Studio Two Three
3300 W Clay St
Richmond VA 23230
Mission Statement Studio Two Three makes art work through studio access, education, and exhibitions.
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A printing workshop at Studio Two Three
CEO/Executive Director Ashley Hawkins
Board Chair Alyssa Salomon
Board Chair Company Affiliation VCU daVinci Center & VCU Arts, Professor, Professional Artist
Contact Information
Address 3300 W Clay St
Richmond, VA 23230
Telephone 804 254-7302
Fax 804 254-7302
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $233,011.00
Projected Expenses $225,208.00
Additional Documents
The Addition Case Statement2015View
Mission Studio Two Three makes art work through studio access, education, and exhibitions.


We are Central Virginia’s only open-access arts incubator. We feature studio facilities, classes and workshops, artist membership 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. We are a place where Richmond making its creative community and its future.

We offer low-cost communal and private studio access, affordable classes, a retail store with handmade art, and free community printing demonstrations. In 2017 we also added S23 To-Go, our mobile print studio styled after an ice cream truck to spread printmaking and photography to the wider community.

We continue to evolve as an organization to serve the vibrant creative community of Richmond. In 2017, we are adding 6,000 additional square feet to our Scott’s Addition studio to add a flex space for classes, community events, and 10 additional artist studios to better serve the community.



Our 5 most pressing needs:

1. Ensuring sustainability by: increasing earned income (from retail sales, classes, events, S23 To-Go and artist membership)

2. Increasing annual giving with a focus on major gifts (our Assistant Director is enrolled in the Moose Management Academy to further this goal)

3. Increasing board member capacity (personal giving and fundraising) and deepening board member involvement (creating individual development plans for each board member)

4. Creating a marketing and communications strategy (defining who we have become, points of entry to our programming and raising awareness).

5. Improving internal procedures and work flow with new staff and increased activity.


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. In 2017 we added two major new initiatives; S23 To-Go, our mobile printmaking vehicle styled after an ice cream truck, and "The Other Side," our capital facility expansion. The Other Side adds 6,000 square feet of space for our programs, including 10 new private studios, a meeting and conference space, and a 2,400 flex space for events, classes, and community gatherings. 

CEO Statement

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 eight 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 in response to clear community demand. 

 In 2015, we undertook an incredibly successful capital campaign, combining traditional gift asks with a crowd funding campaign, and we were able to relocate to a newly-renovated, non-toxic facility. This space is my proudest achievement as Director of Studio Two Three. It is bright, safe, bustling with productivity, and inspires everyone who walks in the door.
Since moving,

· 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.

There is magic inside the doors of Studio Two Three; it is the magic of creative people making the work that fulfills their spirit, pays their bills, and enables them to be passionate, contributing members of our city.
In 2017, we launched the S23 To-Go, a mobile printmaking and photography studio in a 14' box truck, modeled after an ice cream truck, to emphasize art's ability to feed the human spirit. With S23 To-Go, we share creative inspiration with an expanded audience.
In October of 2017, we are expanding to "The Other Side" - adding 6,000 additional square feet in the adjacent building to meet community demand for artist studios, classes, and community events.
I invite you to visit us at Studio Two Three any time, I would love to introduce you to the artists and creative entrepreneurs who are making Richmond the cultural capital it has become.  
We work hard to make every dollar count, and hope you share our conviction that Richmond can be a permanent home for artists and a destination for art lovers. We look forward to supporting visual arts, art making and creative learning from our new home for many years to come.
Ashley Hawkins, MPA
Board Chair Statement
I have had the pleasure of being involved with Studio Two Three (S23) as a member of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board since 2009, and have served as Chair of the Board of Directors since 2013.
The amazing and exponential growth of the organization
can only be attributed to the clear need for S23’s presence in the Richmond area, and the exceptional dedication and drive of the staff, volunteers, artists, and community members who have made S23 an outlet for the energy and talents.
S23 was founded upon the idea that Richmond could support a true resource center for working artists, providing an accessible, affordable environment that drives discourse and creates community. The growth in our Artist Residency Program demonstrates that we are indeed providing a necessary opportunity for Richmond area artists, especially younger artists who have recently graduated from VCUarts.
We have also worked to make the entire community more aware of printmaking as a form of art through our workshops and classes; with our Steamrolled RVA maps exhibitions, we’ve brought printmaking to the community in a (literally) larger-than-life way. S23 has also created and sustained an exceptional internship program. With over 36 interns each year, we provide students and young artists the opportunity not only to learn more about printmaking, but to experience the operation and administration of an arts nonprofit first-hand, giving them valuable experience for work after graduation. Many interns who participate in the program stay on as instructors, resident artists, and volunteers after their internship ends, demonstrating the dedication and sense of community that S23 inspires in all of those who are involved with it.
Currently, S23’s largest challenge is the demand for our services, and the space required to meet that need in the community. It has become increasingly apparent over the past year that without relocating to a larger facility, we cannot operate at the level at which artists and other community members need.
It is an exciting time for Studio Two Three as we look toward the future. Over the past four years, we have achieved exceptional but responsible growth through prudent investment of resources, careful planning, and fiscal responsibility. Ours is a success story, and one that I hope you will be excited to support. This is your opportunity to be a part of a unique artistic community, regardless of experience, skill level, or even artistic ability.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Board Chair
Board Chair Alyssa Salomon
Company Affiliation VCU daVinci Center & VCU Arts, Professor, Professional Artist
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Laurie Carnohan Community Volunteer
Ted Elmore President, Bridge Park Foundation
Christopher English CPA, Lane and Associates PC
Mary Holland Director, VMFA Studio School
Christina Lindholm VCUArts
Mary Lorino Architect, LoCh Design
Alyssa Salomon Artist, VCU daVinci Center, VCU Arts
Nisha Singh-Grant Development Director, Inspire International
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 92
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
Sally Bowring Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Terry Frank EsqLaw Offices of Kaufman and Canoles
Rosemary Jesionowski University of Mary Washington College of Arts and Sciences
Andrew Kozlowski Professor, Auburn University
Matt Lively Professional Artist
Emily Smith 1708 Gallery
Barbara Tisserat Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Katie Ukrop Quirk Gallery/Quirk Hotel
Executive Director
Executive Director Ashley Hawkins

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.

