The Summer Studio Program at Virginia Commonwealth University is a supportive and rigorous residency program with an established track record of inspiring and developing artists within a hothouse environment. Based on our successful MFA program, this 8-week intensive program combines theory and practice through: seminars, studio visits, artist lectures, critiques, professional development and intensive studio time.
For nearly a decade this groundbreaking program has attracted artists globally to help transform and hone their work and ideas. Participants come together for uninterrupted time to work in generous studios, and engage in ongoing dialogue with internationally recognized artists, critics and curators. Hands-on commitment to the advancement of the participants by those leading the program is remarkable: it is what sets this opportunity apart.
This two-month residency is ideal for artists developing a portfolio for application to graduate school, as well as those interested in uninterrupted studio immersion with charged feedback inside a stimulating and supportive atmosphere.
Many of the program’s alumni have gone on to some of most prestigious graduate programs and residencies in the country. Past program alumni have noted:
“In two months, my work improved as much as in three years of university study.”
“I left the program feeling good, with stronger convictions, tougher questions, and more specific goals.”
“Your serious belief in our individual potential and unwavering investment in our art practice was so encouraging, and certainly served as the impetus I needed to begin to transform how, why and to what end I make art.”
“The more time passes, the more I realize the significance this program had (and hopefully will continue to have) on my life as an artist… It is truly a transformative process.”
2014 CORE FACULTY – to be announced shortly
WHO SHOULD APPLY
Artists with undergraduate degrees who want to develop a body of work to serve as a portfolio for application to excellent graduate programs.
Artists with undergraduate degrees who are interested in further developing studio work and critical thinking in a creative professional environment.
Artists, perhaps farther along in their careers that wish to participate in a critical dialogue to push their work to the next level.
Participants have 24-hour access to a 114,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility housed at VCUarts’ Fine Arts Building in downtown Richmond, Virginia. Participants have the use of painting studios, printmaking studio, woodshop, metal studio (please note the foundry is not running over the summer), mold making studio, computer lab and video editing facilities as well as University Library privileges and Wi-Fi access. Technical assistance is provided in the printmaking studio, sculpture shops and computer lab.
RICHMOND | VCUarts | HOUSING
Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a diverse cultural city, surrounded by historic neighborhoods, parks and the James River – home to one of the largest inner city park systems in the country. The city consistently ranks among “Best Places to Live and Work in America.” Richmond is ideally located within easy reach of Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City.
Near the center of downtown is Virginia Commonwealth University, a tier one pubic research university with over 31,000 students and 222 degree and certificate programs spread throughout its 13 schools and colleges. VCUarts, with over 3000 students is one is the largest schools in the University and is ranked as the #1 public university for art and design and #4 overall school for art in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
Participants may elect to stay in the VCU Dormitories. Double dormitory suites accommodate two students per room. You will have access to a small kitchenette and bathroom shared with the neighboring double dormitory suite. Students may also choose to find nearby, off campus housing during the program. Any students electing to stay off-campus during the program are responsible for arranging their living situation. Sublets range in price and availability, for a general overview of prices see Craigslist Richmond: http://richmond.craigslist.org/apa/
Program Fee: $4,950
Housing (on campus): $1,275 (double room)
A limited number of $1,000 Scholarships will be awarded to students whose work is of exceptional quality. All students will be considered for these scholarships during the application process.
APPLICATION TIMELINE | INSTRUCTIONS
Deadline for Application: April 15, 2014
-10 images of recent work. Images should be jpegs sized at 1280 x 1024 pixels, 72 dpi
-Corresponding image script with dates, size, materials
-A resume with date of birth, address, telephone number and e-mail address.
-A short, one page maximum, artist statement/statement of purpose
-Three references (no letters) with name, title if applicable, phone number and email contact.
-Application fee of $25 with check payable to VCU Painting & Printmaking, or VCU Sculpture + Extended Media, as appropriate.
You application should be mailed to either:
SSP@VCU, VCU Painting & Printmaking
University, 1000 W. Broad Street
PO Box 842519
Richmond VA 23284-2519
SSP@VCU, VCU Sculpture + Extended Media
University, 1000 W. Broad Street
PO Box 843005
Richmond VA 23284-3005
For questions or correspondence, please email Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Summer Studio Program is progressive; students using traditional media as well as those who work in electronic media, performance, installation, conceptual and experimental hybrid forms are invited to apply.
Although the program is cross-disciplinary in spirit, please apply either to Sculpture + Extended Media or Painting & Printmaking – whichever you feel is the best fit for your work. If you wish to apply to both departments, submit two separate applications and application fees.
There is no application form.
Be sure to label all your application materials with your name.
We request proof of health insurance; if you are unable to provide proof of health insurance you will need to sign a release and waiver of liability form.