I felt encouraged to take chances creatively and to push myself past what I thought initially possible to achieve: a conceptual synthesis and visual dynamism in the work, something that had previously eluded me. Mt. San Angelo was the absolute right place at the best time for my practice.
-Kathleen Caprario, visual artist
Residencies can be transformative to an artist’s process and the effect on an artist’s career profound. A residency at VCCA gives artists the time and space to explore and go deeper into their work. Away from the constraints of “the real world” and in an accepting environment of talented peers, one can dream and create with the feeling that anything is possible.
VCCA’s Mt. San Angelo location in Amherst, Virginia, typically hosts nearly 400 artists each year in residencies of two weeks to two months. A residency at Mt. San Angelo includes a private bedroom with private bath, a private individual studio, and three meals a day, as well as access to nature trails and grounds of Sweet Briar College.
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, VCCA is surrounded by natural wonders and many local sites. Additional inspiration can be found in short drives to Lynchburg (20 minutes), Charlottesville (1 hour), Roanoke (1.5 hours), or Richmond (2 hours).