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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.

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

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VCCA Salon at Sweet Briar College Features Christine Fischer Guy and Susan J. Goldman

September 15, 2021

Sweet Briar’s monthly VCCA Salons are back with in-person events. Join VCCA Fellows Christine Fischer Guy and Susan J. Goldman on Sept. 15, 7:30-9 p.m., in the Reahard Learning Gallery in the Cochran Library.

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2021 Fellows and Friends Gathering in NYC

September 18, 2021

Join the VCCA community on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Riverside Park on the Hudson River — from 5 to 7 p.m. The gathering is free of charge, and all VCCA Fellows and friends are invited to join! Light refreshments will be served.

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VCCA Fireplace Series 25: Steven Petrow LGBTQ Fellowship Edition

August 19, 2021

Carter Sickels is the 2021 recipient of the Steven Petrow LGBTQ Fellowship. In this virtual event, Sickels and Petrow, both writers and VCCA Fellows, join host Iraj Isaac Rahmim for an evening of readings and conversation.

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VCCA Fireplace Series 24: Anne Spencer Fellowship Edition

July 15, 2021

Project-based artist and 2021 Anne Spencer Fellow Marisa Williamson will present her work and join in conversation with special guest Shaun Spencer-Hester.

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VCCA Fireplace Series 23: David Ebenbach and Nana Nkweti

June 17, 2021

Clifford Garstang hosts this virtual event featuring writers David Ebenbach (How to Mars) and Nana Nkweti (Walking on Cowrie Shells).

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VCCA Fireplace Series 22: Marilyn Banner & Ellen Prentiss Campbell

May 20, 2021

Composer Martin Hundley will host this virtual event featuring longtime friends Marilyn Banner (visual artist) and Ellen Prentiss Campbell (author).

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Last Look | A Closing Celebration for LONG VIEWS

May 15, 2021

Tune in for a brief livestream reception celebrating VCCA's online art auction benefit. Bidding will close during the event, at 5:15 p.m. ET.

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Online and Mobile Bidding Is Open for LONG VIEWS

May 7, 2021

VCCA's first online benefit auction is now open to the public! Support VCCA by bidding on stunning artwork by 100+ Fellows and friends of VCCA.

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First Glance | An Auction Preview Event for LONG VIEWS

April 29, 2021

All are invited to special livestream event featuring artists SoHyun Bae, Bill Jacobson, and Pat Lipsky, who will discuss their pieces included in the LONG VIEWS auction.

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Long Views | An Online Auction Supporting VCCA

May 2, 2021

VCCA is inviting Fellows, friends, patrons, and art collectors everywhere to participate in a two-week online auction celebrating VCCA and the outstanding contributions of its Fellows to the world of art and culture.

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VCCA Fireplace Series 21: Katherine Fahey & Maggie Smith

April 15, 2021

Multidisciplinary artist Katherine Fahey and author Maggie Smith present their work and answer live questions in this VCCA Fireplace Series event.

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VCCA Fireplace Series 20: In Kyoung Chun & Valerie Miner

March 18, 2021

Visual artist In Kyoung Chun and author Valerie Miner present their work and answer live questions in this VCCA Fireplace Series event.

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VCCA Fireplace Series 19: Moira Linehan and Helina Metaferia

February 18, 2021

Poet Moira Linehan and interdisciplinary artist Helina Metaferia present their work and answer live questions in this virtual event.

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VCCA Fireplace Series 18: Matthew Baker and Sheree Renée Thomas

January 21, 2021

David Ebenbach hosts this virtual event featuring writers Matthew Baker (Why Visit America) and Sheree Renée Thomas (Nine Bar Blues).

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VCCA Fireplace Series 17: Andrea Clearfield and Doris Iarovici

January 7, 2021

Composer Andrea Clearfield and writer Doris Iarovici present their work and answer live questions in this virtual VCCA Fireplace Series event.

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VCCA Fireplace Series 16: Susan Jamison and Eric Weiner

December 17, 2020

Visual artist Susan Jamison and writer Eric Weiner present their work and answer live questions in this VCCA Fireplace Series event.

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Bea’s Goodbye Party

December 10, 2020

VCCA is hosting an online farewell party for longtime staff member Bea Booker. There will be time for guests to make toasts and conversation. We also have a few surprises planned!

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VCCA Fireplace Series 15: Laurie Krasny Brown and Robin Farmer

December 3, 2020

Learn about visual artist Laurie Krasny Brown's latest children's book and award-winning journalist Robin Farmer's debut YA novel in this live online event.

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VCCA Fireplace Series 14: Margaret B. Ingraham and Sharon Norwood

November 12, 2020

Poet Margaret B. Ingraham and conceptual artist Sharon Norwood present their work and answer live questions in this VCCA Fireplace Series event.

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Ask Us Anything: VCCA Fellows Council Info Session

November 11, 2020

Current Fellows Council members will field questions from any Fellows interested in getting involved in the Fellows Council.

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VCCA Fireplace Series 13: Karen Bondarchuk, Jack Curtis Dubowsky, and Lenore Hart

October 29, 2020

Visual artist Karen Bondarchuk, composer Jack Curtis Dubowsky, and writer Lenore Hart present their work and answer live questions in this VCCA Fireplace Series event.

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VCCA Fireplace Series 12: Randall Eng and Dan Jian

October 15, 2020

Composer Randall Eng and visual artist Dan Jian present their work and answer live questions in this VCCA Fireplace Series event.

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Join VCCA for a Socially-Distanced Fall Volunteer Day

October 17, 2020

The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts is looking for volunteers to help with light yard work on our historic grounds in the foothills of the Blue Ridge.

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VCCA Fireplace Series 11: Rone Shavers and Jay Petrow

October 1, 2020

Writer Rone Shavers and visual artist Jay Petrow share new work and answer live questions in this VCCA Fireplace Series event.

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VCCA Virtual Reunion 2020

September 24, 2020

VCCA is hosting an online reunion for Fellows and friends on Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 8:15 to 9:30 p.m. ET. Please sign up to receive the Zoom meeting details.

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VCCA Fireplace Series 10: E. Dolores Johnson and Juan Manuel Granados

September 24, 2020

In this special edition of the VCCA Fireplace Series, newly elected Board members E. Dolores Johnson and Juan Manuel Granados will share their work. The live stream starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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VCCA Fireplace Series 09: Katherine Hill and James Primosch

September 3, 2020

Author Katherine Hill and composer James Primosch share new work and answer live questions in this VCCA Fireplace Series event.

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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.