Wednesday, October 31, 2012

If You're In Richmond, Virginia, Friday ...

The Body & the Culture
Craig Pleasants

Artists Reception
Friday, November 2
5:00 - 7:30 pm

ADA Gallery
228 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Word From Writer Bella Pollen




Thursday, October 18, 2012

"The Best American Poetry" Blog Interviews Margaret Ingraham About Her @InPoetweet Project

On February 20, 2012, Margaret B. Ingraham tweeted her first poem written for Twitter - the result of a serendipitous conversation with two strangers. But it was only the first step in her commitment to compose and upload one poetweet a day for a year. Today, she launched poetweet #242.

Julie E. Bloemeke interviewed Margaret about her InPoetweet project for The Best American Poetry blog.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Virginia Fellowships Now Accepting Applications

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is now accepting applications for the Visual Arts Fellowships 2013-14. Grants range from $4,000-$8,000 and are awarded to professional artists as well as to art students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline. Application and eligibility guidelines

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities offers residential fellowships to scholars and writers in the humanities. They seek applications that are intellectually stimulating, imaginative, and accessible to the public. There are no restrictions on topic, and applications are invited from across the broad spectrum of the humanities. Application and eligibility guidelines

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Power of Poetry

Left to right: Rita Dove, Kelly Cherry, Sofia Starnes
Retiring Virginia Poet Laureate Kelly Cherry and her successor, Sofia Starnes discuss poetry and read from their work on WVTF's October 12th show, Virginia Conversations: Power of Poetry. The show opened with a White House Evening of Poetry reading by VCCA Advisory Council Member and former Poet Laureate Rita Dove.

To hear the 60-minute show, click here.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

New VCCA Fellowship in Memory of Composer George Edwards

In memory of her husband, composer George Edwards, Rachel Hadas has established the George Edwards and Rachel Hadas Endowment for Fellowships at VCCA. The two-week Fellowship will be presented annually beginning in 2014. Each year, it will alternate between composer, creative writer, and visual artist.

George Edwards, who died in 2011, was a three-time VCCA Fellow. In addition to his significant public career as a composer and critic, Edwards had a long and distinquished career at Columbia University. Hadas is establishing the endowment to memorialize her husband’s work by encouraging more composers to apply for VCCA residencies; and to inspire other Fellows to consider establishing their own endowments.

If you would like to contribute to the George Edwards and Rachel Hadas Endowment for Fellowships at VCCA, please click here.

George Edwards taught music theory and composition at the New England Conservatory in Boston from 1969 to 1976. He was a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome from 1973 to 1975, and won the Rome Prize in Composition in 1975. In 1977 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Music at Columbia University in New York. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in both 1980 and 1986, and earned tenure at Columbia in 1987, heading the composition program from 1987 to 1995. He also served on the Advisory Committee of the Alice M. Ditson Fund from 1988 to 2005, serving as the Committee’s Secretary from 1995 to 1998. He served as Chair of the Department of Music at Columbia from 1996 to 1999. After his retirement in 2006, he was named Edward MacDowell Emeritus Professor of Music by Columbia’s Board of Trustees. 

On Friday, September 28, the Department of Music at Columbia University held a Memorial celebrating the life of George Edwards. Two of his compositions were performed: Suave Mari Magno and The Isle is Full of Noises. You can here his Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano here.
Currently living in New York, Rachel Hadas is a four-time VCCA Fellow. She studied classics at Harvard, poetry at Johns Hopkins, and comparative literature at Princeton. Since 1981 she has taught in the English Department of the Newark (NJ) campus of Rutgers University, and has also taught courses in literature and writing at Columbia and Princeton, as well as serving on the poetry faculty of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the West Chester Poetry Conference. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, an Ingram Merrill Foundation grant in poetry, and an award in literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
Hadas is the author of numerous books of poetry, essays, and translations. She recently co-edited the anthology The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present (Norton 2009). Her latest book of poems is The Ache of Appetite (Copper Beech Press 2010). Last year, her book of prose about her husband’s illness was published entitled Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry (Paul Dry Books).

