Fountain House Gallery and Studio provide an environment in which artists living with mental illness can express their creative visions and exhibit their work. Founded by Fountain House in 2000 as a not-for-profit exhibition space for its member-artists living and working with mental illness, the Gallery sells original artworks and collaborates with a wide network of artists, curators, and cultural institutions. Embracing artists who are emerging or established, trained or self-taught, Fountain House Gallery cultivates artistic growth, makes a vital contribution to the New York arts community, and challenges the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Fountain House Studio is a dedicated studio space in Long Island City that provides member-artists with the resources, training, inspiration, and support they need to succeed in the highly competitive art world. Full-time access to the studio, where free art supplies are available, assists these artists in moving to a new level of creativity, expanding their marketable portfolios, and advancing their efforts to achieve broader name recognition and commercial success.
The Studio is located in the Silks Building, one of the pre-eminent landmarks in Long Island City, at 37-24 24th St., Suite 203.
At Fountain House Studio, artists living with mental illness work side by side with others in a collaborative setting that reduces isolation and fosters a supportive community.
Some of these first-term artists will continue into the next term of three-month residencies at the Studio, joined by additional artists who will be embarking upon their first residencies. Residencies are awarded via an application process.
“Fountain House Studio provides member-artists with the resources, training, inspiration, and support they need to succeed in the highly competitive art world,” said Fountain House Gallery Director Ariel Willmott, who orchestrates Studio activities with the support of Studio Coordinator Karen Gormandy, Studio Assistant Betty Eastland, and Gallery Assistant Amanda Suárez.
Securing a studio space for creating their art was a long-held dream of the artists of Fountain House Gallery. That dream became a reality this year. The establishment of Fountain House Studio has been made possible primarily through the generous support of individual donors.