Flux Factory  

Flux Factory’s Mission is to support emerging artists through Artist-in-Residencies and Exhibitions, education, and collaborative opportunities. Flux is an artist-led space that builds sustainable communities and retains creative vitality in Long Island City, NYC. Since 1994 Flux has hosted over 300 Artists-in-Residence, both local and international, and staged over 700 exhibitions across all disciplines. Flux’s home in Long Island City is a creative hive that incubates experimentation with collaborative processes. Flux hosts over 75 annual multidisciplinary events; all are free to the public while all participating artists are compensated. Each year Flux selects 40 Artists-in-Residence to develop their creative practices by offering affordable studios, shared workspaces (such as a print shop, woodshop, and technical office), a solo exhibition, and professional development opportunities. Flux commissions 100 multidisciplinary artworks annually through open calls with four annual Group Exhibitions.

In 1994, 7 artists rented a former spice factory on the desolate Williamsburg waterfront with no walls, water source, or HVAC. This place of humble beginnings quickly grew into a notorious arts destination as an alternative to the commercial gallery scene. Flux became a 501c3 nonprofit in 1999. In 2002 Flux was priced out and moved to 43rd St in Sunnyside, Queens. That year Flux formalized the Flux Major Group Exhibition program, producing 4 group exhibitions annually. In 2009 Flux was displaced through eminent domain and moved to its current location at 39-31 29th in Long Island City. This move was an impetus to professionalize a formal Residency, which now serves 40 artists annually.

In 2021 Flux Factory announced that it had purchased two spaces, having finally achieved permanent sustainability through funding from the City of New York. Flux’s home base on 29th Street was acquired to deepen the quality and longevity of Flux’s Artist-in-Residency. Change is also launching a new venue, called “Flux IV” (the fourth space Flux has operated), in mid-2022, located on the Hunters Point South waterfront. H&A Power Washing Long Island

The Rhizome Project

The Flux Factory Rhizome Project is committed to giving intentional space to Black voices and providing a platform for Black narratives by offering the support needed to help these narratives thrive and evolve.   The Rhizome Project is an evolving entity. As it grows, we will add programs focused on professional development and other forms of support. We commit to listening to the leadership of Black artists with an ongoing commitment both economically and through action. Many roots support the plant.

Restaurants Nearby 

  • Manetta’s is located at 10-76 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, New York
  • Blend LIC is located at 47-04 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY
  • Brooks 1890 is located at 2428 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY


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