About the Award
The Wachtmeister Award is endowed by VCCA Fellow and Board member Linda Wachtmeister and administered by the VCCA Fellows Council. It is presented every two years in rotation to a prominent writer, visual artist, or composer whose significant achievement in the arts is widely recognized. A list of previous award recipients is provided below.
This award acknowledges the vital role of the arts in our world, the importance of artists who exemplify excellence in their field, and the necessity of time and space for the creative phase of all artistic work.
The award includes:
- a fully-funded fellowship of up to 30 days at VCCA’s Mt. San Angelo in Amherst, VA
- an honorarium of $1,000
- reimbursed travel expenses of up to $750
A VCCA residency includes an individual studio, a private bedroom, and meals in a community of over 20 professional writers, visual artists, and composers.
Applicants must not have had a previous residency at VCCA.
International artists are eligible. VCCA encourages artists of all backgrounds to apply.
2021 Wachtmeister Award
Thank you to everyone who applied to the 2021 Wachtmeister Award! The application deadline was Sept. 15, 2020. We look forward to announcing the recipient, whose residency will be scheduled between July 1, 2021 and January 31, 2023.
The 2021 award will be given to a visual artist working in any discipline or in a cross-disciplinary way. Eligible applicants have not had a previous residency at VCCA and have worked professionally as a visual artist for the past 15 years with substantial national or international achievement in their field, including grants, awards, performances/installations, etc.