Artists Program With approximately 90 artists, juried into the program, the Artist Program is well established and the best known program at the Workhouse. 60+ artists have studios at the Center and 25+ share a gallery. Studios are priced moderately and provide a much loved creative community. The following information is for artists interested in renting a studio, or being an Associate or Resident artist at the Workhouse. Artists benefit from being part of a collaborative and learning environment in the greater metropolitan Washington region. Shared values of artists in the program include:
- Utilizing a unique workspace to create art
- Creatively growing within a community of artists
- Continuing to learn the business of art
- Producing sales of artwork
- Gaining professional visibility.
All artists in the Program are considered Artists at the Workhouse. Click here for a full statement of policy for the Artists program.
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Studio Artists at the Workhouse: Rent studios in buildings W-5, 6, 7, 8 or 10 and work within the artist community to help maintain a shared environment.
Ceramics and Glass Resident Artists at the Workhouse: The Ceramics and Glass programs at the Workhouse are acclaimed for their state of the art equipment, facilities and collaborative work environment. Resident artists are Studio Artists with additional responsibilities, such as teaching, and benefits, such as equipment use. The Ceramics and Glass programs also offer Emerging Artists Residencies. For more information on the Glass or Ceramic program, please contact Dale Marhanka, Ceramics and Class Director, at DaleMarhanka@workhousearts.org.
Resident Artists (military and the arts): The SCAPE (Service member Community Art Partnership and Exchange) program connects active and retired service members with the arts. The SCAPE Resident Artists are Studio Artists, who have served or are serving in the military (USA), with additional responsibilities and benefits acting as an ambassador for the SCAPE program. View SCAPE Resident Artist responsibility.
Associate Artists at the Workhouse: While these artists don’t have a studio at the Workhouse, they work collectively to maintain a gallery space in W-9 and pay a $45 monthly fee.
Facilities: Facilities are state of the art. Studio Artists share sinks in the back of each building. Each building acts as a community within a community, maintain a gallery. The Glass Program offers fully equipped kiln, formed glass and flame working and cold shop. The Ceramics Program offers 21 wheels, two indoor kiln rooms, and an outdoor kiln yard.
Studios: Most studios range between 215 sq ft (approx. $349/month) and 430 sq ft (approx. $699/month). Studio rent includes heat/AC, water, historical brick walls, large historical windows, florescent lighting, hanging tracks and free internet hookups.
Added Benefits: Artists have 24 hour access, sales support (30% commission), marketing assistance, exhibition opportunities, and ability to change studios without penalty, and free parking.
Selection: All artists are juried into the program. Jurors include an outside juror and current Artists at the Workhouse. The Workhouse selects artists that:
- Are innovative in production and concept, culturally relative, and demonstrate a technical mastery of a media.
- Participate in juried shows, curated exhibitions or are represented in private collections.
- Show a commitment to their artistic career through an existing body of work.
- Create all original art and concepts.
Jurors are anonymous and do not provide feedback.
Questions: General questions, contact Carol V. Mather, Visitor Service Assistant, at CarolMather@workhousearts.org.
Regarding the Ceramics and Glass Programs, contact Dale Marhanka, Ceramics and Glass Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Apply: To apply for a Ceramics or Glass program Residency, please email Dale Marhanka, Ceramics and Glass Program Director, at email@example.com. To apply for a (non-ceramics/glass) studio, the SCAPE Program Residency or to become an Associate Artist – apply using the online form below (via Entrythingy). (SCAPE applicant will also be required to take part in an interview with the Director of Visual Arts.) You will be required to create an Entrythingy account if you do not already have one.
Before finalizing your Artist Program application (including Ceramics and Glass), please review the standard policies of the Program found here. Applicants are charged a nonrefundable $25 administrative fee.