About

Workhouse Arts Center is a Virginia not-for-profit corporation that was created for the purpose of planning, developing and fundraising a self- sustaining arts space. The primary goal has been and remains the renovation, preservation and reuse of the former District of Columbia Complex’s Workhouse facilities. Officially transitioned from the District of Columbia Prison Complex to Workhouse Arts Center in 2008, the organization now sits on 55-acres of land surrounded by rolling hills, featuring 3 main gallery spaces, near 100 artist studios and hosts an array of engaging opportunities and inspiring experiences in visual and performing arts, history and education.

Mission

The mission of Workhouse Arts Foundation is to grow and support a vibrant arts center that offers engaging opportunities and inspiring experiences in visual arts, performing arts, history, and education.


Core Values

Commitment to High-Quality Arts and Education
Fiscal Responsibility
Exemplary Governance
Community Engagement

The Artist Program is a core part of the historic Workhouse Arts Center in the greater Washington DC area. The 80+ artists at Workhouse comprise several groups: Studio Artists, who sublease one of 60 studios on campus; Arches Gallery Artists, associate artists who pay pay a fee to exhibit and operate on campus; and Emerging Artists and Resident Artists, who sublease studios in special programs.
This application is for Arches Gallery Artists submissions. Please return to our Submittable home page for the open call for Studio Artists.  
 

ENTRY GUIDELINES
This open call facilitates submissions from parties interested in having a non-studio display space at Workhouse. There is no deadline for entries and applicants will be notified within 2 months of their submission date. Selections will be made based on images and information submitted on the entry form.

The entry fee is $30.00. 


Please Note: All applicants must be prepared to interview in person with staff/jurors and to present 3 to 5 pieces of their work if their juror ratings are high enough.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Please be prepared to include the following information in the entry form:

Artist Information 

  • Full name
  • Mailing address 
  • Email address 
  • Phone number
  • Professional website 
  • Artist statement
  • Resume/CV

  
Artwork / Image Information (Minimum 5 artworks submissions / maximum 10 artwork submissions) 

  • Title 
  • Year of Completion
  • Materials Used
  • At least 5 full-size images of artwork, maximum 10 full-size images. The images must be professional quality JPEG images in 2400 x 3000 pixels. Images must be smaller than 5MB.

  
TERMS OF ENTRY
Photography and Permissions: The artist verifies he/she owns or has copyright(s) to the artwork being submitted and therefore allows Workhouse Arts Center to display the artwork in its galleries. If accepted, the artist provides approval to Workhouse Arts Center to photograph or use submitted photographs of the artwork for advertising, educational or archival purposes online and in print without monetary compensation. Images of artwork may be cropped to fit advertisements and credits will be included when possible.

Sales: A 30% commission on sales will be taken by Workhouse Arts Center. The artist must provide a federal W-9 tax form to receive their 70%.


QUESTIONS
For questions about the application process or being an artist at Workhouse Arts Center, contact Sharon Moores, Artist Liaison, at sharonmoores@workhousearts.org.

 
Thank you for your interest in Workhouse Arts Center!

Workhouse Arts Center is pleased to invite under graduate and graduate-level artists to submit project proposals for an exhibition in the gallery, Art Lab.
 

Installation, Art Lab Gallery 

  

Exhibition proposals should reflect an expansion of the artist’s practice and can include work that will be created for the exhibition or work that is already complete.


Proposals will be accepted from artists working in any media. Artists may apply as an individual or with a collaborative group presenting a singular idea. All artists must be currently enrolled in an BFA or MFA program at the time of application to qualify for an exhibition in Art Lab. The artists will have access to tools and hardware; however, Workhouse Arts Center does not provide financial support for shipping. installation, travel, honorarium, or extensive labor support for Art Lab exhibitions. The Exhibitions Director will provide support to the selected artists to assist with installation logistics, editing of exhibition texts and standard promotion.

Each exhibition will be on view for an 8 to 12 week period. Exhibition receptions will be held on the Second Saturday of the month from 6:00 – 8:00 pm for each exhibition.
 

EXHIBITION PROPOSAL GUIDELINES
1. Project Description: In one page or less, clearly describe your exhibition concept and all elements involved.

2. Checklist: Please provide information about each artwork considered for inclusion in the exhibition, including: artist, title, date, medium, dimensions, installation components. It is expected that all participating artists and/or groups have been contacted and expressed interest in participating.

3. Images: Please include 5 images of works included or representative of what will be included. For time-based work, please include video samples or links.