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

If You're in DC on October 20 - Save the Date!

If you're in the DC area on Saturday, October 20, don't miss the opening reception for VCCA Resident Artist Barbara Bernstein's new exhibition Points of View at the Arlington Arts Center. A site-specific solo exhibition, Points of View is part of Fall Solos 2012 awarded by the Arlington Arts Center with judges from the Phillips Collection and the Smithsonian African Art Museum.

Points of View by Barbara Bernstein
Opening Reception
October 20
6 - 9 pm
2550 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, Virginia

Barbara has another exhibition planned for the Arlington area entitled Connections, a commission from the Virginia Transit Authority and Arlington Public Arts Council. Samples of the designs Barbara did for seven stations will be on display November 29 through December 23. On December 1, Barbara will be giving a talk about this project. Click here for more about Connections.

If you've been in residence at Mt. San Angelo recently, you may have seen Barbara's volunteer project for the Lynchburg Neighborhood Development Foundation, which is featured in the Public Art Dialogue Journal.

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Greening of Mt. San Angelo

Thanks to grants from The Greater Lynchburg Community Trust and private donors, VCCA has begun work on Phase One of Mt. San Angelo's energy conservation measures—measures which will make life more comfortable for our Fellows, and cut utility costs by thousands of dollars. 

Better Building Works, a company specializing in energy engineering, created a master plan for reducing VCCA's carbon footprint. Now underway in the Langhorne Residence and the Cottage Studios, the work is being done by J&J Weatherization.

A big thank you to everyone who is making this possible!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

In VCCA-France: "Jardin de l'Empereur" by Melissa S. Armstrong

"Jardin de l'Empereur", Installation View, Auvillar, France
2012, stoneware, piano wire, mixed media, dimensions variable
Gracefully arcing on slender stems in the grass behind Maison Vieilhescazes, ceramic bells chime, many holding mysterious tokens that entice viewers to investigate and wander in search of more. Jardin de l'Empereur, an installation created by VCCA Fellow Melissa S. Armstrong during her residency in Auvillar, France, rolls gently along the path leading to Coeur de Mon Coeur, a sculpture by artist and VCCA Artistic Director, Craig Pleasants.
"Jardin de l'Empereur", Detail, Auvillar, France
2012, stoneware, piano wire, mixed media
On Friday, September 21, Directrice Résidente Cheryl Fortier, VCCA Fellows, and guests from Auvillar and other local villages, spent a beguiling summer evening in the Emperor's Garden. They nibbled on chocolates and grapes, strolled amongst the belle flowers, then drifted up to Coeur de Mon Coeur, where they sat a long time simply talking and enjoying the magic. Later, they ambled back to Maison Vieilhescazes, where another resident Fellow, Vibhuti Patel, read from his work. All agreed that it was a thoroughly enchanted evening. 
VCCA Fellows and guests in "Coeur de Mon Coeur", the sculpture by Craig Pleasants
Photo by Nanie Sainson


Monday, October 1, 2012

Painter Daniel Hauben in "The New York Times"

"View of the Harlem River" by Daniel Hauben
The Sunday New York Times story is entitled Battered and Beautiful: His Bronx. It's about Daniel Hauben and the 22 friezes the Bronx Community College commissioned him to paint for their new North Hall and Library. 

A native son of the Bronx, Hauben's career has been in the borough's streets "...illuminating the surrounding lush landscapes and working people, infusing them with a touch of whimsy." (NY Times)

"View from the Hall" by Daniel Hauben

Daniel Hauben met his wife, composer/librettist Judith Lane, at VCCA in 1991.They live in the Bronx with their cats—one of whom is also from VCCA.
Canvas the cat, who was in residence at VCCA in 1994, is shown here.
Canvas is depicted in two of Hauben's library paintings. This one is from "
Howard's View".
Click here to read The New York Times article
Click here for Daniel Hauben's website