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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship program is a vital source of funding for the visual arts and art history in Virginia. VMFA is committed to supporting professional artists and art students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline and, as such has awarded nearly $5.5 million to Virginia’s artists since the program’s creation more than 75 years ago.
The VMFA Fellowship program was established in 1940 through a generous contribution made by the late John Lee Pratt of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Offered through VMFA Statewide, Fellowships are still largely funded through the Pratt endowment, and supplemented by annual gifts from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation and the J. Warwick McClintic, Jr. Scholarship Fund. The Fellowship program has a long and established history of supporting Virginia’s artistic talent and has helped to further the careers and studies of many distinguished individuals, including recent recipients Charlie Brouwer of Wills, Cynthia Henebry of Richmond, and Leigh Anne Chambers of Courtland.
VMFA offers $8,000 awards to professional artists, $6,000 awards to graduate students, and $4,000 awards to undergraduate students. Applicants may apply in the disciplines of Crafts, Drawing, Film/Video, Mixed Media, New/Emerging Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Art History (graduate students only). All applicants must be legal residents of Virginia and student applicants must be enrolled full-time in degree-seeking programs. Applicants’ works are reviewed anonymously by distinguished jurors and awards are made based on artistic merit. The deadline for Fellowship applications is 5pm Friday, November 4, 2016.
We ask that you please encourage interested students and professional artists to apply. Full eligibility criteria, can be found at www.VMFA.museum/fellowships. Visit this page for information on how to apply for a 2017-18 VMFA Fellowship.
The Las Bicicletas Sculptures were brought back to Virginia in 2016 by John Lee Matney Art Consulting thanks to funding provided by Glenn H. Shepard and are now installed at the Peninsula Fine Art Center in Newport News VA to accompany works in their new exhibit Game On, says Curator Diane Blanchard Gross.
An installation of 40 examples of the bicycle art came to Williamsburg as part of a Public Art pilot program in 2015 for TACL-VA.org . The UCI world cycling races were coming to Richmond, and because of the opening of the Capitol to Capitol Bike Trail along Route 50, Williamsburg was poised to host a lot of cycling events. The Bicycle Art was also a way for our town to celebrate our Bronze Level award as a cycle-friendly city.
LAS BICICLETAS is an urban art exhibit created by Mexican artist Gilberto Aceves Navarro. It comprises 250 bicycle sculptures in black, white, red and orange; colors that were used by the Mayan culture to symbolize the four cardinal points.The mission of LAS BICICLETAS is to promote
through art, the use of bicycles as an alternative mode of transportation and to procure better living conditions for all people in friendlier cities. Our objective is that bicycles are universally recognized as vehicles of happiness and health.
The Virginia Capitol Foundation is currently raising funding for the creation of a public art monument to honor stories of achievement and service by women of Virginia. The monument will consist of 12 bronze statues, and an audio app to tell their stories. The project is called, "Voices from the Garden."
Two women were chosen from Virginia's Historic Triangle Region.
Ann Burras Laydon (ca. 1594 - after 1625) - Jamestown
Ann Burras arrived in Jamestown in 1608, aboard the Mary and Margaret, as a teenage maidservant to "Mistress Forrest." Ann and her mistress were the first female settlers in the new colony. Ann married carpenter John Laydon. Early in their marriage, Ann was employed as a seamstress, and records indicate that during the strict military regime of Governor Thomas Dale, she was beaten because shirts she had sewn were deemed faulty. She suffered a miscarriage as a result of the punishment; dispite this, she and John had four daughters. The Laydons survived both the Starving Time and the hostilities of 1622.
Clementina Rind (Ca. 1740-1774) - Williamsburg
Where Clementina Bird was born and when she married William Rind remains a mystery, but we know the couple settled in Williamsburg in 1765, and William began publishing the Virginia Gazette on May 16, 1766. After her husband's death in August 1773, Clementina took over as editor and manager of his press, without skipping a single newspaper issue. She maintained the Virginia Gazette as a nonpartisan newspaper that, in addition to political news, contained a wide range of articles, indicating her interest in science, philanthropy, and education. She expanded the content of the paper to appeal to female readers of the day by including poems and letters of advice. Clementina petitioned the General Assembly to be appointed the colony's public printer, and in May 1774 she was elected by a two-to-one margin over two maile printers. The mother of five children, Clementina died on September 25, 1774 and was buried in Bruton Parish Church graveyard.
Other Women Who Will be Memorialized:
Pamunkey Chief, Cockacoeske (1656-1686) Middle Peninsula
Mary Draper Ingels (ca. 1732 - 1815) - New River Valley
Martha Dandridge Custis Washington (1731 - 1802) - Fairfax County
Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley (1818 - 1907) - Dinwiddie County
Sally Louisa Tompkins (1833 - 1916) - Matthews County
Maggie L. Mitchell Walker (1864-1934) - Richmond
Sarah Garland Boyd Jones (1866 - 1905) - Richmond
Laura Lu Scherer Copenhaver (1868 - 1940) - Smyth County / Marion
Virginia Estelle Randolph (1875 - 1958) - Henrico
Adele Goodman Clark (1882 - 1983) - Richmond