The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts has been in Amherst County since 1977. File photo by Lee Luther Jr.

The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst recently announced the award of its 2019 Alonzo Davis Fellowships, providing fully-funded residencies for outstanding American artists of African or Latinx descent.

Recipient Judy Bolton-Fasman will be in residence at VCCA in November 2019 and recipient Crystal Z Campbell will be in residence in January 2020.

“Judy Bolton-Fasman and Crystal Z Campbell are strong artistic voices in their fields and in the world of art,” said VCCA Executive Director Joy Peterson Heyrman in a statement. “We congratulate them and look forward to welcoming them to VCCA, where they will have uninterrupted time to advance their work in a dynamic community of artists.” 

Bolton-Fasman of Newton Center, Massachusetts, is a writer of creative non-fiction and memoir. Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist and writer whose practice ruptures collective memory, imagines social transformations, and questions the politics of witnessing using physical archives, online sources, and historical materials, according to VCCA.

The Fellowship is named in honor of artist and educator Alonzo Davis, who came to VCCA for the first time in 1995 through a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts to increase minority participation in artist residency programs. He joined the center’s board of directors in 2004 and three years later initiated a permanent, fully-funded, two-week residency supporting outstanding American writers, visual artists and composers of African or Latinx descent. Since its inception, the Alonzo Davis Fellowship has been awarded to 14 innovative artists, according to VCCA.

VCCA hosts more than 400 artist-fellows annually at its Mt. San Angelo facility in Amherst and the Moulin à Nef Studio Center in Auvillar, France. Since its founding in 1971, VCCA has hosted more than 6,000 writers, visual artists, and composers.

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