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About the Award

Renowned visual artist and educator Alonzo Davis came to VCCA as a Fellow for the first time in 1995 through a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts to increase minority participation in artists residency programs. He was a member of the VCCA Fellows Council (1999-2003) and served as chair of that group. He joined the Board of Directors in 2004 and in 2007 challenged VCCA to create a permanent, fully-funded, two-week residency for outstanding American writers, visual artists, and composers of African or Latin American descent: the Alonzo Davis Fellowship.

Application Details

Eligibility: African-American and Latinx writers, visual artists, and composers

Application Opens: Oct. 1, 2020
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021

Application Fee: $50
Notification by: March 31, 2021

Residencies Available: June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022
Length of Fellowship: Two weeks
Honorarium: $500

Previous Alonzo Davis Fellows

A Conversation with Alonzo Davis

VCCA Fellow and board member Rone Shavers caught up with Alonzo Davis in May 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two sat down across the virtual expanse to talk about Alonzo’s history with VCCA.

Recent Fellowship Stories

Crystal Z Campbell: “My stay at VCCA was a lovely retreat in nature and a much need workcation. A generously sized studio with a cozy bed quickly became my haven. Studio views were of nature ornamented by kudzu vines, and a terrace doubling as a private reading nook. Birds and stinkbugs greeted me on the way to and from the studio, and I was able to dive deep into some writing and editing during my stay there. Colleagues shared work in-progress and gave generous feedback that has been invaluable to the project. Much gratitude to the Alonzo Davis Fellowship for the support, and the staff and board of VCCA for valuing and supporting creative research.”

Alonzo Davis Fellow Crystal Z Campbell Uses Art to Challenge Public Memory