Face to Face: International


Apply by November 1st. APPLICATION CLOSED

Face To Face: International connects talented local 2D artists working in varied mediums with residents of all four of Charlottesville’s Sister Cities, allowing connection through the very personal nature of portrait-making. 8 Charlottesville artists have been selected to receive an honorarium of $400 to connect with a resident of one of Charlottesville’s Sister Cities and make a portrait for the individual.

The participating artists for this year’s project are Chicho Lorenzo, Ramona Martinez, Erin Root, Bryce Yates, Jae Johnson, Sarah Miller, Tori Cherry & Nicholas Hall. They have been connected with portrait subjects in Poggio a Caiano, Italy, Winneba, Ghana, Huehuetenango, Guatemala and Besançon, France.

For 4 years, The Bridge has used our Face to Face portrait program to connect artists and community members one-on-one, resulting in an ever-growing collection of portraits showcasing a diverse and vibrant Charlottesville through the eyes of its artists. Now, we’re partnering with Speak! Language Center and the Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission to adapt this program for international participation with sister/friendship cities. Cities will each be invited to select two participants to be paired with great Charlottesville artists. All portraits and biographical info will be exhibited during March in our Belmont neighborhood art gallery prior to being gifted to the sister/friendship city participants. 



With the help of Speak! Language Center and the Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission, 8 local artists will connect digitally/virtually with someone in one of Charlottesville’s Sister Cities. A jury comprised of Bridge Programming Committee members, Speak Language Center affiliates, and Sister Cities Commission representatives will commission 8 talented artists from applicant submissions. Speak Language Center will provide language interpretation services throughout the process and facilitate video calls between Charlottesville artists and Sister Cities residents. Artists will be able to interview their international participants and collect information about their lives in order to inform the portrait process. Artists will also compile a brief one-page bio of their partner for display alongside the portrait. Finished portraits will hang on prominent display in The Bridge’s Belmont neighborhood art gallery for a month before they are shipped to the Sister Cities participants overseas. All portraits will be photographed prior to shipment for inclusion in online Face to Face materials for posterity and potential future print reproduction.


Applicants are chosen based on the following criteria

  • Caliber of work
  • Potential for personal and artistic growth
  • Experience and interest in social practice
  • Ability to maintain project commitments
  • Inclusion of varied perspectives and media
  • Understanding and alignment with the goals of the project

Applicants must submit the following:

  • a single document containing 4 work samples with short descriptions
  • A one-page statement of interest that addresses your work and interest in the program as well as any information the jury should consider when reviewing your candidacy. This should include insight into how your creative process may lend itself to creating a connection with the portrait recipient.
  • (Optional) A one-page CV, resume, or website

Application Due Date is November 1st.

Photos from Past Years

Click buttons above to view portrait collections from previous years.