Applications are due on January 13 at 11:59PM EST. The New City Arts Fellowship will support five Charlottesville-area artists who will be selected for month-long fellowships (February-early July 2022) at Welcome Gallery to work on projects related to the theme, Meantime, written by Welcome Gallery Manager, Tori Cherry.
A free virtual Fellowship Application Assistance Workshop will be held on January 5, 2022 at 4PM for interested artists. Learn more and apply below.
FELLOWSHIP THEME: Meantime
Written by Tori Cherry
Despite the progress achieved through decades of protest and activism, systemic racism persists today through covert means. It is engrained within institutions and sociopolitical systems that perpetuate issues of access, representation, and discrimination. It will require more time, effort, and difficult conversations to make the changes we hope to see in our future. This year’s theme is about what we do in the Meantime. Resilience has empowered communities not just to survive, but to thrive in the face of hate, violence, and prejudice, and time and time again find the energy necessary to fight another day. Considering care and self-preservation as acts of resistance in themselves, how are we to care for ourselves and our communities until we reach that imagined future?
New City Arts invites artists to contemplate the following questions: Where do you find rejuvenation and healing? What are your means of self-preservation—both physical and psychological? What makes you feel most supported? How are you sustaining your community and caring for yourself in the Meantime?
All Charlottesville-area artists including those who live in the city of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Greene, Nelson, and Louisa are encouraged to apply, especially (but not limited to) artists who have considered the causes and consequences of the strangled freedoms of oppressed populations.
We invite artists to consider everyday sounds, interactions, movements, and objects as they relate to rejuvenation, healing, and resilience. Works might explore these themes through one or more of the following contexts: history, religion, justice, education, health, environment, design.
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
Five Charlottesville-area artists will be selected by a committee (2022 Selection Committee: Ashon Crawley, LaRissa Rogers, Marisa Williamson) for month-long fellowships at Welcome Gallery, located on the downtown mall at 114 3rd St NE. Each artist receives a studio space grant, $400 stipend, and stocked pantry with their favorite drinks and snacks. Selected artists are expected to use Welcome Gallery for at least 5-10 hours per week during the 1 month that they are given a fellowship.
Fellowship sessions conclude the week of First Fridays and are as follows: February 7-March 6, 2022; March 9-April 3, 2022; April 6-May 8, 2022; May 11-June 5, 2022; and June 8-July 5, 2022.
Please note that this schedule allows for work to be presented to the public at the end of each Fellowship during Charlottesville’s First Friday Art Walk. View previous Artist Fellows, themes, and work created here.
:: Proposals are open to all Charlottesville-area artists including those who live in Albemarle, Greene, Nelson, and Louisa counties.
:: Artists of all disciplines (visual artists, writers, musicians, etc) are welcome to submit proposals. Any artist including those who have held New City Arts residencies, won SOUP grants, and/or exhibited at Welcome Gallery before February 2022 are eligible to apply, with the exception of 2021 Artist Fellows unless they apply as part of an Artist Team that includes a new artist.
:: Strong proposals creatively address the theme but do not need to respond to any of the questions in the call directly, as these questions and examples were not meant to be exhaustive.
:: Each selected artist will safely share their work with the community during First Fridays (5-7:30PM) and the next day (Saturday) from 10AM-2PM at the end of their Fellowship. This presentation of work may be different for writers, musicians, performance artists, visual artists, etc. Artists are welcome but not required to include previously-created work in the final week of the fellowship when the gallery is open to the public. It is up to each artist to decide if they want any/all of this work to be for sale.
:: In addition to this final presentation of work, artists will be asked to host at least one Open Studio event during their 4-week Fellowship.
:: COVID--19 Safety Protocols: Artists are required to be fully vaccinated (including a booster shot, if eligible, by the start of their Fellowship date). During the Fellowship, artists may share space with up to 3 staff members and may be required to wear a mask. The gallery will be professionally cleaned in between fellowships. During public events, New City Arts will follow COVID-19 federal, state, and local guidelines, including requiring masks worn by all visitors, if applicable in 2022.
