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General Information

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Who is eligible to apply?

VCCA encourages applications to Mt. San Angelo from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives. Emerging and established artists may apply in the following disciplines: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting and screenwriting, performance, film and video, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, installation art, music composition, and cross-disciplinary art. Applicants who are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral programs are eligible to apply, although projects that involve pure academic scholarship are not accepted.

Only Fellows who have previously had a residency at Mt. San Angelo are eligible to apply for a residency at Le Moulin à Nef or the international exchange program.

How long is an average residency? Is there a minimum length of stay?

While artists may request residencies of up to eight weeks; the average stay is 20 days. There is no minimum length of residency. We are flexible in our scheduling practices and schedule based on the individual artist’s needs.

What is the cost of a residency?

VCCA is supported through the partnership of the artists it serves and the donors who are committed to advancing creative work. We depend on all accepted applicants to help offset the cost of their residencies to the best of their ability.

The cost of a VCCA residency is $150 per artist/per day which includes an individual studio, private bedroom, private bath, and three meals each day. We ask you to contribute a minimum payment of $75 per day (half the cost of the residency) and welcome a per diem payment up to the full daily cost of $150 per day if you are able. Paying at least the minimum helps VCCA make improvements to the overall residency experience.

Artists are accepted to VCCA based on the quality of their work and not on their ability to pay. We distribute a generous amount of financial aid every year. If you are accepted and cannot pay at least $75 per day, VCCA will work with you in good faith to be sure you can come.

How do I apply? What does the application include?

VCCA uses SlideRoom for its online application process. Requirements include completion of the application form, current work samples, and a $50 non-refundable application fee. Two letters of reference are required as well and are due one month after the application deadline.

My work falls into more than one discipline. May I apply in more than one?

Please apply in only one discipline that most closely relates to the project you are proposing to work on at VCCA supplemented by the work samples you will submit. If you have questions, you may contact Artist Services to discuss which discipline is the best fit for your application.

I don’t have professional documentation or training. Should I bother to apply?

Yes. VCCA accepts applicants based on the quality of their work. Professional training and achievement are not required.

I don’t know a well-known or established artist in my field to use as a reference. Whom should I ask?

References do not need to be well-known or established artists. The application states “Please provide the names of two authorities in your field who can comment on your work and your capacity for living in an artists’ community.” We ask that your references be knowledgeable in the field in which you are working and that they be familiar with you and your creative work.

What are the work sample requirements for applying to VCCA?

Detailed work sample requirements are listed for each discipline on the SlideRoom application. Please refer to SlideRoom’s media requirements for acceptable digital formats. Work samples are required every three years for returning Fellows.

Who reviews my application?

VCCA uses a peer review process. Your application is reviewed by a panel of peers working in the genre in which you are applying. The major basis for admission is quality and promise of your work. Artists Services staff will review your application for completeness.

How often do the admissions panels change?

Panel members rotate on a four-year cycle with staggered terms for each member.

When are the application deadlines? When will I be notified of the result of my application?

The Mt. San Angelo residency program has three application deadlines per year. Applicants are notified of admission status within three months after the applicable deadline.

Please Note: VCCA has shifted its scheduling periods to fit within the calendar year and to better align with academic schedules. As of June 2021, applications are accepted on the following schedule:

Winter period: Residencies from January 1 to April 30
Deadline: May 15
Notification: sent by August 31

Summer period: Residencies from May 1 to August 31
Deadline: September 15
Notification: sent by December 31

Fall period: Residencies from September 1 to December 31
Deadline: January 15
Notification: sent by April 30

 



Specific Circumstances

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Do you allow collaborators to apply to VCCA?

Yes. Collaborators should apply individually, each submitting a complete application, with the understanding that one person may be accepted and the other may not. Please note on your application if you are willing to attend a residency if the person you are applying with is not accepted. Each person accepted for a residency will be offered a separate workspace unless otherwise requested.

May I apply with my partner?

Yes. Couples working on their own creative projects should apply individually and request parallel residencies, with the understanding that one person may be accepted and the other may not. Please note on your application if you are willing to attend a residency if the person you are applying with is not accepted. Each person accepted for a residency will be offered a separate workspace unless otherwise requested.

Couples working on collaborative projects may apply as collaborators (see the question above). If both are accepted, each will be offered a studio.  If the schedule allows, couples may be scheduled in a double room.

Does VCCA offer residencies for emergencies, such as an impending deadline?

Yes. You are welcome to apply whenever you need a residency. If the regular application deadline has passed, you may apply using a Late Application form. Please contact Artists Services to access that form.

Does VCCA have a waiting list?

