Introduction

"VCCA is amazing. My studio was perfect; everything was provided that I could possibly want. I completed an insane amount of work. Nice people, beautiful grounds, good food. I found this experience too good to be true and I am infinitely grateful for the opportunity to work at such a fantastic place." —Laurel Hausler, visual artist, Beaufort, SC

Why do artists from around the world come to VCCA? It's about the work. Typically, our artists find they accomplish far more at VCCA than they are able to in at their home studios. There is plenty of time for solitary work, but what so many of our Fellows find so valuable is the community of 24 other highly accomplished artists in residence at the same time with fresh insights, new ideas and stimulating conversation. All of this happens far from the distractions and disruptions of everyday life in quiet, spacious, light-filled studios. The commute is not bad either: a short walk from the Fellows' Residence though the beautiful grounds and up a gravel path to the Studio Barn. On the return trip, the august Blue Ridge Mountains provide the backdrop.