Brooklyn Navy Yard Visiting Artist Program

"Hospital Annex, Brooklyn Navy Yard"
30" x 24", pastel over gouache on watercolor paper
 by Brooklyn Navy Yard Visiting Artist, Enid Braun, 2013

Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 offers an annual program to artists seeking to work on-site in any medium including, but not limited to, photography, painting, music, dance, sculpture and writing. Now entering its fifth year, the Visiting Artist Program was established in response to tremendous public interest from artists who are inspired by or seeking to connect to the Yard. Artists may apply for independent access to this high-security 300-acre facility and former military site nestled on the world-famous Brooklyn waterfront. Preference may be given to locally based artists and to applications which demonstrate the following:

  • A clear understanding of the mission of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and of BLDG 92 and
  • A conception of how and why the Yard will inspire, inform or be valuable to their artisitic process or vision.

This program is offered once per year. The program duration is flexible. Best efforts will be made to accommodate an artist’s preferred dates. Please attend the information session to learn more about the program. 



Key dates*:

Program Information Release:                  09/29/2016

Information session:                                  11/10/2016 (9:15am)

Application Deadline:                                     01/11/2017   

Notification:                                                       02/10/2017 


*These dates are subject to change.  Artist applicants will be notified of changes.


BLDG 92 staff manage artist relationships and Yard communications on behalf of other BNYDC departments. 

BNYDC provides access to common areas only.

BNYDC does not provide funding or studio space. 



The Brooklyn Navy Yard industrial park is a 24/7 facility with strict security and permitted access only.

There is parking available throughout the Yard, available on a first-come, first-served basis.  BNYDC offers a free, scheduled shuttle service.

The Yard is home to more than 300 businesses in a variety of industries.  Out of respect for their work and tenancies, Visiting Artists must recognize boundaries and accept the necessary limitations of certain areas.  Visiting Artists negotiate independently with Yard tenants for access to leased spaces, and for the right to photograph or otherwise make a record of those spaces. In some cases, BLDG 92 staff will offer an introduction to particular Yard tenants upon request of the Visiting Artist.

Visiting Artists who wish to conduct research are encouraged to use the Brooklyn Navy Yard Archive, which houses 40,000 maps and plans of the facility, and extensive collections of Yard-related historic illustrated newspapers, photographs, postcards, stereoscope cards and oral histories. Archive visits are by appointment only.



Visiting Artists must supply their own equipment and art materials. All waste must be disposed of in a considerate and environmentally friendly manner.

Artists are required to:

  • Obey all Yard rules (rules and regulations will be provided at information session and/or upon acceptance into the program)
  • Sign and comply with Attribution Agreement (provided upon acceptance into the program)
  • Provide an anticipated schedule and/or scheduling needs
  • Register with BNYDC Security and carry BNYDC ID at all times while on the site
  • Submit a portfolio of work completed as Visiting Artist upon completion of the program (600 dpi jps or tiffs, or comparable medium)
  • Acknowledge BNYDC and BLDG 92 in accord with the BNYDC license agreement
  • At the discretion of BNYDC, contribute development and/or participation in a public program in conjunction with BLDG 92 staff, including but not limited to serving as a guest judge for our Seasonal Photography Tour Instagram Contest
  • Offer BLDG 92 first option of exhibition related to your program (BNYDC is under no obligation to do so) in accord with the BNYDC license agreement
  • Make your own arrangements for any other show/performance/exhibition and workshops
  • Demonstrate sensitivity and respect towards Yard tenants, the environment and heritage of the area
  • Submit survey and provide feedback to BNYDC towards the end of the program, describing your experience, how it affected your work, etc



Download an application and provide the following as one PDF file, in this order:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Introductory letter providing a statement of interest and overview of your plans for the program including a description of the work you would seek to produce (maximum 2 pages)
  3. Portfolio of work (approximately 20 photographs/300 dpi); embed links to any video or audio files, websites and/or blogs
  4. Resume or CV

Send your submission with the subject line, "Visiting Artist 2017 Submission" to by 1/11/2017. 

RSVP for the information session on 11/10/2016 via email to no later than 11/1/16. Note that there may be an additional information session on 12/14. 

You will be notified on the status of your selection by the email provided on your application no later than 2/10/17.