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As VCCA reflects on its 50-year history and looks ahead to the next 50 years, we want to ensure that our community of artists reflects the diversity of the U.S. population. We are renewing our dedication to provide the gift of time and space for all eligible artists, including those who have been historically underrepresented at our artist residency programs.

About the Fellowships

Conceived during VCCA’s 50th anniversary year in 2021 and established in 2022, the 50th Anniversary Fund aims to provide free residencies for at least 50 artists of color who are new to VCCA. 

Each 50th Anniversary Fellow will receive a free residency of up to two weeks at Mt. San Angelo, VCCA’s artist residency program in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. All VCCA residencies include a private studio, a separate private bedroom with en-suite bath, three prepared meals each day, and access to a community of more than 20 other artists in residence.

Application Details

Eligibility: Artists of color who have not previously been in residence at VCCA
Length of Fellowship: Up to two weeks with flexible scheduling
Application Fee*: $30

These fellowships are available for each VCCA residency scheduling period in 2023:

  • Winter 2023
    Residencies Available: January 2 – April 30, 2023
    Application Deadline: May 15, 2022
    Notification by: August 31, 2022
  • Summer 2023
    Residencies Available: May 1 – August 31, 2023
    Application Deadline: September 15, 2022
    Notification by: December 31, 2022
  • Fall 2023
    Residencies Available: September 1 – December 31, 2023
    Application Deadline: January 15, 2023
    Notification by: April 30, 2023

To be considered as a 50th Anniversary Fellow, complete the “Application for Mt. San Angelo Residencies, VCCA in Virginia,” selecting your fellowship interest in the first question.

* If the application fee presents a significant barrier to application, please write to Artists Services at vcca@vcca.com to request an application fee waiver in advance of the deadline.

VCCA intends the term artist of color to broadly include those creating original work in a wide variety of literary, visual art, and/or musical/sound disciplines who self-identify as part of one or more of these U.S. census groups: American Indian or Alaskan Native; Asian; Black or African American; Hispanic or Latinx; Middle Eastern or North African; Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander; Multi-Racial. If you have a question about whether VCCA’s studio spaces would be suitable to the nature of your creative work, please write to Artists Services at vcca@vcca.com in advance of the deadline.

Applicants must submit an online application by the deadline, complete with recent work samples, a project description, and a variety of biographical and logistical details. VCCA no longer requires letters of recommendation. Applicants will be considered for a VCCA residency and as many funding opportunities for which they are eligible.

VCCA’s “50th Anniversary Fund” to Support Free First-Time Residencies for 50 Artists of Color