aac studios

Upcoming Resident Artist Works on Display at AAC

opening reception April 26, 6 pm - 9 pm

Jessica van Brakle
Wyatt Resident Artists Gallery

Resident artist Jessica van Brakle presents Flatland a series of acrylic and ink works that draw upon the inspirations, constraints, and metaphors of the construction crane. Van Brakle fractures geometric structures, breaks the picture plane, and seduces the viewer to create a kaleidoscopic fantasy world replete with fragments of cranes and vegetation.

About AAC's Studio Residency Program

The primary goal of the Resident Artist Program is to provide a space in which artists can work and grow, and to bring them together with the community in an environment that encourages interaction, dialogue, and exploration. Selection criteria include artistic merit, potential for collaborative outreach to the community, and diversity of artist representation. Every emerging, professional artist in the Washington DC area is eligible to apply for a two-year residency in one of our subsidized studios. Artists can only renew twice, limiting the total residency to six years. We do this so that as many local artists as possible can benefit from our incubator program.

Our studio artists have been granted international fellowships as well as exhibitions at esteemed galleries in Washington DC, New York, and beyond. Studio vacancies are announced when they occur on our website and through the AAC e-newsletter. AAC offers subsidized studio space for 12 artists and one visiting artist on a rotating basis. Studios range from 300 square feet for a solo studio, to 600 square feet for a shared, 4-artist space. All have excellent sunlight, work sinks, and high ceilings with 365 day, 24-hour access. There is a lounge area, kitchen, and a shower.

Artists are not required to keep studio doors open; instead, they open their studios to the public 5 times each year, in conjunction with opening receptions. Every artist has a solo or two-person exhibition every other year in AAC’s Wyatt Resident Artist Gallery.