Artist Opportunities

residentartist066VisArts' Artist in Residence Program is open to all artists over the age of 18. Studios range from a wonderfully lit 169 square foot studio with large windows to a large 274.5 square foot studio with a large closet. All studios have high ceilings and access to a common area where artists can engage in explorative collaboration and discussions on technique and processes.

List of Current Opportunities

VisArts Emerging Curator Program 2015

Application Deadline:
December 3, 2014 before midnight
Application Fee:

VisArts invites applications from emerging curators to work with an experienced mentoring curator to develop and present an exhibition.

The VisArts Emerging Curator Program offers a unique opportunity for an emerging curator to work with an experienced mentoring curator to develop and present an exhibition and to assist in the presentation of the mentor’s exhibition. In an effort to develop expanded education programming/enhanced visitor experiences, the 2015 Emerging Curator and the Mentoring Curator will also focus on developing tools, templates, technological enhancements and funding strategies to support public programming that promotes social interaction, creative exchange and audience engagement.

Open Call for Experimental Filmmaker/Video Artists

Application Deadline:
December 5, 2014 before midnight
Application Fee:
Exhibition: Jan 22- Mar 1, 2015
Kaplan Gallery
VisArts,155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, Maryland, United States.
Opening Reception:
Friday, January 30, 7 – 9 p.m.
Juror/Guest Artists Screenings and Talks: TBD


Suspension is a dispersion of particles; a postponement or interruption of ordinary thinking and seeing; a transitory state of uncertainty and excitement; a bridge between belief and disbelief; or none of the above.
“Suspension” is an experimental film/video exhibition project. Filmmakers and video artists world-wide are invited to apply. Three artists will be selected by a jury of three critically-acclaimed experimental film/video artists. Each of the selected artists will present their work in a series of one-person exhibitions from January 22 to March 1. Each artist’s work will be featured for 11 days. We seek single or multi-channel video works, projections, digital installations, and new works that push the boundaries of the moving image. Works can be any length. Artists can show up to four films and/or videos.

All applications must be completed online at (https://visarts.submittable.com/submit/34866).

What we can offer: A large dark gallery with two spaces separated by a floating wall (see attached floorplan and Sketch Up file). Three HD TV displays, ceiling mounted projector, built in gallery sound system, two media players, two sets of headphones, DVD player.

Artists will be able to screen up to four works with VisArts equipment (3 TV displays, a single channel video projection).

Beyond that: Artists who elect to create a custom installation, will be responsible for any equipment beyond what we can provide. In this case, artists must be on hand to install their work with the support of the VisArts Gallery staff.

Jurors and Guest Artists: Fred Worden, Brandon Morse, Stephanie Barber

The jurors will screen and talk about their work in a series of evening lecture/screenings during the run of the exhibition.

1. Resume/CV
2. Artist statement and brief bio (Maximum 500 words)
3. Up to 5 video work samples ( Maximum length of sample- 3 mins each for review by jurors or a total of 15 minutes). Each sample must be labeled with name of artist, title, year, medium, duration (please indicate the actual duration of the work, not the length of the sample), description; you may also share your website or work links (Vimeo,Youtube…) If you are selected to be part of the exhibition, your work must be in a digital format compatible with VisArts equipment.
4. If you would like to create a video installation, please describe the environment and list any equipment you need. Artist must supply the additional technology to complete their installation. Drawings of proposed installation must be provided.
5. $15 entry fee.

If you have any questions, please email to Susan Main<This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >; (301) 315-8200 ext 110

About the Juror/Guest Artists:

Fred Worden has been making experimental film since the mid 1970’s. His films have been shown in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, The Museum of Modern Art , The Centre Pompidou, The Pacific Film Archive, The New York Film Festival, The London Film Festival, The Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Toronto Film Festival, The Hong Kong International Film Festival and numerous other experimental film venues. His writings have appeared in Cinematograph and Criss-Cross Art Communications.Worden’s films develop out of his interest in intermittent projection as the source of cinema’s primordial powers. How a stream of still pictures passing through a projector at a speed meant to overwhelm the eyes might be harnessed to purposes other than representation or naturalism.

