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2014 Student Exhibitions Launch New VCUarts Depot

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2014 Student Exhibitions Launch New VCUarts Depot

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Richmond, VA – This spring, for the first time, the annual student exhibitions at VCU’s top-ranked School of the Arts will take place concurrently at two Monroe Park Campus locations: the Anderson Gallery at 907½ West Franklin Street, and the newly renovated Depot Building, located three blocks away at 814 West Broad Street. These exhibitions will inaugurate the Depot, an innovative multidisciplinary facility overseen by VCUarts that will provide a wide array of expanded opportunities for students, faculty, and community engagement.

2014 Student Exhibitions

Juried Fine Arts, Design &
Kinetic Imaging Exhibitions
April 3-20
Opening reception: Thursday, April 3, 5-7 pm

This year’s undergraduate fine arts juror is Denise Markonish, curator at MASS MoCA, where she recently organized Oh, Canada, the largest survey of contemporary Canadian art ever undertaken. Markonish has worked with many internationally recognized artists, including VCUarts professor Stephen Vitiello, Sanford Biggers, Mark Dion, Nari Ward, and Inigo Manglano-Ovalle. Her upcoming exhibitions will feature new work by VCUarts alumna Teresita Fernandez, Lee Boroson, and Nick Cave. Markonish will give a talk on her selection process on Friday, March 21, at 11 am, at the Anderson Gallery.

Faculty members from the Departments of Fashion, Graphic, and Interior Design and Communication Arts will select student works for their respective undergraduate exhibitions. The Kinetic Imaging exhibition, also selected by department faculty, will include sound art, animation, and video.

MFA Thesis Exhibitions
April 25-May 18
Opening reception: Friday, April 25, 5-7 pm

The MFA thesis exhibition is the final requirement for students in the graduate fine arts and design programs,
representing the culmination of each artist’s accomplishments over a two-year period. This year’s thesis
exhibitions will also feature work made by graduate students in the Scenic and Costume Design programs in the Department of  Theatre.

“Using the Depot in tandem with the Anderson Gallery will enable us to install the MFA shows in one all-encompassing round, rather than two smaller rounds,” notes Gallery Director Ashley Kistler, “thereby offering the most comprehensive presentation of student creativity ever mounted by the School of the Arts.” These shows will also remain on view for an extended three-week run, giving visitors additional opportunities to experience the full range of talent emerging from the school.

MFA exhibitors are: Craft/Material Studies Julie Malen, Marisa Finos, R. Abram Deslauriers, Jared Cru Smith, Andrea Vail, Erika Diamond, Brian Fleetwood; Graphic Design Idil Chilingiroglu, Laurie Culshaw, Laura Schlifer, Hong Zhang; Interior Design Eman Alsulaimani, Britta Bielak, Erin Brooks, Latonia Ricks-Chavis, Xuan Liu, Gordon McCormick, Tyler Mitchell, Jane Ellen Moss, Betty Lynn Rowe, Monika Shreves, Amy Turnage; Kinetic Imaging Zachary Duer, Caryn Brissey; Painting & Printmaking Aaron Koehn, Aaron Storck, Adriane Connerton, Christine Navin, Michael Hunter, Mike Linskie, Nick Irzyk, Philip Hinge, Tom Burkett; Photography/Film Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, Cynthia Henebry, Janelle Proulx; Sculpture + Extended Media Jake Borndal, Tal Gafny, Morgan Pearse, Roxanne Yamins, Omri Zin; Theatre Isabela Tavares de Melo and  Torrie Sanders.

The Depot

Built in 1907 as a station for the Richmond-Ashland trolley line, and later acquired by the Richmond Glass
company, the newly-named Depot is currently undergoing a VCUarts-led, state-of-the-art renovation, which
will modernize the building while preserving its historical character.

“Future exhibitions of work by our talented, energetic students will breathe life into this important historic
landmark,” says VCUarts Dean Joseph Seipel. “The Depot building is emblematic of the VCU School of the Arts’ interest in connecting to the greater Richmond community. Located just one block west of the soon-to-be
Institute for Contemporary Art, it will be another exciting contributor to the cultural vitality of the city.”

The facility will house flexible interdisciplinary workspaces, including those designated for a new creative entrepreneurship program, as well as studio classrooms, offices, a soundstage, lounge, and conference room.
An expansive gallery will accommodate ongoing exhibitions of undergraduate student work, while a spectacular studio and related amenities will provide a much-needed expansion for the Department of Dance and

While certain areas of the Depot will be open to the public for the student exhibitions this spring, the entire
facility will be in full operation for the fall 2014 semester. Additional details about upcoming programs and events
at the Depot and its hours of operation will be announced later this year.

STUDENT SHOW GALLERY HOURS (Anderson Gallery and the Depot):
Monday-Friday, 10-5; Saturday & Sunday, noon-5.
For more information and directions, please visit our website:

Press Contact:
Traci Garland, Anderson Gallery Coordinator,, 804-828-1524