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.
Morgan Meadows, a student in the Department of Theatre, prevailed amongst 1,000 other voices in Studio Center’s Next Great Voice Talent competition. She has won a $100,000 voice-over contract and her first job was a radio spot for Hooters restaurant. She told The Richmond Times-Dispatch, “I want to be the voice that represents these companies,” she said. A loftier goal, however, is to break into the world of animation — movies and television. For now, “I’m juggling all of these dreams that I have,” she said. “It’s completely surreal.”
Image: The Richmond Times-Dispatch
In 2013, the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded 173 Fellowships to artists, scholars and scientists in all fields.
Twelve VCU professors and alumni have received Guggenheim Fellowships since 2002, including past recipients Brian Ulrich, Assistant Professor in the Department of Photography & Film (2009); Elizabeth King, Professor in the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media (2002); Teresita Fernandez (2003) and Bonnie Collura (2005), both alumni of the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media; Hilary Wilder, Assistant Professor in the Department of Painting + Printmaking (2006); Michael Jones McKean, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media (2010); Corin Hewitt, Assistant Professor of Sculpture + Extended Media (2011); and Stephen Vitiello, Associate Professor in the Department of Kinetic Imaging (2011); Kathleen Graber, assistant professor of English (2012); and David Wojahn, professor of English (2003);.
This year, for the second time, VCUarts has received two Guggenheim grants. Congratulations to VCUarts faculty, Sonali Gulati and Siemon Allen for their 2013 Guggenheim Fellowships.
Associate Professor in Photography & Film, Sonali Gulati, received her Guggenheim Fellowship for her work in Film & Video. Her most recent film, “I Am,” has won 12 awards internationally and is still being shown. Gulati grew up in New Delhi, India, and her latest work explores what it’s like to come out as gay in her home country.
Visiting Assistant Professor in Sculpture + Extended Media, Siemon Allen, was awarded his Guggenheim Fellowship for his work in Fine Arts. Allen will spend a year archiving South African music, much of which he says has been destroyed or forgotten during decades of political instability. A native of South Africa, Allen focuses on the visual elements of what he refers to as audio artifacts, documenting record labels and album covers. He incorporates the visuals in large-scale installations.
Guggenheim Fellowships are grants to selected individuals made for a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months. Since the purpose of the Guggenheim Fellowship program is to help provide Fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, grants are made freely. No special conditions attach to them, and Fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work.
LABELS, Siemon Allen, 2009
installation, inkjet photo-prints, black plastic, map-pins, 25′ x 10′
from the exhibition “Imaging South Africa: Records | Newspapers | Stamps”
BANK Gallery, Durban, South Africa