Senior Staff
Jake Urbanski Operations Manager
Hillary Zell Assistant Director
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 15
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2017
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Studio Two Three has collaborated with the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Art180, Quirk Gallery, 1708 Gallery, Crossroads Art Center, Richmond CultureWorks, Peter Paul Development Center, the Church Hill Academy and the Richmond Young Writers, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Richmond, Maggie Walker Governor's School, Binford Middle School, The People's Library project in conjunction with the Richmond Public Library, C3's Talk 20 Series, Masthead Press, and Zygote Press.
50 for 50 Arts Inspiration AwardsVirginia Commission for the Arts2017
Women in the Arts - Ashley HawkinsStyle Weekly2017
Arts Power List - Ashley HawkinsStyle Weekly2017

·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. S23 features 30 private studios, as well as a communal print studio, reference library, black & white darkroom, meeting spaces, and lounge.

Population Served Adults
Budget $200,000.00
Short Term Success
We currently serve 75 artist members with 24/7 studio access in our communal and private studios and darkroom. 
Long Term Success
We strive to be a fully-equipped resource for every artist in Central Virginia seeking a space to create work in printmaking and photography.
We strive to support artists in all aspects of their practice; from studio space to professional development opportunities, to a community of support.
We strive to be a part of what makes Richmond a destination for the creative class. 

 · 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 were on the planning team for the 2016 RVA Street Art Festival, featuring our 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. With S23 To-Go, our mobile print truck, we are bringing printing to the people in a sustainable, streamlined way. 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 also present work by studio artist members in our gift shop, which provides critical exposure for working artists and raises unrestricted operating revenue for the studio. 

Population Served Adults
Budget $75,000.00
Long Term Success We strive to make printmaking and art education an ever-present part of Richmond's art scene. We hope to advance to profile of printmaking and the visibility of young artists through public printmaking exhibitions such as our annual Steamrolled RVA map project. S23 To-Go provides a sustainable method of outreach for our educational curriculum. We also showcase Richmond artists in our retail shop, helping them raise their profile and generate income from the sales of their work. 

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. We serve over 750 adult students a year and more than 2,000 children through field trips and S23 To-Go.  


Population Served Adults
Budget $75,000.00
Short Term Success The 63% increase in enrollment in our workshops over the past year is clear evidence of demand for our offerings. With our expansion, we will have 2,400 square feet plan a dedicated classroom space for more frequent classes, team building activities and field trips.
Long Term Success We strive to provide educational opportunities that develop the skills of working artists, enabling more people to create work in Richmond. We are Richmond's most accessible, affordable, welcoming educational institution, with something for every level of learner.


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.

Population Served Adults
Budget $10,000.00
Short Term Success
S23's internship program has extended the administrative capacity of S23. Interns assist with 100% of exhibition installations and gallery openings, 100% of special events, 100% of Second Saturday workshops and adult classes, assist with office tasks, creating and printing outreach materials, and are chiefly responsible for functioning as studio monitors to assist Artist Residents and open studio hours clients.
 Upon relocating to our new facility in early 2015, we plan to create a paid vocational training program which equips interns with the skills to screen print retail items, brand and market them online. This will provide S23 with printed items for retail sales, career experience for young artists, and additional revenue from commissioned work from area businesses.
Long Term Success
S23 will serve as a unique resource for emerging Richmond artists to provide them with hands-on learning experiences in nonprofit administration and arts administration outside of the university environment. This will equip young artists for future careers in the arts and creative fields, enrich the Richmond artistic community, and encourage artists to remain in Richmond after graduating from college. 

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.

Budget $20,000.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $233,011.00
Projected Expenses $225,208.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$6,610$1,540$3,860
Individual Contributions$40,261$96,779$38,989
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$17,322$1,262$14,570
Revenue In-Kind--$22,255--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$258,958$136,655$68,902
Administration Expense$16,820$19,577$19,795
Fundraising Expense$9,335$18,773$2,711
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.151.321.24
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%78%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%19%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$153,309$109,476$51,579
Current Assets$99,237$48,255$23,898
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$4,758$4,888$2,243
Total Net Assets$148,551$104,588$49,336
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities20.869.8710.65
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Studio Two Three is expanding to add 6,000 additional square feet to add 10 additional private studios, a conference room, coffee bar and a 2,400 square foot flex space for classes, workshops, field trips and community events. 
Goal $97,000.00
Dates May 2017 to June 2018
Amount Raised To Date $65,000.00
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2016View
Foundation Comments
  • If an organization has gross receipts less than $200,000 and total assets at the end of the tax year less than $500,000, it can choose to file Form 990-EZ.
  • Financial information provided by Form 990-EZ.
  • Form 990-EZ prepared by Thomas & Thomas, P.C.
  • Profit & Loss Statement prepared internally by the organization.