BLDG 92 Visiting Artist Program

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. Artists may apply for independent access to this high-security 300-acre facility and former military site nestled on the world-famous Brooklyn waterfront.  BLDG 92 supports artists in their creative visions and imposes no defined requirements for artistic interpretation.

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:                  09/21/2014

Information session:                                  10/30/2014 (3 – 5pm)

Application Deadline:                                     11/24/2014    

Notification:                                                       1/01/2015


*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
  • 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

RSVP for the information session on 10/30/14 via email to no later than 10/21/14

You will be notified on the status of your selection by the email provided on your application no later than 1/10/14.


The Brooklyn Navy Yard sits on Wallabout Bay between the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges on the East River.  The 300-acre industrial park neighbors nearby Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, DUMBO and Vinegar Hill.

The industrial park is comprised of more than 45 buildings, 6 dry docks, 5 finger piers, and a 24-acre former hospital facility with imminent plans for development, but in its current state out of use for more than 20 years. Buildings on the site range from as far back as the 1830s all the way up to the present day, and represent a wide variety architectural styles and periods. 

Established in 1801 as one of the nation's first five naval shipyards, over 165 years the Yard developed into the Nation’s premiere naval industrial facility.  Today, the Yard serves as a national model for sustainable urban job creation with a rapidly growing cluster of green manufacturers. 

With the exception of the newly opened Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 and associated tours, this modern industrial park remains closed to the public. The Visiting Artist Program has been established in response to the tremendous interest conveyed by local, national and international artists to get “behind the gates.”