UC Clermont’s Phoebe Reeves Awarded Fellowship Virginia Center for the Creative Arts is one of world’s most prestigious artist communities


BATAVIA, OH (January 25, 2016) – Phoebe Reeves, Associate Professor English at UC Clermont College has been awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). Reeves will be among approximately 25 Fellows focusing on their own creative projects at this working retreat for visual artists, writers and composers.

The VCCA is located near Sweet Briar College in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in rural Virginia.

“My three weeks at VCCA will allow me to work on and revise several poetry manuscripts that have been coming together over the past few years, and to research new areas of interest. I’m looking forward to connecting with artists in other disciplines, as well,” said Reeves.

Reeves is poet whose work has been published recently in The Gettysburg Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Drunken Boat, and other national journals. She runs Clermont College’s Writing Certificate Program and Poetry Series, and is adviser to the school’s student run, online arts journal, East Fork.

A typical residency ranges from two weeks to two months. Each artist is provided with a comfortable private bedroom, a private studio and three prepared meals a day. Beyond the breakfast hour and the dinner hour, there are no schedules or obligations. This distraction free atmosphere, as well as the energy that results from having some 25 visual artists, writers, and composers gathered in one place, enables artists to be highly productive.

Serving more than 350 artists a year (more than 4,000 since its inception), the VCCA is one of the nation’s largest year-round artists’ communities. VCCA Fellows have received worldwide attention through publications, exhibitions, compositions, performances, and major awards and accolades, including MacArthur grants, Pulitzer Prizes, Guggenheim fellowships, National Endowment for the Arts awards, Rome Prizes, Pollock-Krasner grants, National Book Awards, Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, and Academy Award nominations.


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