Virginia Centre for Creative Arts


Why do artists from around the world leave their studios behind to come to VCCA? It's all about the work. Many artists find they accomplish more in a matter of weeks at VCCA than they can in a year at home. VCCA also offers a chance to work privately but in proximity to more than twenty other highly accomplished artists with fresh insights, new ideas and stimulating conversation. All of this, 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 up a gravel path, the mountains of the Blue Ridge hazy in the distance.


To apply, artists submit via SlideRoom:

  • application form
  • resume (limit about 1300 words)
  • third-person paragraph highlighting your professional achievements (limit about 200 words)
  • work samples (see below)
  • two recommendation letters from 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 within one month of the application deadline)
  • $40 application fee.

Work samples must support the proposed project and should have been completed within the past 4 years.
COMPOSERS: Submit two scores and corresponding MP3 (include dates completed). PDFs (up to 10MB each). Audio (up to 30MB each)


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

Residency Cost

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.