- When are your fellowship deadlines?
- What is the difference between a "residency" and a "fellowship"?
- What is the difference between a rolling application and a fellowship application?
- How should I prepare my application?
- If I was not accepted/did not receive a fellowship, should I bother applying again?
- How does your Visiting Artist/Writer program work?
- What do I need to bring with me?
- What is the weather like in Johnson?
- Is parking available on campus?
- Are any kitchen facilities available for resident use?
- How do I ship materials to/from VSC?
- How accessible is the VSC campus?
- How do studio visits/manuscript critiques work?
- Can I buy out of my work exchange?
- Something came up—can I reschedule my residency?
- What if I have to cancel my residency?
- Am I eligible for a fellowship?
- Can you help me with my Visa?
- Can I call home from VSC?
- Will I be able to get around if I don't speak English?
FAQs for new applicants
When are your fellowship deadlines?
We have three fellowship deadlines each year: February 15th, June 15th, and October 1st. The fellowship application opens six weeks before each deadline, but we accept rolling applications year-round.
What is the difference between a "residency" and a "fellowship"?
A "residency" is the time spent living and working at VSC. You can come for a residency at VSC with or without a fellowship. A "fellowship" is a merit-based award that covers the full cost of the residency.
What is the difference between a rolling application and a fellowship application?
Fellowship applications are accepted only at our three annual fellowship deadlines. Fellowships applications are juried together in a pool. Applicants whose work was well-received but who do not receive a fellowship may still be invited for admission and/or offered financial aid.
How should I prepare my application?
We make every effort to ensure an impartial and broadly inclusive admissions process: Our jurors change at every deadline, and applications are juried blind. Since our jurors' tastes and opinions vary widely across genre/medium/etc., there is no way to anticipate how your work will be received--just submit what you feel is your strongest work.
Visual artists: Only the first 5 images are reviewed in sequence by the final jury, so put your 5 strongest images at the front of your application portfolio.
Video artists: Our jurors will review up to 4 minutes of video work. You may submit this in one 4-minute video or up to 5 separate clips.
Writers: send your best work (previously published work is ok), and be sure to adhere to formatting/page count/margins/spacing/etc. as outlined on our applications. Our jurors will not read beyond the specified page limit (and they can tell when you shrink the font!).
If I was not accepted/did not receive a fellowship, should I bother applying again?
Yes! Our jurors change at every deadline. Work that did not resonate with one jury might captivate the next panel. Many of our fellowship winners have applied multiple times before receiving an award.
How does your Visiting Artist/Writer program work?
Our Visiting Artists & Writers Program is intended to help spur creativity and spark dialogue within the community, as well as provide an opportunity for you to receive constructive feedback on your work.
Each Visiting Artist/Writer spends 6 days on campus, presents a public talk/reading, and offers studio visits/manuscript critiques to the artists/writers in residence. Participation in these (and all events) is entirely voluntary. Visual artists schedule their studio visits through the Visual Arts Coordinator; writers schedule their manuscripts critiques through the Writing Coordinator.
FAQs for incoming residents
What do I need to bring with me?
We provide all the basics--food, shelter, linens, and studio space. Laundry facilities, groceries, beer/wine, art supplies, and other basic services & amenties are available within walking distance of campus. Otherwise: if you can't live without it (or don't want to have to share it with others), we recommend that you bring it along.
What is the weather like in Johnson?
Weather can get hot in the summer, and it is very cold (and usually snowy) in the winter. Spring and fall both fluctuate wildly. We don't have air conditioning in any of our buildings, so if you're here in the warmer months and generally run hot, you might want to bring a fan. And although we heat all of our buildings and provide blankets/comforters, if you run cold, you won't regret bringing along some blankets/sweaters/etc. for extra warmth.
In the winter you will need to bundle up: boots, hats, gloves, scarves, a heavy coat, etc.
In the summer, you'd probably want to bring a swimsuit.
In the spring and fall, be prepared for everything from frost-nippy nights to t-shirt weather.
And it never hurts to pack an umbrella and some sturdy hiking shoes.
Is parking available on campus?
Yes. There are three overnight parking lots scattered throughout campus for residents's use.
Are any kitchen facilities available for resident use?
