Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Fellowship Opportunities at VCCA

We are putting out a call for artists! The Steven Petrow LGBTQ Fellowship and the Alonzo Davis Endowment for Fellowships are currently open for applicants. The deadline for both is January 15, 2018. To submit an application, please visit our Apply page.

The Steven Petrow LGBTQ Fellowship (est. 2016) is open to applicants working in all genres (creative writers, visual artists, and composers). The fellowship consists of a fully-funded two-week residency at VCCA. To be eligible, applicants must self-identify as LGBTQ.

VCCA Fellow Steven Petrow is a journalist and book author whose own work about LGBTQ issues found much support at VCCA over the past decade.

The Alonzo Davis Endowment for Fellowships annually supports two fully-funded residencies of two weeks each for highly accomplished American visual artists, creative writers, and composers of African or Latinx descent. For this Fellowship, the application deadline of January 15, 2018 is for residencies to take place between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019.

Alonzo Davis came to VCCA for the first time in 1995 through a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. He quickly became an active member of the VCCA community, joining the Board of Directors in 2004. Since its inception the Alonzo Davis Endowment for Fellowships has supported 11 artists. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Two community events at VCCA this fall

VCCA will have Open Studios from 4 PM to 6 PM on Sunday, Oct. 15th. This is a great opportunity to visit with some of our Fellows and learn what makes a VCCA residency so vital.

Then on November 4th, we will host volunteers for a half-day (9:30 AM to 2 PM) of work on our grounds as we head into the winter season. We hope you might be able to join us; the more the merrier, of course. Bring your gardening gloves and tools! For more:

Monday, September 18, 2017

VCCA's Instagram Postcard Contest 2017 Winners!

We appreciate all the photos submitted by our Fellows! Entries for VCCA’s 2017 Instagram postcard contest closed on Aug. 31st. The winning first-place image was unveiled at the VCCA Fellows Reunion in New York City on September 15th.

We are most grateful to our renowned jurors, Langdon and Maude Schuyler Clay and VCCA Fellows Council vice-chair Amie Oliver, without whom this contest would not have been possible.

And the winners are…

Tied for first place: The Rabbits And The Statuary Conspire and Blue Selfie with Full Moon, both by Dan Vera. These are recent photos taken with his phone during his August 2017 residency. The Rabbits And The Statuary Conspire was selected as VCCA's new postcard image.

Second place: Adjustment to Light #10, Claudia Smigrod. Photo taken during  her July 2014 residency at VCCA; the image is exposed on expired Polaroid Type 55 film.

Third place: Solitaire, Jane Cornish Smith. The grounds of VCCA in Amherst, captured during her October 2016 residency.

Fourth place: Untitled, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi. This shows a work-in-progress (image courtesy of the artist and Hemphill Fine Arts) created during her summer 2017 residency at VCCA, supported by the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation.

A little more about the jurors:

Langdon and Maude Schuyler Clay are fine art photographers living in Sumner, MS. Their work has been featured globally in exhibitions, print and digital media and is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum among others. Langdon Clay covers architecture, interiors, gardens, food, and portraits, and includes a noted book of photographs of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and his most recent book Cars: New York City, 1974. Maude Schuyler Clay’s pictures of Mississippi can be seen in her books Mississippi History (published by Steidl) and Delta Land.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

PROGRAM EXTENDED: Collateral Reparations

Funded by the NEA, Collateral Reparations: Military Veterans and the Redemptive Power of Artists Residencies supports fully-funded VCCA residencies for military veteran artists. In addition to the residency, each artist selected will receive a $1,000 honorarium.  This program has now been extended!

FINAL deadline for applications is September 15, 2017 
for residencies to take place Between February 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018.

The residencies, which are open to military veteran writers, visual artists and composers, will be at VCCA’s beautiful Mt. San Angelo facility nestled in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Spanning two to four weeks, the residencies will allow the artists to spend time focusing on their creative work.

A residency at VCCA can be transformative, indeed, life-changing for individual artists, inspiring ideas, instilling confidence, stimulating production. Artists flock to VCCA from all corners of the earth finding the haven where they can tap into the rich veins of creativity found deep within themselves, bringing forth the literature, visual art and music that bear the truth, beauty and mystery of the human heart and which will embellish lives for many generations to come.

Deadline for applications: September 15, 2017

For more information:

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sabine van den Bergh named winner of Prix Résidence Moulin à Nef

VCCA (Virginia Center for the Creative Arts) in Amherst, Virginia, announced that an independent panel in Paris has selected photographer Sabine van den Bergh as the 2017 winner of the Prix Moulin à Nef. Van den Bergh holds an art degree from Arnhem in the Netherlands and has shown her work in exhibitions in Beaumont de Lomange and in Auvillar, France.

The Prix Résidence Moulin à Nef provides Van den Bergh with a month-long residency at VCCA in Virginia, where she will provided a private studio, private bedroom, and three prepared meals each day in a community of 25 writers, composers, and visual artists from across the US and around the world.  Van den Bergh plans to be in residence in 2018.

As runner-up, visual artist Patrick Polidano of Saint Sulpice et Cameyrac will be awarded a month-long residency at VCCA’s Moulin à Nef Studio Center in Auvillar, France.  His work has been exhibited in Bordeaux, Saint-Maixant, and Dijon, among other locations.  He plans to be in residence in Auvillar in April 2018.

Each year, the Prix Moulin à Nef is awarded to a visual artist from the Midi-Pyrénées or Aquitaine regions of France.  Artists interested in applying should contact Cheryl Fortier, Resident Director of VCCA’s Moulin à Nef (