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VCCA Fellows are selected by peer review on the basis of professional achievement or promise of achievement in their respective fields. Separate review panels are created for each category (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting/screenwriting, children’s literature, performance, film/video, book arts, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, installation art, music composition, etc.). Panelists undergo periodic review and rotate regularly to ensure VCCA admission decisions are guided by high caliber artists who represent a diversity of styles and tastes.

All VCCA residency and fellowship applications are accepted online via SlideRoom. The standard application fee is $30. If the application fee presents a significant barrier to application, artists should reach out to Artists Services at to request an application fee waiver at least five days before the deadline.

A variety of fully-funded fellowship opportunities are available at each application deadline. In addition, significant financial assistance is available throughout the year.

See below for more information on scheduling periods and corresponding application deadlines.

Please note: As of June 2022, artists may be in residence at Mt. San Angelo only once every two years; returning Fellows must wait to reapply accordingly. The first question on the application for Mt. San Angelo residencies clarifies whether or not you are eligible to reapply for that period.

Residency Seasons at Mt. San Angelo

Annual Application Cycles

Applications for VCCA’s residency program at Mt. San Angelo in Amherst, Virginia, are accepted three times a year for three distinct scheduling periods. Flexible scheduling is available for residencies of varying lengths within each period. Residencies are available throughout the year on the following cycle:

Winter period

Residencies Available: January – April 2025
Application Opens: February 1, 2024
Application Deadline: May 15, 2024
Notification: sent by August 31, 2024

Summer period

Residencies Available: May – August 2025
Application Opens: June 1, 2024
Application Deadline: September 15, 2024
Notification: sent by December 31, 2024

Fall period

Residencies Available: September – December 2025
Application Opens: October 1, 2024
Application Deadline: January 15, 2025
Notification: sent by April 30, 2025

International Programs

Annual Application Deadline

Applications for VCCA’s residency program at Le Moulin à Nef in Auvillar, France, and International Exchange programs are are accepted once a year for residencies the following year. These opportunities are available only to Fellows who have already had a VCCA residency in Virginia.

Application Opens: June 1
Application Deadline: September 15
Notification: sent by December 15