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December 11, 2017
Graphic Design Seniors Host High-tech Winter Show

On December 1, 18 Graphic Design seniors launched their senior showcase in a pair of colorful, spacious galleries at the Graphic Design Center on West Broad St. Each of the exhibiting students were December graduates and have all chosen to go out with a bang. The show, overseen by Associate Professor of Graphic Design Sandy Wheeler, celebrated some…

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December 11, 2017
Ashley Hawkins’s December 2017 Commencement Address

  Thank you for such a warm welcome. It is truly one of the greatest honors of my life to stand in front of you today. First of all—congratulations, graduates! You’ve spent years working for this day and you should be incredibly proud of what you have accomplished. It was not that long ago that…

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December 07, 2017
The Singing Trombone Player: Jason Garland

As graduation swiftly approaches, Music major Jason Garland has made time to look back and consider how much he’s changed since beginning his degree at VCUarts. “I have grown so much as an artist and human being,” he says. “The people, the knowledge, and the experiences, I wouldn’t trade for the world. Without my experiences…

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December 07, 2017
Graphic Design Senior Reflects on Collaborative Experience

Thomas Tonapi is graduating this semester from the Department of Graphic Design and is appreciative of the unique experiences VCU provided. One of Tonapi’s proudest moments at VCU was working on a Capital One project to make call center agents’ work less stressful and tedious. He was ecstatic to have a real, measurable impact on…

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December 06, 2017
VCUarts Photography + Film Professor Wins $35,000 Grant

VCUarts Associate Professor Sasha Waters Freyer, chair of the school’s Department of Photography and Film, has been awarded $35,000 from the Derek Freese Film Foundation to complete her documentary “Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable.” The film will have its broadcast premiere on PBS’s “American Masters” series during the 2018–19 season, and will start touring film festivals in…

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December 06, 2017
Cinema Celebrates Ten Years While Working on Showtime’s Homeland

Virginia has always been a beautiful place to make a movie, and now it’s offering great opportunities for Cinema students to work on bonafide Hollywood productions. The Cinema program, which this year marks its tenth anniversary, has twenty-three alumni and current students working on Showtime’s Homeland, filming now in Richmond. Over the past decade, Cinema students…

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December 04, 2017
Acting is My Superpower: Joshua Gutierrez

Every artist has a motivation, and for Joshua Gutierrez, his is to save the world. But like any great actor, Gutierrez’s grandest aspirations stem from very humble roots: his family. In his second year of community college, his parents were hit with a major financial setback, a reality that profoundly changed how he looked at…

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November 30, 2017
Alumni Profile: Courtney Darlington

  Disparity (pictured above) a 2016 work choreographed by Courtney Darlington (BFA ’17), was selected to be performed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Mass. last summer. Darlington’s piece was chosen as part of the American College Dance Association Performance Highlights program in the Pillow’s Inside/Out series.   Photo courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow. 

November 28, 2017
Sonya Clark Recognized for Teaching, Research and Public Service

Distinguished VCUarts Professor Sonya Clark has been promoted to commonwealth professor, one of the highest honors that can be granted to a university employee, in recognition of her exemplary contributions to teaching, research and public service. Clark, who served as chair the Department of Craft/Material Studies from 2006 through 2017, was awarded a universitywide Distinguished Scholars Award…

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November 28, 2017
Alumna Showing at Art Basel – Miami Beach

Carmen Smith (BFA ’05) will be showing at Superfine!, a boutique contemporary art fair the first week in December, in correlation with Art Basel – Miami Beach. While studying abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Smith visited the Hermitage Museum often to get away from the cold and grab a coffee. Immediately upon returning to the States,…

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November 28, 2017
The Right Fit for Fashion: Justina Dambrauskaite

In the Fashion Merchandising program, Justina Dambrauskaite has taken advantage of some rare and special opportunities to gain professional experience. Through her Advanced Show Production class, she joined the production staff of this year’s VCUarts fashion show “Runway 2017: LAUNCH,” held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, an experience that allowed her to see…

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