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Check out this blog solely organized by the VCUarts tour guides! They keep an eye on events happening on and off campus while also posting their experiences as VCUarts students. The blog contains a wealth of information and photos dedicated to portfolios, applications, and daily life for an art student. Even a little bit of their own work will be on display. Feel feel to drop them a question and follow vcuartstour.tumblr.com for their daily updates.
Ryan Martin, Class of 2015, is a native Richmonder and graduated from Henrico High School. She is pursuing a degree in Sculpture + Extended Media, with a double minor in Painting and Printmaking and Art History. Her other interests include history, literature, astronomy, and puppies. She also adores museums and would someday like to venture into curatorial work. She is quite delighted to be working as a VCUarts tour guide, and enjoys the opportunity to show off her school to prospective students!
- Ryan cannot whistle a tune or snap her fingers.
- Ryan loves musicals; one time she got to see “Chicago” on Broadway in NYC.
- Ryan really, really, really, really wants to visit New Zealand, and maybe live there someday.
Jordan Witherspoon, Class of 2015, is currently double-majoring in Art Education and Craft/Material studies, with a focus in Fiber and Clay. While growing up in central Virginia, Jordan could never go a day without making art. Her love of art continued to blossom as she went through school, and was influenced by her other talents in Latin, literature and science. After graduating, Jordan hopes to become an art teacher of any grade level, and to begin selling the work she makes.
- Jordan W.’s favorite sandwich is banana and mayonnaise on potato bread.
- Jordan W.’s favorite activity is crocheting while watching movies on Netflix.
- Jordan W.’s current obsession is My Little Pony.
Molly Roberts, Class of 2015, was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and spent most of her adolescence in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she graduated from Central High School. She is majoring in Painting & Printmaking and would like to minor in Craft/Material Studies with a focus in metal jewelry and body adornments. At home, Molly enjoys camping, hiking, and exploring the outdoors. While at school, she enjoys the many advantages of urban life in Richmond- especially the amazing music and art scenes! Molly hopes to one day attain a Master’s degree in Art Therapy to spread the healing qualities that the process of creating provides. She would also like to spend some time abroad studying art in Europe or doing community art in Africa.
- Molly has seen Death Cab for Cutie three times. (She once even met Ben Gibbard, the lead singer!)
- Molly hates the sound of Styrofoam.
- Molly has never used workout equipment in a gym. (She likes exercising outside!)
Brandon Butts, Class of 2014, is a Theatre Performance major, raised right here in Richmond. VCUarts was an automatic choice for him. He was bitten by the acting bug in fourth grade and has been acting ever since. He hopes to be a professional actor, director, and playwright after getting his BFA from his department. In his spare time he enjoys video games, especially Sonic, cooking, and listening to music he’s never heard before.
- If it is food that can be eaten from a bowl, that’s what Brandon prefers to eat.
- Brandon thinks that pugs are so ugly they’re adorable.
- For someone who hates the outdoors, Brandon sits outside a lot.
Bridget Ficaretta, Class of 2016, grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York. Currently enrolled in the Interior Design Program, she is interested in some sort of design-oriented career, whether it is Fashion, Interior, or Game Design. Ever since elementary school, art has been her passion. With VCUarts having such a wide variety of programs to study, Bridget knew that it would be foolish to go anywhere else. Having lived in upstate New York, the move to Richmond was a huge change. She loves the diversity, the green suburbs, the vibrant nightlife and most importantly, the weather in Richmond. At some point, either in her time at VCU or after, Bridget would love to travel to Europe, Ireland in particular.
- Through an internship with a local fashion designer, Bridget designed and made her own dress for senior prom.
- At only 5’ tall, Bridget is excellent at hide-and-seek.
- Bridget has never been on a plane.
