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Each month of the academic year, VCCA partners with Sweet Briar College to host an evening salon on the Sweet Briar campus. Each salon features VCCA Fellows who share their creative work with the community. Stay tuned for updates throughout the Spring 2024 semester!

The VCCA Salons at Sweet Briar College are FREE and open to the public. Just check in at the campus guard gate and let them know you are there for the event. Parking is also FREE.


January 31, 2024

The following VCCA Fellows will present their work in the Pannell Art Gallery on Sweet Briar’s campus on Wednesday, January 31, 2024. A reception will start at 7 p.m. with presentations starting at 7:30 p.m.

Brendan Basham is a Navajo fiction writer, poet, educator, and former chef, born in Alaska and raised in northern Arizona. His debut novel, Swim Home to the Vanished, was released August 22 from Harper Books, flagship imprint of HarperCollins. Brendan received his MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and his BA in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College. His work has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Santa Fe Literary Review, Yellow Medicine Review, and Juked, among other publications. He is a recipient of Poetry Northwest’s inaugural James Welch Prize for Indigenous Writers, the Ucross Foundation’s first Native American Literary Award, and fellowships from the Truman Capote Trust, Tin House, and Writing By Writers.

Penny Mateer works with textiles and recycled materials. Her art is rooted in quilting and embroidery traditionally thought of as “women’s work.” Drawing from this rich history of creating functional objects intended to provide warmth and comfort, she uses fabric as her primary material because it is both recognizable and relatable. Mateer’s work centers on social, political, and economic issues derived from reading newspapers, the watchdog of democracy. She has received numerous awards including Best of Show Fiberart International 2016.


Fall 2023 Salons

The following VCCA Fellows presented their work in the Pannell Art Gallery on Sweet Briar’s campus during the Fall 2023 semester. Thanks to everyone who participated!