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, 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 April 5, 2020
Exhibition and screenings open to public May 5, 2020
- Video: You may submit up to 3 works. Videos must be in .mp4 file format. Maximum length of 15 minutes. Upload files below through our online platform or provide Vimeo links for video previews.
- Artist Bio (100 word max.)
- Artist Statement (100 words max.)
- $5 application fee
- Selected artists will receive screening fees for participation
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
VisArts invites artists working in all media to apply for 2021 Solo Exhibitions in the Gibbs Street Gallery, Common Ground Gallery, and Concourse Gallery.
Exhibitions in each of the galleries explore the breadth of contemporary art featuring emerging to mid-career artists. Exhibits reflect a wide range of media and experimental approaches that offer the viewer unexpected interactions with art.
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. International, national and local artists are welcome to apply.
The Common Ground Gallery is located on the second floor and is approximately 300 square feet. Artists must live in the Mid-Atlantic region to apply for a solo exhibition in this gallery.
The Concourse Gallery is located on the second floor and is approximately 500 square feet. It has curved windows along one wall. International, national, and local artists are welcome to apply.
Applicants who have participated in a solo exhibition at VisArts within the past two years are not eligible to apply.
Application Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2020 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 04/05/2020.
You can find the layout for each gallery here:
Gibbs Street Gallery - https://www.visartscenter.org/solo-exhibitions/
Common Ground Gallery -https://www.visartscenter.org/solo-exhibitions/
Concourse Gallery - https://www.visartscenter.org/solo-exhibitions/
SketchUp plans for the galleries are also available upon request.
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.
VisArts Emerging Curator Program 2020
Application Deadline: February 14, 2020, midnight
VisArts invites applications from emerging curators to work with an experienced mentoring curator to develop and present an exhibition.
The VisArts Emerging Curator Program offers a unique opportunity for an emerging curator to work with an experienced mentoring curator to develop and present an exhibition and to assist in the presentation of the mentor’s exhibition. In an effort to develop expanded education programming/enhanced visitor experiences, the 2020 Emerging Curator and the Mentoring Curator will also focus on developing tools, templates, technological enhancements and funding strategies to support public programming that promotes social interaction, creative exchange and audience engagement.
VisArts will provide the Emerging Curator with an exhibition budget of $10,000. Additional funding and staff support for printing, promotions, and execution of exhibition programming is available. The program is one year and will begin in February 2020.
The selection panel includes the VisArts’ Curator, Artist Advisory Council, Gallery Committee and 2020 Mentoring Curator.
The 2020 Mentoring Curator is Kristen Hileman. Baltimore-based independent curator Kristen Hileman spent nearly two decades working as a curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC and more recently as the Head of the Contemporary Department at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her monographic exhibitions brought new attention to important female artists Anne Truitt and Maren Hassinger, and she has realized major commissions with Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, Sarah Oppenheimer, Tomás Saraceno and others. Additionally, Hileman has organized exhibitions of the works of John Baldessari, Cai Guo-Qiang, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin, Meleko Mokgosi, and John Waters, as well as surveys of contemporary photography and time-based media. She has taught at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and the Corcoran College of Art and Design and is a frequent visiting critic and lecturer at colleges and universities. Upcoming projects include a retrospective exhibition of South African-born, Baltimore-based abstract painter Jo Smail at the Baltimore Museum of Art (March 2020) and the debut solo museum exhibition for figurative painter Theresa Chromati, which also includes a major public art component, at the Delaware Contemporary Museum (June 2020).
During the yearlong program, the Curatorial team (Mentor Curator and Emerging Curator)
will focus on:
· Developing a cohesive and compelling exhibition proposal;
· Researching skills and standards of “best” and “current” curatorial practice;
· Communicating with artists and lending institutions - developing contracts and loan information, collecting images and organizing artist/image information with “best practice” standards;
· Conducting curatorial research and developing writing skills for catalogs and other printed and online materials using language that is clear and comprehensible for art experts and the general public;
· Researching and developing a plan for incorporating technology upgrades to gallery programming through website enhancements, use of I Pads and apps, and production of video and audio materials;
· Designing and implementing educational exhibition programming and outreach activities that engage artists, curators and public audience of all ages;
· Developing budgets for executing exhibitions and exhibition programming;
· Developing sponsorship/fundraising initiatives to support the exhibition programming;
· Overseeing exhibition design and installation; and,
· Developing marketing and public relations materials - press releases, website presence, social networking and print media supporting the exhibition.
The VisArts Emerging Curator Program provides emerging curators with practical, hands-on experience at a community arts organization. It is designed to support diverse exhibitions presenting a broad spectrum of ideas and curatorial approaches. In addition, it enhances the VisArts exhibition experience by developing educational opportunities, public programming and opportunities for community engagement through expanded use of interactive interpretive media in its gallery program.
Applicants do not need to have a fully realized curatorial proposal. This will be developed with the support and guidance of the mentoring curator and the VisArts Gallery Department.
To apply online, create an account below and complete the form.
Applicants must supply the following:
1. Application form
3. Evidence of past curatorial projects:
· Up to 10 still images
· Up to 5 minutes of Audio Tracks (We accept: URL addresses, Soundclouds, or Playable DVDs posted to VisArts.)
· List of images with artist name, title, year, medium, and descriptive information
· Supporting PDF documents
4. A statement that addresses the following:
· What makes presenting an exhibition in a non-profit community arts center with the guidance of a mentor an ideal opportunity?
· What do you consider your curatorial intentions?
· How do you envision enriching the audience experience? How would you engage the community? What sorts of programming and content delivery would you like to see paired with exhibitions?
· What do you hope to achieve with this exhibition and mentoring program? Why would this program be an excellent fit for you?
Application deadline: February 14, 2020
Finalists Notified: February 21, 2020
Finalist Interviews: February 24, 25, 2020
Emerging Curator Notified: February 28, 2020
Length of Program: February 2020 – January 2021 (Detailed Schedule TBD)
Emerging Curator Exhibition: November 6, 2020 – January 5, 2021
Mentoring Curator Exhibition: September 4 – October 25, 2020