Residency Program

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.

Studio Visits

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.

Manuscript Critiques

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.

Open Studios

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 Presentation Night

There are seven Resident Presentation Nights each month (3 during the “A” session, and four during the “B” session). At each Resident Presentation Night, there is room for five visual artists and three writers to sign up for one of eight seven-minute slots to give a talk, share slides and/or video, or read from their work. 

These events are coordinated by the Writing and Visual Arts Staff-Artists, and take place in the Red Mill Dining Hall in the winter months and in the Lowe Lecture Hall in the warmer months. 

If you would like to share/present visual material during Resident Presentation Night, please bring a USB drive with you with preloaded images/video(s) for your presentation. If you forget, we do have extra USB drives available for you to borrow (for free) or purchase (for $10) in the Red Mill Office. 

More information about Resident Presentation Nights will be provided to all visual arts and writing residents after you arrive.