VCCA (Virginia Center for the Creative Arts) is one of the largest artists' communities in the nation. Tucked into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, VCCA has awarded fellowships to thousands of our best national and international writers, composers and visual artists. This blog tells their story—their achievements and the work they are doing in your area and around the world. VCCA news is here, too: events, fellowships, opportunities.
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Earlier today in the White House East Room, VCCA Advisory Council member Rita Dove was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama. Poet Rita Dove was the leading literary figure among the seven who received the National Medal of Arts, joining Al Pacino, singer Mel Tillis, painter Will Barnet, sculptor Martin Puryear, pianist André Watts and creative arts patron Emily Rauh Pulitzer.
Before awarding the medals, Obama said the arts have a power to bring people of different backgrounds and beliefs together. "You've helped guide our growth as a people," the
President told the honorees.
Rita Dove served as the U.S. Poet Laureate from 1993 to 1995. Among her numerous accolades, Rita won the Pulitzer Prize for her Thomas and Beulah poetry collection in 1987, and the National Humanities Medal in 1996. She teaches at the University of Virginia.
We are pleased to announce that New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has just acquired two of Susan Schwalb's aquatints (above) through the museum's open viewing program. The works will be shown in the print exhibition hallway space when renovations are completed, in about a year.
Top image: Streams of Silver, 2011, an artist proof with hand coloring. Image size is 10x10", paper size is 14.5x14".
Bottom image: Passage Across the Sun, 2009. Image size is 10x10", paper size is 14.5x14".
Royal Shiree's play, dun been thru it, is one of the highlights of Lynchburg College's Black History Month observances. Shiree is both the playwright and sole performer. In her words: "It's centered around three characters and from that, there are 13 other characters and voices that emerge." It's about "the strength of the minorities to endure." (Royal Shiree quotes from 2/4/12 interview in Burg Weekly Entertainment Guide)
Presented by the Office of International and Multicultural Services and the Student Association, dun been thru it will be performed on Monday, February 13 at 7 p.m.
At three o'clock today, Co-Editor Margaret B. Ingraham and other VCCA Poets will be reading from VCCA's new poetry anthology along with students from the creative writing program of Sweet Briar College. The reading of selections from Entering the Real World: VCCA Poets on Mt. San Angelo takes place in the Pannell Art Gallery as part of the SBC Fringe Festival.