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The 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam features work by faculty members Tammy Marie Dudman and Terence Nance, and student Gary Hawkins.

MFAWP Faculty Bernard Cooper Featured in Museum Exhibition and Book Launch

Kudos to Bernard Cooper for mounting a museum exhibition in tandem with a book launch for My Avant-Garde Education.

Faculty Member Hawley Hussey Leads an Elementary School Through a Creative Response to Tragedy

Artist and educator Hawley Hussey is utilizing transparency paper found at Materials for the Arts, a free supply resource in Long Island City, in the effort to affect change in the world through a project called: We Illuminate Peace, #peace and #art.

Founding Faculty Dr. B. Stephen Carpenter Creates Arts Curriculum in Response to Global Water Crisis

VCFA Founding faculty member B. Stephen Carpenter II was awarded a 2014 Research Grant from The Africana Research Center at Penn State.

Founding Early Childhood/Elementary Methods Faculty Marla McLean Participates in Process and Purpose

Early Childhood/Elementary Methods Faculty Marla McLean, while a full time teacher at District of Columbia’s only public Reggio Emilia inspired elementary school, found the time to participate in 6 exhibitions this Fall, showing her work all around the region as well as internationally.


MFA in Visual Art Residency

Students present their critical and studio practices to each other, to faculty, and to visiting artists while planning their next non-residential period of study.

MFA in Music Composition Residency

During each seven-day on-campus residency, students are immersed in workshops, lectures, master-classes, rehearsals, and performances.

Bernard Cooper Celebrates A Book Release and Exhibition

Kudos to Bernard Cooper for mounting a museum exhibition and book launch at Miami Dade College for "My Avant-Garde Education." Read more here: http://tinyurl.com/o8ktkkd

Writing Novels for Young People Retreat

A working weekend for the serious writer of middle-grade and young adult books, the Writing Novels for Young People Retreat is an opportunity for alumni to return home to VCFA and for all writers to take their novels to the next level.


High Musicianship without Ego: Dawn Clement, '15 MC

Current student in the MFA in Music Composition Dawn Clement described in a recent interview that she's having an identity crisis. Known as a jazz piano player for years, she's shifting into pop/singer-songwriter territory in her latest album Tempest/Cobalt.

Exploring Rural Reinvention & Transformation: Allison Otto's Interactive Documentary 'Bisbee'

Filmmaker Allison Otto, a current student in the MFA in Film at Vermont College of Fine Arts, is busy weaving together history, community participation, and storytelling in her documentary film Bisbee.

Feather Systems & Pulsating Apples: Dan Schrecker Discusses Visual Effects for NOAH

In a recent interview with AWN.COM, the leading website for animation and visual effects news, Dan Schrecker, Faculty, MFA in Film and veteran visual effects supervisor for LOOK Effects, discussed his company's role in bringing to life the stunning graphics of Darren Aronofsky's latest movie,...

Out of Context, Into Function: Todd Baldwin, '10 VA

Artist Todd Baldwin, a 2010 graduate of the MFA in Visual Art at Vermont College of Fine Arts, approaches making art through the challenge of pushing discarded materials out of context and into functioning as art.

Endless Possibilities with Limited Means: Denise Karabinus' Artistic Collaborations in India

Artist Denise Karabinus, a 2009 graduate of the MFA in Visual Art at Vermont College of Fine Arts, recently returned from a powerful experience at Project Gram in Paradsinga, India, as one of ten artists collaborating the GRAM  International Artist Residency in Community Projects.