Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts
Call for applications:
VCUarts’ eight-week Summer Studio Program, 2013
2013 program session: June 9–August 1
Application deadline: April 29
Departments of Sculpture + Extended Media, and Painting + Printmaking
Fine Arts Building
1000 West Broad Street
P.O. Box 843005
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3005
T 804 828 1696 (concentration in Painting + Printmaking)
T 804 828 1511 (concentration in Sculpture)
The Summer Studio Program at Virginia Commonwealth University is a supportive and rigorous residency program with an established track record of inspiring and developing artists within a hothouse environment. Based on our successful MFA program, this eight-week intensive program combines theory and practice through seminars, studio visits, artist lectures, critiques, professional development and intensive studio time.
For nearly a decade, this groundbreaking program has attracted artists globally to help transform and hone their work and ideas. Participants come together for uninterrupted time to work in generous studios, and engage in ongoing dialogue with internationally recognized artists, critics and curators. Hands-on commitment to the advancement of the participants by those leading the program is remarkable; it is what sets this opportunity apart.
This two-month residency is ideal for artists developing a portfolio for application to graduate school, as well as those interested in uninterrupted studio immersion with charged feedback inside a stimulating and supportive atmosphere.
Many of the program’s alumni have gone on to some of most prestigious graduate programs and residencies in the country. Past program alumni have noted:
“In two months, my work improved as much as in three years of university study.”
“I left the program feeling good, with stronger convictions, tougher questions, and more specific goals.”
“Your serious belief in our individual potential and unwavering investment in our art practice was so encouraging, and certainly served as the impetus I needed to begin to transform how, why and to what end I make art.”
“This is truly a transformative process.”
2013 core faculty
Michael Jones McKean, a recent Guggenheim Fellow has exhibited his work nationally and internationally while participating in residencies including The Core Program at the Museum of Fine Art Houston; The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center; The International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.
Ridley Howard has received awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His paintings have been exhibited widely including at Leo Koenig Inc., New York; Fredericks Freiser Gallery, New York; Zach Feuer Gallery, New York; Groeflin Maag Galerie, Zurich; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
2013 visiting faculty
Corin Hewitt, a recent Guggenheim Fellow and Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant recipient, has had solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; The Seattle Art Museum; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; and Public Art Fund in New York.
Ester Partegas’ work has been exhibited at venues globally, including The Aldrich Museum, Connecticut; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina, Sofía, Madrid; 2nd Moscow Bienniale; Cercle Cultural Caja Madrid, Barcelona; Sculpture Center, New York; Rice University Art Gallery, Houston; Queens Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York.
Gregory Volk is a New York-based art critic and curator, and contributing editor for Art in America. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Parkett and Sculpture.
Julie Grosche is the co-founder of PMgalerie in Berlin, Germany. Her work and curatorial endeavors have appeared internationally at Pauline’s, New York; Domestica, Barcelona, Spain; PROGRAM, Berlin; Favorite Goods, LA; and Oslo10, Basel, Switzerland.
The School of Fine Arts occupies an 114,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility. SSP@VCU participants share air-conditioned studios with 24-hour access.
For more information about the Summer Studio Program at Virginia Commonwealth University, including how to apply please visit our websites:
arts.vcu.edu/paintingprintmaking/ssp (Painting + Printmaking concentration)
arts.vcu.edu/ssp (Sculpture concentration)