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.