STUDIOS PROGRAM


Our Studios Program is a unique incubator that supports a diverse group of 25-30 Studio Artists. We provide valuable professional and creative development opportunities for these artists to grow their art practice, become part of our network, and make long- lasting connections.

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We provide artists discounted studio space at below market rates in exchange for community service in the organization. Service can include working in gallery management, exhibition programming, and teaching art classes to youth and/or adults. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

HOW OUR ARTISTS ARE INVOLVED

TEACH LOCAL YOUTH
In our Youth Education Program
DESIGN & FACILITATE CLASSES
In our Adult Education Program
INSTALL & PRODUCE EXHIBITIONS
In our Exhibitions & Events Program
ASSIST IN ARTS ADMINISTRATION
Help with operations, marketing, & design

APPLICATION PROCESS

We accept applications on a rolling basis, with the first of each month as the deadline for the following month’s vacancies (i.e. April 1 deadline for May 1 availability). Once you’ve submitted an application, we will send a notification with our estimated studio availability and interview opportunities with the Artist Selection Committee. Selected artists are contracted in the Studios Program for a one year commitment.

We are currently accepting applications!

QUESTIONS?

To see our gallery and public facility, you are welcome to visit any of our upcoming events and/or during regularly scheduled gallery hours.

For a short tour of the space and studios, please email visit@rootdivision.org to schedule Mondays-Fridays between 11 am-6 pm.

For additional questions, please email studios@rootdivision.org.


Frequently Asked QUestions


As a Studio Artist, you will have access to Root Division’s peer and professional networks and opportunities; 24 hour access to your own or shared studio space at below market rates; access to our facilities including an artist lounge, digital lab, and woodshop. In addition, our Studio Artists can take any of our Adult Education and professional development classes tuition-free. While our Studio Artists are not automatically included in our exhibitions, we waive the submission fees to any of our open calls, and we offer opportunities to exhibit in our Frank-Ratchye Project Space and other offsite venues. Throughout the year we invite current artists to participate in a few events, including our spring fundraising event, our Art Auction, and Misfit Maker Factory where artists can network with art collectors, patrons, and other artists.

Our studio spaces range from 100 – 250 square feet and can be shared or solo. The spaces vary to accommodate different working conditions–ranging from having a great deal of natural light (through skylights and/or windows) to providing opportunities for light control. Some spaces will be fully enclosed for sound control, and others will at the very least have 10-12 foot tall walls (with 1 – 1.5 feet of space from the ceiling for ventilation).

The price ranges from $230 – $600 per month depending on the size of the studio and whether the space is shared with another Studio Artist.

Yes! Feel free to email visit@rootdivision.org to schedule a time to visit Root Division and get a tour of the space and any available studios.

Along with 24 hour access to the studio space, all current Studio Artists will have access to a mezzanine level artist lounge with a kitchenette; a digital lab with Mac computers, large-format scanner, and large format and color printers; and a woodshop with basic equipment and tools including a table saw, chop saw, band saw, drill press, and hand tools. Wireless internet is available throughout the building.

We accept applications on a rolling basis, with the 1st of each month acting as the deadline for the following month’s vacancies (i.e. August 1 deadline for September 1 availability).

Our ideal candidate should have an eagerness to learn and a passion for community engagement. We ask candidates to have a strong portfolio that shows potential for growth and a resume of related professional and life experience that applies to supporting our various programming. This includes any and all of the following: teaching adults and/or youth, art handling, installation, gallery admin, graphic design, video editing, event planning,  catering, construction, etc.

We require candidates to  complete the digital application form, and submit all required documents as PDFs to studios@rootdivision.org. Such documents include a Cover Letter, Resume, Artist Statement, and artwork examples. More information and specific guidelines can be found here.

No, we only ask candidates to have relevant experience.

Our Artist Selection Committee reviews studio applications when a studio space is about to become available. If selected for an interview, you should be prepared to speak about what you are currently working on in your practice and what you would like to work on during your time at Root Division. The committee would also like to know why you would like to join the Root Division community and how you hope to contribute the service hours.

We do our best to accommodate studio preferences based on specific needs required by the artist’s practice. Once a studio space opens up, current artists have the option to switch studios with priority over new incoming artists.

We ask for an initial commitment of one year, and if the relationship is mutually beneficial, we will renew for up to an additional year. You can also end your contract at any time with a 30-day notice.

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