Michael Wyshock, Waiting in Line after Katrina, 2005, charcoal & graphite on paper
Displaced Artists Fund
The Vermont Studio Center’s Displaced Artists Fund exists to assist artists and writers displaced by disaster. By providing a creative community of refuge in Vermont, these fellowships restore normalcy to a creative practice, ease the isolation that often accompanies displacement, and extend the “artists supporting artists” founding spirit of the Vermont Studio Center to artists and writers who need it most. While it is not possible to help all who may be in need, the fund aspires to bring relief and hope to artists and writers dealing with displacement in the wake of catastrophic natural or political events.
The Displaced Artists Fund was conceived by VSC Trustee Marina Day to support artists whose lives and studio practices had been disrupted by California wildfires. VSC has since hosted artists affected by the events of 9/11 (in partnership with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation), Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 Haitian earthquake, Tropical Storm Irene, the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, and Hurricane Sandy (with support from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation).