VA-AIM 2019


Virginia Artists in the Marketplace (VA-AIM) is the first residency program of its kind in the Shenandoah Valley. The 2019 program is presented in collaboration with Arts Council of the Valley, Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) and studioELL. This second year will bring a new cohort together during the third week in May 2019 to dive deep into their studio practices and what it means to be a professional artist in today’s contemporary moment.

The residency will include a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars on a variety of professional practice topics such as: artist resumes/CVs, artist statements, branding, websites and web identities, applying to opportunities, exhibitions, and taxes and liability, (among other topics). The week-long residency will conclude with a group exhibit at Arts Council of the Valley in January 2020.

Sessions will be led by studioELL Founder and Director John Ros. John is also an Assistant Professor of Art at James Madison University and the Director and Chief Curator of Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art within JMU’s School of Art, Design and Art History.

We welcome applications from all types of visual artists living within the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding areas. We are open to including other disciplines such as dancers, writers and musicians on a case-by-case basis, but the material provided has been specifically developed for visual artists by visual artists.

Any artist living in the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding areas, no matter career-level, no matter level of education.

2019 Application Period: January 01 through April 01, 2019
All applicants will be informed by April 15, 2019 via email

2019 Residency Dates and Location
May 13-17, 2019, 6-8.30p
Blue Ridge Community College / BRCC
Fine Arts Center, Building V
One College Lane, Weyers Cave, Virginia 24486

FEE //
There is no fee to apply to the program. Accepted artists will pay a registration fee of $150 for the residency. Special financial awards will be offered.

– Please compile application in one (1) collated .pdf file. ONLY one (1) .pdf file will be reviewed.
– Email to:
– Email Subject: 2019 VA-AIM
– Title .pdf file as follows: LASTNAMEfirstname.pdf / eg. SMITHjill.pdf
– Application must be emailed by April 01, 2019 @ 11.59p

01. Contact Info
Full Name
Mailing Address
Primary Phone Number
Website (if applicable)

02. Short Answers:
– How long have you been practicing art?
– What mediums do you primarily work with?
– What is your highest level of education? Where? / When?
– Have you exhibited your work in the past? Where? / When?
– Have you sold your work in the past? Where?
– Do you have a website? Or other web-presence? Include URLs.
– What is the best art exhibit you have ever been to?
– What is your favorite art-viewing venue?

03. OPTIONAL: Please provide the following if you have them
Artist Statement
 (200 words). Provide a narrative paragraph that describes your work and/or practice.
Artist Resume / CV (no more than 2 pages).

04. References
Please provide information for two refeences. (References will be contacted for finalists only).
Reference 1
 / Include Name, Title, Email, and Daytime Phone Number
Reference 2
 / Include Name, Title, Email, and Daytime Phone Number

05. Portfolio

Please provide six-eight (6-8) images representative of your work.

– Place high quality images on full letter-sized page with image info under each image.
– Include: Title, YEAR, medium, dimensions (H x W x L inches).
– Please do not send details of 2D work.
– 3D work MAY include up to three (3) views and will be counted as one (1) image. 
Submit one (1) large image with two (2) more optional images on a second page.
– You may add a DIRECT LINK on your .pdf for audio, performative and/or video work. Add one (1) link per page. Each link will be considered as one (1) image.

06. Fellowship

Please provide a short statement (200 words) about how financial support would help you.

Fellowship assistance is intended for those individuals in need who cannot afford to attend the residency without it. If you are in a position to pay the full fee we ask for your honesty to help support the program. Thanks to the generous support of collaborators and donors that help make this support possible.

FAQ //
Q. Do I have to attend all residency sessions?
A. Yes. Absences are allowed only in case of emergency and with prior notice. The material will be delivered in a cumulative fashion. The artist’s full commitment to the program is essential to get everything out of it.

Q. Can I apply if I am still in school?
A. Yes.

Q. How much does it cost?
A. There is no fee to apply to the program. Accepted artists will pay a registration fee of $150 for the residency.

Q. How do I register for the residency?
A. After applicants are selected you will be prompted to register for the residency through BRCC. Payment will be due at the time of registration.

Q. What types of financial aid are available?
A. There will be a small number of full and partial fellowships available. Please check back for more info soon.

Q. Will parking be provided at BRCC?
A. Parking available in BRCC’s parking garage, across from Plecker and Fine Arts Center.

Q. What materials do I need to bring for the day?
A. Each day will be a unique experience. Sketchbooks/notebooks and/or laptops or other mobile devices will be necessary to take notes and engage in some of the exercises.

If you have any questions please contact studioELL.

Special thanks to the collaboration between Arts Council of the Valley Executive Director, Jenny Burden; BRCC Workforce & Continuing Ed Program Manager, Jennifer Whitmore; and studioELL Founder and Director, John Ros.