Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) seeks residency proposals from artists for its Project Space. 

The Project Space is a studio workspace for artists working primarily but not exclusively in photography, book art, film, and media art. Accepted proposals will receive four weeks time in the Project Space, full access to the collections and studios at VSW, assistance from VSW staff, a stipend of $750, a $500 travel budget for those from outside the region, and a supplies budget of $250.  

Due to the ongoing public health concern of Covid-19, in-person residents may not be possible for part or the entire duration of the proposal period. We will accept and have success supporting, virtual residencies.

Two residents per month and two wait list proposals from September 2021 through August 2022 will be accepted. One resident will be from the Greater Rochester region and the other from outside the area. Accepted residents from outside of Greater Rochester will be provided a free furnished studio apartment two blocks away from VSW.

The Project Space provides artists the opportunity to experiment with new work, new display strategies, and to have discussions with critics, curators, graduate students, and the community-at-large about works-in-progress. An introductory event within the VSW community and a public talk and open studio session are the only activities required of the resident.


A committee of artists and curators at Visual Studies Workshop will review the proposals.

Call opens:           January 15, 2021

Deadline:              June 1, 2021

Notification:         On or before July 1, 2021


Guidelines and FAQs

  • Submit a 100-250 word proposal on your work and projects.


  • Please submit examples of recent works made within the past 3 years in the form of still images, PDFs of books, moving image pieces, documentation of installations or writing samples where applicable to the work.


  • You MUST include a first and second choice of month for the residency. Note that summer months are very competitive due to the number of educators who apply. 


  • A bio of no more than 50 words with a website link included, if available. 


  • Collaborations are welcome and, in the case of a collaborative proposal, an additional 50-word bio and web links for proposed collaborators may be submitted. Collaborators from outside the Western NY region in need of housing would need to be comfortable residing in the artist apartment together or find housing on their own.


  • Assistance and Emotional Support Animals are of course welcome; an ESA letter may be requested in cases where the apartment property owner requests documentation but we will most likely take your word that the animal is medically necessary for your well-being. 


  • All submissions must be made through submittable.com.


  • This is an artist residency for creative experimentation and we acknowledge that proposed projects are not always worked on and rarely completed during the time allotted. There are no requirements that accepted residents perform or complete a proposed project. The project proposal simply provides reviewers with a context for the scope and fit of the proposing artists' process and ideas for new or continued work with our capacities to support it. 


  • Eligibility is free and open to all practitioners; students, however, are not eligible for residencies at this time.


  • More than one proposal is acceptable but not necessarily helpful for the review process.


  • Proposals by previous residents are welcome though reviewers will prioritize first-time residents over those who have had a residency within the past three years.


  • The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2021 Eastern Standard Time; due to the number of proposals received, any submissions emailed after the deadline will not be considered. 


Accepted Media

  • Up to 10 still images, no larger 72 resolution and 10 inches on the longest side
  • Up to 10 minutes of moving image material
  • Up to 3,000 words of written work


Contact tateshaw@vsw.org if you have questions or for more information.


Visual Studies Workshop’s mission is to support makers and interpreters of images through education, publications, exhibitions, and collections. Our wide range of programs and facilities support media artists, students, other arts organizations, and the general population interested in the visual arts and its education. The interrelated program areas that implement and extend our mission are in Education, the Research Center, VSW Press, Artists-in-Residence, and Exhibitions. We are located in Rochester, NY in the Neighborhood of the Arts at 31 Prince Street, 14607.


Artist residencies at VSW are supported in part by Joy of Giving Something, The Max and Marian Farash Foundation, The County of Monroe, The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts Media Arts Program. 

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