Manhattan Graphics Center offers 11 scholarships each year for artists who want to work at the printmaking studio but can't afford the fees. Any artist who has not previously worked at MGC (i.e. taken a class, taught a class, or purchased open workshop time) is eligible to apply; printmaking experience is not required. Please see further eligibility requirements below. 



Please note - Applications are suspended due to Covid-19 and will re-open when business resumes 

January 15 - deadline for summer terms

May 15 - deadline for fall terms

September 15 - deadline for spring terms


A scholarship consists of
  • Tuition waiver for class (either one core class or two workshops)

  • Unlimited open workshop hours for one 15 week term

  • $125 materials reimbursement

  • Storage space

  • MGC membership for 1 year



The MGC scholarship program does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, race, sex, religion, marital status, or national origin.


MGC scholarships are intended for artists at the beginning of their careers, though mid-career artists may also apply. Current college or university students are not eligible. Applicants’ financial need is also considered when awarding scholarships.

Students must be US citizens or have an active visa to qualify. We regret that we are unable to assist with visa applications. For more information on applying for a visa, please visit the website for the US Department of State


Scholarships are awarded for the duration of one term or 15 weeks. During that time, recipients have unlimited access to the studio during our hours of operation, as long as a class is not taking place in the area in which you wish to work. Scheduled classes always take priority in the studio. Please review the calendar to see when classes are running. Scholarship recipients will also be able to choose between taking 1 long course (our semester-long classes in etching, lithography, silkscreen, and Japanese woodblock) or 2 short classes (which change each term). Scholarship recipients will receive storage space and will be reimbursed for supplies up to $125. Receipts must be submitted to receive the stipend. Scholarship recipients will also receive a membership to MGC, which is good for 1 year. 

Optional Promotional Edition

Scholarship students will be given the option to participate in an opportunity to promote their work through MGC. If they choose to participate, students can produce a small original print in one color, in an edition of 50, that will be distributed to our supporters as gifts. MGC will provide equipment, paper and inks. Along with the small print, the students' personal statements will be distributed.



The application can be found here. We invite you to visit the studio at your convenience in advance during our open hours. Please include the following:

  • Full contact information

  • Resume or CV

  • ​A statement of why you wish to work at MGC (under 250 words)

  • 6 digital images in jpeg format, no more than 1000 pixels in any dimension

  • Title, dimensions, media, date for each work

  • Tell us how you found out about this scholarship opportunity​

Finalists will be invited for interviews and will need to submit proof of US citizenship or current visa in order to schedule.



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New York City Department of Cultural Affairs | The Scherman Foundation for its generous and continuing support | New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature | The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation | The Charles Locke Art Fund | The Jockey Hollow Foundation |  Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation | Friends and MGC members who have made donations to the Center


Our programs are supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.