VA-Artists in the Marketplace Invites Applications for 2-Day Residency

VA-Artists in the Marketplace Invites  Applications for 2-Day Residency 
HARRISONBURG, VA – Virginia Artists in the Marketplace (VA-AIM), a program for Shenandoah Valley artists, is now seeking applications for a one-weekend residency in May 2020. Applications are due April 3, 2020. Details and application materials are available at  
VA-AIM is the first residency of its kind in the Shenandoah Valley. The 2020 program represents a collaboration among ​Arts Council of the Valley​, ​Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC)​ and studioELL​. Now in its second year, the program will bring a new cohort together to dive deep into their studio practices and what it means to be a professional artist in today’s contemporary moment. 
The two-day residency meets Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17 (10 am to 5 pm each day) in the Blue Ridge Community College Fine Arts Center, Weyers Cave, VA.  
VA-AIM sessions will be led by studioELL Founder, Director and Lecturer ​John Ros​. Ros currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. From 2017 to 2019, Ros served as Assistant Professor of Art at James Madison University, and Director and Chief Curator of Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art within JMU’s School of Art, Design and Art History. 
The intensive VA-AIM residency includes lectures, workshops and seminars on a variety of professional practice topics: artist resumes/CVs, artist statements, branding, websites and web identities, applying to opportunities, exhibitions, taxes and liability, and more. In addition, cohort members will participate in a group exhibition at the Arts Council of the Valley’s Smith House Galleries in 2021. 
Applications are welcomed from all types of visual artists living within the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding areas. Artists from other disciplines (dance, writing, music) may be considered on a case-by-case basis, although materials developed for the program focus on visual artists. 
There is no application fee. Accepted artists will pay a $150 registration fee. Three partially-funded, need-based fellowships of $100 each will be offered through ACV and  
studioELL.  Additionally, Blue Ridge Community College, Eastern Mennonite University, and James Madison University have each agreed to provide one fully funded scholarship for a currently-enrolled student accepted into the VA-AIM residency. All fellowship and scholarship awards will be chosen by the Residency Selection Committee. 
All applicants will be notified of their status via email by April 17, 2020. 
About Arts Council of the Valley Now celebrating its 20th year, Arts Council of the Valley (ACV) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to cultivating the arts and connecting communities in the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Since its establishment, ACV has grown into a multi-faceted community organization that fosters innovative partnerships among area businesses, civic organizations, schools, and artists. Today, ACV manages Court Square Theater and Smith House Galleries, supports childhood learning by way of the Any Given Child Shenandoah Valley initiative, funds local art projects through its Advancing the Arts grant program, and coordinates monthly First Fridays Downtown community gatherings. To learn more, visit 
About Blue Ridge Community College Founded in 1967, Blue Ridge Community College ​​ serves the residents of the central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Comprehensive programs of instruction include associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in occupational/technical and college/university transfer programs. The College also provides non-credit workforce training and special interest classes for individuals, business, and industry. Art students use BRCC credit classes to refine techniques, explore natural abilities, enrich their college transfer program, and prepare to pursue art as a profession through continued studies at a four-year college or university. BRCC Continuing Education ​​ courses allow individuals to experience the arts through short, ungraded courses in art, creative writing, music, and pottery.  
About studioELL studioELL is a hybrid, transient, higher education fine art learning space that offers online and physical courses in fine art currently based in New York City. In education, studioELL is testing possible models in which effective learning of fine art can be executed. Current and future pilot studio courses and artist residencies, help to create a model in which a wider alternative studio education program can emerge — both in the digital and physical space. This way of working maintains studioELL’s identity as a hybrid, transient entity, continually evolving and adapting to best challenge the contemporary landscape. studioELL is not-for-profit and artist-run.