4. Installation plan: Describe how the exhibition would be installed in the Workhouse Arts Center Art Lab. Clearly list all spatial needs, technical and equipment requirements, specific installation considerations, and an outline of shipping logistics.

5. Programming: Describe any additional programming (performances, talks, etc.) that you are interested in including with your exhibition.

6. Exhibiting artist information: Provide bios and/or statements for all exhibiting artists and/or curators.


GALLERY MEASUREMENTS / SPECIFICATIONS

  • 22 ft (length) x 8 ft (width)
  • Wood floor
  • Vaulted Ceiling
  • Drywall with Studs
  • Wall height approximately 8 ft.
  • Track Lighting


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact audreymiller@workhousearts.org. Applications must be received at least three weeks prior to the desired
date of exhibition. 

Thank you in advance for your interest in exhibiting at Workhouse Arts Center!
 

The Exhibitions Department at Workhouse Arts Center aims to be an educational, creative resource established to engage a diverse public in the exploration of the art of today while provoking memorable, immersive learning experiences.  Workhouse Arts Center is pleased to offer artists, curators and art collectives an opportunity to host an exhibition in one of our gallery spaces. 


ENTRY GUIDELINES

This open call facilitates interested parties (Artist, Artist Group, Curator, Curatorial Group, Art Collectives) in communicating information to the Center. There is no deadline for entries and applicants will be notified within 3 months of the submission date. 


The entry fee is $30.00 for up to three entries. Selections will be made based on images and information submitted on the entry form.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Please be prepared to include the following information in the entry form:


Artist Information

  • Full Name
  • Mailing Address 
  • Email Address 
  • Phone Number 
  • Artist Biography (Maximum 100 words)


 Artwork / Image Information  (Minimum 5 artworks submissions / Maximum 10 artwork submissions) 

  • Title 
  • Year of Completion
  • Materials and Techniques Used
  • Measurements (Length x Width x Depth in Inches) 
  • Retail Price
  • Insurance Value
  • Statement About the Work (Optional. Maximum 75 words)
  • One full size image and one detail image per artwork. The images must be professional quality JPEG images in 2400 x 3000 pixels. Images must be smaller than 5MB.

 
TERMS OF ENTRY
Photography and Permissions
The artist verifies he/she owns or has copyright(s) to the artwork being submitted or on loan and therefore, allows Workhouse Arts Center to display the artwork in its galleries during the exhibition dates. The artists provides approval to Workhouse Arts Center to photograph or use submitted photographs of the artwork for advertising, educational or archival purposes online and in print without monetary compensation. Images of artwork may be cropped to fit advertisements and credits will be included when possible. The artwork will remain the property of the artist unless sold on behalf of the artist by Workhouse Arts Center. If not sold, all artwork must be picked up or have proper return shipping material within 60 days after the last day of the exhibition.

Insurance and Sales
Workhouse Arts Center insures the artwork while in its custody up to 60% of the sales price or insurance value. Workhouse Arts Center does not guarantee that the insurance company will accept the value assigned by the artist and may require proof of past sales. Workhouse Arts Center does not insure artwork while in transit. Workhouse Art Center is not responsible for artwork damaged by poor craftsmanship by the artist or his/her agent.

If for sale, Workhouse Arts Center agrees to attempt to sell the artwork at the price listed on the application. Prices cannot be increased or decreased unless the Workhouse Arts Center receives  instructions in writing. A 40% commission on sales will be taken by Workhouse Arts Center. The artist must provide a W-9 Federal Government tax form (obtained at http://www.irs.gov/). If sold during the exhibition, Workhouse Arts Center will issue a check within 30 days of the end of the exhibition.

Transportation and Shipping

The artist is responsible for the transportation of the artwork to Workhouse Arts Center.   

If artist decides to use a shipping company for the pickup and delivery of the artworks, the artist recognizes the risk of damage during transit. If the artist requests to have the artworks shipped back, the artist must provide a pre-paid shipping label (UPS, FedEx or DHL). The artist must ship the artwork in a re-usable shipping container(s). Workhouse Arts Center is not responsible for damage occurred in shipping to or from Workhouse Arts Center.  

 

FUNDING

As a non-profit, Workhouse Arts Center may offer exhibit space, general installation support and basic in house advertising but does not necessarily fund all/additional exhibit needs. Potential exhibitors should be prepared with a budget and potential funds.


