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About the Fellowship

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. 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: American writers, visual artists, and composers of African or Latin American descent 

Residencies Available: September 1 – December 31, 2025
Length of Fellowship: Two weeks
Honorarium: $500

Application Opens: October 1, 2024
Application Deadline: January 15, 2025

Application Fee*: $30
Notification by: April 30, 2025

To be considered as an Alonzo Davis Fellow, complete the “Application for Mt. San Angelo Residencies, VCCA in Virginia – Fall 2025,” selecting your fellowship interest in Question 2.

* If the application fee presents a significant barrier to application, please write to by January 10, 2025, to request an application fee waiver.

Alonzo Davis Fellows

“The thing about VCCA and other artist retreats is that it forces you into a situation where you must engage and deal with yourself and your creative energy.” Alonzo Davis

“The kind of quiet contemplation that I find at VCCA is rare, and the work I do would not be possible without it. I am so grateful to have received the Alonzo Davis Fellowship, and grateful that VCCA exists. It is truly a magical place.” Jaquira Díaz

“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.” Crystal Z Campbell

“I want particularly the women out there to take heart that it’s never too late to do your art, to make your art.” Judy Bolton-Fasman

Jaquira Díaz Awarded 2022 Alonzo Davis Fellowship

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

Alonzo Davis Fellowship Recipient Judy Bolton-Fasman