Yes. VCCA maintains an active waiting list of applicants who applied at the deadline but were not scheduled. If you are offered a place on the waiting list, be sure to send your dates of availability to Artists Services.

VCCA also has a “short notice waiting list” for VCCA Fellows who may be interested in residencies that come available through cancellations made on short notice. To be considered for a short notice opening, contact Artist Services.

If I am unable to accept my invitation, may I defer my residency?

No. Residencies may not be deferred beyond the scheduling period for which you were accepted. Unless alternative dates can be found within that scheduling period, you will need to reapply.

What is the Residency Cancellation Policy?

VCCA should be notified as soon as possible of a residency cancellation. If you need to adjust your residency dates, you may request do so within the scheduling period for which you were accepted.

How often am I allowed to apply?

You may apply at any time. VCCA intentionally schedules 50% new applicants and 50% returning Fellows. As we work to provide this opportunity to the many creative artists in need of time to focus on their work, how recently you were in residence is taken into consideration when scheduling.

Do I need to reapply if I am a VCCA Fellow?

Yes. Anyone seeking a residency at VCCA must complete an application, including those who have previously been in residence. New work samples must be submitted every three years.

I’ve applied before. Do I still have a letter of reference on file?

Letters of reference that were submitted as part of a completed application are kept on file. Recommendation letters are not required for those who have previously been accepted, but you may submit an additional recommendation letter if you wish.

I’ve applied before and was not offered a residency. How can I make my application stronger?

Our advice to all applicants is to ensure that your application is complete, that your project description is clear, and that your work samples are current. We are not able to provide individual feedback to applicants.



Mt. San Angelo – Getting Here

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How do I get to VCCA?

Directions on how to get to VCCA are available on our website under Directions.

Is transportation provided?

No. Transportation to and from VCCA is the responsibility of the Fellow. Directions and suggestions for travel providers are available on the website and in the Fellows Handbook.

Will I need a car while I am in residence?

It isn’t necessary to have a car while in residence. VCCA takes Fellows into Amherst and to Sweet Briar College twice a week for errands.

Where do I check in when I arrive?

For weekday arrivals during business hours: We encourage Fellows arriving between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on business days to check in and receive a brief orientation in the VCCA Office.

If arriving on a weekend, after 5 p.m. on a weekday, or on a holiday: Please come prepared with the room assignments, door key codes, and maps emailed to you in advance of your residency. Head to the Fellows Residence where you will find welcome materials in your mailbox.

What if I need to arrive late, leave early, or leave in the middle of my residency?

We understand that sometimes these things happen. Fellows should notify VCCA staff in advance of any adjustments to their residency dates. We will work to fill any unused days at the beginning or end of your residency as quickly as possible. Fellows are responsible for their residency payment regardless of how many days they are in attendance unless that time is assigned to another Fellow.



Mt. San Angelo – Housing & Accommodations

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Does VCCA provide room and board?

Yes. Each VCCA Fellow is provided a private studio, a private bedroom with a private bath, and three meals each day. Vegetarian alternatives are always provided.

Linens are provided, and laundry facilities are available.

I am on a special diet. Can VCCA accommodate my needs?

VCCA’s dining partner Meriwether Godsey uses the web-app MyMenus to share daily menus along with detailed information about allergens, nutritionals, and all ingredients, down to the individual spices. Fellows have the ability to create a unique user profile and flag any of the common allergens that may apply. More information about dining at VCCA is available in the Fellows Handbook.

Does VCCA accommodate guests or pets?

VCCA cannot accommodate guests of Fellows for overnight stays. There are a number of places to stay in the area, including the Florence Elston Inn at Sweet Briar College. A list of accommodations and contact information is available in the Fellows Handbook.

Is there somewhere I can do my laundry?

A laundry room in the Fellows Residence provides Fellows with washers and dryers, an ironing board and iron, and detergent.

Is there a gym near VCCA?

Yes. VCCA Fellows may use the fitness facilities at Sweet Briar College at no charge. Sweet Briar College’s Fitness and Athletic Center is a 40-minute walk or a 7-minute drive from VCCA. There are also opportunities for walking, running, biking, and yoga in the community around VCCA.

Is there a shuttle service?

Twice a week a VCCA staff member takes Fellows into Amherst and to Sweet Briar College. This is known as the “Fellows Run.” If you have additional transportation needs, the Fellows Handbook provides a complete list of transportation options to and from VCCA.

Is there internet access? Is there a computer I can use to check email?

WiFi is available throughout VCCA. There is a public computer available in the library of the Fellows Residence.

Can VCCA accommodate accessibility needs?

