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About the Program

Hosted jointly by Ronin Gallery and Globus Washitsu, the annual Ronin|Globus Artist-in-Residence Program seeks to stimulate cross-cultural dialogue by providing the opportunity for Japanese visual artists to live, work and exhibit in New York City.

The selected Artist-in-Residence will be the featured artist in Ronin Gallery’s summer exhibition. In addition, they will receive up to a one-month stay at Globus Washitsu in central Manhattan, a $1,000 cash stipend, and a round-trip ticket between Tokyo and NYC. During their time in New York, the Artist-in-Residence will participate in events with Ronin Gallery and Globus Washitsu. A portion of the proceeds raised through the exhibition will go to the annual charitable sponsor. Past sponsors include the Japan Society and Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

The program assumes a new theme each year. Typically, the annual theme will be announced in the fall. Submissions should include an updated resume, artist statement (no more than half of a page), and four to five works of art that are available to exhibit in NYC (in JPEG format). Works on paper no larger than 28.5 x 45.5 inches are preferred, but all submissions will be considered. A blinded panel of prestigious judges will determine the winner and finalists for this residency. Judges are selected to reflect a diversity of viewpoints and opinions. Past panels have consisted of museum curators, individual collectors, philanthropists, and experts on Japanese art. They will select a winner based on three criteria: artistic excellence, clarity of concept, and originality in interpretation of theme. The first runner up will also be recognized and included in the gallery's summer exhibition.

Past Programs

The Great Wave: Images to Support the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund (2016) – Artist-in-Residence: “OZ” Keisuke Yamaguchi
Iki: Stylish, Simple and Sophisticated (2017) – Artist-in-Residence: Katsutoshi Yuasa
Kacho Fugetsu (2018) – Artist-in-Residence: Asako Iwasawa
Ryusui: Flowing Stream, Running Water (2019) – Artist-in-Residence: Yoshihito Kawase

Meet our Sponsors


Ronin Gallery is one of the world’s leading dealers in Japanese woodblock prints and home to one of the largest collections of 17th – 21st century Japanese prints in the United States. Founded in 1975 in the Explorers Club Mansion of New York City, the gallery is now located in the taproom of the historic Engineers Club at Bryant Park Place.


The Globus Brothers (Ron, Ric and Steve) have long been associated with cultural interchange between Japan and United States. They have sponsored events at eminent institutions including Japan Society and Asia Society. Their scope spans dance, theater, cinema, art, craft, and performance groups. Globus Washitsu is a venue to spark the expression, knowledge, and wonderment that arise from dialogue between Japan and the United States.

U.S. MEDIA SPONSOR - Spoon & Tamago

Spoon & Tamago is a Japanese arts and culture blog that spans the categories of fine art and architecture to product and graphic design. It was founded in 2007 as a means of attracting international attention to the Japanese art and design scene, and is currently based out of New York City and Tokyo.


ONBEAT=音美衣杜, is composed with four kanji characters, “音”(music), “美”(art), “衣”(fashion) and “杜”(forest, environment). ONBEAT magazine is a “Bilingual Magazine for Art and Culture from the Edge of the East” and is published biannually. It aims to introduce various arts and cultures all around the world as well as Japanese art and culture to the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why only Japanese artists working in Japan?
While many international residency programs bring artists to the United States, there are few opportunities specifically for Japanese artists. For the past 40 years, Ronin Gallery has focused on bringing the best of Japanese prints to New York City. In keeping with this tradition, Ronin Gallery seeks to nurture and promote the most exciting talents in contemporary Japanese art. The Globus family has a singular focus on supporting Japanese culture. This program reinforces this focus by promoting Japanese art in the United States.

Do you provide travel visas?
No, though the Ronin|Globus Artist-in-Residence Program will provide an official letter of invitation to be used for appropriate travel documents.

Who is responsible for the transport of the art?
The artist is responsible for shipping the art to Ronin Gallery and all Japanese import and export duties. The program will fully cover the cost of retuning the art to Japan and all U.S. import and export duties.

Are artist’s materials included?
We do not provide materials, but the $1000 stipend can be used for this purpose.