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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

Thirteen 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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May 16, 2017
Time and Pressure: the ‘Marver-lous’ Glasswork of Emily Lamb

Emily Lamb thought she knew exactly what she wanted to major in after Art Foundation—she loved to draw, so Communication Arts seemed like the perfect fit. But during a gap year after AFO, Lamb took classes across a variety of media—drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, metals and color theory—in a creative journey that revealed to her…

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May 12, 2017
Michael Hearst’s May 2017 Commencement Address

  Here’s a secret I’m going to tell you right off the bat: When your alma mater asks you to give a keynote address, you will panic. You will immediately question your qualifications and your life choices, which is a great way of being reminded that your work isn’t done. I’m a musician. But I’m…

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May 12, 2017
The Art of Storytelling: Megan James

Megan James’ first encounter with Communication Arts was at the VCUarts Pre-College Summer Intensive in high school. From that point forward, she was determined to join the program. “Communication Arts is essentially the storytelling major,” she says, “everything we do is narrative based. I knew that I had stories to tell through my work, so…

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May 11, 2017
Not Throwing Away His Shot: Tyler Fauntleroy

This spring, Theatre senior Tyler Fauntleroy got to be in the room where it happens—auditioning for Hamilton in New York City. It was an intimate and brisk experience; one that showed this burgeoning actor just how far he’d come. Growing up, Fauntleroy was admittedly a shy kid. “[I] had a secret interest in performing,” he…

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May 09, 2017
A Tribute in Charcoal: Allison Zigadlo + Triet Le

In just 15 seconds, Kinetic Imaging seniors Allison Zigadlo and Triet Le had impressed two of the most revered French filmmakers in the world. For the 25th French Film Festival, held this past March, Zigadlo and Le had prepared an animated tribute in charcoal to director Jacques Perrin and composer Bruno Coulais at the request of…

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May 08, 2017
Acting on Social Injustice: Mikayla Bartholomew

She was the President of Shafer Alliance Laboratory Theatre; she mounted a play for a former poet laurette; she went to New York for her Senior Showcase—and she did it all in four years. Mikayla Bartholomew never expected she would be an actress, but at VCUarts this Theatre major came into her own. In high…

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