Several bedrooms in the Fellows Residence are on the ground floor. One bedroom is fully accessible with a low sink and a roll-in shower. Almost the entire Studio Barn complex is on one level and is a five- to ten-minute wheelchair ride along a private lane with minimal grade.

If you are a wheelchair rider, be sure to mention this in your application so that we may best accommodate you.



Mt. San Angelo – Studios

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Does each artist have a studio?

Yes. Each Fellow is assigned a private studio.

Each visual artist’s studio has work tables, white walls, a sink, a shelf for supplies, and a bed. The use of the Dickerson combination printing press or the black-and-white darkroom can be requested during the application process.

Each composer’s studio is equipped with a piano, a desk, desk chair, and a bed.

Each writer’s studio has a desk, desk chair, reading chair, printer, and a bed. There are also several live-work spaces for writers.

Does VCCA provide supplies?

No. VCCA does not provide supplies or equipment. You will need to bring anything necessary to do your work. If you will be painting, we ask that you use drop cloths and that you try to avoid getting paint on the walls. If you would like to use the black-and-white darkroom or the printing press, please request them during the application process.

A printer is provided in each writer’s studio and in the library of the Fellows Residence, but Fellows are responsible for paper and replacing toner.

Can I ship supplies to VCCA?

Yes. You are welcome to ship materials prior to your arrival. Please make sure the shipping is prepaid. It should be addressed to:

(Your Name)
c/o VCCA
154 San Angelo Drive
Amherst, VA 24521

How do I receive mail and deliveries?

Your mailing address while you are in residence at VCCA will be:

(Your name)
c/o VCCA
154 San Angelo Drive
Amherst, VA 24521

Mail is delivered to the office each weekday and distributed to the mailboxes in the Fellows Residence. If you are mailing items you may place them in the outgoing mail tray in the office. We receive deliveries from UPS and FedEx almost daily.



Le Moulin à Nef – Application Process

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Who is eligible to apply?

Only Fellows who have previously had a residency at Mt. San Angelo are eligible to apply for a residency at Le Moulin à Nef or the international exchange program.

How long is an average residency? Is there a minimum length of stay?

The average stay at Le Moulin à Nef is 20 days. There is no minimum length of residency. We are flexible in our scheduling practices and schedule based on the individual artist’s needs. We ask that Fellows arrive on a Monday and depart on a Thursday.

What is the cost of a residency?

VCCA is supported through a partnership of the artists who benefit most from its service and donors and funders committed to advancing creative work. In order to make VCCA sustainable, we depend on all accepted applicants to help offset the cost of their residencies to the best of their ability.

The current cost of a residency at Le Moulin à Nef is $150 per artist/per day. Fellows are required to pay at least $70 per day. More information is available under Financial Information.

There is a place on the SlideRoom application to note your intended daily payment as well as any financial constraints.

There is a $50 non-refundable application fee.

Artists are responsible for the cost of travel to and from VCCA.

How do I apply? What does the application include?

The application process for Le Moulin à Nef is the same as for Mt. San Angelo. Use the online portal SlideRoom to complete the application form, include current work samples and a $50 non-refundable application fee.

When are the application deadlines? When will I be notified of the result of my application?

Applications for Le Moulin à Nef and the International Exchange program are due on September 15 each year. Notification is December 31.

What are the work sample requirements for applying to VCCA?

Detailed work sample requirements are listed for each discipline on the SlideRoom application. Please refer to SlideRoom’s media requirements for acceptable digital formats. Work samples are required every three years for returning Fellows.

Who reviews my application?

VCCA uses a peer review process. Your application is reviewed by a panel of peers working in the genre in which you are applying. The major basis for admission is quality and promise of your work. Artists Services staff will review your application for completeness.

How often do the admissions panels change?

Panel members rotate on a four-year cycle with staggered terms for each member.



Le Moulin à Nef – Specific Circumstances

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Do you allow collaborators to apply to VCCA?

Yes. Collaborators should apply individually, each submitting a complete application, with the understanding that one person may be accepted and the other may not. Please note your collaboration on your application if you are willing to attend a residency if the person you are applying with is not accepted. Each person accepted for a residency will be offered a separate workspace unless otherwise requested.

May I apply with my spouse?

Yes. Couples working on their own creative projects should apply individually and request parallel residencies, with the understanding that one person may be accepted and the other may not. Please note on your application if you are willing to attend a residency if the person you are applying with is not accepted. Each person accepted for a residency will be offered a separate workspace unless otherwise requested.

Couples working on collaborative projects may apply as collaborators (see the question above). If both are accepted, each will be offered a studio.  If the schedule allows, couples may be scheduled in a double room.

