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.
What Alumni Have to say
Many of the program’s alumni have gone on to some of the 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.”
“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.”
“I left the program feeling good, with stronger convictions, tougher questions, and more specific goals.”
2014 Core Faculty
- Will Schneider-White
- Will Schneider-White is the 2013-2014 Fountainhead Fellow in Painting at VCU. He is a current fellow at the Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC and is a ‘Jury Pick’ in 100 Painters of Tomorrow (Thames & Hudson). He holds an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art in London, UK, where he was awarded the Steer Prize.
- Matthew Flegle
- Matthew Flegle earned a BFA from The Ohio State University in 1995 and an MFA from Stanford University in 2003. He has been awarded two Greater Columbus Arts Council Fellowships (2006 and 2012) and a New York Foundations for the Arts Fellowship (2001). His work has been shown in Columbus, New York, San Francisco and, most recently, in a solo exhibition at The Weston Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Flegle currently teaches sculpture at Columbus College of Art & Design and The Ohio State University.
2013 Visiting Faculty
- Lisa Freiman
- Dr. Lisa Freiman is the inaugural director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s new Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA). Freiman served as senior curator and chair of the contemporary art department at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) between 2002 and 2013. In 2011, Freiman served as commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion in the 54th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia. At the IMA Freiman realized major commissions by artists including Robert Irwin, Kay Rosen, Tony Feher, Orly Genger, Julianne Swartz, and Ghada Amer, and curated numerous exhibitions of works by international contemporary artists including Aziz + Cucher, Amy Cutler, Ingrid Calame, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Ernesto Neto, and Tara Donovan.
- Frank Haines
- Artist and magician Frank Haines currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Haines has performed at Santos Party House (NYC), Pyramid Club (NYC), Basso, (Berlin), and the deep woods of Delhi, NY. His most recent collaboration was this fall with Zeena Schreck for Performa 13. Additionally, Haines is part of the cross-generational performance trio of Blanko & Noiry. Notably, they performed at a night he curated titled Blood Transfusion for a Ghost at PS1/MOMA in conjunction with their Kenneth Anger exhibition. Haines has exhibited extensively in the US and Europe at Jackie Klempay Gallery (Brooklyn), AMP (Athens), Boston University Art Gallery, Jack Hanley Gallery (San Francisco), Lisa Cooley Gallery (NYC), Krinzinger Gallerie (Vienna) and ZDB (Lisbon).
- Philip Hinge
- Philip Hinge was born in Seattle, Washington in 1988. Hinge earned his BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010 and his MFA in painting from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014. Hinge has participated in group shows in Baltimore, Washington DC, Jersey City and Richmond and has had solo shows in Jersey City, Baltimore, Puerto Rico, and Miami. Hinge has been featured in issues 100, 105, and 111 of the New American Paintings publication and is currently represented by CONNERSMITH (Washington DC).
- Arnold Kemp
- Arnold Kemp is chair of the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. Kemp’s work is represented by PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR. From 1991 – 2006, Kemp had four significant solo exhibitions in San Fransisco and many group shows while also working as a curator for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (1993 – 2003) and serving on the board of the Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito (2000 – 2004). His work resides in many collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem. He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.
- Ashley Kistler
- Ashley Kistler directs the Anderson Gallery at the VCU School of the Arts in Richmond, having previously served as exhibitions curator at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond and associate curator of modern and contemporary art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Among the numerous exhibition catalogues that she has authored and/or edited are Close Out: Retail Relics and Ephemera; you, your sun and shadow; The Nameless Hour: Places of Reverie, Paths of Reflection; Imaging South Africa: Collection Projects by Siemon Allen; and Elizabeth King: The Sizes of Things in the Mind’s Eye, which accompanied a nationally traveling survey of King’s work.
- Andrea Merkx
- Andrea Merkx is an artist and musician living in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from the University of New Mexico and her MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York. She has exhibited and performed at venues such as PS1, NY; Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR; the Swiss Institute-Contemporary Art, NY; Jack Tilton Gallery, NY; the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY; as well as the Bowery Ballroom, NY, and Irving Plaza, NY.
- Carlton Newton
- Carlton is an associate professor and the interim chair of the Sculpture + Extended Media Department at VCU. He has exhibited widely, including exhibitions at the New Museum, New York City; The American Academy in Rome; The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts among many others. He is also the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the American Academy in Rome Prize, and a Virginia Commission for the Arts Artist Fellowship.
- Lili Cox-Richard
- Lily Cox-Richard is a sculptor currently based in Houston, Texas. She earned her MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University, and has exhibited at Hirschl & Adler in New York, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, the Poor Farm in Manawa, Wisconsin, and Kompact Living Space in Berlin. She has received several grants and residencies, including a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, a postdoctoral fellowship in the University of Michigan's Society of Fellows, and residencies at the CORE Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Millay Colony, and the MacDowell Colony.
