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.
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
Sculpture, VCU, Richmond
Sculpture, JMU, Annandale
Mixed Media, Norfolk State, Chesapeake
Painting, Mary Washington, Fairfax
Cy Twombly Graduate Fellow
Photography, VCU, Mechanicsville
Mixed Media, Cave Spring High, Boones Mill
Film & Video, VCU, Richmond
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