Brickscape is a six week residency culminating in an exhibition. Ten artists will be selected to have 24 hour access to a previously unoccupied historical space where they will create temporary, site-specific installation art.  Each artist will have a designated area in the space in which they will create an installation.  The proposed artwork should respond to the history and culture of the location or the surrounding community of Charleston as well as the physical environment of the space in which the work will be created. Images of the space along with a brief history of the building and its past occupants can be found on our LOCATION page, while resources to help with research for ideas & proposals can be found on our RESOURCES page. Preference will be given to proposals that provide an immersive or interactive environment that remains accessible to a diverse audience.  Artists working in all mediums are encouraged to apply.

A jury of 4 art professionals will grant acceptance to exactly six West Virginia artists and four national artists. Guest rooms will be provided for artist who reside out of town. Artists who reside in close proximity to the installation site will not be expected to require housing. 

The residency will culminate in an exhibition of the artists' work created specifically for and within the space, which will open to the public the day after installation ends. A reception will take place that evening as part of the festivities of FestivALL Preview Weekend in May, and will be open to the public throughout the weekend. Artists are required to attend the first two days of the exhibition's opening and may make arrangements for departing Charleston on the following day (see timeline below for dates.) After FestivALL Preview Weekend, the exhibition will keep limited weekend hours until FestivAll, a 10-day arts and culture festival that takes place in June. Throughout FestivALL and FestivALL Preview Weekend the exhibition will keep more extensive open hours and host several concerts and events in its main corridor. A closing reception will be held at the end of FestivALL with deinstallation occurring the following weekend. If all items and materials in the installation are perishable, residency staff can take responsibility for deinstallation for out-of-state artists. However, if items or materials are to be salvaged from an installation, the artist is responsible for deinstallation and all shipping arrangements.


Brickscape will award a $500 material stipends to each of the 10 artists. Each artist (except those who are local) will be hosted by an upstanding member of the community who will provide the artist with a guest room in their home.  All meals and transportation costs will be the responsibility of the artist. Artists are welcome to bring their own modes of transportation, but it is not required since resident homes will be located within reasonable walking distance from the site. Artists are expected to bring all materials needed for their installation, although the residency coordinator will provide occasional transportation to supply stores as needed. The art and building supply stores in the area are Michael’s Arts & Crafts, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Habitat Restore, and several thrift stores.


Each artist (except those who are local) will be hosted by an upstanding member of the community who will provide the artist with a private guest room in their home. Artists will also have shared access to a full bathroom as well as the home’s kitchen amenities. Artists already living within two hours of the site are not expected to require additional housing. Artists staying with hosts may ship supplies to the hosts address before the start of the residency.


The installations will be contructed within the 11th floor of the Union Building at 723  Kanawha Blvd East in downtown Charleston, WV. Each artist will be granted a room on the 11th floor and will have 24 hour access to the space throughout the residency. Artists are encouraged to use their designated room in the space as their primary studio so that the work can truly respond to and be integrated with the location. Some general hand and power tools will be provided.


Open Call: Dec 8th

Submissions Due: Feb 2nd

Artists Notified: Feb 16th

Artists Arrive: April 13th-14th

Orientation/Installation Begins: April 15th

Installation Finishes: May 24th

Reception: May 25th

Opens to the Public: May 26th

Artists Leave: May 27th

FestivAll Open Hours: June 15th - 24th

Closing Reception: June 23rd

Deinstall: June 31st - July 1st


All applications submitted by February 2nd will be reviewed by a jury of art professionals from the Charleston area. To Apply, please email the following to jackohearn1@gmail.com and pay the $15 application fee via the link provided below.

ALL application materials must be submitted in one PDF document no larger than 20 MB. 

  • 8-10 images of recent artwork with accompanying title, media, dimensions and date created. A short description of each work is optional. There is no required size or resolution for images other than that they should clearly depict your artwork and fit together into with all other documents in a single PDF under 20 MB.
  • A brief statement about your artistic interests, influences, and direction (200 word max)
  • A description of your proposed project (300 word max). Proposals may consist of a general idea of how you are interested in working in the space and responding to the environment, or they may contain a more detailed description of a specific project. The less experience you have with site-specific installation art, the more it is encouraged that your proposal be detailed and specific. If you're proposing work for a specific area, please download the image of the area from our LOCATION page and include it in your document below the proposal. Proposals should mention specific aspects of local history or culture that will inspire your work at the Residency.
  • CV/Resume with address, phone number and current website (If you don't have a website, you may provide a social media page where you showcase your work.)