Highway101ETC (HWY101ETC) is a NYC-based community of technologists, storytellers, digital and traditional artists interested in questioning and redefining what it means to be an artist in the XXI century by transitioning into virtual reality as an artistic medium. Committed to building creative environments for curators and artists who are looking to fearlessly pave the way for a new art-form and expand their networks, HWY101ETC offers artist residency and curatorial programs, short-term workspaces, exhibitions and various art projects.

In partnership with VRBar, Highway101ETC will accept applications for 2019 residency on a rolling basis.


In partnership with VRBar, HWY101ETC offers a 2-month Residency + Solo Exhibition Program. This program is open to international and US-based visual artists working in VR with an emphasis on VR painting/sculpting/animation (Quill, Medium, AnimVR, Tvori, Maquette).

RESIDENCY + SOLO EXHIBITION PROGRAM (2-MONTH TERM) This 2-month program offers each artist a unique opportunity to have a solo show curated by a New York-based curator at our exhibition space VR Bar, conveniently located in Dumbo. HWY101ETC’s list of guest curators will join in the selection process through which we pair each individual artist with the curator who will be organizing his or her show. The program will focus on developing an artist’s body of work, preparing a solo show and building collaborative relationships with art professionals. Over the course of the program, each artist will also have (1) one open studio visit open to the general public.

All participating artists will be provided:

  1. Access to a workspace with a worktable, chair, VR equipment (Oculus and/or HTC Vive, Vive trackers, Oculus Go), shelves, basic tools, heating, A/C and high-speed Internet access. The workspace is XXX sq ft.

  2. Opportunity for a solo exhibition at the end of the program curated by a New York-based curator at the partnering exhibition space VR Bar.

  3. Multiple opportunities to introduce and share their work with the public as well as studio visits arranged with curators, critics, gallerists and art instructors.

  4. One Open Studio event that is open to art professionals and the general public.

  5. Online and offline promotions.

  6. Press release and opening reception for solo exhibition.

  7. Information about lectures, workshops and various artist resources.


Programs start every other 2 months. Artists can participate for up to 4 months by enrolling in two consecutive 2-month sessions.

Note: The studio is a workspace only. Artists are responsible for their own housing. Those who may need additional funding and support for housing accommodations should apply to other supplemental sources.

The artist will be responsible for providing all extra equipment or materials needed for projects created throughout the duration of the residency.


ELIGIBILITY: The 2-month program is open to all international and US-based visual artists working in VR with an emphasis on VR painting/sculpting/animation (Quill, Medium, AnimVR, Tvori, Maquette). International artists must obtain proper visas for staying in the US during the program. Students enrolled in universities or institutes are not eligible to apply.


NOTIFICATION: Notifications of the selection process will be sent via e-mail within six weeks after the application. After you receive a notification of acceptance into the program, an official Letter of Acceptance will be provided as needed to those applying for additional funding support or visas.

PROGRAM OPTIONS AND SESSION DATES: The open call will accept applications for our 2019 sessions. Each session will start every other 2 months. Applicants can also opt to stay for up to 4 months by enrolling in two consecutive 2-month sessions.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please review the application requirements below. Application and other accompanying materials must be submitted via the application form.

  1. APPLICATION FORM: Please fill out and submit the application form directly through the HWY101ETC website at All other request must be submitted via email to with “Submission for 2019 Residency Program” in the subject line.

  2. CV: Your most recent CV should be attached as a PDF. Format your CV file name as “Artist’s Last Name_Artist’s First Name_CV.pdf”

  3. RESIDENCY PROPOSAL: Brief statement (under 300 words) about the proposed residency project and the objective you intend to achieve through the program. Proposal should be attached as a PDF. Format file name as “Artist’s Last Name_Artist’s First Name_Proposal.pdf”

  4. ARTIST STATEMENT: Brief statement (under 300 words) about your artworks. Artist statement should be attached as a PDF. Format file name as “Artist’s Last Name_ Artist’s First Name_Statement.pdf”

  5. WORK SAMPLE: Artists may send up to 10 images of their recent work. Alternatively, multimedia artists may send up to 10 video links (to their personal website or video hosting sites such as Vimeo or YouTube) or a combination of images and video links. Images should be attached as JPEGs not exceeding 4MB. Format each JPEG file name as “Artist’s Last Name_Artist’s First Name1.jpg”, “Artist’s Last Name Artist’s First Name_2.jpg”, etc.

  6. WORK SAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Each attached image or video link must be accompanied by a corresponding Work Sample Description which lists the title, year, medium and dimensions, and a brief description of the work (less than 100 words).

  7. ADDITIONAL SUPPORTING MATERIALS: Supporting materials such as reviews or catalogues are optional. Artists may attach up to three files of supporting materials as PDFs.

  8. No Application Fees for 2019 Sessions

Selection procedure: A selected jury of VR creators and art professionals will review all applications.


  • Incomplete applications not containing all the required materials and documents listed above will NOT be reviewed.

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