Moon and Stars Project is the arts and culture outfit of The American Turkish Society.


September 19 - October 19| The Built Environment, Lower East Side in Istanbul

May 20, 2014| Threshold - A Staged Reading by Hasan Erkek

May 16 - 25, 2014| 13th New York Turkish Film Festival

May 15, 2014| Young Photographers Award Open Call Application Deadline

May 2-3, 2014| Sakinan Göze Çöp Batar (An Overprotected Eye Always Gets Sand in it)

April 1, 2014| Deadline for SVA Summer Residency Scholarship

January 16 - March 1, 2014| Private Matters organized by Ceren Erdem, Jaime Schwartz, and Lisa Hayes Williams

November 12-30, 2013 | 2013 Young Photographers Exhibition in Istanbul at The Elipsis Gallery

August 2, 2013 | 13th NYTFF Film Submission Deadline

July 27-28| "Oasis" Presented by NY2Dance at Ailey Citigroup Theater

May 2013| 2013 YPA Winner Announcement

March 21| Deadline for SVA Summer Residency Scholarship Applications

November 30, 2012| Priene Hali Benefit Sale

August 26, 2012| Korhan Basaran performance at the Wild Project

June 27, 2012| 2012 SVA Open Studios

March 30-September 15, 2012| "Films About Conscience" Open Call

April 27-May 10, 2012| "The Space Between: A Panorama of Cinema in Turkey" at The Film Society of Lincoln Center

January 4-17, 2012| "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" at Film Forum 

January 4-15, 2012 | "Lick but Don't Swallow," by Ozen Yula

November 5-18, 2011 | "Young Photographers Award" Exhibition 

November 11, 2011|Kardes Turkuler Music Workshop

November 11, 2011| Asli Çavuşoğlu: Words Dash Against the Façade

November 13, 2011 Kardes Turkuler in Concert with Arto Tuncboyaciyan  feat. Special Guest Ara Dinkjian

October 15, 2011| Application Deadline for Call for Short Films: "Films about Conscience" Project

October 8, 2011|Once Upon a Time in Anatolia by Nuri Bilge Ceylan at NYFF

July 13-16, 2011 | "For Rent," by Ozen Yula    

June 2011 | Summer Residency Program at SVA

May 2011 | "Young Photographers Award" winner announcement

April 11 | Summer Residency Program at SVA Application Deadline

March 25&27 | Public Screening of Majority (Cogunluk)

December 3-5, 10-12 | 12th New York Turkish Film Festival

October-November 2010 | Turkish Film Screenings in Ithaca (NY), Madison (MI), Milwaukee (MI) and Seattle (WA)

August 5, 2010 | Summer Residency Program: Open Studios & Exhibition




The Moon and Stars Project

of The American Turkish Society
proud to co-present
The World of My Father
the first  U.S. photography exhibition
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
the acclaimed film director. 

The American Turkish Society, Tina Kim Gallery, and Dirimart have partnered to present the first exhibition of Nuri Bilge Ceylan's photography in the United States. Ceylan was the winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Festival for Winter Sleep. The exhibition will explore how photography remains a foundational aspect of Ceylan's cinematic work. IThe World of My Father, Ceylan turns his formidable gaze to Mehmet Emin Ceylan, a charismatic figure who played prominent roles in Ceylan's first three films, Clouds of May (1999), The Small Town (1997), Cocoon(1995). Viewers familiar with Ceylan's films will be delighted to see Ceylan's same commitment to subtle imagery in his photographs. 


Exhibition Dates: 
Thursday, October 30 – Sunday, December 13, 2014

Exhibition Hours:
Tuesdays - Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM 


Opening Reception with Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Thursday, October 30, 6:00 - 8:00 PM 

Tina Kim Gallery
545 West 25th St
New York, NY 10001
Please click here to RSVP for the Reception.
Exhibition Presented by:
Special thanks to 
Opening Reception Sponsors
for their generous support. 


14th NYTFF: Call for Short Film Submissions (Deadline: November 30)


The American Turkish Society is pleased to announce an open call for short film submissions for its 14th New York Turkish Film Festival. In building bridges between cultures, cinema is a particularly powerful tool that transports audiences to distant places, while reflecting universality of various human experiences and emotions. For the past fourteen years, The New York Turkish Film Festival has screened over 300 Turkish films to a steadily increasing audience.  Nonetheless, this accomplishment can only be maintained by your valuable support and film submissions.

Selected submissions will be screened at the 14th NYTFF, and considered for our audience-choice award, which was implemented for the first time in 2014.  

