Whether your residency runs for two weeks or two months, VCCA wants your time spent in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to move your creative work forward. Between time in your studio, relaxing in the Fellows Residence, or refueling at meals, we believe you will find a supportive and dynamic experience at VCCA.

Studios

Where your work lives.

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Our studios are simple, comfortable spaces that inspire the creative process. Writers’ studios have a desk and chairs. Visual artists’ studios include a sink and tables and easels are available by request. Composers’ studios feature a desk, chairs, and piano. We have three baby grand pianos: a Yamaha Disklavier; a Kawaii; and a Knabe. Most studios are located in a renovated, 1930s Normandy-style barn, which is heated and air-conditioned. The Studio Barn and Residence are a five-minute walk along a natural, tranquil trail from each other.

VCCA cannot guarantee specific studio requests. All buildings are smoke-free.

I love the studios at VCCA. The ability to hang many of my works at once is so powerful. As I’m painting with several pieces hanging around me, it feels as if my works are talking to each other. It definitely creates a special energy that allows me to go more deeply.
-Kristin Herzog, visual artist

Housing

Space to rest and relax.

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Named for one of the founders of VCCA, the Elizabeth Coles Langhorne Residence for Fellows features bedrooms, a dining room, kitchens, WiFi, a library, laundry facilities, and recreation rooms. Each private bedroom has a sink and semi-private bath, with sliding glass doors that open onto vistas of rolling pastures backed by the Blue Ridge Mountains. The living room features a large fireplace and baby grand piano, while an adjoining room has satellite television. The library contains a collection of books and journals, in addition to a variety of audio equipment. The smoke-free Residence is heated and air-conditioned.

As part of our partnership with Sweet Briar College, Fellows in residence may use facilities on the Sweet Briar campus, including the library, gym, and various walking trails.

Winter at VCCA has even more of a nested feel to it, and I savored the warm studio time and the evenings in front of the fire. The staff did so much to support us, from the kitchen staff who were cheerful and so hard-working, to facilities and office staff, who did heroic work in keeping us comfortable and safe in our studios.
-David Groff, writer

Meals

Food that fuels.

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The kitchen staff create delicious, well-balanced cuisine for Fellow-artists – including a vegetarian option at every meal. VCCA is unable to accommodate persons on more strict diets, but there are four small kitchens where residents may keep small quantities of food and do light cooking. Kitchen staff members do their best to accommodate dietary requests.

Residency

Preparing for your residency.

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Reading the VCCA Fellows Handbook is a good place to start planning for your residency. It is also a good idea to review the FAQ about VCCA residencies.