"This experience was the ultimate gift. Being at VCCA stimulated new work, soothed my soul and recharged my creative inspiration." —Katie Knight, Visual Artist, Helena, MT

Serenity. Light. Space. Privacy. The ability to work uninterrupted for hours, days, weeks in a quiet studio. These are just a few of the reasons why more than 500 of the world's foremost writers, visual artists and composers come to VCCA in Amherst, Virginia and Auvillar, France each year. 

Among our Fellows are recipients of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy in Rome, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, as well as winners of National Book Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, and MacArthur "genius grants". In the past 45 years, more than 5,700 writers, artists and composers have benefited from residencies at VCCA, making it, in the words of one of our Fellows, "one of the most important sources of art in the world."