To Apply for a VCCA Residency
Next Deadline: May 15
Admission to VCCA is highly selective, based on a review of applications by panels of professional artists. There are separate panels for each category (poets, fiction writers, nonfiction writers, playwrights, performance, film and video artists, painters, sculptors, photographers, installation artists, composers and cross-disciplinary artists) with over fifty panelists serving at any one time. These panelists undergo periodic review to ensure that selection to VCCA is being made by the highest caliber artists in each discipline. Panelists are also rotated regularly to ensure that particular styles or tastes are not continuously represented. The basis for admission by an application is professional achievement or promise of achievement.
HOW TO APPLY
Online applications for all genres are accepted through SlideRoom here. This form is to be used for new applicants and reapplicants.
If you prefer to apply via hard copy, please contact VCCA by calling (434) 946-7236, or by email at vcca [at] vcca [dot] com.
WHAT TO SUMBIT
To apply, artists submit via SlideRoom an application form, resume (limit about 1300 words), third-person paragraph highlighting your professional achievements; publications, exhibitions, performances, commissions, etc. (limit about 200 words), work samples (see below), recommendation letters from two authorities in your field who can comment on your work and your capacity for living in an artists' community (your references should write to VCCA directly), and $40 application fee. The SlideRoom forms are to be used by new applicants and reapplicants.
Work samples must support the proposed project and should have been completed within the past 4 years. Applicants may upload up to 5 items.
WRITERS: Submit the following: (a) six to ten poems (b) up to two short stories, essays or articles (c) up to twenty-five pages of a script (d) up to twenty-five pages of a book. Works-in-progress should be accompanied by a sample of finished work. Work must be submitted in English and in the genre for which you are applying. Your entire writing sample should not exceed 25 pages. PDFs (up to 10MB each)
VISUAL ARTISTS: Submit up to 5 images. Images (up to 5MB each)
FILM/VIDEO, INSTALLATION, PERFORMANCE, CONCEPTUAL ART, INTERACTIVE MULTI-MEDIA, AND RELATED WORK: Submit video or images along with a description sheet of no more than one page contextualizing each segment. Images (up to 5MB each), Video (up to 250MB each), PDFs (up to 10MB each)
COMPOSERS: Submit two scores and corresponding MP3 (include dates completed). PDFs (up to 10MB each). Audio (up to 30MB each)
WHEN TO APPLY
Applications are accepted and reviewed throughout the year, but scheduling is conducted at only three designated times during the year. Deadlines are as follows:
June to September Residencies
Deadline: January 15
Notification: sent by March 31
October to January Residencies
Deadline: May 15
Notification: sent by July 31
February to May Residencies
Deadline: September 15
Notification: sent by November 30
Artists are accepted at VCCA without consideration for their financial situation. We ask Fellows to contribute according to their ability. The actual cost to us of a residency is $180 per day.
Collaborators and Couples
Collaborators and couples should apply individually, paying individual application fees, with the understanding that one person may be accepted and the other may not. Please note on your application if you are willing to attend a residency if the person you are applying with is not accepted. Each artist or writer accepted for a residency will be offered a separate workspace, unless otherwise requested.