Annual Artist Residency

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond extends an invitation for artists and writers to apply to the Annual Artist Residency, an 11-month program with funding from the Windgate Charitable Trust. This residency is open to artists and writers at a pivotal point in their career who could benefit from VisArts’ studios, teaching community and who could use dedicated time and space to devote to their practice.

Three emerging visual artists and one writer will be invited to spend the year at VisArts (September 1-July 31) making new work which will be included in a group exhibition and reading at VisArts midway through the residency 

VisArts provides residents with: 

  • 24/7 access to private studio space
  • access to VisArts’ 17 professional art studios 
  • a $5,000 honorarium
  • other benefits intended to enhance their creative practice, such as studio training, private lessons and professional documentation of their work

This program is open to artists in all stages of their careers. VisArts will prioritize artists who have a demonstrated creative practice and are either emerging in their field or exploring new ideas or media. 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, gender identity, or socioeconomic status.


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.  

2022-2023 Annual Artist Residency
Residency Dates: September 1, 2022 – July 31, 2023
Application opens: February 7, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
Application deadline: April 4, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. 

Please e-mail [email protected] if you have any questions. To learn more about our Annual Artist Residency for visual artists and writers and apply, click the buttons below.