Thursday, August 21, 2008

Currently in Residence: Sabra Loomis


Winner of the 2007 National Poetry Series Open Competition, Sabra Loomis is currently in residence working on new poems. Her award-winning book, House Held Together by Winds, was selected by James Tate, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Published by Harper Perennial, it will be available August 26. Order your copy today! Sabra is also the author of Rosetree and two poetry chapbooks. She divides her time between New York City and Achill Island, Ireland, and teaches frequently at the William Joiner Center at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Two Emmy Nominations for VCCA's Ralph Arlyck


When the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences rolls out the red carpet at Lincoln Center on September 22, VCCA Fellow and documentary filmmaker Ralph Arlyck will be there: his film "Following Sean" has been nominated for two Emmy Awards for Best Documentary and Outstanding Achievement in Writing. In this 87-minute film, Ralph returns to the subject of his 1969 film "Sean"—his 4-year-old neighbor who lives the hippie lifestyle in a Haight-Ashbury crash pad. Thirty years later, Ralph's camera finishes the story about the now grown-up Sean and his family. Be sure to tune into the awards ceremony next month!

Monday, August 11, 2008

VCCA Receives NEA Grant


The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a $15,000 grant to support month-long residencies for writers attending the VCCA for the first time. Applicants will be reviewed according to the established juried selection process. The next deadline is September 15, 2008 for residencies between February and May 2009. Somewhere on the application, or in a cover letter, please indicate that you are applying for an NEA-funded residency. A fully funded, month-long residency is valued at approximately $5,000. For more information, visit our website. The VCCA is grateful to the NEA for the support of our programs and for recognizing the importance of living artists to the health of the culture.

Friday, August 8, 2008

VCCA Fellow Receives 2008 Bock Book Award


Congratulations are in order for three-time VCCA Fellow Ysaye Barnwell, who performs with the internationally renowned a cappella quintet, Sweet Honey In The Rock. Her children's book and music CD, We Are One, a poetic tribute to community, togetherness, and diversity in the universal language of music, has received the Frances and Wesley Bock Book Award for Children's Literature. The award is given each year by the Library and the Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies to acknowledge Franciscan values in children's books. Congratulations Ysaye!

News from the Fulbright Front


Visual artist Bradley Wester has just returned from a Fulbright trip to Japan where he spent the summer as a Senior Specialist Fulbright Fellowship Visiting Artist & Lecturer at Kyoto University of Art & Design.

Says Bradley: "The Fulbright is to develop a body of work, the second body of work in a trilogy made in three distinct cultures using the ephemera from each culture as primary art material while immersed in that country's art and cultural history."

Part one of the trilogy was created when Bradley was a Visiting Artist at The American Academy in Rome and the work was exhibited in New York. Part two happened thanks to the Fulbright in Japan. Part three will be completed in the future in Istanbul, Turkey, to which Bradley has already made a preliminary visit. Three symmetrical and distinct cultures are chosen: Rome, seat of Western Art if you will; Japan, the East, Asian art and aesthetic; Istanbul, the gateway between East and West and the collision between western and eastern values—Byzantine, Muslim, and secular culture.

Bradley is currently a Visiting Artist at Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota Florida. Learn more about his work here.

Friday, August 1, 2008

VCCA Welcomes Lila Fenton Heasley to Development Office


The VCCA is pleased that Lila Fenton Heasley has joined the staff as Development Coordinator. In her new position, Lila, who grew up in the Charlottesville area and feels very much at home back in the Blue Ridge Mountains, will support fundraising efforts and assist with special event planning. 

She spent the past year traveling the country with her new husband, Kurt. After considering New York and Los Angeles, they returned to Lynchburg, the “Hill City,” to be closer to family and friends. They were drawn to the city’s architectural revitalization and the vibrancy of the 5th Street, downtown area.

Prior to coming to the VCCA, Lila worked as a production coordinator/associate producer at Concrete Pictures in Philadelphia. There she coordinated spots for the Food Network, PBS, CW, Military and Discovery Channels, associate produced music videos, and conceived, scripted and produced a demo for a music and travel series.

She has written, directed and/or acted in over 30 plays both regionally (Live Arts, Offstage Theatre) and in New York (Bleeker Street Theater, Samuel Beckett Theater). While pursuing the arts, she enjoyed working events at the Whitney, MOMA, the Metropolitan Museum, Sotheby’s, Rockefeller Plaza, Hammerstein Ballroom and Lincoln Center.

When she is not working, she takes pleasure in reading, writing, drumming, photography, long walks in nature with her daughter and husband, rooftop gardening, live music, performance, and listening to long ragas while cooking South Indian or Italian meals for hungry dinner guests in her home.

Her strangest job ever? Googling potential diner’s accomplishments to see if they were “worthy” of a coveted table reservation at a hot new spot in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.