Fellows Council

Created in 1999 as an advisory group, the Fellows Council serves as a point of communication between Fellows and the VCCA board and administration, advising the board regarding matters of vital importance to Fellows in residence, including renovation of the physical plant, outreach for the highest quality artists and diverse populations, residency fees and fundraising. It also administers the VCCA Award for Excellence in the Arts, awarded each year to a non-Fellow whose achievement in the arts is universally acknowledged. The award rotates between a writer, a visual artist and a composer. The Council is composed of 10 to 12 Fellows working in a variety of disciplines. Members serve four-year terms. 


Current Fellows Council members are:

Chair: Andrea Carter Brown, poet, Los Angeles, California

Vice-Chair: Sally Bowring, visual artist, Richmond, Virginia


Ami Sands Brodoff, writer, Montreal, Canada – International Fellows Representative

Holen Sabrina Kahn, filmmaker, San Francisco, CA

Amie Oliver, visual artist, Richmond, VA

Christopher Preissing, composer, Chicago, IL

Lisa Sewell, writer, Philadelphia, PA

Enid Shomer, writer, Tampa, FL

Suzy Sureck, visual artist, Gardner, NY