Tuesday, April 24, 2012

VCCA IS BREAKING NEW GROUND WITH

Two Six-Week Fellowships for Social Media Artists!
 
VCCA is breaking ground with a new fellowship specifically for the emerging genre of social media artists.  Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, VCCA is offering two fully funded, six-week fellowships for artists who are using social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube. The fellowships are for artists who are exploring ways to seamlessly integrate the social media platform into the work itself, thus finding new and compelling ways to use social media as a tool of self-expression. The fellowships are accompanied by a $2,000 stipend.

Craig Pleasants, VCCA Program Director explains, “The artists selected for these fellowships will be working in ways that move art from the gallery or museum to the web, seeking ways to free art from geographical and temporal constraints. We are not defining social media artwork for this fellowship, leaving that to the artists who are pioneering this field, but the finished work must be presented on the web and be fully accessible to the netverse. We expect that the successful work will be tied to the logic of social media as well as being conceptually rich.”  

The deadline for applying is June 15, 2012


Friday, April 20, 2012

Funding for Washington, DC Area Writers, Artists and Composers


The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation has awarded VCCA a grant to support residences for artists, writers and composers from the greater Washington, DC area. Since 1991, the Cafritz Foundation has supported nearly 150 visual artists, writers, and composers at VCCA. 

The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is the largest independent grantmaking foundation focused exclusively on the Washington Metropolitan area. The Foundation is the legacy of Morris Cafritz, one of Washington’s leading commercial and residential real estate builders from the early 1920’s to the mid-1960’s. Morris Cafritz was an outstanding civic leader known for his generosity. He established the Foundation in 1948. His wife, Gwendolyn, one of Washington’s leading hostesses in the post World War II years, was President of the Foundation from 1964 to 1988. Their eldest son, Calvin Cafritz, is currently Chairman, President and CEO.

DEADLINE: MAY 15, 2012
CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Fully Funded Fellowships for Delaware, West Virginia and Virgin Island Artists, Writers and Composers


Monday, April 16, 2012

Congratulations! 2 More VCCA Fellows Win Guggenheim Fellowships for a Total of 7

-- CLICK ON THEIR NAMES FOR MORE INFORMATION --

FINE ARTS


GENERAL NONFICTION

Lewis "Buddy" Nordan: August 3, 1939 - April 13, 2012


Lewis Nordan was an original—a writer of dark, hilarious and affecting fiction. He taught creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh until his retirement in 2005. Though plagued by peripheral neuropathy, Lewis continued to write by typing with only one finger. 

Lewis' trademark was magic realism, creating lyrical worlds where strange and eccentric was normal, and the supernatural was commonplace. Famous for his colorful vision of the Mississippi Delta, his characters often experienced life as a double-edged sword, where horrible things could also be horribly funny.

His eighth book, Boy With Loaded Gun, is a transcendent memoir that unflinchingly chronicles his own life with heartbreaking humor.

An increasingly important writer, the book Lewis Nordan: Humor, Heartbreak and Hope (shown above) deepens the base of scholarship on his work with a series of essays, poems and visual art.

At VCCA, Lewis is also known for the "Buddy" bug. Years ago, when Sheila and Craig Pleasants lived on the grounds with their young daughters, the girls set up a Bug Show on the walkway between the residence and the studios. Various insects were on display in baby food jars. Fellows had to pay for a look at some of the more exotic catches, which were hidden under cardboard. Lewis paid 25¢. For his generosity, the girls named their biggest, most exciting find after Buddy. So now, when you come to VCCA, the Eastern Dobsonfly is known as the "Buddy Bug".

In the VCCA Voices video, Lewis Nordan described his time at Mt. San Angelo as "a huge gift". It was a gift he returned to the literary world a thousand times over.


What "The New Yorker" Is Reading: Alice McDermott

  

 Alice McDermott photo by Jerry Ruotolo

The New Yorker magazine lists the reissue of Alice McDermott's "perfect" book, That Night, in their literary engagements of the week (The Book Bench).

The book begins: "That night when he came to claim her, he stood on the short lawn before her house, his knees bent, his fists driven into his thighs, and bellowed her name with such passion that even the friends who surrounded him, who had come to support him, to drag her from the house, to murder her family if they had to, let the chains they carried go limp in their hands.

LINK TO "THE BOOK BENCH" IN THE NEW YORKER
LINK TO THAT NIGHT

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Delaware Art Museum Dedicates a Rare One-Person Retrospective Exhibition

Open through July 15, 2012
Delaware Art Museum
Wilmington, Delaware
FOR MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBIT OR CATALOG, CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE
FOR MORE ABOUT THE READING, CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE

Monday, April 2, 2012

Helen Benedict and Tanja Softic are going to Ireland

Congratulations! The recipients of the VCCA exchange program with the Tyrone Guthrie Centre are:



Helen and Tanja will be going to Ireland for a one-month residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in County Monaghan. Seventy miles from Dublin, the beautiful Annaghmakerrig estate is the former home of Sir Tyrone Guthrie, who left it to the Irish State to be used as a residential workplace for artists when he died in 1971. 
The Tyrone Guthrie Centre has been exchanging residencies with VCCA since 1991—over 20 years. 

In autumn, Irish artist Mary Donnelly and writer Mario Danneels will arrive for their residencies at VCCA.