"As always, the other Fellows were a wonderful, brilliant, exciting group — very generous...I learned and was inspired by the work of the other writers, composers, visual artists...I am always inspired by the beauty and loveliness of this place." —Elaine Orr, writer, Raleigh, NC
For 40 years the VCCA has attracted renowned artists working at the top of their powers, along with talented younger artists at the beginning of their professional careers. Admission is highly competitive. Each year VCCA supports the work of about 350 artists - painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers; composers of opera, symphony, and art song; writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays for stage and screen; collaborative, multi-media and new-genre works. At the VCCA you typically find 23 Fellows in residence at one time. These can include Pulitzer Prize winners, Guggenheim Fellows, recipients of NEA and MacArthur Fellowships, Grammies and National Book Awards. Once artists come to VCCA, they become part of a strong community of fellow artists — Fellows who share ideas and support each other, even beyond their time together at VCCA.
VCCA. Because a creative space is a creative edge.
Top left photo: Syl Cheney-Coker, writer and VCCA Fellow, Sierre Leone