Please Note: Workhouse Arts Center serves a large population.  Most exhibits are group exhibits and mounted in collaboration with community and academic partners.  While artists, groups and curators are encouraged to enter this open call, it is a very competitive opportunity.  Generally, the exhibition calendar is booked one year in advance. Selection may include an interview and discussions with the Exhibitions Department. 

All applicants must be prepared to present a sample of the proposed works in person or via mail upon request. 

Thank you in advance for your interest in exhibiting with Workhouse Arts Center!

The Artist Program is a core part of the historic Workhouse Arts Center in the greater Washington DC area. The 80+ artists at Workhouse comprise several groups: Studio Artists, who sublease one of 60 studios on campus; Arches Gallery Artists, associate artists who pay pay a fee to exhibit and operate on campus; and Emerging Artists and Resident Artists, who sublease studios in special programs.
This application is for Studio Artist submissions. Please return to our Submittable home page for the open call for Arches Gallery Artists.  

ENTRY GUIDELINES
This open call facilitates submissions from parties interested in having a rental studio at Workhouse. There is no deadline for entries and applicants will be notified within 2 months of their submission date. Selections will be made based on images and information submitted on the entry form.

The entry fee is $30.00. 


Please Note: All applicants must be prepared to interview in person with staff/jurors and to present 3 to 5 pieces of their work if their juror ratings are high enough.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Please be prepared to include the following information in the entry form:

Artist Information
 

  • Full name
  • Mailing address 
  • Email address 
  • Phone number
  • Professional website 
  • Artist statement
  • Resume/CV

  
Artwork / Image Information (Minimum 5 artworks submissions / maximum 10 artwork submissions)
 

  • Title 
  • Year of Completion
  • Materials Used
  • At least 5 full-size images of artwork, maximum 10 full-size images. The images must be professional quality JPEG images in 2400 x 3000 pixels. Images must be smaller than 5MB.

  
TERMS OF ENTRY
Photography and Permissions: The artist verifies he/she owns or has copyright(s) to the artwork being submitted and therefore allows Workhouse Arts Center to display the artwork in its galleries. If accepted, the artist provides approval to Workhouse Arts Center to photograph or use submitted photographs of the artwork for advertising, educational or archival purposes online and in print without monetary compensation. Images of artwork may be cropped to fit advertisements and credits will be included when possible.

Sales: A 30% commission on sales will be taken by Workhouse Arts Center. The artist must provide a federal W-9 tax form to receive their 70%.


QUESTIONS
For questions about the application process or being an artist at Workhouse Arts Center, contact Sharon Moores, Artist Liaison, at sharonmoores@workhousearts.org.
 
Thank you for your interest in Workhouse Arts Center!

 The Exhibitions Department at Workhouse Arts Center aims to be an educational, creative resource established to engage a diverse public in the exploration of the art of today while provoking memorable, immersive learning experiences.  Workhouse Arts Center is pleased to present Warrior Way, an exhibition space designated to display artwork by active duty, retired and veteran service members.  

Installation Image, Warrior Way 


ENTRY GUIDELINES
This open call facilitates submissions from interested parties active duty, retired and veteran service members.  There is no deadline for entries and applicants will be notified within 3 months of the submission date.

The entry fee is $30.00 for up to three entries. Selections will be made based on images and information submitted on the entry form.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Please be prepared to include the following information in the entry form:


Artist Information

  • Full Name
  • Mailing Address 
  • Email Address 
  • Phone Number 
  • Artist Biography (Maximum 100 words)

 

 Artwork / Image Information (Minimum 5 artworks submissions / Maximum 10 artwork submissions)

  • Title 
  • Year of Completion
  • Materials and Techniques Used
  • Measurements (Length x Width x Depth in Inches) 
  • Retail Price
  • Insurance Value
  • Statement About the Work (Optional. Maximum 75 words)
  • One full size image and one detail image per artwork. The images must be professional quality JPEG images in 2400 x 3000 pixels. Images must be smaller than 5MB.

  

GALLERY MEASUREMENTS / SPECIFICATIONS

  • 32 feet in length x 6 feet in width
  • Concrete Floor
  • Wall Height approximately 9 ft
  • Drywall with Studs
  • Track Lighting


TERMS OF ENTRY
Photography and Permissions
The artist verifies he/she owns or has copyright(s) to the artwork being submitted or on loan and therefore, allows Workhouse Arts Center to display the artwork in its galleries during the exhibition dates. The artists provides approval to Workhouse Arts Center to photograph or use submitted photographs of the artwork for advertising, educational or archival purposes online and in print without monetary compensation. Images of artwork may be cropped to fit advertisements and credits will be included when possible. The artwork will remain the property of the artist unless sold on behalf of the artist by Workhouse Arts Center. If not sold, all artwork must be picked up or have proper return shipping material within 60 days after the last day of the exhibition.

