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May 05, 2017
Building a Toolkit for Collaboration: Denzel Boyd

Graphic Design senior Denzel Boyd isn’t afraid of the unknown; he’s hungry for it. He arrived at VCUarts as an art student looking to build a diverse and flexible toolkit to take wherever he goes. “When I saw the potential for design to function across many applications—physical, digital, and spatial—I knew it was for someone…

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May 04, 2017
Woodworking Stokes Design: Esther Cho

In 2015, Esther Cho was an Interior Design major ready to graduate. But a passion for woodworking stoked two years prior—when she took a class with assistant professor Heath Matysek-Snyder, the head of the wood shop—encouraged her to turn around and stay at VCUarts just a while longer. “Right as I was about to graduate,”…

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May 03, 2017
Associate Professor Toni-Leslie James Nominated for Tony Award

“Jitney.” Photo by Joan Marcus. VCU Theatre associate professor and director of costume design, Toni-Leslie James, has been nominated for Best Costume Design in a Play for her work on “Jitney.” The news of the Tony nomination comes less than a week after James learned that she had received nominations in two different categories for the 2017…

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May 03, 2017
Giving Students a Voice: Angelique Scott

Angelique Scott knows the power of her own voice. As a double major in Art Education and Craft/Material Studies, she has used her leadership and skill to demonstrate the positive values of learning and self-expression. At VCUarts, she was able to create the organization BASE (Black Art Student Empowerment). In her words, it was a…

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May 02, 2017
Sculpture Alumnus Explores Identity and Memory on a Fulbright Scholarship in South Africa

Since November, Levester Williams (M.F.A. ’16) has been creating sculptures and installations that engage with the politics and poetics of space and place in Johannesburg during its ongoing transformation into a post-apartheid city. He is exploring themes such as identity, memory and community in Johannesburg’s urban landscape. “It was a huge learning experience because I…

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April 26, 2017
Fulbright scholar and VCUarts alum explores visual culture in São Paulo

Dylan Halpern (B.F.A. ’15) is currently in São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, where a controversial law has started the debate between cleaning up the city and preserving its artistic character. Halpern, one of a university-record 11 Fulbright scholars currently studying overseas, is examining the effects of Lei Cidade Limpa (the Clean City Law), which in 2006 banned advertising signage in…

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April 19, 2017
2017 Oscar-winning director Ezra Edelman (‘O.J.: Made in America’) to visit VCU

This Saturday, April 22, following the screening of the last two episodes of “O.J.: Made in America,” Oscar-winning director Ezra Edelman will field questions moderated by Nicolas Forster, visiting lecturer and scholar in the Departments of African American Studies and Film Studies at Yale University. “Students today do not know O.J. in the same way…

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April 14, 2017
Executive Director of Research takes on new role with Richmond’s Public Arts Commission

Photo: Ned Oliver, Times-Dispatch In February, VCUarts Executive Director of Research, Sarah Cunningham took over as the chair of Richmond’s Public Art Commission. In addition to her role at the School of the Arts, Cunningham will now oversee the city’s public art program and has a budget of $2.8 million for new works. She was…

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April 11, 2017
Runway 2017: LAUNCH

A student-organized showcase of 125 original garments designed by fashion juniors and seniors RICHMOND, Va. (April 11, 2017) – Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising presents “Runway 2017: LAUNCH,” to be held at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N….

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April 03, 2017
How I got the job: Abigail Heyd, Sculpture Senior

VCU News recently did a story on seniors and recent graduates who landed great jobs and internships. Representing VCUarts is Abby Heyd, a senior in the Sculpture + Extended Media department. “Universal was really impressed with the variety of my experience at school,” Heyd said. “That really speaks to VCU’s program, everything from welding to…

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March 22, 2017
VCUarts presents End-of-Year Student Exhibitions

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts is presenting its annual spring student exhibitions beginning March 24 at The Anderson, 907 ½ W. Franklin St. The end-of-year exhibitions, taking place over six weeks, are free and open to the public and begin with an undergraduate show featuring the curated work of the best and brightest…

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