Fountainhead Fellowship


The VCUarts Fountainhead Fellowship in Sculpture + Extended Media is a 9-month residency for recent MFA graduates in sculpture. Fellows are offered the chance to concentrate on their work, build their 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.

Responsibilities include: teaching 2 classes per semester in the Sculpture Department for each semester, and giving a public lecture on your work.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2019

Only Fall 2018 + Spring 2019 + Summer 2019 graduating MFA sculptors are invited to apply for fellowship year beginning August ‘19. If you graduated prior to Fall 2018, you are not eligible to apply. VCU students and graduates are not eligible to apply.

Application Checklist:

1-page Artist Statement (PDF) – Titled with your name: “last_first_statement”

Resume (PDF) – Title: “last_first_resume” Include on resume: address, phone, e-mail and your website link if available.

Portfolio of 20 images and documentation script, all within a single PDF file. The total size of the PDF should not exceed 25mb. Title: “last_first_images” For video: upload to include a non-password protected link on Documentation Script – 3 minute length total running time for all video clips together.

2 letters of reference

A copy of your official transcripts (MFA only), mailed to address below.


Place all PDF’s into single folder. Title: “last_first_vcufellowship”

Share the folder via Google Drive with by April 15. Please be sure to grant permission to “Organize, Add and Edit.”

Do not email the file as an attachment.


2 reference letters should be emailed from your recommenders to by April 15.

Subject of email should be “(Your Name) VCU Fellowship Reference”


Fountainhead Arts Fellowship Committee
Department of Sculpture + Extended Media
Virginia Commonwealth University
1000 West Broad Street
PO Box 843005
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3005


One Sculpture Fellowship will be offered each academic year. Residency period: Mid-August 2019 through mid-May 2020.

The Fellowship Recipient receives:

  • a $15,000 stipend
  • 24-hour access to a private 400sf studio
  • a furnished apartment
  • part-time teaching experience at VCU
  • an exhibition in Richmond

Recent Fellows

Sam Ekwurtzel
Nancy Lupo
Leon Finley
Courtney McClellan
Guadalupe Maravilla
Zachary Trow
Ilana Harris-Babou
Sara Stern
Ingrid Tremblay