VisArts is now accepting proposals for Solo Lab 5. 

‘Solo Lab 5’ is a performance art festival, curated by Heloisa Escudero, where each artist gets a total of five minutes for a performance art piece. It is an experimental platform for artists of different mediums who would like to translate their work into performance art. For already established performance artists it provides a forum for exploration of future ideas in performance art and/or an opportunity to investigate how to get concepts across to your audience in a short amount of time.

Performances for the first festival will take place in our Gibbs Street Gallery on Monday, May 20th from 7:30 – 9:30 PM.

The Gibbs Street Gallery is approximately 1,100 square feet with 16 ft. ceilings. It is on the street level with floor to ceiling windows along one wall.  

Application Deadline:  May 3, 2019 before midnight

*Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

All application materials must be submitted online through our website no later than 11:59 pm EST on /2019. 

You can find the layout for the Gibbs Street Gallery here:

About the curator:

Heloisa Escudero grew up in São Paulo, Brazil, but relocated to the United States in 1987. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. She holds American, Italian and Brazilian citizenships. She is interested in conceptually based art that is both tactile and interactive. Her most recent art projects focus on art that emphasizes the participation of the viewer. Her work, performances, and collaborations have appeared in numerous national and international exhibitions and performance festivals including the Highline Park, New York City; SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco; Supernova Pink Line Festival, Rosslyn, Virginia; Dumbo Arts Festival and Governors Island Art Fair in New York City; Arlington Art Center, Arlington, Virginia. She is the creator of the BackPack Gallery Project and collaborated with DJ Spooky (Paul D. Miller) in the project Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica. She is an Exhibit Specialist at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.

About VisArts:

VisArts is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to transform individuals and communities through the visual arts. Our vision is a vibrant, diverse community enriched and connected by the visual arts.

Founded in 1987 as a grassroots organization serving local artists and located in the heart of Rockville, Maryland, VisArts has come a long way since our founding 30 years ago – from a staff of two to twelve; from a 12,000-square-foot garage space to a 25,000-square-foot hub of community engagement; and from welcoming 2,500 visitors per year to now more than 30,000 visitors annually.

We provide children, teens, and adults with opportunities to express their ideas, develop their talents, connect with others, and enrich their lives. Our strength is our ability to bring individuals together through a shared creative experience, fostering exposure to new perspectives, respect for each other, and a more connected community.

Ends on May 10, 2019$10.00

Application Deadline: May 10, 2019, 11:59 PM
NextGen 6.0 is calling all DMV aspiring artists.
VisArts welcomes artists ages 17 – 27 in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area to submit their application for NextGen 6.0, our sixth exhibition in our Kaplan Gallery from June 12 - July 21, 2019. NextGen 6.0 is an opportunity for aspiring artists with little to no experience exhibiting their work in a professional gallery.
VisArts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to transform individuals and communities through the visual arts. VisArts provides children, teens and adults with opportunities to express their creativity and enhance their awareness of the arts.
Online applications are due by May 10, 2019, 11:59 pm at Please keep in mind that submission does not guarantee acceptance. Applicants should have little or no experience exhibiting in a professional gallery. Previous NextGen participants are ineligible. Previous NextGen applicants who were not selected may re-apply for this year's exhibition.

After reviewing all works, selected artists will be notified by May 17.
All submissions will be juried by professional artists and curators (names to be announced).
Keep in mind that if accepted into the exhibition, you will be expected to drop off accepted artwork to the gallery on Tuesday, May 28, anytime between 10AM- 6PM.  Artwork will not be accepted before or after these available dates and times.
Application Deadline: Friday, May 10, 2019, 11:59 PM

This year the jurors are:

Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell- Head of Public Programs, Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

Lou Joseph-Visual Arts Specialist at the Baltimore Office for Promotion & The Arts, and  the director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Baltimore

