The Summer Studio Program at Virginia Commonwealth University (SSP@VCU) is an 8-week studio-intensive program for artists interested in developing work in a supportive hothouse environment. The program fosters development of professional attitudes and skills with an emphasis on individual investigation. The program provides students with an opportunity for concentrated studio practice at an advanced level within a community of talented and motivated artists. This two-month, non-credit, post-baccalaureate-style residency studio program is appropriate for the artist developing a portfolio for application to graduate school, as well as the artist interested in an opportunity for uninterrupted immersion and development of a studio practice in a challenging and supportive environment.


Sarah Knouse, a former TA in our sculpture area, attended this program and she had this to say about it:

This is a highly structured residency for post-BFA students of all ages and backgrounds. It is designed to challenge and prepare students intending to apply to an MFA program in the near future. Artists are organized into two groups via medium: Painting, or Sculpture and Extended Media. This intensive 2 month program includes access to state-of-the-art studio facilities, a private work space, regular tutorials with VCU faculty and visiting artists, group seminars regarding professional development/grad school applications, and weekly courses on graduate-level critical theory. In short, this is a 2 month taste of graduate school, culminating in an exhibition opportunity. If you do not receive a fellowship, program costs can be a bit steep. Housing is not provided. In my experience, this is a great experience for emerging artists considering graduate school, and a valuable opportunity to develop your artwork. You will better understand the studio practices of accomplished artists, and develop long-lasting relationships with your peers.


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