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April 24, 2018
VCUarts Fashion Show ‘Momentum’

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts Department of Fashion Design + Merchandising presents Momentum, a juried fashion show highlighting the school’s rising designers. The professional runway show and gala event is organized by fashion merchandising students and showcases knitwear, dresses, menswear, and denim collections from fashion design students. Join us for “Momentum” Thursday,…

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April 23, 2018
Painting and printmaking alum finds career in conservation and documentary film

As a painting and printmaking major, Melissa Lesh (BFA 13) spent her days painting scenes from wildlife. But come summer, she’d pack up her brushes and canvases, and set out for remote refuges like Virginia’s Great Dismal Swamp and the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Maine, where she worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife…

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April 23, 2018
Richmond to Host 2020 Menuhin Competition, ‘the Olympics of the violin’

VCU has teamed up with the city of Richmond, Richmond Symphony, Commonwealth Public Broadcasting (WCVE), and the University of Richmond to bring the 2020 Menuhin Competition to Richmond, Va. The 2020 Menuhin Competition, billed as the world’s leading international competition for young violinists, will be held in Richmond on May 14-24, 2020. The competition, for violinists…

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April 19, 2018
VCUarts Professors Contribute to New Conversations at the ICA

The Institute for Contemporary Art‘s inaugural exhibition, Declaration, will open on April 21 and run through September 9. This exhibition features many VCUarts faculty including Distinguished VCUarts Professor Sonya Clark (Craft/Material Studies), Stephen Vitiello (Kinetic Imaging) and Hope Ginsburg (Art Foundation). VCU professor Sonya Clark’s Edifice and Mortar (2018) also sheds light on the disenfranchised. From afar, the…

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April 19, 2018
iCubed Visiting Arts Fellow Featured at TED Conference

Paul Rucker, an iCubed Visiting Arts Fellow and TED fellow, discussed ways to fight racial discrimination as part of the 2018 TED conference, which was covered by NPR. Rucker began his practice as an artist when he was working as a janitor at the Seattle Art Museum. By experimenting with found and discarded objects, he started…

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April 18, 2018
The Art of People-Watching: Hajr Avant

The stalker’s room is bathed in crimson light. Shadows creep along the walls. Boxes and crates and film canisters pile up around his frameless mattress. Suspended wall-to-wall by clothespin and string are dozens of photographs of a single actress. The stalker is perched at the edge of his bed, stroking his victim’s hair. He is…

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April 16, 2018
VCUarts Qatar Hosting South Korean Artist’s ‘Transition’ Exhibition

VCUarts Qatar welcomes Artist in Residence Leekyung Kang to present an exhibition titled ‘Transition in Unknown Territory; Panic Architecture’ at the Art 29 Gallery, W Doha Hotel, on April 17. Kang, who is originally from South Korea, focuses on pictorial elements in her work, usually in an architectural context with a linear perspective, with the…

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April 16, 2018
Theatre Professor Wins Merritt Award

Toni-Leslie James, associate professor of theatre, is the recipient of the 2018 Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration. The Michael Merritt Awards and Endowment Fund honors the memory of a brilliant designer and inspirational teacher. This national award, unique in its emphasis on excellence in both design and collaboration, has been presented annually since 1994…

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April 13, 2018
Distinguished VCUarts Professor Speaking at Smithsonian

  Distinguished VCUarts Professor Sonya Clark, who was named one of ’16 Women Pushing Design Forward in the United States’ by Artsy in 2017, will be lecturing at the Smithsonian as part of the James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Educators Symposium on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. The program features a panel of renowned advocates…

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April 13, 2018
Dance + Choreography Student Used Dance to Discuss Race

  Christine Wyatt, a student in the Department of Dance + Choreography, used VCU’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program to attend the Summer Leadership Institute of the Urban Bush Women dance company last summer and continues to investigate how dance can combat racial inequalities in her daily practices. Christine Wyatt, a senior who majors in dance…

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April 13, 2018
Kinetic Imaging Student Promotes South Asian Representation

  Sumaat Khan, student in the Department of Kinetic Imaging, recently created a digital illustration in honor of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs’ Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. “I think a lot of people, when they hear about an Asian heritage month, they don’t think about South Asians in their definition,” Khan said….

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