Thursday, October 23, 2008

New Fellows Council Members Elected

The current VCCA Fellows Council has elected five new members from a pool of 20 nominees. The newly elected members will serve through the autumn of 2012. They are:

Loren Graham, poet, Helena, Montana; David Haynes, fiction writer, Dallas, Texas; Peggy Ingraham, writer, Alexandria, Virginia; Claire Lieberman, visual artist, Bloomington, Illinois; Koji Nakano, composer, Boston, Massachusetts.

These five Fellows will join the current Council members who will serve through autumn of 2010:

Karen Bell, photographer, New York, New York, chairperson; Kerry Dolan, writer, San Francisco, California, vice chairperson; Marion Held, sculptor, Montclair, New Jersey; Patricia Spears Jones, poet, Brooklyn, New York; Laura Kaminsky, composer, Bronx, New York; Anne LeClaire, writer, South Chatham, Massachusetts.

These eleven Fellows will be the “voice of the Fellows” to the VCCA Board of Directors and administration. Among other goals, they will also work on behalf of the Fellows to address such issues as greater geographical and ethnic diversity, to seek the highest quality applicants, and to aid in the mission of the VCCA through development and public relations activities as needed.

“With the addition of this year’s new members, we now have the most geographically diverse group in the history of the Council,” said Council Chair Karen Bell. “Many thanks to the members who just rotated off for their years of dedication and service: Bruce Bauman, Barbara Schaff, Clarissa Sligh, Serena Fox and David Peterson. The Council continues to work on behalf of all Fellows in order to guarantee the best possible residency. I encourage all Fellows to reach out to the Council if you have comments or suggestions that you believe will improve the experience for all.”

There will be a new call for nominations in the spring of 2010. Six of the current members of the Council will rotate off after they elect five more Council members to replace them.

Congratulations, and thank you for supporting the VCCA.

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