VCA Meet and Greet Events
You are invited to a Meet and Greet event with the Virginia Commission for the Arts! Please join us as the VCA’s Executive Director Margaret Hancock and VCA grantees from within the region gather for networking and conversation.
The first two dates are below, with additional dates and locations forthcoming!
The VCA Debuts New LogoThe Virginia Commission for the Arts excitedly debuts a new logo this week that is representative of the agency’s vibrancy and support of all art disciplines for the benefit of all Virginians.
The logo includes an outer circle of radiating color blocks and an inner circle with both the full name of the agency —Virginia Commission for the Arts — and the acronym VCA, commonly used since the agency’s establishment in 1968.
The five-color palette of magenta, jade, turquoise, navy, and vermillion is inspired directly from the Virginia state flag. This introduces saturated colors representative of the richness and vibrancy of the arts, while visually underscoring the VCA’s role as the state agency for arts in Virginia.
The new circle shape also allows for easy use by the hundreds of grantees around the state which acknowledge the VCA on all published materials, both digitally and in print.
The logo is a critical element of a new brand identity that embodies a reinvigorated sense of purpose for the VCA and the arts' countless contributions to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Virginia Commission for the Arts Announces New Slate of Commission Officers
The Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) is pleased to announce its officers for the 2022-2023 year. Dr. Dena Jennings from Orange will serve as Chair, with Robert Goudie from Reston serving as Vice Chair and Amanda Pillion from Abingdon serving as Secretary.
“As the VCA continues to build both capacity and community in the arts across the Commonwealth, we are inspired by the incredible service and leadership of Dena, Robert, and Amanda,” said Executive Director Margaret Hancock. “These individuals embody a high level of engagement in the arts in a time of utmost importance as the arts rebound from the effects of the pandemic and return full fledge to their important role in our vibrant Virginia.” Dr. Dena Jennings takes on the Chair role following years of leadership service with the VCA including as Commissioner since 2020, immediate Vice Chair, Secretary, and Chair of the Budget and Policy Committee. A retired Internal Medicine physician, Jennings now focuses on her impactful advocacy efforts, community relations, and sculpting of and playing traditional gourd instruments found around the world – including the banjos and fiddles of Appalachia.
“I am looking forward to leading the Commission as the Commonwealth emerges from the pandemic,” notes Jennings. “The artists of Virginia are awaking to a complete renaissance from creative expression to best business practices. The Commission has done great things, with great people, and great ideas. It is exciting to continue the work and incorporate ways to address emerging opportunities in the arts for Virginians.”
Robert Goudie takes on the Vice Chair role with a deep knowledge of arts in Virginia, especially in Northern Virginia. A former lawyer, he has served as the Executive Director of the Reston Town Center Association for the past six years, and the Board Chair of the Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art – a VCA grantee and recipient of the agency’s 50 for 50 awards – for the past eight years.
The Secretary role adds to Amanda Pillion’s record of state service beyond her career as an audiologist. In 2020, she was elected to serve on the Abingdon Town Council where she currently holds appointments to the Abingdon Arts Commission, the Veterans Advisory Committee, and the Tourism Advisory Committee. Pillion is an advocate of education, including arts education, across the state and serves on the University of Virginia Board of Visitors.
Welcome the New VCA Executive Director, Margaret Hancock
Margaret Hancock has been appointed to lead the Virginia Commission for the Arts!
“As we work to ensure Virginia is the best place to live, work, and raise a family, the arts continue to play a vital role,” said Secretary of Education Aimee Guidera. “Margaret brings an understanding of the importance of the arts, as well as a unique perspective having served in arts administration and external relations leadership positions prior to her role in the Commission. She will be instrumental in leading our efforts to continue to lift and connect Virginia artists, organizations, schools, and communities through the arts.”
In joining the VCA as the Executive Director, Margaret brings a breadth of education and experience. She studied art history at Duke University, during which she completed an internship with the National Gallery of Art, and earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Virginia. For more than two decades, she has worked to advance the missions of prestigious arts, culture, and education institutions including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Savannah College of Art and Design, the University of Virginia, and the National Geographic Society.