Malcolm Peacock, Class of 2016, is a Sophomore at VCUarts. He is currently enrolled in the Painting & Printmaking department. Malcolm was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, and spent the majority of his life in Baltimore County, Maryland. He is one of five children and has shown his work in the Baltimore Museum of Art. He has two pet peacocks that he purchased from a farm. His favorite activities include running, eating, and pool hopping. His favorite artists are Chuck Close and Paul Cadden.
- Malcolm hopes that his little sister will become an artist because her natural ability is outstanding.
- Malcolm hopes to attend the Summer Olympics one day.
- Malcolm is obsessed with the television show Breaking Bad.
Larry Camper, Class of 2016, is from Maryland and is a Fashion Design major. He enjoys sports and is inspired by companies such as Nike and Under Armour. Larry was raised in a family of five. He attended Suitland High School in Forestville, where he was a visual arts student and studied sculpture and drawing and painting. He intends to become a fashion design major in his sophomore year at VCUarts. He is part of a clothing line called NDVR (Endeavor Brand Clothing). He has aspirations to head a company that can change the world’s view on fashion and sports, while being an inspiration to young entrepreneurs.
- Larry cries when the Redskins lose.
- Larry has designed and painted a mural in Prince Georges County Mall.
- Kevin Durant, an NBA player, wears clothing from NDVR, Larry’s line.
Michael Walker, Class of 2016, and a Graphic Design major, thinks it’s awkward to write about himself in third person. He became serious about making art when he attended high school in Greenville, South Carolina. Now he’s glad to say that he attends the number one public art school in the nation, VCUarts! When he’s not giving tours or in the studio you’ll find him in a museum or gallery. If you want to get on his good side, just make a casual reference to art history. He’s interested in all kinds of art, especially photography and illustration. If you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, he’ll simply reply: “happy.”
- Mike is a triplet.
- Mike is working on a project where he completes one life drawing a day for an entire year. (Ask him for a link to his favorites so far.)
- Mike’s favorite animal is the okapi. Yes, it’s real!
Cameron Spratley, Class of 2016, is from Manassas, Virginia, and graduated from Osbourn High School. Seeing as he doodled on all of his schoolwork and was always the illustrator for group projects in his classes, he naturally chose to go to art school. Cameron’s favorite artist is Kehinde Whiley, who is influenced by Vermeer and Basquiat. Cameron enjoys designing things of all types and is currently a sophomore in Painting & Printmaking.
- Cameron has a dog named Hobo.
- Cameron shares his birthday with his older sister and grandmother.
- His close friends and family refer to Cameron as “C-money”.
Heather West, Class of 2014, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and grew up in central Virginia. She is currently studying Photography & Film. She was raised by a single mother and started to become interested in art during high school. When looking at colleges, she knew VCUarts was right for her because of the location, reputation, and value. She aspires to take her degree and find a job taking architectural photos for real estate or businesses while also furthering a career in fine art photography, or becoming a curator. She enjoys photo manipulation and has a love for web design.
- Heather changed her mind a few times in AFO before deciding to major in Photography and Film.
- Heather is an avid Korean pop music fan, and spent her summer learning Kpop dances.
- Heather decided to minor in Spanish because she loves communicating with people, and plans to eventually travel and work for the Peace Corps.
- Heather is thankful that she got to go to such a great art school, while still being close to her mom, who is her best friend.
Jazmin Ford, Class of 2016, was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina with her two older brothers. She fell in love with art when she was in preschool, where she stayed up during nap time just so she could finish drawing pictures. Jazmin came to VCUarts because she loves the city atmosphere and the amazing student artwork. During high school she really enjoyed working with clay and making large sculptures. She is currently a sophomore in Art Education. She spends a lot of her free time hanging out with friends and playing music.
- Jazmin’s favorite food is pasta.
- Jazmin had three birds, one hamster, and now has two dogs named Bambi and Fella.
- Jazmin only likes to read books that are a part of a series.
