Associated Artists and Organizations

The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA)

VCCA is a working, residential retreat for national and international artists, writers, and composers. From anywhere from two weeks to two months, artists reside at the Center, working intensively throughout the day, and at mealtime and night have an opportunity to debate, share stories, and converse with the other two dozen artists, writers and composers that are in residence. Artists come to work and study at VCCA from all over the world, and have received numerous honors and awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the MacArthur "Genius Grant."

VCCA artists have worked closely with BLUR students since the inception of the program.

Robert Bricker, M.F.A., Studio One, McGuffey Art Center

Robert Bricker, M.F.A., internationally-known sculptor and 2D artist, is the owner and proprietor of Bronze Craft Foundry (VA), a 15,000 square-foot facility dedicated solely to the creation and support of the arts. Mr. Bricker is a long-standing and foundational member of the McGuffey Art Center, having served on Executive Council during key periods. He runs McGuffey's life-drawing program, and serves as oracle and prophet for the Association at need. The top photograph is a shot of a life drawing class at his McGuffey studio; the bottom photograph is a shot of a pour at Bronze Craft Foundry.

Jeffery A. Jones, Ph.D., Sweet Briar College

Jeffrey A. Jones, Ph.D., is an active scholar, composer and performer. His research has been published in a variety of media and he has presented papers at regional, national and international conferences. Jones’s work as a composer and arranger has been featured in concert tours of Japan, Russia, Trinidad and Australia, as well as in theatrical productions and a television commercial. As a conductor and percussionist, Jones has performed throughout the United States and internationally with a diverse group of artists and ensembles, including Skiffle Steel Orchestra, III MEF U.S. Marine Corps Field Band and blues artists The King Bees. At Sweet Briar, Jeff directs Skiffle USA Steel Orchestra and teaches the musicology-oriented courses.

Professor Jones generously teaches stand-alone workshops for the BLUR program.

Amanda Korman, M.F.A., WriterHouse

Amanda Korman, M.F.A., is a fiction writer who received her M.F.A. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from Williams College. Her short fiction has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review. She is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for The Women’s Initiative and teaches at WriterHouse in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Endstation Theater Company

Endstation Theatre Company is a performing arts collective that is dedicated to producing cutting-edge reinterpretations of classic plays and original theatrical productions for the Central Virginia community. Endstation is committed to supporting the next generation of theatre artists and theatre-goers through an intensive internship program, and by providing fresh and dynamic educational and family programming.