Insurance and Sales
Workhouse Arts Center insures the artwork while in its custody up to 60% of the sales price or insurance value. Workhouse Arts Center does not guarantee that the insurance company will accept the value assigned by the artist and may require proof of past sales. Workhouse Arts Center does not insure artwork while in transit. Workhouse Art Center is not responsible for artwork damaged by poor craftsmanship by the artist or his/her agent.

If for sale, Workhouse Arts Center agrees to attempt to sell the artwork at the price listed on the application. Prices cannot be increased or decreased unless the Workhouse Arts Center receives  instructions in writing. A 40% commission on sales will be taken by Workhouse Arts Center. The artist must provide a W-9 Federal Government tax form (obtained at http://www.irs.gov/). If sold during the exhibition, Workhouse Arts Center will issue a check within 30 days of the end of the exhibition.

Transportation and Shipping
The artist is responsible for the transportation of the artwork to Workhouse Arts Center.   
If artist decides to use a shipping company for the pickup and delivery of the artworks, the artist recognizes the risk of damage during transit. If the artist requests to have the artworks shipped back, the artist must provide a pre-paid shipping label (UPS, FedEx or DHL). The artist must ship the artwork in a re-usable shipping container(s). Workhouse Arts Center is not responsible for damage occurred in shipping to or from Workhouse Arts Center.  


FUNDING
As a non-profit, Workhouse Arts Center may offer exhibit space, general installation support and basic in house advertising but does not necessarily fund all/additional exhibit needs. Potential exhibitors should be prepared with a budget and potential funds.


Please Note: Workhouse Arts Center serves a large population.  Most exhibits are group exhibits and mounted in collaboration with community and academic partners.  While artists, groups and curators are encouraged to enter this open call, it is a very competitive opportunity.  Generally, the exhibition calendar is booked one year in advance. Selection may include an interview and discussions with the Exhibitions Department. 


All applicants must be prepared to present a sample of the proposed works in person or via mail upon request. 


Thank you in advance for your interest in exhibiting with Workhouse Arts Center!

No one knows where the term “military brat” exactly originated, but some  believe it was an early 1920s reference to the British army’s use of  the acronym, “BRAT” as the status of “British  Regiment Attached Traveler”, a term applied to families who would travel  with the soldier. The WMAI invites all youth (ages 5+), adolescent, and  adult children of active duty or retired service members, veterans and  reservists to submit a single artwork. The exhibition features work  representing military children, affectionately known as “military  brats,” a badge of honor that describes life in a military family –  multiple moves, new beginnings, stressors, deployments-an overall  culturally unique experience differing from civilian life as expressed  through original artwork in various art media, materials, and processes.  WMAI would like to provide insight into the lives of military children  by opening the conversation about who they are and have become because  of their military childhood. The purpose of the show is to create a  space for expression and reflection for military children while sharing  and engaging with the campus and larger community. A short bio will be  included with the artwork highlighting the child’s military and artistic  background. We open this exhibition during the month of April, Military  Child Month and National Military Brats Day (April 30) to raise  awareness about the ongoing sacrifices and service military children  contribute to society and the artistic community. The exhibition will  open April 11th and continue until May 23rd. 


 

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Only original artwork,  no reproductions.
  2. Only work from the children (regardless of age) of active duty or  retired service members, veterans, and reservists will be considered and  only one  work per  person.
  3. 3D work can not exceed a 15″ print and should come with a display pedestal or stand if possible. If work is fragile artist may be  asked to provide a case. 2D Artwork should be framed and ready to hang and/or display. No saw-tooth hangers. Each framed work should come with  hanging wire properly installed on the  rear  of the  frame.
  4. Each submission must include an image of the  work to be displayed and a short bio about the artist. Forms, Bios, and  Images (Hi-RES, 300 dpi or greater) must be digitally entered no later than the March 27th,  2020.
  5. Once  notified, all accepted work must be delivered to the  Workhouse Arts Center by Friday April 3rd, 2020.
  6. Show is installed on April 6th – April 10th,  2020. Exhibition opens in building 9A on Saturday April 11th,  2020.
  7. Work will be on view from April 11th  to May 23rd. Limited viewing  hours of the  exhibition space will include: Weds – Sat, 10 am – 4 pm.
  8. Unsold artwork must be picked up by May 31st, 2020. 
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