Prof. Betsy Boyd Joins Artists' Retreat as Part of Fellowship from Virginia Center for Creative Arts
November 21, 2022
Contact: Office of Advancement and External Relations
Betsy Boyd, assistant professor in The University of Baltimore's Klein Family School of Communications Design and director of its MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts, is one of 22 visual artists, writers and composers to receive a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). Boyd will join her fellow awardees at a retreat in Amherst, Va., starting Nov. 28, focusing on her own creative project.
VCCA is one of the country's largest year-round artist residency programs. It typically hosts more than 400 artist-Fellows annually at its Mt. San Angelo facility in Amherst, and 50 annually at the Moulin à Nef in Auvillar, France.
VCCA has been a "wellspring of music, literature, and the visual arts, providing residencies for artists during the most important and the least supported phase of their work—the creative phase," according to the organization. Residencies ranges from two weeks to two months, and each artist is provided with private quarters in a distraction-free atmosphere. Surrounded by other VCCA Fellows, the result is usually a period of high productivity.
Both emerging and established artists are invited to attend VCCA through a competitive peer review, based on the work they are doing in their respective fields. Since its founding in 1971, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts has hosted nearly 6,000 writers, visual artists, and composers.