AAC SEEKS ARTISTS FOR SHORT-TERM STUDIO RESIDENCY
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Available December 2020 - May 2021
Deadline to submit: November 30, 2020
Notification Date: Mid-December 2020
Link to apply: https://arlingtonartscenter.org/residents/apply/
Application Fee: Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, AAC is temporarily waiving its standard application fee.
Arlington Arts Center’s resident artist program provides subsidized studio space in a supportive environment that encourages growth, dialogue, and exploration. The program gives artists the opportunity to develop their practice in a community with other artists and alongside AAC’s critically acclaimed exhibitions and extensive educational programs. All studios have excellent sunlight, work sinks, and high ceilings with 24-hour access, 365 days a year. Facilities include a shared lounge area, kitchen, and bathroom. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, AAC has adopted enhanced cleaning procedures and hand sanitizer is available throughout the building in an effort to minimize the risk of infection for its staff and artist residents.
Currently, AAC is seeking two short-term residents. Please see the information about each opportunity below and reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
SHORT-TERM STUDIO RESIDENCY
At this time, AAC is seeking new residents for a short-term studio that will be available from December 2020 to May 2021. This 600 square foot studio is typically shared by two artists, with each paying $315 in rent. If an applicant is interested, AAC would consider leasing the space to a single artist who wishes to use the entire space and can cover the full monthly rent of $630, or two artists who are willing to share the space. Please indicate your preference on the application form. Each resident also pays $30 per month for utilities. If two artists are selected to share the space, AAC will work with them in advance on strategies for sharing the space in a way that is comfortable for all involved.
Each resident artist will meet the following conditions:
Artists must use the studio a minimum average of 60 hours per month. The studio may only be used for art-making activities.
Artists are responsible for maintaining the studio in a safe and reasonably tidy manner, and will not make alterations to the space without permission.
Artists must leave the studio in the state in which the studio was found and remove all belongings at the end of the residency.
Artists are responsible for acquisition and care of their materials and equipment, and for any insurance on their work or equipment.
Artists must observe all AAC rules, including security regulations, use of studio, cooperation with staff and other artists, timely payment of rent, and all pandemic-related health and safety guidelines.
Residents may be asked to contribute one work of art to a virtual silent auction or other fundraiser (proceeds from auction sales are split between the artist and AAC).
Contemporary visual artists working in all media are welcome to apply. The program is not designed for commercial artists. Selection criteria will include artistic merit, potential for community engagement, and diversity of media and artistic representation.
Each application will remain on file for one calendar year and may be used for future studio openings within that timeframe. Incomplete applications or those with unpaid application fees will not be considered, and will be automatically disqualified. Completed applications with all required attachments must be submitted online. No mailed or emailed applications will be accepted. If you applied to the studio residency program within the past year and want to be considered for this opportunity, email email@example.com with “Include My Residency Application in 2020 Review” in the subject line.
AAC is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community, including staff, resident artists, board members, instructors, students, exhibiting artists, and the general public. AAC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by local and federal laws.
UPDATES REGARDING COMMUNITY OUTREACH
As members of AAC’s community, resident artists also contribute to the organization’s broader mission of connecting the public to contemporary art and artists. The current public health crisis has altered the expectations around public outreach. Rather than participating in open studios, artists may be asked to participate in online programs, including recorded conversations with AAC’s curator and virtual studio visits with students or the general public. Traditionally, AAC’s residents have also been expected to supervise AAC’s galleries for four hours per month. Under the current circumstances, AAC may work with residents on alternate outreach contributions, if they have concerns about supervising the gallery during public hours.
REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS
1. CV/ Resume (3 pages max; must be PDF or word document.)
2. References (2 professional or academic references with name, phone, email, and address)
3. Artist Statement (1 page max; must be PDF or word document)
4. Work Sample Index (work must be made in the past 2 years). Please include Artist Name, Title, Year, Medium, and Dimensions for each work. If submitting password protected video or audio samples, please also include the relevant passwords in the Work Sample Index.
5. Work Samples Artists may submit up to ten work samples. These work samples may be still images or video/ audio material. Artists are welcome to submit a combination of still images and recorded material if it makes sense for their practice but the maximum number of work samples that can be submitted is ten.
To submit still images:
Still images should be uploaded as .jpg files.
To submit recorded material (video or audio):
Recorded material can be submitted as links to this material online. Links should lead directly to the individual work on the artist’s website or on a video sharing platform (Vimeo, Youtube etc.) If recorded content is password protected, please include the password in the Work Sample Index.
All residents are expected to wear masks in the building’s common spaces, distance from other individuals in the building, and follow all other relevant public health guidelines. Arlington County has inspected the building’s HVAC system to ensure that it is up to current health standards. AAC has public gallery hours Wednesday - Saturday from 12 pm - 5 pm and very limited in-person classes. AAC’s reopening plan is based on requirements adopted by Virginia’s Department of Labor and Industry for all businesses in the state and includes increased cleaning, limited occupancy, mask and distancing requirements, and collection of visitor contact information, among other measures. Potential applicants who have questions or would like more information about the reopening plans should reach out Amanda Jirón-Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please email Amanda Jirón-Murphy at email@example.com.
Submit an application: https://arlingtonartscenter.org/residents/apply/