Brandon Morse is a Washington, DC based artist who works with generative systems as a means to examine the ways in which physical phenomena such as entropy and emergence can function in ways that are both poetic and metaphorical. Through the use of code, and the creation of custom computer software, he creates simulations of seemingly complex systems to create video and video installations that seek to draw parallels between the ways in which these systems work and the ways in which we, both individually and collectively, navigate the world around us.  He has exhibited his work in museums and galleries across North America, Asia, and Europe.  http://www.coplanar.org

Stephanie Barber is an American writer and artist. She has created a poetic, conceptual and philosophical body of work in a variety of media. Many of her videos are concerned with the content, musicality and experiential qualities of language. They ferry viewers through philosophical inquiry with the unexpected oars of play, emotionalism, story, and humor.

Barber’s films and videos have has been screened nationally and internationally in solo and group shows at MOMA, NY, The Tate Modern, London; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Paris Cinematheque; The Walker Art Center, MN; MOCA Los Angeles, The Wexner Center for Art, OH, among other galleries, museums and festivals. Her videos are distributed by Video Data Bank and her films can be found at Canyon Cinema and Fandor.com. Her essays, stories and poems have been published in books, magazines and online journals. DAREDEVILS is her first feature. http://daredevilsmovie.com

The Fleur and Charles Bresler Residency at VisArts

Application Deadline:
December 31, 2014 before midnight
Application Fee:

The Fleur and Charles Bresler Residency at VisArts invites applications and proposals from local, national and international artists for an 8 week residency at VisArts at Rockville. The Residency offers artists a dedicated studio, a supportive environment and the gift of time to plan, research, construct and present proposed projects. The Residency welcomes artists working in all media, but cannot support the use of hazardous materials that require specific ventilation requirements.

The Fleur and Charles Bresler Residency at VisArts offers:

  • 169 square foot studio with large windows, sink
  • Wireless internet access
  • 24-hour access to studio
  • Opportunity for presentation to the community

Application Deadline: Sunday, December 31, 2014 before midnight

*Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Applications are now being accepted for the following residency periods:

  • August 5 – October 5, 2015

(Note: Applicants must indicate two preferred residency dates (1st & 2nd choice)

Resident Artist Application

VisArts is looking for an artist to share one of our larger studios with Kate Westfall, one of our ceramic resident artists. Because of kiln space limitations we are not accepting applications from ceramic or glass artists. Studios are not closed so we cannot accept applications from artists using traditional oil paints.

This call shall be open through April 25, 2014 and a decision will be made by May 2, 2014.

Studio Specifics:

  • 355 square feet to be shared equally with current resident artist
  • Abundant natural light
  • Stainless steel sink with particulate trap
  • 24/7 hour access to studio except when otherwise indicated by event staff. This most often occurs on Saturday afternoons and Saturday evenings when there are large events.
  • Studio must be used primarily for the purpose of making art. While teaching is permitted, the studio is to be considered a working studio for the applicant
  • Rent per month: $309.31
  • Lease term is through May 30, 2015. There is no automatic right to renew the lease for additional terms.
  • Artists must work thirty hours per week in their studios of which 15 hours must coincide with hours that the gallery is open to the public.
  • In addition to working thirty hours per week, resident artists are required to participate in the monthly Third Thursday program and to have their studios open during all gallery openings.

Application Deadline: April 25, 2014
*Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Open Call for Entries

Application Deadline:
Application Fee:

Artists and curators may submit unsolicited proposals for review.

Submissions will be reviewed every December.

Please keep in mind that submission does not guarantee acceptance. Exhibition plans are made 2 years in advance.

Incomplete submission packages will not be reviewed.

Applicants who have participated in a solo exhibition at VisArts within the past two years are not eligible to apply for a solo exhibition. Curators who have organized an exhibition at VisArts within the past two years are not eligible to submit a curatorial proposal.

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