Artist in Residence Program

Illustration by Artist in Residence Amanda Surveski

The Farmington Valley Arts Center (FVAC) launched the Artist in Residence Program in 2008 and has continued to support emerging local artists when there is available space and funding. This program provides a studio for selected artists to expand the parameters of their chosen medium, to explore new directions in their work, and to enhance their creative vision as part of the FVAC studio artist community. In addition to studio space, the Artist in Residence will have access to a wide variety of opportunities and resources, including mentorship by studio artists, possible teaching experiences, and a culminating exhibit in one of FVAC’s galleries.

Become a sponsor
We are seeking sponsors to fund this dynamic FVAC program, which supports our mission and is an integral part of our outreach into the arts community and beyond. Past participant artists have told us how this unique opportunity has impacted their lives and inspired them to develop their artwork in a deep and meaningful way.

A big thank you to our sponsors
The current Artist Residency is made possible through the generosity of The W.R. Berkley Corporation Charitable Foundation and The Stanley D. and Hinda N. Fisher Foundation.

The FVAC’s long-standing Artist in Residence Program provides free studio space for “emerging” fine artists or artisans seeking to explore new directions and enhance their creative vision. The FVAC defines an “emerging” artist as someone who has created a promising body of work and is dedicated to his or her art, but who is not yet recognized by educational institutions, galleries, collectors, and critics. Furthermore, the artist must be in “need” of space to work and create.

Artists in Residence are selected based on the quality of their work, the goals they expect to accomplish through their residency, and their potential contributions to this vibrant cultural community. Frequently, the Artist in Residence has additional opportunities to teach, participate in collaborative events, and to exhibit work.

Visit our current Artists in Residence in Studio 3B and 8B:
Trae Brooks
Ying Ye
Amanda Surveski

Artist in Residence Application

Email to request a fillable form.