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
To apply, artists submit an application form, resume and samples of their work. You can download an application here:
An artist who has applied to the VCCA before should submit a reapplication:
In order to read and print these forms, you must have Adobe® Acrobat® Reader®, which can be downloaded by clicking here.
After downloading your application, please print it, fill it out, and mail it to us at the address on the bottom of the form.
If you prefer, you can obtain an application or reapplication by calling (434) 946-7236, or emailing [email protected],
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: mailed by March 31
October to January Residencies
Deadline: May 15
Notification: mailed by July 31
February to May Residencies
Deadline: September 15
Notification: mailed by November 30
Artists are accepted at VCCA without consideration for their financial situation. The actual cost of a residency is $180 per day per Fellow. We ask Fellows to contribute according to their ability.