Since its inception, ArteEast has strived to create spaces to showcase, promote, and support the creative work of artists, filmmakers, writers, and other creators with ties to the MENA region.  Through programs including the ArteEast Quarterly Journal, ArteEast-sponsored residencies, exhibitions, and other programming, we give creators a platform to cultivate audiences in the United States while building powerful networks to support them in their creative and professional growth.

Since 2011, our most intensive program has been the ArteEast Residency Program, which sponsors artists and filmmakers from the MENA region to undertake career-enriching residencies at some of the United States’ most prestigious residency programs. Residencies are generally 4-12 weeks long and are hosted by premier residency programs including Art Omi, Residency Unlimited, Sculpture Space, and the MacDowell Colony. Each residency includes a curated “ArteEast Connect” experience in New York City, through which creators-in-residence have opportunities to showcase their work through film screenings, artist talks, and other public engagements, while connecting through one-on-one meetings with our network of influencers, including curators, arts programmers, museum professionals, and gallerists.  To view more information on our past residents, click on the profiles below.

2017 Residents

Rashwan Abdelbaki, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (IIE Artist Protection Fund Fellow 2017)


2016 Residents

Dalia Baassiri, Residency Unlimited and Sculpture Space

Özgür Demirci, Residency Unlimited

Myriam El Hage, MacDowell Colony

Mohamed Siam, MacDowell Colony

Lara Tabet, Omi International Arts Center

Bassem Yousri, Omi International Arts Center


2015 Residents

Mirna Bamieh, Omi International Arts Center


2014 Residents

Mohamed Kazem, Watermill Residency Center


2013 Residents

Dictaphone Group, Watermill Residency Center



Abbas Akhavan, Watermill Residency Center