One of the most unique aspects of the VSC residency program is the opportunity for cross-pollination between visual artists and writers. Throughout each month, we host four Visiting Artist lectures, two Visiting Writer readings, three Resident Readings, four Resident Slide Nights, and two Open Studios events. Participation is not required, but all are welcome and encouraged to enjoy these optional opportunities for enrichment and discussion throughout the residency month. Below is more information about each of these programs.
Visiting Artists & Writers Program
Every month we welcome four distinguished Visiting Artists and two distinguished Visiting Writers to spend 5 days on campus actively engaging with the VSC community. Each Visiting Artist/Writer presents a public slide talk/reading open to all during their stay. All talks and readings are listed on our public calendar and also announced on our Facebook page.
You can browse the full list of all of our upcoming Visiting Artists and Writers* (listed in order of public talk date) on our Visiting Artists and Writers Program page.
*All of our women Visiting Writers are supported by The Rona Jaffe Foundation.
During their stay, each Visiting Artist offers optional studio visits to the visual artists in residence. Sign-ups are first-come, first-served by studio building; priority is given to artists working in the Visiting Artists' medium. More information will be provided to all visual artists after arrival.
During their stay, each Visiting Writer offers a writers-only craft talk and a limited number of private manuscripts conferences. Sign-ups for conferences take place at the end of the craft talk; critiques are available to those residents working in the Visiting Writer’s medium/genre. More information will be provided to all writers after arrival.
There are two Open Studios events per residency month (the second Thursday and fourth Wednesday of every session). This is an opportunity to share your work with the resident community and to walk around to view what others have been working on. Participation in open studios is completely optional.
Resident Slide Night
There are four Resident Slide Nights throughout the session, one per week. Resident artists can sign up to present 20 still images or 5 minutes of video footage to the resident community. This event is coordinated by the Visual Arts Staff-Artist and takes place in the Red Mill Dining Hall in the winter months and in the Lowe Lecture Hall in the warmer months. Bring a USB drive with you with preloaded images for your presentation. If you forget, we do have extra USB drives available for you to borrow or purchase for $10 in the Red Mill Office. More information will be provided to all visual artists after arrival.
There are three Resident Readings throughout the month. At each one, up to 6 writers can sign up to read for 10 minutes apiece. This event is coordinated by the Writing Coordinator Staff-Artist and takes place in the Red Mill Dining Hall in the winter months and in the Lowe Lecture Hall in the warmer months. There is a sign-up sheet posted in the lobby of the Maverick Writing Studios. More information will be provided to all writers after arrival.