Fellowship 2023–24 Recipients

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Visual Arts Fellowship Program was established in 1940, through a generous contribution from the late John Lee Pratt of Fredericksburg, to foster the creative efforts of Virginia’s best artists and most promising art students. The VMFA Fellowship Program continues to be a vital source of funding for professional artists, as well as undergraduate and graduate students, who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline. In the program’s history, VMFA has awarded nearly $6 million to more than 1,500 Virginia artists.

In addition to providing financial rewards to all recipients, VMFA exhibits works by past fellowship winners in VMFA’s Amuse Restaurant and Claiborne Robertson Room, VMFA’s Pauley Center Galleries, and select spaces at Richmond International Airport. Fellowship recipients have also shown their work in the galleries of the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton and the Capital One Commons in Richmond.

Click here to learn more about the VMFA Fellowship Program, including how to apply.

Professional Fellows

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Roberto Bocci
Photography, Arlington
Website: www.robertoboccifoto.com

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Vivian Chiu
Crafts, Henrico
Website: www.vivianchiudesigns.com
Instagram: @viv_chiu

Ben Durham
Drawing, Henrico
Website: www.bendurhamstudio.com
Instagram: @bendurhamstudio

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Sheila Giolitti
Painting, Norfolk
Website: www.sheilagiolitti.com
Instagram: @sheilagiolitti

Brittany Ofori
Photography, Richmond

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Eleanor Mahin Thorp
Drawing, Richmond
Website: www.eleanormahin.com
Instagram: @gravelworship

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Sandy Williams IV
Sculpture, Richmond
Website: www.sandywilliamsiv.com
Instagram: @the_sandy_can

Graduate Fellows

Alex Del Dago
Art History, UVA, Charlottesville

Alex Del Dago is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Art & Architectural History graduate program at the University of Virginia. Working with David Getsy, Alex studies and works in the field of Modern & Contemporary American Art, with an emphasis on gender & sexuality, queer studies, and social/political art and material culture.

Alex’s full departmental profile can be seen here: https://art.as.virginia.edu/people/profile/5186

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Stephanie Germosen
Sculpture, VCU, Richmond
Website: www.stephaniegermosen.com
Instagram: @imnotstephanie

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Michelle Smith
Sculpture, JMU, Annandale
Website: www.michelleannsmith.com
Instagram: @michelleannsmith11

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Morgan Williams
Mixed Media, Norfolk State, Chesapeake
Website: www.itsparabledesign.com
Instagram: @parablemedia_

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Sara Zhou
Painting, Mary Washington, Fairfax
Instagram: @sir.spicy

Cy Twombly Graduate Fellow

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Nile Price
Film & Video, NYU, Richmond
Website: www.nileprice.com
Instagram: @nile.price

Undergraduate Fellows

Sydney Harrison
Photography, VCU, Mechanicsville
Instagram: @sydsflixnpix

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Alex Henion
Mixed Media, Cave Spring High, Boones Mill
Instagram: @ickyt_t

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Fiona Marinaro
Mixed Media, SCAD, Yorktown
Website: www.fionamarinaro.com
Instagram: @fizfinz

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Walker Moore
Film & Video, VCU, Richmond
Website: www.walkermoorefilms.com
Instagram: @walkermoore_photofilm

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Nadia Msalek
Painting, VCU, Virginia Beach
Website: www.nadiamsalek.com
Instagram: @nmsalek

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Laneecia Ricks
Photography, VCU, Richmond
Website: www.laneeciaricks.net
Instagram: @laneeciaricks

Professional Fellowship Juror
Brittany Webb, Evelyn and Will Kaplan Curator of Twentieth Century Art and the John Rhoden Collection, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Graduate Art History Juror
Amy Torbert, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Assistant Curator of American Art, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO

Graduate & Undergraduate Visual Arts Juror
Anna Buchanan, Curator of Contemporary Fine Art and Craft, William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, VA