Owen Duffy, PhD student in the Department of Art History was awarded a Small Research Grant from the Henry Moore Foundation to travel to London this July and August to conduct dissertation research. This international award provides over $4,000 in support as Owen researches the early years of the British contemporary artist Anish Kapoor.
Congratulations to Director of Grant Coordination and Entrepreneurship David Holland, who has received a fellowship to participate in a competitive global forum for young cultural innovators in Salzburg, Austria this October.
Based on Holland’s previous experience working with the cultural sector and arts funding agencies internationally and his current work with VCUarts faculty developing externally funded research grants with Dr. Sarah Cunningham and creative entrepreneurship opportunities with Matt Woolman his participation will raise the international profile of VCUarts and provide us with useful information about successful models operating in the US and around the world.
Dr. Catherine Roach, Assistant Professor of Art History, is the recipient of a Paul Mellon Centre for the Study of British Art Research Grant and a Caird Short Term Research Fellowship from the National Maritime Museum. These international awards provide over $10,000 in support for her to conduct research in London during the 2014-2015 academic year.
In the fall, she will complete an essay on naval art collectors while a Fellow at the National Maritime Museum. In the spring, thanks to Paul Mellon Centre support, she will conduct research for a book on a pioneering exhibition society entitled “The British Institution: A History.”
Congratulations to the 2013/2014 awardee of the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship Award, Adriane Connerton, MFA student in the Department of Painting & Printmaking. Her fellowship provides a generous one-year $10,000 stipend. On Adriane’s exhibition, the review panel provided the following commentary:
“A painter who began experimenting with digital media only a year ago, Adriane Connerton masterfully combines multiple channels of video in two large projections and across six monitors to create a truly immersive environment for her 2014 thesis exhibition. Connerton’s complex, yet seemingly effortless choreography of image and audio enthralls even as it deeply unsettles, activating the entire space with one seductive view after another. She evokes such contemporary phenomena as video games, black-light raves, sexual fetishes, fitness and self-help trends, transcultural mashups, social media personae, and other aspects of the Internet. Threaded through everything are the artist’s formidable videotaped performances. At once threatened and threatening, Connerton’s wide-eyed avatar confronts age-old questions about the physical body and the spiritual self with hypnotic power and uncommon wit.” – Ashley Kistler, Director of the VCU Anderson Gallery
The depth and breadth of the work exhibited by our graduate students is striking. We are grateful to the VCU Anderson Gallery panel of reviewers for their thoughtful consideration of the exhibited projects.
Ashley Kistler, Director
Michael Lease, Head of Exhibitions
Traci Horne Garland, Gallery Coordinator and Collections Specialist