Blue Light Junction (BLJ) opens a fourth round of applications for the Ibura Art and Research Residency located in Central Baltimore. 

In 2022 Valerie Onifade and Ọmọlará Williams McCallister worked on the administration and support that led to a successful year of residencies. BLJ is grateful for their work and will carry on this success in 2024. Blue Light Junction is seeking two people for the 2024 Fall residency, September 15 - December 15.

The residency provides a studio, financial support and thought partners for researchers to explore their work and practice through the lens of people, plants, and place. This residency includes access to a 10 x 10 ft studio space for three months, a $2500 stipend, and an opportunity to organize at least one community offering. 

Please note this is a Baltimore-based residency.  The residency DOES NOT provide housing.  in addition, the resident studios are on the second floor of the studio, which can only be accessed by a set of 20 stairs.  We apologize that the studio is inaccessible to certain groups. We are actively working to make the residency more accessible.  Thank you for your understanding. 

“There is something to the combination of imagination, faith and work. Imagination holding all of your hopes and wildest dreams. Faith carrying you to and through the how and when.  And work as the constant activation and pursuit of faith and hope.  The work we have collectively brought forth over the last several years is the bedrock of Blue Light Junction.  We are forever grateful for the hands and hearts that continue with us on this journey” –Kenya Miles, Director and Founder of Blue Light Junction

Application Deadline: Sunday, July 14, 2024

All application materials must be submitted online through our Submittable portal no later than 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, July 14, 2024

Selected artists will be notified by Friday, August 9th.

Questions? Email Rosina Saqib at, Program Coordinator, with the subject line: “Ibura Art + Research Residency Call.”

Required Application Materials

  • Application form
  • 5 - 10 work samples.  Work samples can be a combination of high resolution jpgs, time-based media (*up to 10 minutes total), pdfs, and word docs.
  • Image List.  Include title, date created, measurements (if applicable), medium/s, and a brief description (1-2 sentences) of the image. 
  • Responses to all the application questions.  These can be written or uploaded via video or audio file

About Ibura Art and Research Residency

   Ibura is a Swahili word of Arabic origin meaning
   “something wonderful, a miracle, a very rare occurrence”

Ibura Art & Research Residency honors the work, practice, long time mentorship, deep love and friendship between Kenya Miles and K. Ibura. From the spark of an idea that grew Blue Light Junction, K. Ibura has played many roles in supporting and furthering the work and mission of BLJ. K. Ibura has been an integral part in the writing of multiple grants for BLJ including The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant which currently funds this residency.

Ibura Art & Research Residency will welcome researchers and artists from all backgrounds. We define a researcher as someone who is curious, questioning and actively pursuing a line of inquiry. Any person who asks questions and undertakes actions to answer those questions is a researcher! Researchers may also identify as an artist, organizer, scientist, architect, designer, healer, archivist, curator, dancer, performer, etc. We privilege research practices that focus on learning through doing and hands-on experimentation. We love research that produces more questions and deepens existing knowledge.

The residency provides space, financial support and thought partners for researchers to explore a question or line of inquiry that is related to their work and our work at Blue Light Junction. It is also a space to paint, record, experiment with dyes, and to follow any other artistic musings. 

Residents Receive:

  • a 10 ft  x 10 ft  studio space which can be furnished with a table, chair and flammables cabinet upon request. 
  • 24 hour access to the “annex” dye Garden and Studio Blue 
  • A $2500 stipend (for the duration of the residency) which will be paid in biweekly installments. The first installment will be paid two weeks into the residency and the last two weeks after the residency has ended.
  • support from an actively engaged community of artists, researchers, and farmers.
  • opportunities to participate in on-site workshops 
  • The residency does not provide housing.


Resident Responsibilities Include:

  • 15 to 20 hours/week in the studio
  • One Communal Offering 

Learn more about the Ibura Art and Research Residency.

About Blue Light Junction

Blue Light Junction is an alternative color lab, natural dye garden and educational facility focusing on growing, processing and preserving the history of natural dyes and their enhancements and use in everyday objects.

Blue Light Junction is a community of curious people who are invested in caring for each other and cultivating knowledge while stewarding cultural traditions, the land and the spaces that we share. Experimentation and learning by doing are at the heart of our work. Core to our programming is connecting and tending to people, plants, and place. We activate this connection through shared knowledge and experiences, listening, and tending the land.  We also offer workshops for school groups and the general public at Blue Light Junction’s natural dye facility and garden.

Blue Light Junction is an independently run studio located at 209 McAllister Street in Central Baltimore’s Station North/Greenmount neighborhood.  Adjacent to the building is the Hidden Harvest “annex” dye garden.

Learn more about Blue Light Junction at or on instagram @blue.lightjunction

Special Thank You to Parks and People Foundation for fiscal sponsorship and VisArts Center for partnering with us to make this application available to prospective residents without an application fee. Learn more about the Ibura Art and Research Residency and Blue Light Junction.

The Ibura Arts and Research Residency is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

To support Blue Light Junction’s work in Baltimore City please check out our Go Fund Me page:  – with gratitude Team BLJ

Gibbs Street Resident Artists 2024-2025: Free, Open Call  
VisArts invites applications and proposals from local, national, and international artists for one of two six-month residencies at our studios in Rockville, Maryland. Studio space is provided free of charge. Artists receive a $3,000 stipend. Gibbs Street Artists in Residence present their work in culminating solo exhibitions.   

Each year, VisArts’ Gibbs Street Artist Residency provides a unique opportunity for two dynamic individual artists or collaborative artist teams to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment over a period of six months.  

