are Central Virginia’s only arts incubator. We feature studio facilities,
classes and workshops, artist residency, and open doors. We provide 24/7 access
to presses, darkroom, digital lab, communal workspace, and individual studios
to support production, creative practice, and discourse. We are professionals,
amateurs, teachers and students. making its creative
community and its future. In our communal workspaces, private studios, In May of 2015, we dramatically increased
organizational capacity by relocating to a new facility in the Scott’s Addition
neighborhood. Our facility doubled in sized, and our community impact has
expanded dramatically since the move. Now:
We are Central Virginia’s only arts incubator. We feature studio facilities, classes and workshops, artist residency, and open doors. We provide 24/7 access to presses, darkroom, digital lab, communal workspace, and individual studios to support production, creative practice, and discourse. We are professionals, amateurs, teachers and students. S23 is a place where Richmond is making its creative community and its future. At Studio Two Three, ideas become projects, and individuals become catalysts for and participants in our creative economy. In our communal workspaces, private studios, darkroom, digital lab, classes, internships, gatherings, speaking programs, film nights, parties, and casual talk, we become the people who make the stuff that forms the dynamic, inventive Richmond we want to live in. Studio Two Three, through its serious gear and generous spirit, is an energizing incubator for the current generation and the next one, keeping our creative class robust and evolving, producing the goods and services that move through our city’s galleries, schools, festivals, homes, and life. Founded by four artists in 2008, S23 has grown rapidly and sustainably ever since. In May of 2015, we dramatically increased organizational capacity by relocating to a new facility in the Scott’s Addition neighborhood. Our facility doubled in sized, and our community impact has expanded dramatically since the move.
We started Studio Two Three believing Richmond could not only train a talented group of artists, but could become a city where those artists stayed after completing school. We created Studio Two Three to sustain a community of young artists in Richmond. We believed that this city was full of talent and that we could create a community and a space to support that talent. Over the past five years, that belief has become a reality.
What began as four artists in a 600 square foot studio with a borrowed printing press has come so far. The Richmond art scene is growing rapidly, and Studio Two Three has grown dramatically over the past 4 years in response to clear community demand.
· We are safer, healthier, and more productive. Professional and aspiring artists have access to a beautiful studio that is non-toxic, full of energy, and bustling
with people building their careers.
· We are better, and we are more. Each week, over 200 people use our space to foster community, to share ideas, and to create beautiful things.
· We are becoming. We are no longer just a "community print shop." We are an arts incubator. A career-builder. An economic-driver. A place where community thrives.
Ashley Hawkins is one of the founders of Studio Two Three and assumed the role of Executive Director in September 2011. Ashley graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007 with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking. In 2007 she was recognized with the Most Outstanding Senior Award from the Department of Painting and Printmaking. Ashley has Masters of Public Administration and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.
· Supporting Professional Artists &
Creation of New Art
S23 stands alone as the only organization in Central Virginia providing artists with affordable, 24-hour access to a studio that facilitates traditional printmaking, including intaglio, relief, lithography, and screen printing, as well as a digital lab and black and white community darkroom. There is no other organization in Virginia that gives artists the autonomy and trust to work 24/7 on their own, with such an abundance of equipment, materials, and resources. for Demand for this service is evidenced by the 55% increase in S23 Artist Residents from 74 in 2014 to 115 in 2015. S23 features 20 private studios, as well as a communal print studio, reference library, black & white darkroom, meeting spaces, and lounge.
· EXHIBITIONS: Presenting New Work by Emerging Artists to the Richmond Community We focus on large-scale, interactive, community-based exhibitions that showcase emerging work by Virginia artists. We are on the planning team for the 2016 RVA Street Art Festival at which we will feature our fifth-annual Steamrolled RVA exhibition, featuring an woodblock map of the City of Richmond designed and carved by S23 artists and volunteers and printed with a steamroller. This year’s event will also feature “Richmond Icons,” designed by well-known RVA artists and sold to benefit S23. We have developed a partnership model for exhibitions, featuring annual shows at Quirk Gallery and Capital One as well as traveling printmaking portfolio exhibitions. We launched an on-site retail store in December 2015 in conjunction with our annual Winter Print Fair. The event featured 20 artists in addition to S23’s retail goods, and generated $20,000 in sales in two days.
We offer arts education through affordable classes, seminars, and field trips.
Our classes address two vital needs in Richmond: first, they
provide affordable opportunities for professional artists to develop skills;
and second, they fill growing demand from Richmond community learners for
opportunities to engage in “participatory arts activities in social settings” Our faculty is comprised of established artists who bring their expertise to the classroom. Topics range from Super 8mm filmmaking
and photolithography, to digital image preparation and darkroom photography, to
intaglio and experimental screen printing. We regularly offer workshops with
community partners, including The Martin Agency, The Spark Mill, United
Methodist Family Services, Sabot at Stony Point, ACE Homeschool, and
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and Richmond public schools. In the first two months of 2016, all of our classes have filled to capacity; we are on par for annual enrollment of 3,000.
Internships: Our internships develop the young artists’ artistic and administrative skills. Offered in partnership with area universities, the program is thriving, having grown over 400% since its inception. Interns gain experience in all aspects of operations, including exhibitions, event planning, educational programs, fundraising, community outreach, and nonprofit administration. Interns are a vital component of our operations, as we only have one full-time staff person. Our interns express “feeling valued” and “truly contributing” to the continued success and rapid growth of S23; they are consistently challenged, consistently educated, and consistently busy. Many interns go on to teach, become S23 artist residents, and pursue careers in the arts. Our former interns are now enrolled in internships at MOMA PS1, Printed Matter, MASS MoCA, 1708 Gallery, the VMFA, and The Valentine.
Events: To serve a wide segment of the community, we regularly host events, including Presentation Party Night, figure drawing sessions, film nights, comic book gatherings, and professional networking groups. In September of 2016, ware launching “Making It” - a series of professional development seminars, successfully piloted in 2014, to provide artists, craftspeople and designers with the practical skills to attain business success, from incorporation, to branding, to invoicing and marketing. In just 6 months of 2015, over 2000 people attended events at our new facility, an increase of 150% over the prior year.
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