Friday, September 6, 2013

How To Fund A Vision: The National Yardstick Yard Sale


Alonzo Davis is inviting artists from around the country to participate in The National Yardstick Yard Sale (Fund A Vision With Yardsticks).

The Fund A Vision kick off event and sale of yardsticks as art objects will be held at Alonzo's Mount Ranier, Maryland, studio on Saturday, November 16th. All funds raised will go toward VCCA's Alonzo Davis Fellowship.

To preview some of these wonderful yardstick artworks, go to the Fund A Vision blog

The Alonzo Davis Fellowship supports outstanding artists, writers and composers who are Americans of African or Latino descent. Each year, one of these exceptional people is awarded a two-week residency at VCCA so they can focus completely on their art, writing or music. When fully funded, the Alonzo Davis Fellowship will support two artists each year with a two-week residency. 

Alonzo Davis has been a VCCA Fellow since 1995 and is a former VCCA Board member. He is the inspiration for, and a tremendous supporter of, this endowed fellowship.

To participate in the National Yardstick Yard Sale:

email Alonzo Davis  (
Deadline for completing yardsticks: September 14, 2013


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Prix Moulin à Nef 2013 winner, Florence Carbonne, exhibits at Riverviews in Lynchburg

The work of French artist Florence Carbonne, currently in residence at VCCA, will be featured as the premiere exhibition at the Grotto, a new exhibition space at Riverviews Artspace in Lynchburg, VA.  The show opens on Friday, September 6.
"Ete photographique de Lectoure", 1997.  Copyright Florence Carbonne 1997
Carbonne is from Toulouse, France, and the 2013 recipient of VCCA’s Prix Moulin à Nef, a competitive fellowship offered to French artists from the Midi-Pyrénées and Aquitaine regions.  VCCA’s Moulin à Nef Studio Center is located in that area of France.  This year, VCCA gave 17 VCCA Fellows the opportunity to work at the Moulin à Nef in the lovely village of Auvillar on the Garonne River.

Carbonne has a long history of exhibitions and residencies in France, Spain, and Canada. Her installations provide a sensory experience with an economy of supplies. Employing materials such as poultry wire, fishing line, plastic bags, and light to manipulate spatial relations, the artist creates physical environments unique to each installation space.  Experiences in these environments often cause viewers to reconsider their understanding of physical space and interactions within it.

The new work created specifically for Riverviews is in this same vein.  The Grotto is transformed with suspended wire and line, creating a new awareness of space and dimension.

The Grotto exhibition space is located on the ground floor of the Riverviews building.  Carbonne’s exhibition opening is First Friday, September 6, 2013 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. The installation will be on view through October 16, 2013. Grotto hours are Wednesday through Friday 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment; admission is free of charge.