How many artists will be chosen?
Six creative artists and/or artist collectives will be selected to participate in the program.

What is the time commitment for the Visiting Artist program?
From May 2017 to March 2018, we ask artists to make a firm commitment to conceive of a project, develop a work plan with benchmarks, and submit a status report four months into the project and a final report within 30 days of completion. 

What activities are involved in the program in addition to creating a work of art?
Visiting artists will participate in periodic discussion sessions with fellow artists and RMHF staff to share their experiences and insights as they develop their work, and to present their work to date. Visiting artists will be encouraged to engage populations affected by inequities, and will be asked to lead a public gallery talk or workshop exhibiting their work in March 2018.

Applicants are also strongly encouraged to attend an event with Glenn Harris of the Center for Social Inclusion on the definition of equity on the evening of March 21, 2017.

What is the amount of the grant awarded to visiting artists?
Artists will be provided an award of $10,000 to support their work and to prepare a final exhibition. Artists will be responsible for their own travel, housing, food, insurance and materials. 

Who is eligible to apply? 
Artists who are residents of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, and Powhatan counties, and the city of Richmond, are invited to apply. 
We seek professional artists with at least five years of experience who are deeply committed to reducing health disparities and increasing equity. Visiting artists will represent the Richmond region’s rich diversity.

What types of artwork are eligible?

Any type of art, including but not exclusive to the fine arts, photography, textiles and performance art.

How will the artists be chosen?
External evaluators outside of the Richmond region will make final selections and provide recommendations to the RMHF Board of Trustees for final approval.

What intellectual property rules will apply to the grants program?The Visiting Artist will own all intellectual property rights, including copyright, trademark and patent rights, to their work. They may transfer or sell those rights, but they are required to notify the Foundation in writing of the transaction. The Foundation shall have the non-exclusive right to use and promote the project created through the program and to authorize others to use the project, along with the name, picture and biography of the Visiting Artist. 

What are RMHF’s goals in creating this program?

  • A network of artists committed to fostering an equitable and healthy Richmond region.

  • New images, experiences, and modes of creative expression to convey equity and health for use by RMHF and by the artists.

  • New populations, working with the artists, who are engaged in activism and with greater knowledge of equity and health.

  • Artistic outlets that draw new voices into the regional discussion on equity and health.

  • Documentation of the artists’ processes and insights that others may use to facilitate further learning and action.

If you have additional questions about RMHF’s Visiting Artists Program, contact Kendra Jones via email or (804) 554-1611.