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Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA)

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.

Each year, VCCA hosts over 400 artists at Mt. San Angelo in central Virginia and at the Moulin à Nef in France. The artists who come to VCCA are selected by a peer review jury on the basis of the important or innovative work they are doing in their respective fields.

Location

Amherst, Virginia: United States

The VCCA is located at Mt. San Angelo in Amherst, Virginia, about one hour south of Charlottesville, and at the Moulin à Nef in Auvillar, France.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: from 2-8 weeks, 3 weeks (average)
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 25
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 400
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 800

Eligibility

  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application deadline: May 15, September 15, January 15
  • Additional deadline info:
    June to September Residencies Deadline: January 15 Notification by March 31 October to January Residencies Deadline: May 15 Notification by July 31 February to May Residencies Deadline: September 15 Notification by November 30

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
David Del Tredici, Naomi Wolf, Ha Jin, Manil Suri, Alice McDermott, Jacque Hnizdovsky, Cy Twombly, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Nathan Currier, Gregory Maguire
It might seem an overstatement to say that my experience at the VCCA has been the most important event in my literary life, but I assure you that is not hyperbole. The facilities were marvelous and staff magnificent in attentiveness.
— Margaret Ingraham, Fellow and VCCA Board President
The VCCA is an egalitarian, international community intent on providing fellows-in-residence ideal conditions in which to work. Our fellows determine for themselves the perfect mix of privacy and community.
— Suny Monk

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    Named for founder Elizabeth Coles Langhorne, the VCCA Fellows Residence houses bedrooms, dining facilities, kitchens, a library, laundry facilities, and recreation rooms. Each bedroom is private with a private sink and semi-private bath. Sliding glass doors open onto vistas of rolling pastures and the Blue Ridge mountains.
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    VCCA Fellows are provided with three well-balanced meals every day, each featuring a vegetarian option. There are four small kitchens where residents may keep small quantities of food and do minimal cooking.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Six of the bedrooms in the Fellows' Residence are on the ground floor, and accessible to those in wheelchairs. Almost the entire studio complex is on one level and is a five- to ten-minute wheelchair ride along a private lane with minimal grade. If you are a wheelchair rider, be sure to mention this in your application so that we may accommodate you as well as possible.
  • Studios/special equipment: Photography (non-digital), Printmaking, Sculpture
  • Additional studio information: 
    Fellows at VCCA work in their own private studio. The Normandy-style barn built in the 1930s houses eleven studios for writers and nine for visual artists. The three studios for composers are equipped with pianos and one also has a Roland Electronic Keyboard. Two additional live/work spaces are available in the Writers' Cottage. All studios are air-conditioned and heated. The visual artists' studios are 500 to 700 square feet in size, with skylights, work surfaces, and sinks, all on the ground floor. One studio is equipped with a Dickerson combination press. A sculptors' studio has 220-volt power and a loading dock. A darkroom with two enlargers for printing 35mm and 4x5 negatives is available for photographers.
  • Other facilities and services: There are walking trails on the grounds, as well as an outdoor pool enjoyed between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Transportation to the town of Amherst and Sweet Briar College is provided twice weekly. VCCA Fellows may use facilities at the College--libraries, computer labs, exercise facilities, etc. There is no smoking permitted in any of the buildings.

Residency Fees

Artists are accepted to the VCCA without regard for their ability to contribute financially to their residency. A contribution is requested, but not required.

Stipends / other support

As part of our ongoing efforts to support the work of artists we have created regional initiatives and special fellowships that defray the costs of a residency at VCCA. The VCCA has partnered with leading philanthropic foundations and arts organizations around the country to make it easier for artists to participate in residencies at VCCA. Qualifying artists who apply for fellowships at VCCA may have all or part of their residency contribution subsidized. Please see our website for a complete lists of opportunities.

Additional expectations / opportunities

VCCA exists to support the creative work of the world's best artists. While in residence at VCCA, at either our Mt. San Angelo facility in Virginia or at the Moulin à Nef Center, in Southwest France, Fellows have no duties or obligations. Open studios, readings and concerts are optional. Our international exchange program offers residential fellowships for VCCA Fellows in many parts of the world, allowing them entree to a new culture and access to artists in those settings.

Contact Information

154 San Angelo Drive
Amherst, Virginia 24521
United States
Tel: 434-946-7236