Applications for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 New City Arts Research Residencies are open now and due by July 6, 2022 at 11:59PM. The New City Artist-in-Residence program is a five-month residency that provides a local artist with free, downtown studio space, a small stipend, and connection to the Charlottesville arts community. Learn how to apply below.
The New City Arts Research Residency aims to support artists and creatives of all disciplines with practices based in research (i.e., writers, curators, art historians, designers, filmmakers, etc.). The residency is meant to be a celebration of all the ways research informs artistic practices – the questioning, experimenting, reflecting, archiving, and observing that leads artists to new discoveries and ways of knowing. Within this context, ‘research’ is defined broadly and while we encourage academics to apply, this residency is not limited to projects of academic research. Our location in Downtown Charlottesville gives artists the ability to work and research in proximity to resources such as the library, bookstores, and other local arts and humanitarian organizations. Artists should apply with a specific art-based research project that would benefit from these local resources.
New City Arts’ Artists-in-Residence are given 24-hour, free access to our studio, which is located adjacent to Welcome Gallery and our New City Arts office on the Downtown Mall, and receive a small stipend to help cover the cost of materials and parking. Resident artists are given support for at least one community engaged event (i.e., open studio, critique, workshop) and an event at the conclusion of their residency to share their work publicly (i.e., presentation, film screening, reading).
The studio is a private room with a pocket door adjacent to the New City Arts office and Welcome Gallery. The residency is self-directed and research-based, as our studio space is not suited to a practice involving large-scale artworks. Artists will have the option to regularly interact with gallery visitors, staff, and other artists should they want to take a more public, active role, but are not required to do so.
Before you apply, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with New City Arts and our mission. Given that the core of our mission is to foster engagement with the arts in Charlottesville, Virginia, we ask that resident artists:
spend a minimum of 15 hours a week in the studio;
be present at First Friday events, which serve as an “open studio” for artists to share their work with the community and to attend other local First Friday events so as to engage with the arts community as a whole.
lead one small event (a workshop, community sing, public reading, etc.) during their residency.
Candidates must live in the Charlottesville area during the residency program. Preference is given to applicants with specific project goals for the five-month residency period. Previous Artists-in-Residence are not eligible to apply.
For information about past resident artists, visit our Artist Alumni page.
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Free studio (approximately 9'x16'6") with a pocket door for privacy, wall space for displaying works in progress, a $500 stipend to cover material and parking costs, high-speed fiber internet provided by Ting, a multi-function printer, and a shared kitchen and bathroom. You get to share the space with a beautiful Fiddle Leaf Fig named Delilah.
Please note that the studio space does not have a working window and is in a public space. For this reason, we do not recommend this residency for artists working with materials that produce fumes requiring a well-ventilated space. Artists should avoid using any solvents or other hazardous materials in the studio space during their residency.
COVID-19 Safety Protocols: Artists are required to be fully vaccinated (including a booster shot, if eligible, by the start of their Residency date). During the Residency, artists may share space with up to 3 staff members as well as gallery visitors and will be required to wear a mask when sharing the space with others. 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.
Applications for the Fall 2022 New City Arts Research Residency are due July 6, 2022 at 11:59PM.
Applicants are asked to fill out an online submission form via Google Forms where they will submit a CV as well as 3 artwork samples:
Visual artists: Send 2-3 JPEG images (no larger than 2 MB each) of proposed work. Be sure to label your file according to the following format: FirstNameLastName_Title (ex: ToriCherry_Masterpiece).
Writers: Send 1-3 writing samples in PDF form. The total amount of words for all samples cannot exceed 1800 words. For example, you could submit 3 samples of up to 600 words each. Alternatively, you could submit 1 sample that is up to 1200 words and another that is up to 600 words (if you only wanted to submit 2).
Filmmakers, performers, etc.: Send 2-3 artwork samples in either JPEG form (if it is a still image) or 2-3 URL links to Vimeo or Youtube footage. If the artwork sample is in video format, and the footage exceeds 3 minutes, please note an up to 3-minute segment of the video for your application (i.e., Minute 1:45-4:45).
Curators: If you have no prior experience, submit a curatorial statement of your proposed curatorial project. Otherwise, submit a PDF of a curatorial statement and 3 images of the accompanying exhibition. Curatorial statements should be no more than 500 words.
Sound-Based Artists/Engineers: Please submit 3 audio files via a link or MP3 file format.
A selection of applicants will be contacted via email for interviews in July. Final decisions will be released in early August.
The 2022-2023 selection committee includes Aiyana Marcus and Phuong Duyen Nguyen. This committee will review residency applications and make selections for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 residencies.
Aiyana Marcus (she/her) is a Senior Program Manager for the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, managing the Community Foundation's discretionary grantmaking programs. She manages the development, implementation, and evaluation of grant programs along with other resource deployment strategies that support an ecosystem of trust-based, equitable philanthropy. Fascinated by the intersection of community and art, Aiyana personally finds wholeness and identity through the exploration of art and her lived experiences. She is also a writer and producer of four original plays and is currently a fellow in The Voice Lab, hosted by Edge Leadership (an R+D platform for social change at Nonprofit Quarterly).
Phuong Duyen Nguyen (she/her) is a Vietnamese-American artist currently based in Virginia and North Carolina. Her textile work explores memory and loss within the immigrant context. She's always down to talk about and cry over Ocean Vuong's On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous.
Join us on June 14, 2022 from 5:30-6:30 PM at Welcome Gallery for an Application Assistance Workshop. This workshop is free and open to anyone interested in applying for the Research Residency or for a Welcome Gallery exhibition. A pizza dinner will be provided.
Registration is required. RSVP here!
Join us on June 14, 2022 from 5:30-6:30 PM at Welcome Gallery for an Application Assistance Workshop. An RSVP is required. Sign up here.View