Required Application Materials:
- Application Form
- High Res images with captions, for up to 5 works of art
- Film and video pieces are welcome: 2 minutes of video, film, sound or performance documentation = one work. Up to 10 minutes total. Videos must be in .mp4 or .mov file format.
- Images must be in .jpg, .tiff, .png, or .gif file format. Minimum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
- Artist Statement (250 Word Maximum)
- Artist Bio (150 Word Maximum)
- Resume/ CV
- Application Fee ($10.00) – online application will require payment by credit card or PayPal. Financial assistance available upon a need basis. Contact for more information.
It can be intimidating to create an artist résumé with little or no experience, but a great résumé is one that is clear, organized and simple. Experiences you can include may be from exhibiting in student art shows, to assisting at camps or even teaching. Here are a great number of resources to help you create a competitive application and to develop your professional practices as an artist:
Artist statement and artist biography Services/ArtistStatementBio11.pdf
Artist Résumé
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
For information on Exhibition and Sale of Artwork
Guidelines for presenting works in digital format
Submission Guidelines:
- Apply Online : Complete the online application through
- Drop Off Accepted Artwork: Accepted Artwork must be dropped off anytime during the following hours at the 2nd floor Office at VisArts onTuesday, May 28 between 10AM - 6PM.
- Questions:
Please send any questions via email with “VisArts NextGen 6.0 Open Call” in the subject line to Frank McCauley, Exhibitions Coordinator, at
Application Fee: $10.00
Apply now!

VisArts Call for Gallery Guide Applications, Summer 2019

(To see the application form, please create a Submittable account below).

For Summer 2019, VisArts is seeking volunteer gallery guides to lead tours and have casual conversations about the artwork in the galleries. Gallery guides will gain skills in public speaking, audience engagement, researching artwork, and interpreting and analyzing contemporary art. Additionally, gallery guides will be trained and have the opportunity to apply museum and art education strategies during gallery tours. Other benefits include opportunities to earn credit toward art classes at VisArts, meet gallery staff, and gain behind-the-scenes access to the galleries.

VisArts is a non-profit organization with the mission of transforming individuals through the visual arts. VisArts has seven artist studios, four art galleries, and additional art spaces and programs dedicated to contemporary art. Our exhibitions rotate every 4-6 weeks and are frequently reviewed in the Washington Post! Enjoy quality art without having to go to Washington, DC!

We are located in Rockville Town Square, Rockville, MD, a short walk from the Rockville Metro Station on the Red Line. The galleries are open on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, and on Fridays from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This opportunity is open to all adults, ages 18+. 

Application Deadline: Friday, May 17 at 11:59 PM

Gallery guide responsibilities include:

  • Volunteering for at least one two-hour shift per week
  • Attending three training sessions in June (see dates below)
  • Attending three monthly meetings between June and August
  • Leading tours of the galleries and artist studio spaces
  • Engaging in casual conversations with visitors in the galleries about the artwork on view
  • Monitoring the galleries
  • Independently researching the rotating exhibitions and studio artists


  • Able to commit to at least one shift per week
  • Must be mature, reliable, responsible, friendly, personable, and punctual
  • Good communication skills
  • Comfortable speaking in front of an audience
  • Prior experience with art and art history or
  • If you do not have an art background, prior experience in public speaking
  • Familiarity with or a willingness to learn about contemporary art

Important Dates:

  • May 17: Applications are due
  • May 19, 25, 26, and June 1: In-person interviews on weekends
  • June 1: Notice of acceptance
  • June 2, 8, 9: Three weekend training sessions, 11 AM - 12:30 PM
  • June 12 - August 25: Duration of the session
  • Monthly Meetings will be based on majority gallery guide availability

To be considered, applicants will need to fill out an application form (to see the application form, please create a Submittable account below), and provide a resume, a cover letter explaining why this opportunity interests you and how you meet the requirements, and contact information for two professional references, each to be submitted with the form.

For questions, e-mail


Upcoming Fall 2019 Application Dates

  • May 27: Applications open
  • July 28: Applications are due
  • August 28 – December 22: Duration of the session



F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2019

Application Deadline: May 31, 2019

A micro-grant raised by the people to support democratically-selected imaginative, sustainable, provocative project/s that address the theme of SURVIVAL.

F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2019 (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) is a bridge between artists and the community.  F.E.A.S.T. is a public meal designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund projects that use art and creative thinking to impact the community. F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2019 will take place on June 16th on the Rooftop at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland, 6 - 9 PM. Patrons will give a donation for which they receive a meal of locally produced and prepared food and a ballot. Diners listen to and review a series of project proposals and converse with the artists and thinkers behind each idea. Attendees cast a vote for their favorite proposal, and by the end of the event, the artist who garners the most votes is awarded a grant comprised of the event donations. 

F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts invites artists, thinkers, and organizations to submit proposals for funding up to $1,000. Project proposals will address the theme SURVIVAL. The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday, May 31, 2019.

