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Professor Awarded Fellowship to Virginia Center for Creative Arts

Middlesex County College English Professor Benjamin Marshall has been awarded a fellowship to the Virginia for the Creative Arts (VCCA), located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in rural Virginia. Professor Marshall, a poet and playwright, will be in residence from May 11-June 2, 2009 with approximately 20 other artists focusing on their own creative projects at this working retreat for visual artists, writers and composers. Center

The artist is provided with room and board and allowed time to work on creative pursuits. This distraction-free atmosphere, as well as the energy that results from having 20 artists, writers and composers gathered in one place enables artists to be highly productive.

The fellowship is funded by the Robert Johnson Fellowship Endowment. Serving more than 300 artists a year (over 3,000 since its inception), the VCCA is one of the nation's largest year-round artists' communities. 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.

The VCCA has been a wellspring of music, literature and the visual arts in the United States, providing residencies for artists from all disciplines during the most important and the least supported phase of their work: the creative phase. This is done by giving artists of all types the crucial elements every artist needs – the time and space to do their work.