Joy Peterson Heyrman is the Executive Director of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) and began her tenure there in September 2016. Previously, she served as Deputy Director for Museum Advancement at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, where she worked for 23 years to build a culture of philanthropy and teamwork. Heyrman holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Art History and Archeology from the University of Maryland, as well as a B.A. in English from Amherst College.
The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) is a unique Virginia-based organization of national stature and international impact. VCCA’s mission is “providing creative space for the world’s best artists to create their finest literature, visual art, and music.” VCCA hosts over 400 artist-Fellows annually at its Mt. San Angelo facility in Amherst, VA and the Moulin à Nef in Auvillar, France. The artists who come to VCCA, whether emerging or established, are selected through competitive peer review on the basis of the important or innovative work they are doing in their respective fields. Since its founding in 1971, VCCA has hosted over 6,000 writers, visual artists, and composers.