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April 09, 2018
VCUarts Alumnus Retrospective at Longwood

James Bumgardner (BFA 1958) began teaching at Richmond Professional Institute, a predecessor to Virginia Commonwealth University, after graduating from the Commercial Art Department. When RPI transition to VCU, Bumgardner transferred to the Painting + Printmaking Department, where he stayed until his retirement in 1996 as Professor Emeritus. He had a reputation for being a charismatic…

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April 06, 2018
VCUarts Unique Majors

VCUarts has so many great majors to offer, some of which you might not even know about. VCU News is giving you a glimpse into Communication Arts and Product Innovation, offered by the DaVinci Center. “Communication arts is focused not just on creating the work, but getting it out to the world,” she said. “They…

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April 06, 2018
Communication Arts Alumna Develops Comic Book Series

Megan James (BFA ’17) has attended the annual Small Press Expo among others to promote her comic book series, “Innsmouth.” “Typically, someone will walk up to my booth, and I can see that they want to ask what the comic is about, so I try my best to connect with them and tell them a…

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April 06, 2018
Why I Chose VCUarts

  Making that final college decision can be confusing and difficult. We asked a few students why they chose VCUarts to help you through the decision making process.   Kim Peters, Junior, Graphic Design Reason: Community and Affordability “I love the community that VCUarts provides, it really felt like home even though I was really…

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April 05, 2018
VCUarts Music Professor Uses Music to Tell Incarcerated Individuals’ Stories

  “Open Minds: Music That Mends,” written by Music professor Antonio García, will be performed by the Commonwealth Singers at 7:30 pm on Friday April 6 at the W.E. Singleton Center for Performing Arts. The performance is a musical adaptation of “Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail” (Brandylane Publishers), a 2015 book written by David Coogan, an…

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April 04, 2018
Bringing Art Back to Life: Merin Duke

  Art arrives at Richmond Conservation Studio in tragic condition. Paintings show up flaked and sagging in their stretcher bars, weary from fires, floods, or simple neglect. The rigors of time take a toll on oil, wood, canvas and glue, leaving canvases ripped and pigments faded. At the outset, some withering works of art can…

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April 03, 2018
VCUarts MFA Thesis Exhibition Schedule

  The first round of the VCUarts MFA Thesis Exhibition kicks off on April 6 at The Anderson. A second round, running from late April to early May, will feature a three-part exhibition at The Anderson, the VCUarts Depot and the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design. A full schedule of MFA exhibitions is as follows:…

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April 03, 2018
VCUarts Qatar Alumna Showing at Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha

  VCUarts Qatar alumna Hana al-Saadi is showcasing the installation ‘Proposal for A Public Sculpture’ at the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha from February 25–May 13. The project invites al-Saadi to explore experimental processes of research, production, and conceptual thinking to develop a proposal for a public sculpture in Doha, literally giving her…

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April 03, 2018
VCUarts Connections in ‘An Oak Tree’ at Firehouse Theatre

Richmond’s Firehouse Theatre presents ‘An Oak Tree’ from April 4-14, with involvement from many VCUarts alumni, faculty and current students. Current students pursuing their MFA in Theatre Pedagogy: Director – Mark Lerman Leading actor – Landon Nagel Rehearsal actors – Jeff Darland, Brian Bassett, Wes Seals, Andy Wynn, Janel Miley, Happy Mahaney Current students pursuing their BFA…

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March 30, 2018
Kinetic Imaging Alumnus Wins Awards for Short Film

  Kinetic Imaging alumnus Andrew Volpe (BFA ’09) is a freelance editor and cameraman at the Teaching Company. His 2017 short film “The Free Agent Fan” won the Audience Choice Award at the Delco Film Festival in Pennsylvania, and a Silver Award for Best Short Documentary at the International Independent Film Awards in California.  Volpe’s film documents his father…

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March 30, 2018
VCUarts Fashion Show ‘Momentum’ Largest to Date

The VCUarts 2018 Juried Fashion Show, ‘Momentum,’ will take place May 10 at Main Street Station’s Train Shed. The venue holds 1,400 attendees and a 500-foot runway, making this year’s show the largest to date. Also new this year is the event’s organizer, first-year professor Rudy Lopez, though he’s no stranger to the fashion industry. An…

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