Each of our resident houses contain a mini-fridge, and some contain kitchens/kitchenettes, but none are stocked with basic ingredients, dish ware, cutlery, or cooking equipment. If you hope to cook for yourself while at VSC, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs and the options available to you.
Will I have cell phone service?
We can't say for sure, but you probably will. AT&T and Verizon have widespread coverage in our area; other providers can still be spotty, but overall, cellular service is improving across our region.
Is wi-fi available in studios and in housing?
All of our studio buildings offer wi-fi access. There is no Internet access in any of our housing buildings (unless you happen to be able to catch a signal from someplace else).
How do I receive mail and packages at VSC?
By US Post Office:
PO Box 613
Johnson, VT 05656
By UPS, FedEX, or other commercial delivery service:
80 Pearl ST
Johnson, VT 05656
How accessible is the VSC campus?
VSC welcomes artists and writers with disabilities. Upon acceptance of your VSC residency, please let us know of any accessibility needs as soon as possible so that we may do our best to accommodate you. We have studios and housing available to meet a range of accessibility needs, our Red Mill building is equipped with a lift, and the Lowe Lecture Hall is equipped with an Assistive Listening Device.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about the campus and our programs in relation to your accessibility needs, please contact Kathy Black at (802) 635-2727 or email email@example.com.
How do studio visits/manuscript critiques work?
Studio visits/manuscript critiques with our Visiting Artists and Writers are scheduled through the Visual Arts and Writing Coordinators, respectively. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
Can I buy out of my work exchange?
Yes. If you find that your work-exchange assignment is getting in the way of your studio time, you may buy out at a cost of $150/week. If you think you might want to buy out, please discuss plans with your work-exchange supervisor as soon as possible, since they will need to make arrangements for coverage of your shift.
Something came up—can I reschedule my residency?
We understand that jobs and other life circumstances may unexpectedly affect your availability after you’ve scheduled your residency. If you wish to reschedule your residency after you have made your deposit:
- At least 60 days prior to your scheduled date of arrival: We will be happy to work with you to find new dates subject to scheduling availability. Your deposit and any additional fees paid will be applied to your new residency schedule.
- Fewer than 60 days prior to your scheduled date of arrival: We may not be able to accommodate your reschedule request; in that case, your residency will be cancelled, and you will forfeit your deposit (and shuttle fees, if applicable). Any additional payments will be refunded.
If a grave illness or other serious family emergency comes up at the last minute, we will do our best to work with you to reschedule your residency dependent upon scheduling availability. Please note that documentation of illness/emergency may be required.
What if I have to cancel my residency?
To reserve your space in our program, you must submit a $300 non-refundable deposit.* If you wish to cancel your residency, this deposit will not be refunded. Shuttle reservation fees are also non-refundable. Any other fees and payments will be returned to you.
If you wish to reschedule rather than cancel your residency, see Something came up—can I reschedule my residency? above.
*Fellowship award winners do not need to pay a deposit to reserve their space in the program.
FAQs for international residents
Am I eligible for a fellowship?
Yes. The majority of our fellowships at our three annual fellowship deadlines are open to all--including international artists and writers. We also offer several special fellowships for international artists and writers at our annual April 1st International Deadline. These fellowships--and the countries eligible--are subject to change each year.
Can you help me with my Visa?
Most international artists travel to Vermont on a Visitor Visa. Citizens from some countries may be able to participate in the visa waiver program. Anyone applying for a visa should begin the process well in advance, since delays can occur. We recommend that you apply for your visa in time to complete the process and then allow 3-4 weeks to make travel arrangements. Visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/wait-times.html to determine where you can find the closest US Embassy or Consulate in your country and how long it will need to wait for an appointment.
If you are accepted to a Vermont Studio Center residency, we can send you with a letter of invitation that you may use with your visa application. VSC is not a school and is therefore not able to supply paperwork for a student visa, exchange visa, or any other type of visa applications.
Can I call home from VSC?
If you are coming from outside the U.S., you will probably not have cell phone service. We do not have international phone service on campus phones. You can obtain a phone card when you arrive in Vermont or sign up for an internet-based service like Skype. Rates vary widely by country.