Visual Arts

Learn to express your inner voice with professional artists who will guide your creation of a series of projects for your personal portfolio. Collaborate and explore new mediums with your fellow artists using a variety of art materials to create original artworks that will be prominently displayed throughout the week and in a final exhibit for the ArtsFest Showcase for your peers from JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest—the grand finale of JCC Maccabi.

Audition Requirements – Visual Arts 2015

What are we looking for?

  • Strong interest in visual arts with a desire and a passion to create
  • Experience or confidence in drawing, painting, photography or other visual medium
  • Have the ability to take work from conception to completion
  • Be open to new experiences, such as taking your favorite form of art and learning a new concept to incorporate in a new and exciting masterpiece
  • Appreciation for collaborative efforts in art

In addition to answering the questions below, you must submit samples of your work. Please record a video of yourself presenting two pieces from your portfolio and casually discussing each one, including an explanation of why the certain medium was used and if there was a specific thought or inspiration that motivated the work.

Once you have recorded the video, please upload it to a site such as YouTube or Vimeo and copy and paste the link into your audition form.

Please answer the following questions in the text boxes provided on the application.

  1. Tell us briefly your experiences in visual arts at school, home, and in workshops/classes.
  2. How do you wish to further your work/skills in visual arts while at ArtsFest?
  3. Why do you want to participate in JCC Maccabi ArtsFest?
  4. Anything else you would like us to know about you and your visual arts skills?
  5. Please provide the link to your video audition.

* For basic instructions to upload a video to YouTube, please click here

The program will culminate in the creation and sharing of a new work that will be part of the week’s final presentation and will be prominently displayed.

2015 Artist in Residence

Tyler Smith
Ready to hit the ground running in his first summer with JCC Maccabi ArtsFest, Tyler is a studio artist who applies his talents across a number of disciplines. He has received a number of professional honors since receiving his MFA from Indiana University. After attending Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture with a Ford Foundation grant, he spent the summer in Cortona, Italy, with the University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program. The next year found him in Hoboken, New Jersey, where he was awarded with a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

While showing regularly at 55 Mercer Street Gallery in New York City, he began a 20 year freelance career in theater and film as an art director, set designer, and special effects artist.

From his Davie, Florida, studio, Tyler continues to make art and develop illustrated picture books. As an active member of his artistic community, he is the resident set designer for the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre, an exhibit designer, lecturer, and educator. With Rhode Island School of Design and Nova Southeastern University to his credits, he currently teaches studio art and art appreciation at Broward College and is very excited to get into the studio with the Visual Artists at JCC Maccabi ArtsFest.