Charles Goolsby of the Emory & Henry College art faculty has been awarded fellowships for one-month artist's residencies by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) in Amherst, Virginia and the Ucross Foundation, in Ucross, Wyoming.
The VCCA is located near Sweet Briar College in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in rural Virginia. Goolsby, a professor of art at E&H, is among approximately 20 fellows focusing on their own creative projects during a working retreat in February and March, 2011 for visual artists, writers and composers.
Serving approximately 300 artists a year and more than 3,000 since its inception, the VCCA is one of the nation's largest year-round artist's communities. The VCCA's residencies provide time and space in which to work for artists from all disciplines, including visual artists, writers, composers, performance artists, filmmakers, collaborating artists and those whose work crosses disciplines.
VCCA Fellows have received worldwide attention through publications, exhibitions, compositions, performances, and major awards and accolades, including MacArthur grants, Pulitzer Prizes, Guggenheim fellowships, National Endowment for the Arts awards, Rome Prizes, Pollock-Krasner grants, National Book Awards, Broadway and Off-Broadway productions and Academy Award nominations.
Founded in 1981 by Raymond Plank, the Ucross Foundation provides a rare gift in today's world โ uninterrupted time โ along with work space and living accommodations, to competitively selected visual artists, writers, and composers. Artists have come from every state in the U.S. as well as from many countries including Germany, France, Scotland, England, Poland, Egypt, the Netherlands, Canada, Thailand and others.
Ucross extends invitations to approximately 80 individuals each year, selected by an outside panel of professionals. Goolsby is one of the 8 fellows working in residence during the month of April, 2011.
Located on the High Plains in northeastern Wyoming, the Ucross Foundation is 27 miles southeast of Sheridan (population 15,000) and 17 miles northeast of Buffalo (population 5,000). The facilities are situated on a 20,000-acre working ranch near the Bighorn Mountains, the easternmost range of the Rockies, in the heart of sheep and cattle ranching country.
Goolsby's emphasis as both an artist and teacher is painting and printmaking. During the residencies he plans to continue work on a series of paintings and prints addressing issues of human intervention on landscape.
The fellowships are Goolsby's second and third in 2011. In January, he was awarded an artist's residency in painting by the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. His work has been featured in a variety of solo exhibitions throughout the Southeast. His work has been featured in New American Paintings and Oxford American Magazine.
Goolsby has taught at Emory & Henry since 1996. He received his MFA from James Madison University and BFA from Radford University. His has received previous fellowships from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.