Sid Richardson is a doctoral candidate in Composition in the Duke University Department of Music, studying with Stephen Jaffe and John Supko. The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts is located near Sweet Briar College in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in rural Virginia. Richardson will be among approximately 25 Fellows focusing on their own creative projects at this working two week residency for visual artists, writers and composers.
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. VCCA has been a wellspring of music, literature and the visual arts in the United States, providing residencies for artists from all disciplines during the most important and the least supported phase of their work: the creative phase. This is done by giving visual artists, writers, composers, performance artists, filmmakers, collaborating artists and those whose work crosses disciplines the crucial elements every artist needs–time and space to do their work.
A nonprofit organization founded in 1971, the VCCA is supported in large part by grants and private donations.