:: Installation assistance is available to artists prior to their First Friday opening.
:: Each artist will receive professional photographs of the work created during their fellowship.
APPLY FOR THE FELLOWSHIP
After reading the information on this page in its entirety, artists are invited to submit a Fellowship proposal here.
All artists interested in applying are welcome to attend a free, virtual Fellowship Application Assistance Workshop on January 5, 2022 at 4PM. Attendance is not required for an artist to submit an application. Register for the workshop here.
Questions? Feel free to email Tori.
The 2022 selection committee includes Ashon Crawley, LaRissa Rogers, and Marisa Williamson. This committee will select a total of 5 artists to receive a 1-month fellowship.
Ashon Crawley is a writer, artist and teacher, exploring the intersection of performance, blackness, queerness and spirituality. He is associate professor of Religious Studies and African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. He is author of Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility (Fordham University Press) and The Lonely Letters (Duke University Press). He is currently at work on a book about the practice of contemporary black life as a spiritual disposition, posture, gesture and relation and a short story collection and a nonfiction volume—both about the Hammond B3 organ, the Black church and sexuality. A MacDowell interdisciplinary arts fellow and a New City Arts Initiative 2021 fellow, he is at work on an art installation featuring light sculpture and sound that serves as a memorial to blackqueer spiritual life, musicianship and erasures from official narratives. Writing from both Blackpentecostal Breath and The Lonely Letters have served as conceptual and foundational frameworks for art exhibits, including “Enunciated Life” at the California African American Museum, curated by Taylor Renee Aldridge; “Otherwise/Revival” at Bridge Projects in Los Angeles, curated by Jasmine McNeal and Cara Lewis, taking my theorizing of “otherwise possibility” as the grounding concept; and “i know it’s the end & i am full of beauty” in Columbus, Ohio, curated by Reg Zehner, too, is based on theories found in The Lonely Letters. And writing from his essay, “Otherwise, Ferguson,” was the foundation for a show curated by cheyenne turions titled, “Talking Back, Otherwise,” at the Jackman Humanities Institute in Toronto, Canada. And he has shown visual, sound and collaborative film works at the California African American Museum, Bridge Projects, New City Arts Initiative's Welcome Gallery, and Second Street Gallery. All his work is about otherwise possibility.
Marisa Williamson is a project-based artist who works in video, image-making, installation and performance. She has produced site-specific works at Storm King Art Center (2016), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2016), and SPACES Cleveland (2019), and by commission from Monument Lab Philadelphia (2017), and the National Park Service (2019). Her work has been featured in exhibitions at Artpoetica, SOHO20, and BRIC in Brooklyn, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NYC), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), Mana Contemporary Chicago, Human Resources (LA), and Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato and Stefania Miscetti gallery in and Rome, Italy. Williamson has been awarded grants from the Graham Foundation, Rema Hort Mann Foundation and the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. She was a participant in the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2012 and the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in 2014-2015. Williamson holds a BA from Harvard University and an MFA from CalArts.
LaRissa Rogers (b. 1996) is an antidisciplinary artist born in Charlottesville, VA. She holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking and BIS in International Fashion Buying from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has exhibited work and performed in institutions such as ICOSA in Austin TX, Fields Projects in NY, Welcome Gallery in Charlottesville VA, Target Gallery in Alexandria VA, 1708 Gallery in Richmond VA, Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville VA, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative in Charlottesville VA, W Doha in Qatar, The Fronte Arte Cultura in San Ysidro CA and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach VA. She is the 2021-2022 Visual Arts fellow at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, an artist in resident at Black Spatial Relics, and a grant recipient of the Black Artists and Designers Guild Creative Futures Grant. She is currently pursuing her MFA in New Genres at the University of California Los Angeles and will be attending the BEMIS Center of Contemporary Arts Residency in Summer 2022.
This program is supported by an Enriching Communities grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and Maurice Wallace and Pam Sutton-Wallace.