November 2020

Alternative Worksite Applications for 2021 are now open. 

Alternative Worksite is now accepting applications for 2021 residencies at its Virginia location in Roanoke, VA.  Residencies will be scheduled between March and December 2021 and include several fully-funded fellowship opportunities.  

Please see the 2021 Applications Guidelines and Covid-19 Statement pages for further information. 

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March 2020

Alternative Worksite has postponed all Residencies due to COVID-19.  Please check back for further information.    

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September 2019

Alternative Worksite Applications for Spring 2020 are now open.  

Alternative Worksite is now accepting applications for 2020 residencies at its Virginia location in Roanoke, VA.  Residencies will be scheduled between March and December 2020.  

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July 2018

Alternative Worksite is pleased to announce 9 Artist Residents for our Fall 2018 Pilot Program

Founded by the artist Linda Burnham and the Estate of Robert Overby, Alternative Worksite Artist Residency is designed to support the creative, intellectual and personal growth of emerging and established visual artists and art writers. It is a program of individual pursuit among a community of artistic peers.

Open to artists of all disciplines, backgrounds, and skill levels, who seek time and space away from their daily lives to focus on their creative process, our mission is to encourage and enhance the creativity of artists by providing uninterrupted time for work, reflection, and collegial interaction in a setting of great natural beauty.

Selected through a rigorous application process, these artists will spend a residency of one to three months in Roanoke, Virginia.

We wish them all the best in their residency stay!

Alternative Worksite is thrilled to introduce you to our Fall 2018 Artist Residents:

Bailey Connolly lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received her BA from Bard College in 2015. Utilizing a vocabulary of architectonic and sometimes geographical forms, she explores her own – often fraught – relationship with the built environment of the frontier metropolis and its overwhelming archives of detritus. Intimate and banal, her works weave together a personal understanding from the frayed ends of our material culture. 

Brandon Sward lives and works in Chicago, IL and is a writer and doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. His work has appeared in The PointFlash ArtHyperallergicaqnb, and elsewhere. He is currently developing a collection entitled Why Art, which consists of first-person essays that attempt to capture processes of engaging with art in real time and, through encounters with text and biography, to make visible some of the social forces shaping our reality. Other projects address living with chronic pain, growing up Catholic, and how our parents influence the ways we think about love. These endeavors are united by an interest in moments when the personal and impersonal touch.

Corinne Bernard is an abstract landscape painter living and working in New York, NY. She received her BFA in Painting from Otis College of Art and Design. She is the cofounder of curatorial group PEZ. PEZ has curated exhibitions nationally and founded a residency program that has received international artists and grants. 

Dakota Higgins lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He received his BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2017. His practice grapples with ideas surrounding mass media and popular culture, wherein content from movies, music, television, and commercials is often incorporated into still and moving images, sculptures, and performances. By employing speculation, free-association, juxtaposition, and poetry, his work aims to promote new ways of thinking about pop-cultural texts that advocate for a humanism in an age of hyper-digitization, mediation, and virtual reality.

Ethan Tate lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and is an artist and curator. Their work is concept-driven and polymathic, consisting of sculpture, video, painting, writing, photography, food + drink, fashion, and curating. They co-founded the gallery in lieu in 2015.

Gabriel Cohen is an artist, writer, and curator from Chicago, Illinois. His studio practice primarily involves the creation of drawing, sculpture, media work and writing through which he considers the nature of loss, longing and distance at a moment in time when the process of acquiring knowledge regarding a subject—phenomenological or otherwise—has become complicated by the mass circulation of images and information.

Isabelle Frances McGuire lives and works out of Chicago, Illinois and graduated with a BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent Solo exhibition includes, I’m a Cliché, Prairie, Chicago (2017). Selected group exhibitions include: At the End of the Game You Will Be Forgotten, Alyssa Davis Gallery, New York City (2018); Flat Earth Film Festival, Seyðisförður, Iceland (2018); Let Me Be an Object that Screams, Gallery 400, Chicago (2017); The National Women's Studies Association Conference, The National Woman’s Association, Montréal (2016); Porn Hub Presents NYC Porn Film Festival, New York City Porn Film Festival, Brooklyn (2016); Prisoners of Venus, EGNord, Vienna, Austria (2016).

Roger Buttles  is a New York based visual artist who works primarily with oil and chalk pastels and colored pencil on paper. He appreciates the immediacy of this process, which blurs the line between painting and drawing, line and form. Often he works in a narrow vertical format inspired by Asian scrolls, the spatial constraints of which have enabled him to utilize non-traditional placement of objects in space. Roger earned an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art institute of Chicago in 2014 and a BA in Anthropology from Harvard University in 2001. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Site Red (Chicago), a two person show at Lens Gallery (Boston), and a group show at The Condo Association (Chicago).

Sylvie Hayes-Wallace  is a Chicago based artist who graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017. Her practice includes sculpture, photo, drawing, and writing. She thinks about collisions and slippage within her work, especially between violence, sloppiness, adolescence, and tenderness. Recent exhibitions include summer forever (Chicago), Mutualistic Symbiosis (Mexico City), andDevil hooves, a paper cut tongue and three pink kisses on a bald head (London). Sylvie just finished a residency at NYU in New York and is currently working towards an upcoming exhibition at New Works (Chicago).


Drinks and Views

Artist Open Studios
and a Holiday Open House

December 2017

Drinks and Views

Artist Open Studios
and a Holiday Open House

December 13, 2017, 4-8 pm 

Jessi Baumsteiger

Abbey Muza 

Andrea Sisson 

Dylan Townley-Smith 

Celebrate the holidays and the culmination of the first artist Residencies at Alternative Worksite!  A fun evening and a unique opportunity to meet the artists, tour their private working spaces and see their latest work produced while in Residence. Alternative Worksite’s mission is to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination. Working in all media—drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed-media and photography—these talented artists range from Los Angeles, Vancouver and Chicago.  Add original art to your collection or purchase artwork for gift-giving. Help support the arts and artists at Alternative Worksite!  Food and bar service to be provided by Local Roots.  Plenty of street parking. 


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