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Life at VCCA is free of many of the distractions we find in everyday life. Artists are granted solitary time to focus on their art, and are also part of a collaborative community of accomplished artists that provides insights, new ideas, and stimulating conversation. VCCA Fellows are free to work at their own pace in quiet, spacious, light-filled studios, just a short walk from their residence overlooking the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

The beautiful, bucolic atmosphere of a residency at VCCA is enriched by the access that Fellows have to the libraries, exercise facilities, book shop, and support services of Sweet Briar College. In turn, VCCA Fellows have participated in the academic life of Sweet Briar by acting as guest lecturers in the classroom, presenting at the monthly VCCA/SBC Salons, or opening their studios for class visits. The two also institutions regularly collaborate on programs that bring writers, visual artists, and composers to VCCA and Sweet Briar, such as the SBC/VCCA Teaching Fellowship.

If there is a heaven where creative souls go, it will be pretty much like VCCA. The opportunity afforded to me was invaluable; time, space, community, peace, and place. I worked every day and maximized my studio time despite the allure of tempting walking trails and lovely vistas. It was the studio I do not have at home, it was the lack of interruption or a sense of guilt for not doing chores that made this such a special place.
-Janly Jaggard, visual artist

Events

VCCA Fireplace Series 08: Michael Montlack and Sejal Shah

August 20, 2020

Poet Michael Montlack and writer Sejal Shah read from new books and answer live questions in this VCCA Fireplace Series event.

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VCCA Fireplace Series 07: Clifford Garstang and Heidi Kumao

August 6, 2020

Fiction writer Clifford Garstang and interdisciplinary artist Heidi Kumao present and discuss recent work in this VCCA Fireplace Series event.

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VCCA Fireplace Series 06: Barbara Crooker and Gregory Mertl

July 23, 2020

Poet Barbara Crooker and composer Gregory Mertl present recent work and answer live questions in this VCCA Fireplace Series event.

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VCCA Fireplace Series 05: Sharon Charde and Donna Hemans

July 9, 2020

Writers Sharon Charde and Donna Hemans read from their new books and answer live questions in this VCCA Fireplace Series event.

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VCCA Zoom Party: Celebrate Mt. San Angelo

July 5, 2020

To celebrate VCCA's purchase of Mt. San Angelo, we're hosting a virtual party. We can host up to 100 Fellows and friends. Registration required.

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VCCA Fireplace Series 04: Caroline Keys and Lauren Russell

June 25, 2020

Musician Caroline Keys and writer Lauren Russell will share recent work and answer live questions in the next VCCA Fireplace Series event.

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VCCA Fireplace Series 03: Carlos Sirah and Felicia van Bork

June 11, 2020

Writer and performer Carlos Sirah and visual artist Felicia van Bork share recent work and answer live questions in this VCCA Fireplace Series event.

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VCCA Fireplace Series 02: Nandi Comer and Sandell Morse

May 28, 2020

Poet Nandi Comer and nonfiction writer Sandell Morse read from their new books and answer live questions in this VCCA Fireplace Series event.

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VCCA Fireplace Series 01: Julie E. Bloemeke and Christina Chiu

May 14, 2020

Poet Julie E. Bloemeke and novelist Christina Chiu read from their new books and answer live questions in the inaugural VCCA Fireplace Series event.

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VCCA Fellows and Friends Gathering in San Antonio

March 6, 2020

With hundreds of VCCA writer-Fellows in San Antonio for the 2020 AWP Conference & Bookfair, we hope to see a great turnout!

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VCCA Salon at Sweet Briar College Features April Flanders and Bruce Ward

March 5, 2020

Two VCCA Fellows — printmaker April Flanders and writer Bruce Ward — will present their work to the community as part of an ongoing VCCA Salon series in partnership with Sweet Briar College.

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VCCA Salon at Sweet Briar College Features Tom Stanley and Lenore Hart

February 6, 2020

Two VCCA Fellows — visual artist Tom Stanley and novelist Lenore Hart — will present their work to the community as part of an ongoing VCCA Salon series in partnership with Sweet Briar College.