Founded in 1998 as a program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, The EFA Studio Program was created to provide affordable studio space within a community of artists, facilitate career development, and promote public and critical exposure for our members. EFA Studios seeks to foster artistic community and open exchange between artists, curators, dealers and the public to promote the continued influence of artist communities inside Manhattan.
The EFA Studio Program is housed in eight floors of the EFA building located in Midtown Manhattan’s Fashion District. The Studio Program maintains artists studios of various size and shape for up to 80 member-artists. One of three programs at EFA, the members of the EFA Studios program are part of a community that includes The Project Space and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. The Studio Program provides artists the rare opportunity to work in a professional arts community inside Manhattan and in close proximity to the city’s primary gallery districts. EFA facilitates interaction with dealers, curators and critics to provide continued development for member-artists. Unique among studio programs in New York City, EFA is one of the few remaining arts organizations still providing long-term workspace in Manhattan.
Members of the studio program are professional artists with an established studio practice and recognized art career. Members are selected by a jury of respected arts professionals, through a competitive application process. Our member artists create work in wide range of media and artistic sensibilities creating a vibrant and diverse community of peers.