In honor of patrons Fleur and Charles Bresler, VisArts invites applications and proposals from local, national, and international artists for a four-month residency at our studios in Rockville, Maryland. The Bresler Residency provides three dynamic individual artists or collaborative artist teams the gift of time, space, and financial support, along with a unique opportunity to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment.
The Bresler Residency provides studio space free of charge. The residency encourages interaction, dialogue and exploration both within the VisArts artist community and the larger Rockville community as well. The residency offers the gift of time and space to three artists and/or collaborative artist teams each year to experiment and realize new work. Each year the current Bresler Resident Artists will present their work in a three-person exhibition at VisArts. The Bresler Resident Artist is encouraged to initiate community outreach with the VisArts and greater Rockville communities. Rockville is a progressive, diverse city in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. It ranks nationally and state-wide as a leader in environmental sustainability and green power use. Rockville is recognized for its high quality of life, excellent schools, numerous public parks, well-educated, and culturally diverse population. Artists are encouraged to engage with local resources including: Rockville Library, Montgomery College Rockville campus and other local schools, historical sites, Rock Creek Park, the Potomac River watershed, and Rockville’s diverse community.
This Residency also provides a Project Stipend:
A stipend of $3,000 will be available for the three-week AIR, which includes transportation, installation of work, and
compensation of time.
Student materials for any proposed collaboration with students will be supported through a separate budget up to
$1,000 and will be determined based on the size and scope of the work.
This residency is open to artists utilizing all mediums.
January 18 – May 12, 2023
May 17 – September 15, 2023
September 20, 2023 – January 12, 2024 (Bresler Residency + Montgomery College Collaborative AiR)
Call Opens: September 6, 2022
Deadline: November 20, 2022
Qualified applicants are professional individual artists or collaborative artist teams over the age of 18; the program is not designed for undergraduate students or commercial artists.
Artists working in all media are welcome to apply, but VisArts can’t support the use of hazardous materials that require specific ventilation requirements.
Montgomery College is an academic institution committed to promoting equal opportunity and fostering diversity among its students, faculty, and staff.
Applicant must submit
Individual artists must submit up to seven images of work produced during the last three years. Work samples may be a combination of high-resolution jpgs, pdfs, and time-based media (up to 10 minutes total).
Two minutes of video, film, sound, or performance documentation equal one work. Artists may choose to include links to Vimeo or YouTube public accounts for time-based work samples.
Collaborative teams must submit up to seven images of collaborative work along with a statement of the collaborative nature of the work.
Images must be in .jpg, .tiff, .png, .pdf, or .gif file formats.
Minimum image resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
Maximum file size: 5MB per image.
Files must be labeled in the following way: last name_title of artwork_1.ext, last name_title of artwork_2.ext, etc. The file number should correspond with the number on the list of works. (Ex., Jane Doe_Untitled_1.jpg
List of Works
Provide a numbered list of artworks with the following information: artist name, title of artwork, year, dimensions. A description of artwork is optional.
Artist Bio (maximum 100 words)
Artist Statement (maximum 100 words)
Contact information for two references
Bresler Residency Proposal
Describe your project, goals for the Residency, and how you might engage with the community or use community resources.
The project must be centered around environmental, social, racial, and/or economic justice.
You may include a drawing or representative images to help describe your proposal (maximum 250 words).
All Bresler Residency applications will be reviewed by a panel of artists and arts professionals.
Please find more information here.