Does VCCA have a waiting list for Le Moulin à Nef?

Yes. VCCA maintains an active waiting list of applicants who applied at the deadline but were not scheduled. If you are offered a place on the waiting list, be sure to send your dates of availability to Artists Services.

VCCA also has a “short notice waiting list” for VCCA Fellows who may be interested in residencies that come available through cancellations made on short notice. To be considered for a short notice opening, contact Artist Services.

If I am unable to accept my invitation, may I defer my residency?

No. Residencies may not be deferred beyond the scheduling period for which you were accepted. Unless alternative dates can be found within that scheduling period, you will need to reapply. Note: The scheduling period for Le Moulin à Nef is from early April to mid-December.

What is the Residency Cancellation Policy?

VCCA should be notified as soon as possible of a residency cancellation. If you need to adjust your residency dates, you may request do so within the scheduling period for which you were accepted.

How often am I allowed to apply?

You may apply at any time. As we work to provide this opportunity to the many creative artists in need of time to focus on their work, how recently you were in residence is taken into consideration when scheduling.

Do I need to reapply if I am a VCCA Fellow?

Yes. Anyone seeking a residency at Le Moulin à Nef must complete an application, including those who have previously been in residence. New work samples must be submitted every year.



Le Moulin à Nef – Getting Here

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How do I get to VCCA?

Directions on how to get to Le Moulin à Nef are available on our website under Directions.

Is transportation provided?

No. Transportation to and from Le Moulin à Nef is the responsibility of the Fellow. Directions and suggestions for travel providers are available on the website and in the Fellows Handbook.

Will I need a car while I am in residence?

It isn’t necessary to have a car while in residence but if you do wish to rent a vehicle, information on where and how to do that is in the Fellows Handbook.

Where do I check in when I arrive?

Please give detailed arrival information to the Resident Director prior to your arrival. You will be greeted at Le Moulin à Nef by a staff member.

What if I need to arrive late, leave early, or leave in the middle of my residency?

We understand that sometimes these things happen. Fellows should notify VCCA staff in advance of any adjustments to their residency dates. We will work to fill any unused days at the beginning or end of your residency as quickly as possible. Fellows are responsible for their residency payment regardless of how many days they are in attendance unless that time is assigned to another Fellow.



Le Moulin à Nef – Housing and Accommodations

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Does VCCA provide room and board?

At Le Moulin à Nef, Fellows live communally in the Maison Vieilhescaze and each VCCA Fellow is provided a private bedroom and a shared bath. Linens are provided and laundry facilities are available. An evening meal is provided once each week, and Fellows are responsible for the remainder of their meals. There is a fully-equipped kitchen in the Maison Vieilhescaze.

Does VCCA accommodate guests?

Le Moulin à Nef is committed to providing a space in which Fellows can focus on their work, therefore we discourage guests.

Is there somewhere I can do my laundry?

A shared laundry room is available on the first floor of the Maison Vieilhescaze. Fellows are required to provide their own laundry supplies.

Is there a shuttle service?

Once each week, VCCA staff take Fellows to the large outdoor market in Valence d’Agen. You will also have time to go to the grocery store and do other errands while there.  If you have additional transportation needs, the Fellows Handbook provides a complete list of transportation options to and from Le Moulin à Nef.

Is there internet access? Is there a computer I can use to check email?

Le Moulin à Nef has broadband wireless, the highest speed connection currently available. This connection is shared with everyone at Le Moulin à Nef and accessible from the patio, in the studios, and most areas of the Maison Vieilhescaze.



Le Moulin à Nef – Studios

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Does each artist have a studio?

Yes. Each Fellow is assigned a private studio in La Cebo, the studio building. The Fellows Handbook contains more detail on studio space.

Does VCCA provide supplies?

No. VCCA does not provide supplies or equipment. You will need to bring anything necessary to do your work.

Can I ship supplies to Le Moulin à Nef?

Yes. You are welcome to ship materials prior to your arrival. Please make sure the shipping is prepaid. It should be addressed to: (Your name), c/o VCCA, 18 Esplanade du Port, 82340 Auvillar, France. Please be sure to include Cheryl Fortier’s cell phone number on your shipping label: 06 33 29 53 69.

How do I receive mail and deliveries?

Your mailing address while you are in residence at VCCA will be:

(Your name)

c/o VCCA

18 Esplanade du Port

82340 Auvillar, France

Mail is delivered to the office and distributed by Le Moulin à Nef  staff on business days. If you are mailing small, flat items you may place them in the mailbox on Esplanade du Port. Packages can be mailed at the post office (La Poste) on the Rue des Moines in Auvillar.