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In response to COVID-19, VCCA announced a temporary closure on March 27, 2020. We have now announced plans to reopen our Mt. San Angelo location in the summer of 2021. International programs remain on hold. We will continue to keep this page updated with new information and the latest answers to your questions as circumstances evolve.


Re: Mt. San Angelo Reopening Plans for 2021

Summer 2021 Scheduling Period (July 1 – September 30, 2021): Applications for the 2021 summer scheduling period are now open, with a deadline of January 15, 2021. Those whose 2020 residencies or applications were affected by the temporary closure due to the pandemic will be asked to complete an Availability Update Form; VCCA’s artist services will send out that link to those affected.

Read our full reopening announcement.


Re: Residencies Scheduled Before the Closure

Our artist services team will reach out to those whose scheduled residencies have been affected by the temporary closure. For Fellows able to reschedule, any residency payments that have already been made will be applied to your newly scheduled residency. For those unable to return for a rescheduled residency, we ask you to consider converting those payments to a tax-deductible contribution to support VCCA during this unprecedented closure.


Re: Applications Submitted for 2020

Summer 2020 applicants: Those whose Summer 2020 applications were affected by the temporary closure due to the pandemic can expect to hear from VCCA’s artist services team with a request for updated availability. You will not be asked to pay an additional application fee to be considered.  

Fall 2020 applicants: Application fees were refunded to those who applied for the fall 2020 scheduling period. If you would like to be considered for the fall 2021 scheduling period, you should apply for the May 15, 2021, deadline and pay the application fee (applications open on February 1, 2021).


Re: International Programs

VCCA’s residency program at Le Moulin à Nef in Auvillar, France, and all International Exchanges remain on hold due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.


Re: Community Events

In-person community events, including VCCA Salons at Sweet Briar College and Open Studios, are on hold until further notice. However, we are hosting live virtual events.


Re: Online Initiatives

During our temporary closure, we’ve turned to virtual projects to support and engage Fellows.


Re: Supporting VCCA During the Closure

At VCCA we depend on donations for 60% of our budget and residency payments for 30%, with the remaining 10% coming from income from our small endowment. This closure will be very difficult for us financially. Any support you can give during this time will be most appreciated and will be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.