Marble Main House

Bringing these two organizations together will both offer the opportunity to support the work of the outstanding faculty and alumnx at VCFA with time and space to concentrate on their work and enrich the quality of programming at Marble House Project.

For immediate release:

Marble House Project is a new not-for-profit organization that opened in 2014 in Dorset, Vermont. It is a sustainable community that nurtures the imaginative spirit through artist residencies, workshops and sustainable agriculture, promoting an innovative atmosphere and exchange of ideas. Inspiration, contemplation and creativity are the hallmarks of the program. Residents are able to sustain their growth by cultivating and participating in the surrounding grounds, working on their artistic vision and forging partnerships within the community. Creative artists will include but not be limited to composing, writing, choreography and the visual arts.

The stone mansion houses the artists and the outbuildings on the surrounding property are the studios. The property also has two stone quarries, hiking trails and meadows. Marble House Project provides participating residents with a unique experience where they can develop, practice and evolve in their specific fields. Each residency program session consists of six to eight artists at a time, creating small dynamic interactive groups.

This year, VCFA alumnx Emily Vizzo and Karen Jahn were awarded the residency within this partnership and are the first to participate. Karen Jahn taught as a tenured English professor for twenty-seven years specializing in writing, 19th c British, and then African American literature. During this time she presented talks on these specialties at many conferences  from in Mississippi to Greece and published essays on Dickens and Wideman. She is currently working on memoir called Surrender Blues and teaching a course on The Harlem Renaissance.

Emily Vizzo is a San Diego poet, editor, and educator whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in FIELD, The Journal, North American Review, Blackbird, jubilat, and The Normal School. A San Diego Area Writing Project Fellow, Emily serves as assistant managing editor at Drunken Boat, and volunteers with VIDA, Poetry International, and Hunger Mountain. Her essay, “A Personal History of Dirt,” was noted in Best American Essays 2013. She completed her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches yoga at the University of San Diego.

VCFA will announce the opportunity and faculty and alumnx will be able to apply for this opportunity in 2016. For more information on the Marble House Project, visit