Carmen Jones, Class of 2016, is a Maryland crab majoring in Fashion Merchandising. She eats, sleeps and breathes everything fashion related. Since the age of three, Carmen has been wearing cool threads. Thrift stores are her second home. When she’s not thrifting, she enjoys swimming at her local pool and eating ice cream. One day she hopes to travel the world studying the different trends of all different cultures, and to hopefully have her own boys clothing line.
- Carmen loves CHEESE, preferably Swiss.
- Carmen can’t go a week without eating ice cream.
- Carmen wants to marry a rock star!
Reyna Pannell, Class of 2016, is a sophomore who grew up in the rolling farmlands of Maryland. She majors in Music Education with the primary instrument violin, and is the middle child of five children. She has a cat named Shelly, and is afraid of big dogs and E.T. She studied at Baltimore School for the Arts and has traveled to New Orleans to study with Amanda Shaw, jazz violinist. To make her smile you could bring her Milkduds and a burrito from Chipotle.
- Country music makes Reyna’s head spin.
- Reyna loves to make funny/annoying noises.
- Reyna cracks her knuckles constantly.
Alex Barton, Class of 2015, lived six years in England, and then moved to the Richmond area and graduated from Atlee High School. During Art Foundations he chose Communication Arts as his major because of the variety of digital and analogue mediums in its curriculum. He is an avid painter with influences ranging from Andrea Mantegna to Antonio Lopez Garcia and hopes to one day become an established portrait painter. Outside of his studies, he loves trying all the different restaurants in Richmond; the tots from Sticky Rice, the eggs benedict from Strawberry Street and the tofu Caesar salad from Ipanema are just a few of his favorite meals. Alex recently studied abroad in Italy on a faculty-led trip where he drew Renaissance Architecture (with multiple gelato breaks) every day for a month! Feel free to ask him anything about VCUarts, Richmond, or travel abroad!
- Alex has a sister in Craft and Material Studies.
- Alex will be spending winter break in the Netherlands.
- Alex’s favorite movies are Pirates of the Caribbean and A Little Princess.
Jordan Kantor, Class of 2017, is from Roanoke, Virginia, a small southwestern city, surrounded by mountains. Currently in the Art Foundations Program, Jordan plans to enter into the Painting & Printmaking department. Her love for painting began when she began taking lessons during her sophomore year of high school from a VCUarts painting graduate. Besides painting, Jordan loves playing stringed instruments, such as the guitar and ukulele, rock climbing at VCU’s awesome gym, and running throughout Richmond, especially to the art museum! Jordan is thrilled to be in the exciting city of Richmond, as it hosts the calming James River and its surrounding trails and wildlife, while still holding the business of the city and its endless opportunities.
- Jordan once swam with dolphins and stingrays.
- Jordan has been on 6 cruises.
- Jordan loves the rain, especially thunderstorms, but only when she’s inside.
- One of Jordan’s favorite snacks is frozen grapes.
Ginna Shea, Class of 2015, was born and raised in Bedford, which is a rural town in southwestern Virginia. She is pursuing a dual degree in Sculpture & Extended Media and Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies. She works independently and collaboratively across mediums including video, performance, sculpture, and print. Ginna loves living in Richmond because her favorite people are here and she gets to dance, garden, roller-skate, eat, thrift, and make art with them.
- Bananas are one of her favorite accessories.
- Her favorite bird is the Bobolink.
- She has two baby girl guinea pigs named Bully and Bossy.
John Irving, Class of 2017, began doodling obsessively on any surface he could get away with at age four, but never considered art school until his first formal art class in 9th grade. Born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, VCU was a natural first choice for him. Within just a year, Richmond has already revealed a far richer arts scene than he’d ever expected to find so close to home. John is currently a sophomore in Painting & Printmaking.
- As a child, John had a fear of cooked macaroni that often caused him problems at friends’ dinner tables.
- John grew up in a house crowded with just as many animals as humans, or more, if you count all the feral cats that have lived in his backyard.
- If John is in a car for more than a few minutes, chances are he’ll fall asleep (he’s sticking to biking for the time being).