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The VCA Announces New Artist Fellowship Program Disciplines

The Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) announces the selection of disciplines for its annual Artist Fellowship program. This year, Printmaking and Choreography serve as the artistic disciplines, marking Printmaking as a singular and stand-alone discipline for the first time in 35 years, and Choreography for the first time in a decade. The VCA is pleased to present these two multifaceted forms as a means of celebrating and elevating traditional and contemporary practices within the arts.

The VCA Announces New Artist Fellowship Program Disciplines
‘Four Tents’ (2019) by Dean Dass, 1988 Printmaking Fellow

The Artist Fellowship program embraces a diverse spectrum of Virginia artists innovating in these mediums. Fellowship funding is highly competitive with a limited number of artists receiving awards of up to $5,000 each. Artist Fellowship applicants are evaluated on the consistent quality of their work, record of professional arts achievements, and potential for the grant award to significantly advance the artist’s career.

Applications open July 5 and are due October 2, 2023 by 5:00 p.m. EST. Interested Virginia artists can explore more about the program, eligibility, and application requirements at

“This Artist Fellowship program is incredibly significant in its support to elevate individual artists who call Virginia home” said Margaret Hancock, Executive Director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts. “Each year, Artist Fellows demonstrate how varied and expansive their contributions are to the Commonwealth, and we look forward to investing in those Virginians contributing through Printmaking and Choreography.”

About the Artist Fellowships

Established in 1981, the VCA Artist Fellowship program recognizes the creative contributions of artists to the Commonwealth of Virginia by supporting their pursuit of artistic excellence. Each year, statewide experts and working artists serve as Panelists to review and recommend Fellowship recipients. Over the last 40-plus years, the Fellows program has swelled to include hundreds of prestigious artists across the performing, literary, and visual arts.

About the Virginia Commission for the Arts

The Virginia Commission for the Arts, established in 1968, is the state agency dedicated to investing in the arts across the Commonwealth of Virginia. The VCA fulfills its mission through funding from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, distributing grant awards to Virginia artists; arts organizations; educational institutions; nonprofit organizations; educators; and local and tribal governments. Learn more at

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