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January 16, 2018
VCU iCubed Visiting Artist MK Abadoo is “Breakout Star” in Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch

RICHMOND, Va.—DMV-based choreographer and cultural organizer, MK Abadoo, is one of 25 artists in Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” list of 2018 breakout stars in the dance field. Abadoo’s community-based creative practice is highlighted, with DC critic Lisa Traiger calling her an “unapologetic activist” who “speaks her truth to power.” Abadoo recently joined the Richmond…

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January 16, 2018
VCUarts Partners with Tate Modern, London

Addiction and recovery artist brings practice to U.K. for week-long residency Richmond, Virginia (Jan. 16, 2018) – Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts) is pleased to announce its partnership with Tate Exchange, at Tate Modern London. Artist John Freyer, an assistant professor at VCUarts, will be the school’s first Tate Exchange Associate. He…

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January 16, 2018
2017-2018 Undergraduate Student Research Grant award winners announced

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Undergraduate Student Research Grant award winners. The Undergraduate Student Research Grant program provides $25,000 in funding per year with the purpose of encouraging curiosity, creativity, risk-taking and scholarly investigation into an interdisciplinary project or subject of interest relevant to the student’s major. Learn more about their projects at the Undergraduate Student…

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January 16, 2018
VCU School of the Arts Dean Emeritus Joseph Seipel to serve as interim ICA director

Virginia Commonwealth University announced today that Joseph H. Seipel, dean emeritus of the VCU School of the Arts, has agreed to serve as interim director of the university’s Institute for Contemporary Art. Seipel will fill the role left vacant by Lisa Freiman, who announced last week that she was stepping down as director to focus…

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January 16, 2018
Cinema Alumna Chosen as 2018 Film Independent Fellow in L.A.

This year, VCUarts Cinema alumna Autumn Dea (BA ’12) is one of 30 new Project Involve fellows at Film Independent, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that supports independent filmmakers. The nine-month intensive gives up-and-coming film professionals the opportunity to work with a mentor in their field, take part in masters workshops, produce short films and attend…

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January 11, 2018
Music Alumnus Gordy Haab on Composing Music for Star Wars

VCUarts Music alumnus Gordy Haab (BM ’00) is an award-winning composer and orchestrator whose latest projects have included the scores for two installments in the Star Wars: Battlefront series of video games. His work as the lead composer for Star Wars: Battlefront II, released in November 2017, was the subject of an interview between Haab…

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January 10, 2018
The ICA is Artnet’s Most Anticipated Museum Opening

Artnet, the New York-based art market and news website, has released their complete guide to the “biggest, baddest, boldest” museum openings in 2018. Topping the list is the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU, set to open to the public with a community block party on Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m. On the ICA,…

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December 12, 2017
VCUarts Viewbook and Major in Amazing Win Awards

The VCUarts Undergraduate Viewbook, with graphic design by Yaeyoung Emily Park (MFA ’15), won the Red Dot Award for Communication Design. The Viewbook also won the Public Relations Society of America Capital Award of Excellence. VCUarts’ sizzle reel, “Major in Amazing,” won a CASE Circle of Excellence Award and the Hermes Creative Platinum Award. The video…

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December 12, 2017
Associate Chair of Dance + Choreography Published in Dance Magazine

Dance + Choreography Associate Chair Lea Marshall wrote “Op-Ed: In the #MeToo Era, Every Word Matters. Including ‘Fuzzy.’” which was recently featured in Dance Magazine. The New York Times broke a story about ballet that was quickly picked up by other national and international news outlets. Peter Martins, longtime ballet master in chief of New York City Ballet and…

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December 12, 2017
10 Years of Cinema

This year marks a decade since VCUarts launched the Cinema program. As a part of the school’s diverse range of disciplines, Cinema has distinguished itself with team projects that call on each student’s individual talents, the skills of faculty who work and learn alongside them, and a shared devotion to the craft of filmmaking. Over…

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December 12, 2017
McKean Receives Harker Award

Michael Jones McKean is the recipient of the 2017 Harker Award for Interdisciplinary Studies. McKean, an associate professor in Sculpture + Extended Media, is in residence at the San Francisco Art Institute preparing for a large solo project in January. Administered by the San Francisco Foundation, the Harker Award supports artists-in-residence at the San Francisco…

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