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July 16, 2012
Richmond City Council Recognition

VCUarts just got a big thumbs up from the city of Richmond. Earlier this month, City Council gave VCUarts an “official recognition” for its efforts in the construction of the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art, the multidisciplinary arts center planned for the corner of Broad and Belvidere streets, scheduled to open in 2015. This recognition…

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July 11, 2012
VCU Jazz Journeys To South Africa

  Congratulations to Tony Garcia, Director of Jazz Studies, for receiving an International Partnership Major Initiatives (IPMI) Award. Tony’s project brings together students and faculty of the Jazz Studies Programs of VCU and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa. Beginning July 2012, students and faculty from each campus will conduct exchange visits,…

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July 02, 2012
Fashion Alumnus up for CFDA Nomination

Fashion Design alumnus, Donwan Harrell, is gaining major recognition in the fashion industry. His denim line PRPS, worn by famous names such as David Beckham and Johnny Depp, is made in Japan and uses signature selvedge. The denim is made from African cotton on old Levi’s looms. Aside from being featured in widely known publications and blogs…

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June 01, 2012
Catching up with Craft/Material Studies

In the Spring 2012 semester, a total of more than $25,000 in grants, awards, and scholarships were distributed to several top Craft/Material Studies students. Congratulations to the following undergraduate students: Sean Donlon Michelle Florence Jessica Hairston Jessica Mayes Mary Newton Leah Simmerman Ashley Tamber Rachel Van Liere Sibelle Yuksek   The First Craft Department Alumni…

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June 01, 2012
Kinetic Imaging Student wins 2012 Anti-Smoking Video Contest

Congratulations to Ayyaz Amjad, Kinetic Imaging student and grand prize winner of the “Tobacco – I’m Not Buying It” video contest. Amjad’s video, “You Don’t Smoke Cigarettes, Cigarettes Smoke You” won the $1,000 grand prize in the 18-25 age group. His video explains the dangers of smoking and shows people being taken out of a…

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May 08, 2012
VCUarts Qatar Graduates its First Class of MFA Students

  VCUarts Qatar held its 2012 Commencement Ceremony on May 7th at the Education City Student Center, conferring 43 Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in fashion, graphic and interior design and two Master of Fine Arts degrees in Design Studies. The 11th Commencement – which also celebrates the first class of designers of the first graduate…

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May 07, 2012
VCUarts in VCU Venture Creation Competition

The Virginia Commonwealth University da Vinci Center for Innovation hosted the 2012 VCU Venture Creation Competition and winners of the inaugural campus-wide competition were announced Friday, April 27, as part of VCU Student Research Week. The competition began earlier this semester with 40 student teams submitting executive summaries of ideas, concepts or technologies for a…

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May 04, 2012
Ross Walter Awarded Grant from PennPAT

Congratulations to Ross Walter and VCU Music. Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT) is a public/private partnership administered by the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation, allowing roster artists to travel and perform throughout the mid-atlantic region and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This award brings the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass (RMPBB) to Richmond for the fifth annual…

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May 03, 2012
Leong’s Strides in the Richmond Theatre Community

David Leong, Chair of the Theatre Department, is a local advocate for the dramatic arts through his involvement in the Richmond Professional Theater Task Force. His op-ed piece, featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, discusses TheatreVCU’s work with Barksdale Theatre and Theatre IV. He believes these relationships are key in order for the task force to bring…

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April 25, 2012
Introducing the Institute for Contemporary Art

As the country’s #1 public art school, VCUarts has a reputation to uphold. We are proud to announce our plans for the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art. The ICA will be designed by world renowned architect Steven Holl. The building, scheduled to open in 2015, will be positioned at the corner of Broad and Belvidere Streets,…

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April 23, 2012
VCU Goes Green Celebrates Earth Day on the Pollak Green Roof

VCU Goes Green sponsors several events throughout April to celebrate Earth Day. On April 17th, faculty and guests were invited to the Pollak Green Roof for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Attendees were treated with potted herbs to encourage sustainability.