VisArts Call for Gallery Guide Applications, Spring 2019

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

For Spring 2019, VisArts is seeking volunteer Gallery Guides to lead tours and have casual conversations about the artwork in the galleries. Contemporary art can be challenging, and our goal for the VisArts Gallery Guide Program is to help visitors understand and engage with the artwork on view. Gallery Guides will gain skills in public speaking, audience engagement, researching artwork, and interpreting and analyzing contemporary art. After being trained, Gallery Guides will have the opportunity to apply museum and art education strategies to facilitate learning in the galleries. 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 and communities 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 6-8 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: We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis.

Gallery Guide responsibilities include:

  • Volunteering for at least one two-hour shift per week
  • Attending three training sessions on three Saturdays or Sundays from 11 AM - 1 PM.
  • Attending five monthly meetings between January and May
  • 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

 
 Qualifications:

  • 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
  • If you do not have an art background, prior experience in public speaking
  • Familiarity with or a willingness to learn about contemporary art

  
Important Notes:

  • January 16 - May 26: Duration of the session
  • Monthly Meetings will be based on majority Gallery Guide availability
  • Upon receipt of applications, only those applicants that will be interviewed will be contacted. If accepted, new Gallery Guides will communicate with the Gallery Guide Coordinator to schedule training dates.

 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.

We are open to making this position available for course credit or into an internship. Please email us at the address below.
 

For questions, e-mail VisArtsGalleryTours@gmail.com

VisArts invites artists working in all media to apply for 2020 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, 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 03/29/2019. 


You can find the layout for each gallery here:

Gibbs Street Gallery - http://www.visartsatrockville.org/docs/Gibbs-Street-Gallery-Floor-Plan.pdf

Common Ground Gallery - http://www.visartsatrockville.org/docs/Common-Ground-Gallery-Floor-Plan.pdf

Concourse Gallery - 


SketchUp plans for the galleries are also available upon request.

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.


VisArts invites applications and proposals from local, national, and international artists for a six monthStudio Fellowship at VisArts at Rockville. The Studio Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a dynamic individual artist or collaborative artist team to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment. Studio space is provided free of charge. Artists receive a $500.00 per month stipend. The Studio Fellowship offers the gift of time and space to two artists and/or collaborative artist teams each year to experiment and realize new work. The VisArts Studio Fellows will present their work in solo exhibitions at the end of their respective fellowships. 


Admission to the VisArts Studio Fellowship is highly selective, based on a review of applications by panels of artists and art professionals. Panelists include painters, sculptors, film and video artists, photographers, installation artists, inter-disciplinary artists, and independent curators. The admission panel is rotated regularly. 


VisArts is an independent non-profit art center located in the heart of Rockville Town Square, a thriving gathering place for the local community. VisArts presents exhibitions of contemporary emerging and established artists in four galleries, an Emerging Curator Program, a Studio Artist Program, and an Art Education Program making it an active and important presence in the greater metropolitan arts community. Rockville offers easy access to public transit to Washington, D.C. via the Red Line Metro, an excellent bus system, bike trails, and parking.

The VisArts Studio Fellowship does not provide housing for artists. Please contact VisArts directly for resources regarding housing during the residency period.

Terms of Residency:

  •  Qualified applicants are professional individual artists or collaborative artist teams over the   age of 18; the program is not designed for program is not designed for undergraduate students or commercial artists.
  • Artists working in all media are welcome to apply, but VisArts cannot support the use of hazardous materials that require specific ventilation requirements.
  • The studio may be used only for art-making activities.
  • The VisArts Studio Fellow 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 (advance notice will be given). The artist must provide his/her own studio furniture.
  • The VisArts Studio Fellow is responsible for maintaining the studio in a safe and reasonably tidy manner, and will not 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 fellowship.
  • The VisArts Studio Fellow is responsible for acquisition, insurance, and care of his/her materials and equipment. Artists who wish to have kilns and other equipment that create additional electrical use must obtain permission for each piece of equipment that they wish to use in their studios.  

The VisArts Studio Fellow will participate in the following:

  • Work in the studio at VisArts for a minimum of 28 hours/week.
  • VisArts Studio Fellows are expected to participate in the VisArts Studio Artist Program that meets monthly to share food, ideas, community, and professional development. 
  • Welcome the public during exhibition opening receptions or at scheduled Open Studio events.
  • Attend artist talks and gallery opening receptions.
  • 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.


Application and Selection Process

Required materials include:

Application Materials:

  • Images:  Submit 10 images of work produced during the last four years. Work samples can be a combination of high resolution jpgs and time-based media (*up to 10 minutes total). *For collaborative teams, 10 images of collaborative work are required as well as a statement of the collaborative nature of the work. *Two minutes of video, film, sound or performance documentation = one work.  Artists may choose to include links to Vimeo or You Tube public accounts for time-based work samples.
  • Image Requirements: You may submit up to 10 images. They must be in .jpg, .tiff, .png, or .gif file format. Minimum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Maximum file size 5MB per image. Files must be labeled in the following way: 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. (Ex. John Doe-Untitled-1.jpg) 
  • List of Works Form- Numbered list of artworks with the following information: artist name, title of artwork, year, dimensions, a description of artwork is optional.
  • Resume/CV
  • Artist Bio (200 word max.)- Third-person paragraph highlighting your professional achievements.
  • Artist Statement (100 words max.)
  • References- Provide contact information for two references who can address your work as an artist.
  • Fellowship Proposal: 
    • Describe your goals for the fellowship, and how you might engage with the community or use community resources. You may include a drawing or representative images to help describe your specific proposal. (250 words max.)


  • Please indicate preferred residency dates (first and second choice):

                         _____ June 7 - December 2, 2019

                         _____ December 6, 2019 - June 3, 2020

  • $15 application fee

All applications will be reviewed by a panel of artists and arts professionals.

 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.

 

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