F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts is based on F.E.A.S.T. in Brooklyn’s  ( model for sustaining artist projects directly through community participation and InCubate ( Another great resource:


Plan now to participate in F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2019.  We look forward to reviewing your proposals!

How to Submit a Proposal


Deadline: May 13, 2019 Midnight


F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2019 encourages artists, thinkers, and organizations to think outside of their everyday practice and create project proposals that address the theme of SURVIVAL. Imaginative, sustainable, and provocative projects that explore "survival" as it intersects with social, cultural, political, economic, environmental concerns are welcome. What and who must survive? How do we insure survival? Why is survival important?  Finalists are selected from the field of submissions and will present their proposals at the F.E.A.S.T. event.

You and your collaborators do not have to live in Rockville to submit a proposal. Great survival  vision in one place may fit perfectly in another place. Please consider the site you envision for your proposal.  Projects that blend the human and non- human environment with practical, poetic, utopian, or idealist ideas will help frame, visualize, and shape ideas about survival.

Projects that may receive funding represent a diverse cross section of contemporary artistic, social, design and scientific practices. Performances, community events, visual, sonic, tactile, olfactory discoveries, documents, parades, paths, maps, participatory actions, poetic data analysis, interviews, stories, games, architecture, walks, teach-ins, platforms, songs, games, gardens, clothing… No project or medium is incongruous with F.E.A.S.T. We encourage artists, thinkers and organizations to move outside their everyday practice and produce work that encourages situations where interaction and participation are essential.  

Application content must include answers to all of the following questions:

1.     Title:       What is your project’s name?

2.     Summary: Describe your project in 250 words or less. Include statements on:

·       What will the F.E.A.S.T. funds be used for? 

·       How will this project be implemented? 

·       How does the project address the theme of SURVIVAL?

·       What is the community you are addressing? What is the community significance of your project? 

3.     One sentence each:

  • F.E.A.S.T. Funding Request:  How much will you need to do this (up to $1000)?
  • Project Budget:  If your project costs are greater than what you have requested, please briefly state how you will be able to implement your project.
  • Timeframe: How long is this project going to take?
  • Location: Where will this take place?

4.     Image: Attach one image (300 dpi, no larger than 2 MB) and any relevant URLs.  Please include a description of the image.



Proposals are evaluated on these terms:

  • Artistic Innovation
  • Community Impact
  • Feasibility
  • Proposal clarity and content


Please note:  

Only complete proposals will be reviewed.  

Only finalists will be invited to the F.E.A.S.T.  

All applicants will be notified by JUNE 7, 2019 if they are finalists.

Artists who submit proposals must be present at the JUNE 16, 2019 F.E.A.S.T. to be eligible to appear on the ballot.

Should you win a F.E.A.S.T. grant, you must attend the next F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts (2020) to discuss the progress of your project.


Questions or advice:  Feel free to contact

Frame & Frequency is an ongoing International Video Art Screening Series presented by VisArts that highlights artists whose new media, experimental film, and video works explore contemporary visual culture, and presents an intimate panorama of the variety and breadth of video art in artistic practice today

Video, sound art (up to 8 channels), film, and new media work will be accepted: experimental, documentary, animation, narrative, non-narrative, multimedia, virtual reality, augmented reality, net art, interactive media, etc.

All foreign language moving image artworks must have English subtitles.

Deadline for submissions is June 7, 2019

Submission specifications:

  • Video/Sound Art: You may submit up to 3 works. Videos must be in .mp4 file format. Maximum length of 15 minutes. Sound Art files can be either.mp3 or .wav format. Upload files below through our online platform or provide Vimeo links for video previews.
  • Resume/CV
  • Artist Bio (100 word max.)
  • Artist Statement (100 words max.)
  • $5 application fee


About VisArts
Transforming individuals and communities through the visual arts. From our beginning in 1987 as Rockville Arts Place operating in a converted garage to our current contemporary, state of the art facility in Rockville Town Square, VisArts has served local residents, students, art lovers, professional artists and others with an interest in the arts. Each year, VisArts welcomes more than 30,000 visitors through our doors to visit one of our four galleries, observe our studio artists on our second floor Artist Concourse, or to participate in art education classes, camp programs, and special events in our Buchanan Room.

For previous projects please visit:
Frame & Frequency 3 Vol. I
Frame & Frequency 3 Vol. II
Frame & Frequency 4 Vol. I

Frame & Frequency 4 Vol. II