UrbanGlass is hosting a 2-day symposium entitled “Issues in Glass Pedagogy” this December. Educators and students will gather for paper presentations and panel discussions around the changes happening in higher-education of art, particularly the medium of glass. UrbanGlass has chosen Craft/Material Studies professor Jack Wax to deliver the keynote address titled, “Loud, Hyperbolic, and Self-Branding: How glass departments can redefine + reposition themselves in university art curriculums.”
Associate Professor in the Department of Fashion Design, Kristin Caskey, is one of the five finalists in the Second American Batik Design Competition. The three winners of the first prize will win $7,000 and a two week trip to Indonesia to participate in and see Batik in five different locations.
Kristin’s Batik design, entitled Dawn to Dusk, illustrates an urban and rural landscape in night (silhouette) and day (full color). The goal of Dawn to Dusk is to create a beautiful and complex illustration of disparate ways in which Americans live. Symbols and pictograms are utilized to create a universal visual language. Because of its vast scale and economic breadth, people in the United States live very different lifestyles in vastly differing geographic landscapes. The largest populations in the US are in cities. As city life becomes crowded, expensive and full of stress, and pollution, many people dream of moving back to the land. The country life, of growing your own food, raising animals and working on the land is idealized in our culture where few people farm.
The Department of Communication Arts welcomes new full-time faculty TyRuben Ellingson, veteran Hollywood concept designer. Most recently Ellingson has worked on sci-film “Elysium”. He has also worked on such films as “Men in Black,” “Hellboy,” “Avatar” and this summer’s “Pacific Rim.” This fall he will be a professor of Concept Design. He told Style Weekly he plans to teach students not only the techniques and skills of his profession, but also provide them with wisdom gained from more than 20 years in the field.
Sophomore in the Department of Photography & Film, Alex Kreher has returned from a very successful shoot in France. His girlfriend Zoë Romano set out to run the Tour de France on foot as the first person ever to do so. 11 Weeks later, she actually did it, and not just that, she also raised $168,105.00 for the local Non-Profit World Pediatric Project! Alex got great footage of her 2000 mile quest and he is starting to put together the documentary. The NBC Today Show did a piece about Zoe’s adventure and featured Alex’s visuals.
Nine VCUarts Fashion Design & Merchandising graduates, including one graduate from VCUQatar, are showing their Spring 2014 Collections designs at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 7:30pm at Alger House (45 Downing Street, New York City). These recent graduates will have the opportunity to showcase their student work in a professional atmosphere during fashion week spring/summer 2014 in the capital of the world, New York City. The Department of Fashion Design & Merchandising has invited approximately 75-80 people to attend. The audience will be made up of advisory board members, alumni, CFDA members, Cotton Inc., fashion designers, human resource representatives, and media.