Admission to VisArts’ Gibbs Street Artist Residency is highly selective, based on a review of applications by rotating panels of artists and art professionals, including painters, sculptors, film and video artists, photographers, installation artists, interdisciplinary artists, and independent curators. 
VisArts is unable to provide assistance with visas for international artists.  
VisArts’ Gibbs Street Artist Residency doesn’t provide artist housing. 
Terms of Residency  
Qualified applicants are professional individual artists or collaborative artist teams over the age of 18. Students and commercial artists aren’t eligible to apply.   

Artists working in all media are welcome to apply, but VisArts can’t support the use of hazardous materials that require specific ventilation requirements.  

The studio may be used only for art-making activities.  

VisArts’ Gibbs Street Artist in Residence will be provided with a 169-square-foot studio, free of charge, for a period of six months. Each studio is equipped with a sink, Wi-Fi connection, and abundant natural light. Studio access is 24/7 except during special VisArts events (we’ll provide advance notice). The Artist must provide their own studio furniture.  

VisArts’ Gibbs Street Artist in Residence is responsible for maintaining the studio in a safe and reasonably tidy manner, and won’t make alterations to the space without permission. The Artist must leave the studio in the state in which it was found and remove all belongings at the end of the Residency.  

VisArts’ Gibbs Street Artist in Residence is responsible for acquisition of insurance and care of their materials and equipment. Artists who wish to have kilns and other equipment that require additional electrical use must obtain permission for each piece of equipment that they wish to use in their studio.  
VisArts’ Gibbs Street Artist in Residence will:

  • Maintain a regular presence in the Artist’s studio, with a recommended minimum of 28 hours/week. 
  • Participate in VisArts’ Studio Artist Program, which meets monthly to share ideas, community, and professional development.  
  • Attend exhibition opening receptions and artist talks, and welcome the public during them as well as at scheduled Open Studio events. 
  • Present an artist talk, workshop, screening, and/or other mutually agreed upon public event that engages the VisArts and greater Rockville communities and resources.  
  • Present a solo exhibition of work at VisArts at the end of their Residency. 

Application and Selection Process  

  • Applicants must submit up to 10 images of work produced during the last four years.  
  • Work samples can be a combination of high-resolution images and time-based media (up to 10 minutes total).   
  • For collaborative teams, 10 images of collaborative work are required along with a statement of the collaborative nature of the work.   
  • Two minutes of video, film, sound, or performance documentation equals one work.    
  • Artists may choose to include links to Vimeo or YouTube public accounts for time-based work samples.

Image Requirements 

  • .jpg, .tiff, .png, or .gif file format  
  • Minimum image resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels   
  • Maximum file size: 5MB per image  
  • Files must be labeled as follows: first name last name-title of artwork-1.ext, first name last name-title of artwork-2.ext, etc. The file number corresponds with the number on the list of works form (e.g., John Doe-Untitled-1.jpg)   

List of Works Form 

  • Applicants must provide a numbered list of artworks with the following information: artist name, title of artwork, year, and dimensions (description of artwork is optional).  
  • Resume/CV  
  • Artist bio (200 word maximum)  
  • Submit a third-person paragraph highlighting your professional achievements.  
  • Artist statement (100 words maximum)  
  • References  
  • Provide contact information for two references who can address your work as an artist  
  • Residency proposal  
  • Describe your goals for the Residency and how you might engage with the community or use community resources.   
  • You may include a drawing or representative images to help describe your proposal (250 words maximum)  

Preferred Residency Dates:
Please indicate preferred Residency dates (first and second choice).
 _____August 12, 2024-January 13, 2025
 _____January 20, 2025-June 20, 2025 

All of VisArts’ calls are free.   
Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 17, 2024   
Incomplete applications won’t be reviewed.  

VisArts Solo Exhibitions 2025: Free, Open Call

VisArts invites artists working in all media to apply for 2025 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 and feature 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-foot ceilings. It’s at 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 Floor 2 and is approximately 300 square feet. Artists must live in the Mid-Atlantic region to apply. 
  • The Concourse Gallery is located on Floor 2 and is approximately 500 square feet. It has curved windows along one wall. International, national, and local artists are welcome to apply.  

Applicants who’ve participated in a solo exhibition at VisArts within the past two years aren’t eligible to apply.  

Application Deadline: Friday, June 28 at 11:59 PM

All VisArts calls are free.

Incomplete applications won’t be reviewed.

Floor Plans of Galleries

SketchUp plans for the galleries are available upon request.  

Required Application Materials

  • Application form  
  • High resolution images with captions for up to 10 works of art.  
  • Images must be in .jpg, .tiff, .png, or .gif file format with a minimum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.  
  • Film and video pieces are welcome; two minutes of video, film, sound, or performance documentation equals one work. You may submit up to 10 minutes of film or video in total. Videos must be in .mp4 or .mov file format.  
  • Artist statement (200 words maximum)  
  • Artist bio (200 words maximum)  
  • Exhibition proposal  
  • Resume/CV  

About VisArts
VisArts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our mission is to transform individuals and communities through the visual arts.  

A hub for artistic exploration and social impact since 1987, VisArts brings people together through shared creative experiences, including:  

  • Award-winning art classes, camps, and parties for children and adults  
  • Critically acclaimed contemporary art exhibitions, programs + events  
  • Studio Artist and Emerging Curator programs  
  • VisAbility Art Lab and Accessible Arts Classes for artists with disabilities  
  • Community art workshops  
  • Art + Wellness programs  
  • Volunteer and internship opportunities  
  • The Rockville Arts Festival  

These inspire new ideas, encourage self-expression, embrace diverse perspectives, and celebrate the visual arts as fundamental to a connected community.  

VisArts is an active and important presence in the greater metropolitan arts community. We’re located in the heart of Rockville Town Square, a thriving gathering place for the neighborhood and surrounding cities. Rockville offers easy access to public transportation to Washington, DC via the Metro (Red Line), an excellent bus system, bike trails, and parking.