Fountainhead Fellowship

Call for Applications: VCUarts Fountainhead Fellowship

This fellowship is a 9-month residency for recent MFA graduates. Fellows are offered the chance to concentrate on their work, participate in a vibrant community, and gain valuable teaching experience with high-quality students in a world-class program. The residency is sited in a newly renovated complex built to eco-friendly, EarthCraft standards. This mixed-use community includes artists’ studios, apartments, a café, an outdoor swimming pool, a dog park and other amenities in addition to being near campus.

Residency Period: August 2018 – May 2019

Fellows receive:
$15,000 stipend
24/7 access to a private studio
A furnished apartment
An exhibition in Richmond
Part time teaching experience

Responsibilities include:
Teaching 2 classes per semester
Giving a public lecture on your work


Applicants must have received a MFA in 2018
Applicants must have a studio practice that engages painting, drawing, or printmaking
VCU students and graduates are not eligible to apply

Application Instructions

Please email the following 3 PDF files to with a Google Drive link. The subject line of your email should read: “your last name_first name VCU Fountainhead Application

1. Artist Statement (PDF) – with file Titled “your last name_first name–ArtistStatement”
2. CV (PDF) – with file Titled “your last name_first name–CV” – include address, phone, email and website link if available
3. Portfolio (PDF) – 20 images and captions (all within a single PDF file) with file titled “your last name_first name–Portfolio”

Two reference letters should be emailed directly by the recommenders to by April 15, 2018. Please instruct your referees to use the following in the subject line of their email: “your last name_first name–VCU Fountainhead Reference”

MFA transcripts should be mailed to:
Fountainhead Arts Fellowship Committee
Department of Painting + Printmaking
Virginia Commonwealth University
1000 West Broad Street
PO Box 843005
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3005



The VCUarts Plant Zero Fellowship was developed by the Department of Painting + Printmaking in 2005. As our ability to support additional fellows expanded within the School of the Arts, the fellowships were renamed the Fountainhead  Fellowship, in honor of the sponsor, Fountainhead Development LLC.

Plant Zero Fellows
2005 – 2006 CeCe Cole
2006 – 2007 Jill Galarneau
2007 – 2008 Erin Arnold
2008 – 2009 Amy Feldman
2009 – 2010 Rhys Himsworth

Painting + Printmaking Fountainhead Fellows
2010 – 2011 Lumin Wakoa
2011 – 2012 Daniela Campins
2012 – 2013 Sachin Kaeley
2013 – 2014 Will Schneider White
2014 – 2015 Emmy Thelander
2015 – 2016 Whitney Oldenburg
2016 – 2017 Teto Elsiddique
2017 – 2018 Ryan Lucero
2018 – 2019 Sedrick Chisom