The residency program is located on the upper level of the firehouse, where participating artists are given a rent-free furnished apartment and a 800sq ft workspace for a two month term, allowing the occupants to focus solely on conceiving of, and producing artworks for the duration of their stay. Time spent at Frontispiece is intended to be focused, meditative, and productive--with only one resident (couples welcome) during any given term. Artists are welcome to either stay within the parameters of their established art practice, or to journey into experimental territory. Aside from the completion of the series, there are no professional, social, or writing requirements--participants are invited to use the studio space freely.


Prospective residents can apply at any time throughout the year. To apply, please send an email to, with the following:

1. 10 images of recent work
2. A list of image captions with details (title, medium, year, dimensions)
3. An artist's statement of no longer than 300 words
4. A statement of intent of how you wish to spend your time at Frontispiece, no longer than 300 words
5. Contact information

A small group of prospective residents are selected on a rotating basis, and are reviewed by the Frontispiece board. One a resident is selected, the board of directors engages selected applicants in a conversation about their work, and upcoming schedule.


Jesse Greenberg


Marianna Ellenberg

Marianna Ellenberg's video and performance work centers around a re-imaging of female subjectivity and desire within visual abstraction and language play. Recent performances have included The Harmers (co-produced with David Zuckerman) at JOAN Los Angeles and David Lewis in New York City. Her moving image based work has been shown both locally and internationally at Momenta Art, Art in General, Collectif Jeune Cinema (France) LA Freewaves and Issue Project Room (NYC), among others. Press includes Art in America, Hyperallergic, Cahiers Du Cinema, Art F City, Purple, Time Out New York and LA Weekly. At Frontispiece, Ellenberg is working on her new multi-media performance Pawel and Ebola to debut in New York City in 2017. Pawel and Ebola incorporates collaged language and avant garde staging to investigate themes of spirituality, sexuality and the female voice in the age of disaster and consumerism.


Ryan James MacFarland

Ryan James MacFarland (born Tallahassee, FL, 1985) is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus in analog photography. Working with both natural and found environments as his primary subject, MacFarland explores the relationship to his surroundings informed by concepts such as nonlinear science, cosmic intervention and conscious existence. His work has been exhibited in the US and abroad since 2005 and written about or published in Art F City, Artinfo, DuJour, Purple, OUT, The New York Times, Vogue, W and Whitewall. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

"Because most elements of nature are assumed to be quite concrete and specific, I enjoy making the viewer question the truth and validity of what they are seeing. It becomes of games of manipulation on my part, presenting a familiar and recognizable subject then using strategies like abstraction, scale, geometry, repetition and comparison to make the viewer question what they are seeing. I want people to look at my work and recognize not just what is there but the feeling that comes with that recognition."

Brian Wondergem

Brian Wondergem is a sculptor based in Brooklyn, NY. He was born in Johnson City, TN and graduated in 2004 from Yale School of Art's M.F.A. program. Wondergem's unique approach involves sculptural installation, painting, and assemblage. He has exhibited in numerous public and alternative spaces, and often collaborates with non-traditional or artist-run venues to create site-specific projects. He participated in the EAF07: Emerging Artist Fellowship Show at Socrates Sculpture Park in 2007. In 2010, he was invited to live and work in Zagreb, Croatia through Art in General's Eastern European Residency Exchange Program with the Croatian Council of Artists (HDLU). While there he presented a show of public sculpture that was exhibited outside of the Mestrovich Pavilion. 
In 2012, he had a solo exhibition at Kidd Yellin Gallery in Red Hook Brooklyn. Since then he has participated in variety of shows and residencies hosted through organizations like P.S.122, Abrons Art Center, Knockdown Center, NADA Hudson, and Regina Rex Gallery.

Caitlin MacBride

Caitlin MacBride was born in Norwich, CT and lives and works in New York. She received her MFA in painting at Bard College and holds a BFA from RISD. MacBride has had solo shows at Chapter NY and Real Fine Arts and appeared in group shows at Greene Naftali, Zach Feuer, and 247365. Her work has been written about in Modern Painters, Artforum, and New York Magazine. She has done residencies at the Salzburg Summer Akademy and Lighthouse Works. MacBride is using her time at Frontispiece to focus on a series of paintings that engage fragments and artifacts to intertwine space, desire, and affective uses of paint.

Jessi Reaves

"Operating as both sculpture and furniture, Jessi Reaves' works upend inherited binaries between form and function, fine art and design. Forms that reference modernist design are swathed in foam, fleece or sheer fabrics, others are carved and molded out of engineered wood. The elements that are normally concealed or inside—such as foam cushions, stains, hardware, plywood, and other structural supports—instead become the primary textures and shapes for her works. In her pieces, the utilitarian and decorative aspects of furniture are recombined into new compositions that create their own logic and reveal their biography as a thing."

