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Call for Applications: VCUarts Offers Two Programs

Published March 13, 2018



Ryan Lucero (Fountainhead Fellow 2017–18). Untitled (detail), 2017. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches.

The VCUarts Fountaninhead Arts Fellowship is a residency program aimed specifically toward students receiving their MFA in Sculpture this year. It is a year-long teaching fellowship in our program that comes with a stipend, apartment, and studio. VCUarts offers three Fountainhead Fellowships in the areas of sculpture, painting + printmaking, and craft. The fellowship is a 9-month residency for recent MFA graduates. Fellows are offered the chance to concentrate on their work, participate in a vibrant community, and gain valuable teaching experience with high-quality students in a world-class program. The residency is sited in a newly renovated complex built to eco-friendly, EarthCraft standards. This mixed-use community includes artists’ studios, apartments, a café, an outdoor swimming pool, a dog park and other amenities in addition to being near campus.

Fellows receive:
–A stipend
–24 access to a private studio
–A furnished apartment
–An exhibition in Richmond
–Part-time teaching experience
Responsibilities include:
–Teaching 2 classes per semester
–Giving a public lecture on your work
Application deadlines
Craft and Material Studies application: due March 15
Painting + Printmaking application: due April 15
Sculpture application: due April 15
Residency period: August 2018–May 2019
The VCU Summer Studio Program (SSP) is a high-impact post-baccalaureate summer studio residency in sculpture and painting that is perfect for students who wish to apply to MFA programs next year, but who could use some extra concentrated time in the studio to prepare and build their portfolio. It’s a supportive and rigorous residency program with an established track record of inspiring and developing artists within a hothouse environment. Based on our successful MFA programs, this 7-week intensive residency combines theory and practice through seminars, studio visits, visiting artists lectures, critiques, professional development workshops and intensive studio time.

The SSP has been a great success for our previous participants. Past students have been accepted into MFA Programs including: the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia University, the Royal College of Art in London, the University of Texas at Austin, Washington University-St Louis, University of Chicago, Yale, as well as to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and even our own VCU MFA Programs. In addition to being accepted to top graduate programs, the investment in the two-month studio intensive has netted many excellent financial packages for our participants.
The Summer Studio Program application deadline is April 15, 2018. Questions should be directed to Program Director, Julie Grosche at
Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts
Box 842519
325 North Harrison St
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2519
United States