Visual Arts Programs
Visual Arts Programs
Visual Arts Programs at the Workhouse
Artist at the Workhouse consist of two groups juried into the program: Associate and Studio, comprising a community and core of the Workhouse arts programming. Artists benefit from being part of a collaborative environment and are small businesses benefiting from artists activities. Community members, collectors and artists profit from open hours and events at the Workhouse.
Studio Artists: Artists occupy approximately 65 studios in six buildings across the campus. A total of approximately 70 artists enjoy a professional work space while being accessible to the public. Studio artists may sell their artwork with a commission going to support the Workhouse. Artists sign a one, two or three year rental from the Workhouse and provide volunteer support. Artists have access to their studio 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Associate Artists: Associate Artists display their art in Gallery 902 and the Vulcan Gallery. A group of approximately 35, each individual Associate pays a fee month-to-month and may leave or opt to become a Studio Artist at any time. Studio Artists may also choose to become Associate Artists at the end of their lease.
Artists Activities: Activities specifically for artists are a vital incentive for new studio rentals and the retention of current renters. Monthly events offer artistic and business growth development. A sense of community is built with networking events. Each building is a sub-community with representation and unique procedures.
- Public Hours and Events: Studios are open Wednesday through Sunday. Visitors benefit from artist’s presence on campus. Located in W-16, the Artist Gift Shop allows visitors an easy introduction to purchasing art and also provides additional sales for artists. Public events focus on the Workhouse artists, including: 2nd Saturday Art Walks – a monthly art celebration often featuring the opening of exhibits on campus, Black Friday – an annual family day and art sale, and For Love: Collection Saturday – an annual family day and art sale to educate the public about collecting art.
Galleries / Exhibitions
The Workhouse has nine galleries on campus. Located in studio buildings and Building W-16, galleries often hold multiple exhibits at one time. Exhibits help teach the public about art. Artists learn how to exhibit and create exchange within the community.
Studio Buildings: Each studio building has a gallery managed, and exhibited in, by its Studio Artist occupants. Building W-9 also has “Gallery 902,” home of the Associate Artists.
- Building W-16: The Workhouse’s two premiere spaces are located in building W-16. The 3,700 square feet “Vulcan Gallery” is often first seen by new visitors and acts as an introduction to the Workhouse. It includes two Associate Artists solo spaces, a studio building exhibit space, an experimental art space designed for George Mason University, and space for community minded exhibits mounted in collaboration with the Marketing and Community Relations Department. The 3,800 square feet McGuireWoods Gallery displays juried and curated shows of artists across the country.