Jessi Reaves (born 1986 in Orgeon) lives and works in New York. Her work has been included in exhibitions such as Now Showing: Jessi Reaves, Sculpture Center, New York, (2016) ; How to Remove Stains, Del Vaz Projects, Los Angeles (2016) ; Pavillon de L'Esprit Nouveau: A 21st Century Show Home at Swiss Institute, New York (2015); and American Basketry at Bed Stuy Love Affair, New York (2014). She will present her first solo exhibition at Bridget Donahue, New York in April 2016.

Amanda Friedman

"Animation, motion, and a nonlinear zone of planning and conceiving are central themes in my work. The layering of multiple times and speeds of making is shown through varied use of mark. The current group of "Performance Proposal" works are based around a play I conceived and wrote. They conjure scenes from this script, but pulling from relational references, they do not conform to a straight narrative. Recently, this way of working has extended to using stage imagery as a metaphor, though I am not convinced that this highlights the embodied yet fragmented urgency I feel. The mode of address of my work is propositional and open, things happen around it and it questions being taken in from the frontal picture plane. My paintings are relational objects and function as a constellation and an accumulation that embraces differing sightlines and meanings. Presence and slippage (afterimage, magic tricks, the subjective senses, apparitions) are important features. With multiple planes within one space, the work makes spontaneous, atmospheric and uncanny worlds."

-Amanda Friedman, on her own work, October, 2015

Lizzi Bougatsos

A short summation of her activities, courtesy of Paste Magazine:

"As a musician, Lizzi Bougatsos lends her singular vocals to bands like the experimental and borderline psychedelic Gang Gang Dance and I.U.D. As an artist, she has created sculptures that resembled anal beads, and sometimes is made out of ice. This legend of the downtown scene is equally at home in the Whitney Museum (she was in the 2008 biennial) and at the Brooklyn waterfront, drumming out 88 Boadrum, composed originally by Japanese noise-rock band Boredoms."

Lizzi Bougatsos (born Queens, New York, 1974) has had solo shows at The Breeder, Athens, Greece (2009); and James Fuentes, New York (2007, 2009). Bougatsos presented two-person exhibitions at Reena Spaulings with Kim Gordon (2005) and Jess Holzworth at American Fine Arts Co. (2000). Selected group exhibitions include: Shizaru Gallery, London, England, curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody (2012); Andrea Rosen, New York (2012); The NewBridge Project, London, England (2012); The Victoria Myhren Gallery at the University of Denver, Colorado (2012); American Contemporary Art from the Astrup Fearnly Collection at the 29th Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil (2011); The Whitney Biennial, New York (2008); The Astrup Fearnly Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway (2008); "In/Out of Me", curated by Klaus Biesenbach for MACRO – Museo d’arte Contemporanea di Roma, Milan, Italy, and Kunste Werke, Berlin, Germany (2007); and "Criss-Cross: Some Young New Yorkers" curated by Klaus Biesenbach for P.S.1 Institute of Contemporary Art, New York (1999). Bougatsos is a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation grant (2003).

Tova Carlin

Tova lives and works in New York. At Frontispiece she is making a series of colorful drawings and photographs using Pepper's Ghost, reflection, and other perceptual illusions to re-inject corporeality into symbols that have been emptied of emotion, particularly ones that relate to our notion of earth as the other (recycling symbols, clip art of the planet). She has a B.A. in research biology from Harvard and an MFA in painting from RISD. She has shown her work at The Finley, Bodega, KS Art, Abrons Art Center, Des Moines Art Center, Recess, and the Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Study. Her writing has been featured in Popular Mechanics, TimeOut New York, and various other magazines. Check out a small sampling of work below or at

Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg has written about sex, technology, design, books, television, and urban life for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, Print, The Hairpin, Vogue, New York, Elle, Real Simple, The Rumpus, and others. She has contributed to numerous anthologies and also wrote Wicked: The Musical: A Pop-up Compendium.

Her debut collection of stories, Instant Love, was published by Crown/Shaye Areheart Books in 2006. She is also the author of two novels, The Kept Man and The Melting Season, both published by Riverhead Books. Her third novel, The Middlesteins, was published in October 2012 by Grand Central Publishing. It appeared on The New York Times bestseller list, and was published in England, Taiwan, Russia, Italy, France, Turkey, The Netherlands, Germany and Israel. It was also a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the St. Francis College Literary Prize. A fifth book, Saint Mazie, was published in June 2015 in the U.S. and the UK and is forthcoming in Italy, France and Germany. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Winslow Smith

Winslow Smith is a New York-based artist who makes objects and videos, as well as writes. He recently had a solo exhibition at the Suburban, Chicago, IL.

Chip Hughes

Chip was at Frontispiece from March-June, 2015, fresh off his inclusion in Bob Nickas' The Painter of Modern Life, at Anton Kern Gallery, NY. While in residence, Chip made works for his September 2015 solo exhibition with Kerry Schuss, and executed a new series of small-scale drawings.