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August 02, 2017
New Initiative on Racial Equity, Arts and Culture

Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts, new Institute for Contemporary Art, and Department of African American Studies Announce Visiting Artists Meghan K. Abadoo and Paul Rucker and Visiting Scholar Onaje X. O. Woodbine To Lead New Initiative on Racial Equity, Arts and Culture RICHMOND, Va.—In Fall 2017, VCU School of the Arts (VCUarts), one…

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July 14, 2017
VCU Fashion paints the town

Three Fashion Design students, Caitlyn Sharlette, Keanna Kogut and Shelby Herndon just completed a mural at the corner of Broad and Gilmer streets under the direction of department chair, Patricia Brown. “Fashion murals seemed to me to be a great way to make a statement about Richmond as not only a place where art and…

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July 13, 2017
Veterans process trauma through art

Nonprofit organization CreatiVets collaborated with VCUarts and VCU Office of Military Student Services to help men and women whose lives were scarred by war use art to help process their experiences. Eight veterans participated in the partnership’s inaugural course, which took place June 12-30. The participating veterans have all struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder or…

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July 11, 2017
Communication Arts alumnus a leader in museum exhibit design

If you ask Lonny Schwartz what makes a museum exhibition great, he’ll offer up a clear-eyed design philosophy. A visitor, he says, should be able to walk through an exhibit without reading a word and leave understanding one key concept. Exhibits succeed not when they show off a cabinet of curiosities, but when they bring…

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June 30, 2017
VCUarts on view at Page Bond Gallery

Through Friday, July 7, Page Bond Gallery hosts “Emerge,” an exhibition of work by VCUarts students and recent graduates. “Ambitious, bold, fearless,” says Page Bond, “these artists are driving something playful and smart.” Mounted annually since 2011, the show is a fantastic opportunity for art lovers in Richmond to see the impressive skill our current…

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June 29, 2017
VCUarts Leads Initiative to Reimagine Richmond’s Historic Monument Avenue

The School of the Arts harnesses the power of design for dialogue, healing, and education RICHMOND, VA ⎯ mOb (middle Of broad) studio, the experimental design lab of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts (VCUarts) and its community partner, Storefront for Community Design (Storefront), are organizing a national competition for design submissions that reconsider…

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June 19, 2017
Sculpture student receives Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship

Anthony Iacono (M.F.A. ’17), who has just graduated from VCUarts, was recently awarded the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, a $10,000 stipend to be used at his discretion.  The fellowship is given out annually to M.F.A. students who are poised to graduate from a fine arts program. “Iacono has worked tirelessly over the past two years,”…

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June 07, 2017
Tune into the Tonys June 11

VCU Theatre associate professor and 2017 Lilly Award winner Toni-Leslie James has been nominated for a Tony Award (Best Costume Design in a Play) for her work on “Jitney.” [James] had a specific vision in mind when designing the Seventies-styled costumes for the Broadway debut of Jitney. After all, she’d lived it. “In ’77, I was…

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June 05, 2017
Recent Photography + Film Grads Document Particle Accelerator

Alex Coyle and Shannon Lowe capture the past and future of a groundbreaking government particle physics research laboratory in an upcoming documentary project funded by an undergraduate research grant award. “From an artistic side, I’ve always had an interest in science and how to communicate that to a lay audience,” Lowe said. “We locked ourselves in a…

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May 22, 2017
VCUarts + VCUarts Qatar to present international conference on Islamic art

Twelve of the leading scholars, curators, and artists of Islamic art and architecture from around the world will present their latest research at the seventh Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, Nov. 2–4 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. “We are delighted to host the Hamad bin Khalifa symposium in Richmond this year,” said James…

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May 18, 2017
VCUarts Announces New Dean: Shawn Brixey

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts announces the appointment of their new dean, Shawn Brixey, effective July 1, 2017. Brixey currently serves as the dean of the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Brixey comes to VCU with extensive experience in teaching, research and academic leadership.  He…

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