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Residencies Available at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Published January 4, 2016

To Apply for a VCCA Residency – Next Deadline: January 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 now being accepred through SlideRoom.

If you prefer to apply via hard copy, please submit an application form, resume, third-person paragraph, work samples, recommendation letters, and $40 application fee. Apply Here.

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,

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

Residency Costs

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.