- Gregory Volk
- Gregory is a New York–based art critic and curator and an associate professor in both Painting and Printmaking and the Sculpture + Extended Media Departments at VCU. He is contributing editor for Art in America and his articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including Parkett and Sculpture. Volk curates exhibitions nationally and abroad.
- Wallace Whitney
- Wallace Whitney lives and works in the Bronx, NY. He received an MFA from Bard College and a BA from Hampshire College. Additionally, Whitney is a co-founder of the pioneering CANADA gallery in the Lower East Side. The artist is represented by Horton Gallery, where he has been featured in a solo show, a group show, an art fair, and a solo presentation at The Armory Show, New York, and Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg, FR. The artist was featured in a two-person presentation with James Hyde at the NADA Art Fair, Miami in 2013.
- Julie Grosche
- Julie is a graduate of Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art in Dijon, France and is the co-founder of PMgalerie in Berlin, Germany and of Bcc, an itinerant curatorial project. Her work and curatorial endeavors have appeared internationally at Pauline’s, New York City; Reference Gallery, Richmond, Virginia; Domestica, Barcelona, Spain; PROGRAM, Berlin; Favorite Goods, Los Angeles; Oslo10, Basel, Switzerland as well as Based In Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
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, who wish to participate in a critical dialogue to push their work to the next level.
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.
Each week of the program includes group critiques, individual studio visits and a seminar: a focal point for group discussion of contemporary ideas, theory and issues based on readings and events. All of this is in addition to plenty of studio time.
- Group Critiques
- Individual Studio Visits
- Worshop professional practices (including preparing for graduate school, artist statement), welding, monotype, frame building.
Also mixed in the calendar are numerous visiting artist lectures and studio visits, museum and gallery field trips. The last week includes exit reviews by SSP@VCU faculty and a culminating on-campus exhibition of work produced during the program.
Participants have 24-hour access to a 114,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility housed at the VCUarts Fine Arts Building near downtown Richmond, Virginia. Participants have the use of painting studios, woodshop, metal studio (please note the foundry and print making studio are 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 sculpture shops and computer lab.
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PARTICIPANTS ARE EXPECTED TO
- Work full time in their VCU studios for the duration of the program.
- Participate in all seminars, critiques, reviews and events.
- Participate in the exit exhibition (including planning, installation, lighting, etc.)
- Produce photographic documentation of work done during the summer program.
- Complete a written artist’s statement during the last half of the summer to present at the exit interview.
Upon successful completion of all aspects of the program, participants will receive a VCU Summer Studio Program Certificate in the major area of study.
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 public research university with over 31,000 students and 222 degree and certificate programs spread throughout its 13 schools and colleges. VCUarts, with over 3100 students is one is the largest schools in the University and is ranked as the #1 public university for art and design in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
Students can find nearby, off-campus housing during the program. Students are responsible for arranging their living situation. Sublets range in price and availability, for a general overview of prices see Craigslist Richmond. You should plan to spend between $500 and $800 for a bedroom in a shared apartment or in a private one.
Program Fee: $4,950
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.
Email your application to email@example.com in one folder:
Mail your fee:
Ten images/videos of recent work jpegs: 1280 x 1024 pixels at 72 dpi videos can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org via web transfer or send a dvd with your name and the program you are applying to at:
VCU Painting + Printmaking SSP or VCU Sculpture + Extended Media SSP
VCU School of the Arts
P.O. Box 843005
1000 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23284-3005
- Pdf: Documentation Script: name, title, medium and dimensions
- Pdf: One-page artist’s statement +CV including name, date of birth, address, telephone number and e-mail address
- Pdf: Two references (no letters) with name, title if applicable, phone number and email contact.
Application fee of $25 - Check payable to VCU Painting + Printmaking or VCU Sculpture + Extended Media, as appropriate to this address:
VCU Painting + Printmaking SSP or VCU Sculpture + Extended Media SSP
VCU School of the Arts
P.O. Box 843005
1000 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23284-3005
EMAIL APPLICATION TO
Julie Grosche, Program Coordinator at email@example.com
- There is no application form.
- Apply EITHER to Sculpture + Extended Media or Painting & Printmaking.
- If you wish to apply to both departments, submit two separate applications and application fees.
- 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.
- SSP fosters artistic growth; university credit is not available. While program graduates may apply for admission to VCU’s MFA programs, SSP is not a portal to admission.
VCUarts SUMMER STUDIO PROGRAM
2014 PROGRAM SESSION: JUNE 8 – JULY 30, 2014
APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 20, 2014
- Deadline for Application: April 20, 2014
- Notification of Acceptance: May 7, 2014
- Program deposit $200: May 15th
- Program Fee due $4,750: May 22, 2014
- Program Session: June 8 – July 30 2014
- Orientation: Sunday, June 8
Contact Julie Grosche, Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org