Xuan Liu, MFA student in the Department of Interior Design, placed first in the Robert Bruce Thompson Annual Student Light Fixture Design National Competition. The XYZ Light concept is inspired by the Tao “The Tao begot one. One begot two. Two begot three. And three begot the ten thousands things.” The XYZ Light provides functional and decorative illumination. The system operates on linear LED elements that are arranged along 3D coordinate axes.
The da Vinci Center, a collaboration of VCU’s schools of the Arts, Business, Engineering and Humanities and Sciences, announced the winners of their second Venture Creation Competition (VCC), a business plan competition held last week aimed at sparking the entrepreneurial spirit of all VCU students.
The VCC was held as part of VCU’s annual Student Research Week, a series of events that brings together undergraduate and graduate students from across disciplines to celebrate research and creative and scholarly projects.
This year, a total of 35 teams comprised of 78 undergraduate and graduate VCU students from eight of VCU’s schools, as well as three VCU alumni and four non-VCU individuals, entered the competition. Matt Woolman, associate professor in The Department of Graphic Design and director of Creative Entrepreneurship, VCU School of the Arts, served as a judge for this year’s competition.
Several from VCUarts won awards in both the undergraduate and graduate categories.
Lumiform Tech, comprising Kathleen Barron in the School of Engineering, Catherine Gellatly in the School of the Arts and VCU alumna Christine Stoddard, won 2nd place in the undergraduate division for their aesthetically-pleasing, responsive light technologies.
RBazaar, 3rd place undergraduate project, is devoted to providing a regular market space for up-and-coming artists, growers, movers and shakers, and consisted of art students Melissa Lesh, Virginia Wood and Brynne Whitford.
The graduate finalists included team members Owen Duffy, VCUarts student, and his brother, Joseph Duffy, a non-VCU individual, with Artifact, a socially responsible company dedicated to providing retail store consumers with affordable, gallery-quality, cutting edge artwork made by in-house professional artists.
Source: VCU News
Charley Foley with Scout Design (MFA Visual Communications alumnus, 2000) won a Judge’s choice award and a Best Poster/Flyer award.
Best Student Design, Visual Communications Graduate Student James Walker
Merit Award, Visual Communications Graduate student Lucia Weilein
Presented by: AIGA Richmond
The VCU Council for Community Engagement in partnership with the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond has awarded a $17,000 grant for the project entitled “Production and Distribution of a Documentary Film to Inform Parents, Service Providers and Students about Down Syndrome.” The primary goal of this proposal is to develop an original documentary film that will illustrate the spectrum of abilities seen in people with Down syndrome and provide answers to questions regarding the needs and aspirations of these individuals. The second project goal is to distribute this film to community health care centers, members of the DSAGR, and faculty members teaching trainees from a wide variety of disciplines, to bring improvements in knowledge and resource access to members of the community.
Congratulations to Photography + Film Chair, Sasha Waters Freyer, filmaker for the project. Sasha is internationally acclaimed and has received numerous honors for her production of documentaries and short films. Along with Colleen Jackson-Cook (Co-PI), she will assume responsibility for the development of the film and will supervise/review the adjunct/visiting faculty teaching the special service class. She will also be directly involved in the interviewing, editing and production of the film, reivew the project evaluation questionnaires, and develop the final report.
Associate Professor in Art Education, Dr. Melanie Buffington, is the lead PI on a team that recently won a $19,700 Community Engagement Grant from VCU. Working with Dr. Liz Cramer from the School of Social Work, Art Education graduate student Jess Norris, the Neighborhood Resource Center (NRC), Transitions Day Support Services, and the VMFA, the group will implement a multi-faceted service-learning and art program for teens who attend the NRC. The teens will learn about nutrition and cooking and then teach these skills to adults at Transitions Day Support Services. As they work on the project, the teens will make a video that includes their reflections about their learning and work with their partners at Transitions. The teens will also plan and lead a tour of the VMFA for their Transitions partners. The project will culminate in a community event for all participants.