VisArts Studio Fellowship 2023-2024

By Editorial Team on May 2, 2023

Deadline: Fri, 19 May 2023

Studio Fellow Dillon Meyer.

VisArts invites applications and proposals from local, national, and international artists for two six-month Studio Fellowships. Studio space is provided free of charge. Artists receive a $500 monthly stipend. Studio Fellows present their work in culminating solo exhibitions.

VisArts’ Studio Fellowship provides a unique opportunity each year 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’ Studio Fellowship 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’ Studio Fellowship 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’ 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, WiFi connection, and abundant natural light. Studio access is 24/7 except during special VisArts events (we’ll provide advanced notice). The artist must provide their own studio furniture.

VisArts’ Studio Fellow 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 Fellowship.

VisArts’ Studio Fellow 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’ Studio Fellow 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 Fellowship

Application and Selection Process


  • Images
    • 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
  • 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 proposal. (250 words maximum)
  • Preferred Residency Dates
    • Please indicate preferred residency dates (first and second choice).
      • July 31, 2023-January 31, 2024
      • February 5, 2024-August 5, 2024

All of VisArts’ calls are free.

Application Deadline: Friday, May 19, 2023

All application materials must be submitted online through our website no later than 11:59 PM EST on Friday, May 19, 2023

Incomplete applications won’t be reviewed.

Floor Plans of Galleries

SketchUp plans for the galleries are available upon request.

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.