VCUarts SUMMER STUDIO PROGRAM in Photography, Film + Media Art Artist Residency + Exhibition

VCUarts SUMMER STUDIO PROGRAM in Photography, Film + Media Art
Artist Residency + Exhibition

2018 Summer Studio Program Session
May 20-June 15, 2018

• Deadline for Application: April 13, 2018
• Notification of Acceptance: April 23, 2018

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The Summer Studio Program in Photography, Film + Media Art is a supportive, rigorous artistic residency that combines theory, practice and professional development over four weeks in Richmond, VA. Taking advantage of our extensive facilities at VCUarts, Summer Studio provides concentrated studio time and ample workspace, artist lectures, engagement with critics and curators and generous critiques with VCUarts faculty and guest artists. This intensive, hands-on experience is ideal for artists developing a portfolio for graduate school, as well as those interested in studio immersion within a stimulating and affirmative environment.


Artists with undergraduate degrees who want to develop a body of work to serve as a portfolio for application to excellent graduate programs. Filmmakers with a project ‘in the can’ that need focused time and facilities for editing, as well as critical feedback on honing documentary, narrative or experimental story structure and form. Artists, filmmakers and photographers who are interested in further developing studio work and critical thinking in a creative professional environment – ready to take their work to the Next Level should apply. The Summer Studio in Photography, Film + Media Art is progressive, open-minded and exploratory. Students using traditional methods and media, as well as those who incorporate electronics, installation, sculpture, book arts, painting and crafts, as well as new, experimental or hybrid forms, are invited to apply.

Each of the four weeks includes group critiques, individual studio visits and a seminar: a focal point for group discussion of contemporary ideas, theory and issues based on readings, artist talks, public events. All of this is in addition to plenty of studio time on the main VCU campus.
• Group Critiques
• Individual Studio Visits
• Seminar
• Professional Practices Workshop – focus on writing an effective artist statement; researching and applying for grants and residencies; portfolio presentation and the public presentation of artistic work.

Also mixed in the calendar are visiting artist lectures and studio visits, museum and gallery field trips. The last week includes a culminating on-campus exhibition of work produced during the program.

The Department of Photography and Film works tirelessly to create a comprehensive and enriching learning environment for our students. It is our mission to provide the best training, equipment, and work space for unequalled creative output. We provide access to various labs and studios, most of which are available 24 hours a day. Our computers are updated every few years to maintain state-of-the-art hardware and software capabilities. Highlights include:
• Common studio and critique spaces
• Photography/Film shooting studio with three rooms, digital projector and computer stations for tethered camera work.
• Digital lab with Epson Stylus Pro 4900s, 7800, 9600, 9800, and 9900 digital inkjet printers, profiling systems and large print viewer
• Hasselblad Imacon high resolution negative scanner, scans up to 4×5 sheet film
• 18 27″ iMacs with a full suite of Adobe Creative Cloud software
• Black and white darkroom with 18 enlargers (4×5, medium and 35mm formats)
• 16mm Elmo slimline projector with 800′ looper, Full HD Cinema Projectors in all studios and classrooms w/Blu-ray player
• Photographic and filmmaking peripherals, such as lenses, microphones, tripods and light kits available for checkout

Click here to view Photo/Film facilities.

• Work full time in their VCU studios for the duration of the program.
• Participate in all seminars, critiques, reviews and events.
• Participate in the exit exhibition (including planning, installation, lighting, etc.)
• Produce photographic documentation of work done during the summer program
• Complete a written artist’s statement

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a diverse cultural city, surrounded by historic neighborhoods, parks and the James River — home to one of the largest inner city park systems in the country. The city consistently ranks among “Best Places to Live and Work in America.” Richmond is ideally located within easy reach of Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City. Near the center of downtown is Virginia Commonwealth University, ranked as the #1 public university for art and design in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

The Department of Photography and Film is ranked #4 nationally among public schools for Photography and Film. Students can find nearby, off-campus housing during the four weeks of the program. Students are responsible for arranging their living situation. Sublets range in price and availability, for a general overview of prices see Craigslist Richmond. You should plan to spend between $500 and $800 for a bedroom in a shared apartment near campus.

Fee: $2,995
A limited number of $500 Scholarships will be awarded to students whose work is of exceptional quality. All students will be considered for these scholarships during the application process.

To process your application, please mail an application fee of $25 – check payable to VCU Photography and Film to:

VCU Photography and Film
Summer Studio 2018
Virginia Commonwealth University
PO Box 843088
Richmond, VA 23284

Email your application materials to in one folder labeled “SummerStudio_LastName_FirstName”. Materials should include the following:

• PDF: Ten images/videos of recent work with title, year, medium and dimensions listed under each images, videos can be listed as online links or sent to via google drive.
• PDF: One-page statement describing your artistic practice, goals and how you hope to use your time at the Summer Studio + CV including name, date of birth, address, telephone number and e-mail address + Two references (no letters) with name, title if applicable, phone number and email contact.

Please Note:
• There is no application form.
• All checks and mail must be addressed to VCU Photography and Film – Summer Studio Program.
• We request proof of health insurance; if you are unable to provide proof of health insurance you will need to sign a release and waiver of liability form.
• Summer Studio 2016 fosters artistic growth; university credit is not available. While program graduates may apply for admission to VCU’s MFA programs, Summer studio is not necessarily a portal to admission.
• There is no financial aid available for Summer Studio.

• Deadline for Application: April 13, 2018
• Notification of Acceptance:  April 23, 2018
• Program deposit $200: May 1, 2018
• Program Fee due $2,995: May 15, 2018
• Program Session: May 20 – June 15, 2018

If you have questions or require further information, please contact Sasha Waters Freyer at or call (804) 828-2162.

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