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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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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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