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COVID-19 Update:

VCCA’s residency program at Mt. San Angelo in Amherst, Virginia, has reopened. International programs remain on hold.


Admission to VCCA is a highly selective process based on a review of applications by peer review panels consisting of professional artists. Separate panels are created for each category (poets, fiction writers, nonfiction writers, playwrights, performance, film and video artists, painters, sculptors, photographers, installation artists, composers and cross-disciplinary artists). Panelists undergo a periodic review to ensure VCCA selections are made by the highest-caliber artists in each discipline. Panelists are rotated regularly.

Now Accepting Applications

Summer period (2022)
May to August Residencies
Application deadline: September 15, 2021
Notification: sent by December 31, 2021

The Summer 2022 application includes multiple fully-funded fellowship opportunities.

See below for more information on upcoming deadlines.

Scheduling Periods

Annual Application Cycles

Covid-19 Update

International programs remain on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Please Note: VCCA has shifted its scheduling periods to fit within the calendar year and to better align with academic schedules. Starting in June 2021, applications will be accepted for three distinct scheduling periods on the following schedule:

Summer period (2022)
May to August Residencies
Application opens: June 1, 2021
Application deadline: September 15, 2021
Notification: sent by December 31, 2021

Fall period (2022)
September to December Residencies
Application opens: October 1, 2021
Application deadline: January 15, 2022
Notification: sent by April 30, 2022

Winter period (2023)
January to April Residencies
Application opens: February 1, 2022
Application deadline: May 15, 2022
Notification: sent by August 31, 2022