Joyce De Guatemala Scholarship Fund

Year IV
In support of 
Latina Women Artists in Residence at Brandywine Workshop


Current Application Period: Open until March 31, 2018.

The Dream of Joyce de Guatemala

Joyce de Guatemala Bush Vourvoulias was born in Mexico City to Cassius Albert Bush and Martha Bush of Guatemalan heritage. She was a former visiting artist and Board member of Brandywine Workshop who died suddenly in 2000 leaving a legacy of artistic works and service that reflected her interests in the environment and people, especially Latina women artists. She was particularly interested in the plight of those who were geographically or economically isolated and having few opportunities to advance their art careers.  Her husband, Jason, who died shortly after Joyce, shared this interest and a passion for the arts. Acting upon the dream of Joyce to bring more Latina women visiting artists to Brandywine for exposure, training and career advancement, the family established the Joyce DeGuatemala and Jason Vourvoulias Scholarship funds to support the goal. In order to fully realize Joyce’s dream, sponsored artists would demonstrate a commitment to furthering their career through the residency opportunity and explore public service through their art.



–To provide wider access to resources and opportunities for disadvantaged artists due to economic and geographic barriers.

–To provide opportunities to work in a collaborative studio setting to produce limited edition prints or multiples.

–To advance the artists’ exposure by producing new work and then spotlighting that art work in local and traveling exhibitions and having it acquired by collecting institutions nationally and internationally.

–To foster community among artists of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds through collaborative practice and collective professional development activities.

Residency Description

Each artist is asked to think in terms of multiples of an image. In addition to original prints, limited editions of collages, mixed-media works on paper and dimensional works may be considered. The key is to have enough works so that they can be distributed (50/50 with Brandywine) which would leave images available for distribution to public collections, sale to help fund future residencies going forward and placement in the permanent Collection and Archives of Brandywine.

In addition to one-half of all images produced, each artist will be provided a budget of $2,500 to be spent on master printer fees, shop assistants, art supplies and materials or services needed. Brandywine’s studio facilities will be provided for their use during a 3-6 month period of execution.  Each artist will have access 7 days per week from 9:00 AM- 9:00 PM. Funds must not be used for room, board or travel expenses; the project is intended for artists staying locally.

*Artists are able to apply for either a spring (March – May), summer (June- August) or fall (Sept- Nov) residency period.*

Distribution of Completed Art Works/ Multiples/Prints

Multiples or prints retained by Brandywine with be deposited into its permanent collections/archives, offered for distribution to partner institutions as part of the satellite collections program, included in local and traveling exhibitions. The remainder of the multiples/prints will be offered for sale to help fund future visiting artist’s residencies and add to the deGuatemala Scholarship Fund.


Artist must be committed to their artistic practice and able to present a portfolio of at least ten (10) images created in the last three years in any artistic medium (they need not be printmakers, but must specialize in a visual art form, including installations and performance –based art work). They should not be currently attending college.


Please submit one email with the following items, with the subject line “Joyce de Guatemala Scholarship Fund Application” :

  1. -Artist must submit a current resume (1-2 Page minimum) of activities and accomplishments,
  2. -A short description of your proposed project, if available, and written answers to the following questions on the application form:

–Why do you think you should be considered for this project?

–How will your residency help fulfill Joyce’s dream?  For more background go to

–Since you would be asked to create in multiples and work collaboratively, how will this residency impact your art work and career?

3. –Ten images created within the past three years in digital format (No larger than 1920px long side, 72dpi, jpg) by email to You may also mail hard copy using a CD of your images to Brandywine Workshop. Be sure to provide with each image or on a separate sheet of paper- title, dimensions, medium and date.

Current Application Period: Submit all three items by March 31, 2018, at 5:00 PM. This is not a postmarked deadline, incomplete applications and those submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Notification of Acceptance: by email.