The Goal of the Incubator Studio is to promote the progress of 6 artists who are not members of the art center but want to maintain a studio practice. The members of McGuffey will act as mentors and help them learn skills needed to be a professional artist. Artists gain skills in the operation of the McGuffey Art Center through committee duties. Maintaining at least 10 studio hours a week, artists develop a body of work for a gallery exhibition the following spring.



Paul Hostetler is an illustrator and comics maverick who uses ink, water-based media, and an inappropriate sense of humor to explore the inner working of society, culture, and the Western psyche.

Sam Gray

Illustrator/ graphic designer Sam Gray uses her intricate paintings and drawings to explore the interplay between the human figure/spirit and the greater natural world.  


candice agnello

Candice Agnello is a mixed media artist exploring the use of canvas as therapist, to transform limiting thoughts and fears into a remembrance of the human connection to earth and spirit.



Madeleine Rhondeau

Madeleine Rhondeau (b. 1992) is from Crozet, Virginia and graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia with a B.A. in Studio Art. Painting is her primary medium, through which she investigates the issues of adolescent memory, female development, and female sexuality. Madeleine currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Phuong Duyen Nguyen

Phuong Duyen Nguyen is interested in distortions of reality and playing with perceptions in her abstract paintings. 


Jessie Timmons

Jesse Timmons is a narrative and abstract painter working in acrylic. He has a deep interest in the contrast between our present reality and that of the spiritual dimension. With his time in the incubator studio Jesse is currently working on a series of paintings that deal with the contrast between this life and the hereafter.


Apply for the 2017-2018 Incubator Studio




With your application, please submit 3-5 images of your artwork and a brief statement explaining your experience in the arts.  The work should have been completed within the last two years.  Attach a list including title, size, and material.  Email to:  A committee will review your application and contact you about its decision.  The Incubator Studio lease will run from July 1, 2017 to June 30th, 2018.

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