Studio Access Residency

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s Studio Access Residency is designed to support emerging and established visual artists as they develop new ideas and to foster artistic exploration by providing free access to VisArts’ 17 communal studio spaces.  

The aim of the Studio Access Residency supports artists by:

  • Offering access to well-equipped studios and skillshares
  • Cultivating a diverse exchange of ideas among peers 
  • Providing the opportunity to work in a community of makers 

Studio Access Residencies last for six months and provide free access to one or all of VisArts’ communal studios during our regular building hours. We offer two, six-month Studio Access Residencies each year (Spring + Summer/Fall + Winter).  VisArts has 17 professional art studios dedicated to clay, digital, drawing, painting, fiber, flameworking, glass, letterpress, metals, photography, printmaking and wood. We encourage residents to take advantage of all of our studios to work across different media, or they can choose to focus on one studio to hone their skills.

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallouts have affected artists in unique ways. Many have lost the ability to rent their own studio or have lost touch with a larger artistic community. We hope this residency provides individuals with the ability to access the equipment and space they need, as well as the opportunity to connect with like-minded makers.  


Studio Access Residents can be established or emerging artists working in a range of visual art and craft-based materials. Artists must be over the age of 18 and have experience in the studios they wish to work, however, we will provide opportunities for training and orientation. Final selected applicants must provide proof of full Covid-19 vaccination status in accordance with the VisArts policy.

All artists are welcome to apply, but in an effort to address systemic inequalities, we will prioritize applications from BIPOC artists and those that come from groups that have been historically underrepresented due to age, disability, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, or socioeconomic status. 

Beginning January 1, 2022, any resident who wishes to participate in a residency program at VisArts will be required to submit proof that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Residents must be fully vaccinated which means they must have received both doses of two-dose vaccinations (Pfizer, Moderna) or one dose of single-dose vaccinations (Johnson & Johnson) prior to the start date of their residency. Residents will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination card prior to starting their residency. Medical exemptions will be permitted on a case-by-case basis; residents can request a medical exemption form from VisArts staff. 


Our facility is ADA compliant with the exception of one of our drawing and painting studios. Our letterpress studio requires individuals in a wheelchair to enter through an exterior door. We will work to support the individual needs of each resident.  


Applications are closed at this time.

Have questions about this program? Email [email protected].