In addition to your application form, please submit one of the following:
- Portfolio with three examples of art
- Writing sample
- Teacher recommendation
Note: Our recommendation to all applicants is to choose the supplemental application material that will make your application stand out from all others.
CD or DVD: Applicants may submit their work digitally on a CD or DVD. Discs should be labeled with applicant’s name and contact information. Individual files should be in JPEG (.jpg) format with file sizes not exceeding 1 MB each. Time-based work should be submitted in either QuickTime (.mov) format or Windows Media Video (.wmv). Digital portfolios should be emailed.
Digital Prints: Students may submit color digital prints of their work. Individual prints should be no larger than 8 1/2″ x 11″ and may be printed on any paper. The back of each print should be labeled with the applicant’s name and contact information. Digital prints should be submitted by mail or hand-delivered to VMFA.
Note: No original works of art will be accepted. If received they will not be returned.
Your writing sample should be in response to one of the following prompts (keep the helpful writing tips below in mind):
A. Write a short statement about why you think art museums are important to our society. Why do museums collect and preserve art? What can we learn about ourselves, our communities and the world by visiting art museums?
B. In your own words, define what is a work of art and what is an artifact. Make an argument for why the two words can or cannot be used interchangeably. Then, make an argument for preservation of art and/or artifacts.
- Read and follow directions
- Be straightforward and confident
- Be specific and add details
- Type your work
- Use 12 pt. Times New Roman font
- Proofread your work
The recommendation should provide insight into your:
- Performance as a student
- Aptitude and industriousness
- Maturity and seriousness of purpose
- Level of commitment and ability to follow through
- Leadership abilities and/or experience
Teacher recommendations can be e-mailed from official school e-mail accounts or mailed on school letterhead.
Jan 30, 2015
Applications forms can be completed and submitted online or by completing a downloadable PDF and submitting it by mail.
Applicants that elect to submit application materials by mail should send all components to:
Attn: Jessica Bauserman
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
Or deliver to VMFA’s Pauley Center security desk (Mon – Fri, 9 am – 7 pm or Sat, 9 am – 4 pm).
Students will receive notification of their acceptance by Feb 12, 2015.
Pick up artwork submissions from VMFA’s Pauley Center, Studio A (Mon – Fri, 9 am – 7 pm; Sat, 9 am – 4 pm) after Feb 12, 2015.
For information about the program and qualifications, see M. LiT: Museum Leaders in Training.
Jessica Bauserman, Youth and Family Programs Event Coordinator