Sponsored Fellowships

Below is a list of Sponsored Fellowships. Some of these are available at each scheduling period and some are only given once a year. Please check the Programs Now Accepting Applications section for available Fellowships.

Jane Geuting Camp Fellowship

Established 1988

Established in memory of former VCCA President Jane Camp and endowed by her family and the James L. Camp Foundation, this fellowship provides residencies for outstanding artists.


Columbus School for Girls Endowment
Established 2003

The Elizabeth Ireland Graves Founda­tion funds fellowships for artists who have been students or faculty at the Columbus School for Girls in Co­lumbus, Ohio. The fund may also be used for other Fellows.


Alonzo Davis Endowment for Fellowships
Established 2004

Initiated by VCCA Fellow and former Board member Alonzo Davis, this fel­lowship has been established as an endowment to support writers, visual artists and composers who are American citizens of Afri­can or Latinx descent. There is a separate application for this fellowship. This fellowship has a yearly deadline of January 15 for residencies June 1 - May 31.

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George Edwards and Rachel Hadas Endowment for Fellowships

Established in 2012

In memory of her husband, composer George Edwards, Rachel Hadas has established the George Edwards and Rachel Hadas Endowment for Fellowships at VCCA. The two-week Fellowship will be presented annually beginning in 2014. Each year, it will alternate between composer, creative writer, and visual artist.


Sarah Stanley Gordon Edwards and Archibald Cason Edwards Endowment for Fellowships
Established 2013

Writer and VCCA Fellow Mary D. Edwards has funded this endowed fellowship in honor of her parents, Sarah Stanley Gordon Edwards and Archibald Cason Edwards. Sarah Stanley Gordon Edwards was a professor of biology at the University of Central Oklahoma. Archibald Cason Edwards, a Greek and Latin Major at Harvard, was a businessman who published stories in Prairie Schooner.

Edwards established this fellowship to fully fund an annual two-week residency for women painters ages twenty-five and older, with a preference to be given to Native American painters. The first of these residencies will be awarded in Fiscal Year 2016.


Harry D. Forsyth Fellowship for the Visual Arts

Established 1999

This fully funded two-week residency is awarded to a Sweet Briar College alumna who has demonstrated exceptional ability and commitment in the area of the visual arts. It is not necessary to have been a studio art major during her time at Sweet Briar, but she should be currently pursuing work in the visual arts.


Jacques and Natasha Gelman Fellowship

Thanks to a grant from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, we are offering three fully funded residencies plus a $500 honorarium to African American and/or Latino visual artists at VCCA.


The Goldfarb Family Fund
Established 2000

Provided through the generosity of writer, literary agent and former Board member Ronald Goldfarb, The Robert and Aida Goldfarb Art Law Literary Fund sponsors a fully funded two-week fellowship and is given annually to the top creative non-fiction applicant. This residency is given each year during the Fall scheduling period.


Eric M. and S. Phillip Heiner Endowed Residency
Established 2005

Funded through the generosity of long-time supporter Frances Heiner of Lynchburg, Virginia, this residency will support a highly deserving artist each year. Eric M. Heiner and S. Phillip Heiner are the sons of Frances Heiner of Lynchburg, Virginia, a longtime supporter of the arts and VCCA. Eric’s wife Bebe served on the VCCA Board of Directors. We are grateful that Mrs. Heiner’s legacy honoring her sons will benefit artists, writers, and composers for many years to come.


Patricia & Jerre Mangione Fellowship Fund
Established 2003

Envisioned by Fellows Patricia and Jerre Mangione, this Fellowship supports artists beyond 65 years of age.


Steven Petrow LGBTQ Fellowship

Established 2016

The Steven Petrow LGBTQ Fellowship is open to applicants working in all genres (writers, visual artists, and/or composers) and consists of a fully-funded two-week residency at VCCA. This fellowship includes a private room, board, and an individual work studio. To be eligible applicants must self-identify as LGBTQ. Steven Petrow is a journalist and book author whose own work about LGBTQ issues found much support at VCCA over the past decade.


The Karen Shea and Gabe Silverman Endowed Fellowship
Established 2006

This endowed residency was established to honor the memory of Karen Shea and Gabe Silver­man, Charlottesville, Virginia.


Cy Twombly Fellowship

Established 2012

Funded by the Cy Twombly Foundation at the direction of the artist, this fellowship supports a two-week residency for a visual artist of exceptional talent and potential. Widely acknowledged to be the most important and influential artist of the last 50 years, Twombly, who died in 2011, was a VCCA Fellow and also served on the VCCA Advisory Council for 15 years.   


Wachtmeister Award
Established 2003

Originally called the VCCA Award for Excellence in the Arts, this award is endowed by VCCA board member Linda Wachtmeister and adminis­tered by the Fellows Council. It is presented annually to a promi­nent writer, visual artist or composer whose significant achievement in the arts is widely recognized.


Most Sponsored Fellowships are handled through our regular residency application process. Please note your interest in a particular program in the financial contribution section of your application.