Monday, January 27, 2014

Etchings Contemporary Music Festival in Auvillar, France

The Etchings Festival, hosted by VCCA and the east Coast Contemporary Ensemble (ECCE),  is set in Auvillar, France, between Bordeaux and Toulouse. The Midi-Pyrenees region is secluded and preserved from centuries past. Concerts at the festival take place  in a 14th Century chapel, renovated and acoustically sublime.

Participant composers meet each morning for private lessons and each afternoon for masterclasses where guests share their music and critique participant work. In the evening, the village is alive with food and wine from local vineyards. The fellows who study at Etchings come from around the world, traveling as far as Singapore and Argentina. The level of teaching is as high as any major international festival, but with the intimacy that allows for great attention and consideration to be given to each fellow. And fellows know they will receive an expert performance of their work: we rehearses each day with each fellow, resulting in stellar performances and lasting collaborations.

Etchings is pleased to announce the 2014 Guest Composer will be Beat Furrer.  
The Guest Artist will be Garth Knox.  
Applications are currently being accepted.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Commission Submission Deadline Approaches

Don't miss your chance...

To share your work with the VCCA Community and regional patrons of the arts at The Commission.  The submission deadline is January 31, 2014 (next Friday!)

To find out more visit The Commission page on the  VCCA site.

If you have questions, email

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

January Open House in the News!

VCCA in the News!

The Lynchburg News & Advance covered VCCA's Open House & Studios event on January 19, 2014.  Read the full story here.

The Open House was a resounding success, with upwards of 50 visitors coming through, touring the grounds, visiting studios, and enjoying scheduled readings by Fellows.

Photo by Parker Michels-Boyce of the News & Advance

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Commission 2014: Call for Submissions


We are currently accepting proposals from our Fellows for a site-specific artwork that is visually arresting and conceptually sophisticated. This installation or presentation will be the centerpiece of a fundraising event entitled, simply, The Commission. The work should create or inspire a memorable environment for guests, one that is interactive, theatrical, provocative, or ...


VCCA is interested in work that activates or enhances a portion of the site of The Commission through sound, light, objects, music, words, or in some other way - surprise us! The work could be placed in another context with adaptation so it does not need to be strictly site-specific, but it must integrate in some way with the event venue. This will not be a permanent installation. Projects requiring permanent installations will not be considered.

Proposals must consist of a partnership between two or more VCCA Fellows from at least two genres (visual art, film, literature, music, etc.) We would love for guests to be able to depart from The Commission with a small memento from the work, but that is not strictly required.

The Site

The Commission will be held once again at Morven Farm, one of the most beautiful and historic properties in Virginia, now managed by the University of Virginia Foundation. This year, the site will move to a spot near the primary historic house. It's a stunning setting.

To see photos and videos of the venue, visit the Morven Farms website.


The commissioned team of artists will receive the following:
  • $3,000 honorarium, which is an all-inclusive remuneration to cover materials, travel, equipment, or other aspects of production as determined by the artists.
  • Residencies at Mt. San Angelo prior to the event to allow for preparation and installation.
  • Invitations to be Guests of Honor at The Commission, in the company of approximately 300 patrons of the arts.
  • Significant publicity of the commissioned work.
Submission Guidelines
  • Detailed written description of proposed work (.doc or .pdf) not to exceed two pages.
  • Drawing (.pdf) or photographs of proposed work, or examples of previous similar works.
  • Suggestions for where the work could be sited or performed. Please visit the event venue on the VCCA website for an idea of your options.
  • Website link(s) showing examples of your previous work.
  • Estimated list of materials showing approximate costs and sourcing (this will not affect the $3,000 compensation amount.)
  • A guarantee that at least one member of the team will be present at the event.
Mail hard copy submissions to:
        VCCA - The Commission
        154 San Angelo Drive
        Amherst, Virginia 24521

Email electronic submissions to: Craig Pleasants

Important Dates 

Deadline for proposals to be received at VCCA:  January 31, 2014

Selected artist team is announced:  February 21, 2014

Installation may begin:  May 7, 2014

Date of The Commission event is:  May 10, 2014

For More Information