The Gibbs Street Gallery offers exhibitions that 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 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 features exhibitions that reflect the creative pursuits of artists from our community. The 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.
Applicants who have participated in a solo exhibition at VisArts within the past two years are not eligible to apply.
Application Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017 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 03/31/2017.
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
SketchUp plans for the galleries are also available upon request.
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:
- 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.
- 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 2 - December 4, 2017
_____ December 8, 2017 - June 4, 2018
- $15 application fee
All applications will be reviewed by a panel of artists and arts professionals.
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 25,000 visitors through our doors to participate in art education classes and camp programs, attend events in our Buchanan Room, visit one of our four galleries or observe our studio artists on our second floor Artist Concourse.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
FUTURE FRAMERS: Envision 2040
F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2017
Application Deadline: August 1, 2017
F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2017 (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 2017 will take place on September 24th on the Rooftop at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland, 11:30 to 4:00 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 ticket money.
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 Future Framers: Envisioning 2040. The deadline for applications is midnight on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts is based on F.E.A.S.T. in Brooklyn’s (www.feastinbklyn.org) model for sustaining artist projects directly through community participation and InCubate (http://incubate-chicago.org). Another great resource: sundaysoup.org
Plan now to participate in F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2017. We look forward to reviewing your proposals!
How to Submit a Proposal
Deadline: August 1, 2017 Midnight
Theme: FUTURE FRAMERS: Envisioning 2040
F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2017 calls for proposals that help envision and frame the future. What voices, stories, platforms, food, services, or experiences are currently missing or hidden? Imagine and implement creative actions, events, and experiences. Explore alternative economies, architectures, or modes of transportation that might be present in 2040 and beyond. Reveal and connect people to the more-than-human environment. Transform the ordinary into the extra-ordinary. Think long term! Proposals from artists, thinkers, organizations, and collaborative teams are welcome. Put creative thinking into practice. Give us a glimpse of what the future will be or could be. Help envision a sustainable world in the future!
You and your collaborators do not have to live in Rockville to submit a proposal. Great sustainable vision in another place may fit perfectly in another place. Please consider the particular cultural and environmental make up of 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 the future.
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… 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. Frame the future!
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 Future Framers: Envisioning 2040?
· 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
- Proposal clarity and content
Only complete proposals will be reviewed.
Only finalists will be invited to the F.E.A.S.T.
All applicants will be notified by September 1, 2017 if they are finalists.
Artists who submit proposals must be present at the September 24th 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 (2018) to discuss the progress of your project.
Questions or advice: Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
VisArts welcomes all of its students aged 13 and above to submit their application to the VisArts Student Art Show to be held in the Concourse Gallery 4/14-5/14 with an Opening Reception on May 5. All work submitted must have been created at VisArts between September 2016 and the time of application. All media are eligible. Up to two works of art can be submitted.
All accepted applicants will be notified by e-mail by April 3rd.
If accepted, work must be dropped off to the Concourse Gallery during business hours on 4/10. Artwork will only be accepted at these times. Artwork must be picked up from the Concourse Gallery on 5/15 during business hours. Work must be delivered ready for installation. Wall-hung work must be framed, or mounted and wired for hanging. Work must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition.
All work is insured by VisArts while on the premises, to the extent that it would be if owned by VisArts. VisArts retains a 40 percent commission of the listed sales price, if the work sells during the exhibition, or as a result thereof.
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