On Rotem’s exhibition, the review panel provided the following commentary:
We were impressed by every aspect of her installation, from its conceptual rigor and exceptional craftsmanship to its participatory character. This first-hand investigation of the work, made possible through prior arrangement with the artist, engrossed as it also confounded in the best possible way. At the same time, the installation existed easily as a totality even in the absence of direct participation, due to Rotem’s considered placement of its component parts within the space she was assigned. –Ashley Kistler
Given the caliber of the work of our exceptional graduate students, the task of selecting could not have been easy. Many thanks to the panel of reviewers – Anderson Gallery Directory Ashley Kistler, Head of Exhibitions Michael Lease, and Gallery Coordinator and Collections Specialist Traci Horne Garland.
Toby Lewis is well known for her philanthropy in the arts and this fellowship is granted to the ten best schools of art in the country. MFA students who are poised to graduate from the fine-art programs are eligible for this opportunity (including Craft/ Material Studies, Photography and Film, Kinetic Imaging, Sculpture + Extended Media and Painting and Printmaking). VCUarts is delighted to have once again been chosen as a conduit for this award.
Image: Modular Expansion Envelope, Rotem Tamir