One of the leading artists communities in the world with locations in Amherst, Virginia and Auvillar, France, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) has as its mission advancing the arts by providing creative space in which our best national and international writers, visual artists and composers produce their finest creative work.
In Memoriam: Claudia Emerson
VCCA is saddened to learn that Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
Claudia Emerson, 57, died December 4 after a long battle with cancer.
An accomplished poet with five books of poetry to her name,
Claudia received numerous accolades during her career including a Pulitzer
Prize in 2006 for Late Wife, an epistolary collection of reflections on her failed first marriage and her blossoming relationship with her second husband, musician Kent Ippolito. She was named Poet Laureate of Virginia by Governor Tim Kaine, a
post she held from 2008-10.
Born in Chatham, Virginia, Claudia attended Chatham Hall graduating in 1975. A loyal alumna, she frequently returned to the school serving as writer-in-residence and conducting workshops. Claudia graduated form the University of Virginia in 1979 and completed her Master’s in
creative writing at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1991.
Emerson resided in Richmond with her husband. She was a professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Her last VCCA residence was in 2010.
VCCA extends its heartfelt condolences to Claudia's family,
friends and students.
We are putting out a call for artists! The Steven Petrow LGBTQ Fellowship and the Alonzo Davis Endowment for Fellowships are currently open for applicants. The deadline for both is January 15, 2018. To submit an application, please visit our Apply page.
The Steven Petrow LGBTQ Fellowship (est. 2016) is open to applicants working in all genres (creative writers, visual artists, and composers). The fellowship consists of a fully-funded two-week residency at VCCA. To be eligible, applicants must self-identify as LGBTQ.
VCCA Fellow Steven Petrow is a journalist and book author whose own work about LGBTQ issues found much support at VCCA over the past decade.
The Alonzo Davis Endowment for Fellowships annually supports two fully-funded residencies of two weeks each for highly accomplished American visual artists, creative writers, and composers of African or Latinx descent. For this Fellowship, the application deadline of January 15, 2018 is for residencies to take place between June 1, 2018 …
Funded by the NEA, Collateral
Reparations: Military Veterans and the Redemptive Power of Artists Residencies supports fully-funded VCCA residencies for
military veteran artists. In addition to the residency, each artist selected
will receive a $1,000 honorarium. This program has now been extended! FINAL deadline
for applications is September 15, 2017 for residencies
to take place Between February 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018. The
residencies, which are open to military veteran writers, visual artists and
composers, will be at VCCA’s beautiful Mt. San Angelo facility nestled in the
foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Spanning two to four weeks, the
residencies will allow the artists to spend time focusing on their creative
work. A residency
at VCCA can be transformative, indeed, life-changing for individual artists,
inspiring ideas, instilling confidence, stimulating production. Artists flock
to VCCA from all corners of the earth finding the haven where they can tap into
the rich ve…
While in residence at VCCA, Vincent Pidone built an
automatic drawing machine that he hopes to program to draw using animation
software. Normally, with stop motion animation, you would make drawings and
then photograph those drawings individually putting them together to form an
animation. It’s a
laborious process when you consider that Vincent’s animations are composed of 300-400
individual drawings on file cards to yield about thirty seconds of animation. That’s why Vincent is
attempting to get the animation software to do the drawing for him. Ideally, he
will end up with a short animated film and a stack of physical drawings that
are essentially one-offs. “I’m basically grabbing the tail and wagging the
dog instead of doing it the way it’s typically done,” says Vincent. “What I’m doing is very
challenging. If it were easy, someone else would have done it by now. This is
why I need a few weeks to work on this stuff.” The VCCA residency funded by the
NEA for military veteran artists f…