completing their application.  Finalists will be notified for an interviews by min-March. Please do not call the office for selection results. 

Application Instructions

All applications must include the following:

1. Work Samples and Image List

2. Current Resume / CV

3. Statement of Intent


1. Work Samples and Image List

 Work Samples can b one of the three options:

- 10 jpg images

- 5 minutes of video

- 5 jpg images and 2.5 minutes of video

Applicants Submitting Images:

- All images should be in jpg format. Maximum size: 1000 pixels in any direction. This is the optimal size for good image quality and fast upload.

-Save images as: "yourlastname_yourfirstname_01.jpg" (Ex. Morandi_Giorgio_01.jpg)

Applicants Submitting Video:

- Video samples must include a link (URL) to video WITHOUT the artist’s name.

- You may submit a link to a video posted on any website, including YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Just make sure that there are no privacy settings prohibiting the viewing of the video. If there is a password, PLEASE include it in the space provided.

- DO NOT include your name in your title image or in the credits of your time based piece.

Here is a page explaining private videos on



...and for Vimeo:


Image List You will be prompted to enter the title, date, medium, and dimensions for all images submitted. For video submissions, please include the title, duration and description of the sample provided.

2. Resume/CV 

- Please submit and save your Resume/CV as      a .pdf  file as: Yourlastname_Yourfirstname_CV.pdf” (ex.      Morandi_Giorgio_CV.pdf)

3. Statement of Intent

- Describe your practice and how you think      printmaking might contribute to your current work in 100 words or      less. 

- Save your statement as a .pdf file as: “Yourlastname_Yourfirstname_Statement” (ex.      Morandi_Giorgio_Statement.pdf)