To submit a film, please click the corresponding language for application information in English or Turkish.

For additional information about the Moon and Stars Project of The American Turkish Society, please visit or


The Built Environment, Lower East Side in Istanbul

 Moon and Stars Project of The American Turkish Society

is pleased to support the grant project 

The Built Environment, Lower East Side in Istanbul

presented by 

September 19 - November 2


Tomtom Mahallesi Boğazkesen Caddesi
no: 45 Bodrum kat Tophane Beyoğlu
Istanbul, Turkey


The Built Environment, Lower East Side is an exhibition featuring nine international artists, none of whom have previously shown in Istanbul. These artists are grounded in the urban spaces they inhabit and in which they work. The Lower East Side in Manhattan, New York City is a seminal zone of activity for these artists and The Built Environment, Lower East Side in Istanbul transports some of the energy and attitude that exists within the creative communities of the LES and exposes that dynamism and spirit to Tophane, Istanbul.

These artists work in photo-based practices, painting, collage, printed matter, sculpture, video, and some are producing site-specific works, directly engaging with the built environment of Istanbul. The artworks combine references to constructed space with a focus on urban topography, specifically a sense of how the order and structure of our environment can produce a sense of disorientation, confrontation, or sometimes anxiety.

The artists whose works are included in The Built Environment, Lower East Side in Istanbul are Anna K.E., Carol Szymanski, Eli Ping, Erica Baum, Frank Heath, Jill Magid, Josh Tonsfeldt, Joshua Abelow, Robin Cameron. The project is curated by Kathleen Madden, art historian and lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Barnard College, Columbia University.

For more information about the exhibition, please see here.


Open Call for 5th Young Photographers Award - Extended Deadline!

Deadline has been extended to June 1!


The online application for the 2014 Young Photographers Award is available at the official website and the deadline has been extended to June 1, 11:59 PM, Istanbul time. One winner will receive a $5,000 award, and two honorable mentions will each receive a $2,500 reward. The awards are used to cover the recipients’ tuition and/or photography equipment.  For more information about the selection process, please visit the official Young Photographers Award website.

Given by Haluk Soykan and administered by The Moon and Stars Project of The American Turkish Society, the Young Photographers Award seeks to encourage and support undergraduate students of photography in Turkey. It is made possible by a grant from the Young Photographers Award Fund established by Haluk Soykan at Turkish Philanthropy Funds.


Young Photographer Award in the News


SVA Summer Residency Scholarship Winning Artist

SVA Summer Residency Scholarship


June 2 - July 3, 2014



Gözde Onaran


Istanbul-born artist Gözde Onaran honed her artistic talent while pursuing a MA in media ecology and film production at New York University from 1997 to 1999, and was a lecturer at both Kadir Has University and Istanbul Bilgi University from 2007 to 2010. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis as well as an editorial board member and film critic at Altyazı Monthly Cinema Magazine.


Gözde will have exclusive use of a small studio located in School of Visual Arts Chelsea Building and an opportunity to receive faculty critiques and participate in special lectures and gallery tours. Exposure to the New York art scene complements this on-site residency program. The program culminates in an open studio exhibition, which will enable Gözde  to present her work to the public. 



Program Sponsors


This scholarship is made possible by a partnership between the School of Visual Arts and Moon and Stars Project of The American Turkish Society. The studio and tuition of the scholarship recipient is provided by School of Visual Arts and  Moon and Stars Project of The American Turkish Society sponsors the following expenses:  roundtrip airfare, accommodations, a stipend ($500), materials ($500), visa application expenses, one-month unlimited metro card, and transportation to and from the airport in New York.


We would like to thank all the artists who sent an application and showed interest
in our program.

About SVA Summer Residency Scholarship

Now in its 10th year, the scholarship for SVA Summer Residency in Painting and Mixed Media is sponsored by Moon and Stars Project of The American Turkish Society and School of Visual Arts . The  scholarship offers artists from Turkey an opportunity to work intensively in a private studio, receive faculty critiques and participate in special lectures and gallery tours. To date, a total of 10 artists from Turkey were awarded with the scholarship. Previous winners include Aret Gıcır (2013), Erman Özbaşaran (2012), Neslihan Eren (2011), Nazım Ünal Yılmaz (2010), Ayşe Nur Ipek (2009), Sinem Dişli (2008), Burcu Yağcıoğlu and Hayal Incedoğan (2007), Dilek Tina Winchester (2006) and Deniz Aygün (2004).