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September 06, 2017
Painting + Printmaking Alum Travels the World

Painting + Printmaking alumna Melissa Lesh (BFA ’13) travels the world with her boyfriend, Trevor Frost, to tell stories about nature, wildlife and conservation. Lesh came to VCU for art school with plans to become a graphic designer. She spent summers working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, first in Maine learning about moose, then…

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September 06, 2017
Sculpture Alum Receives $10,000 Grant

Sculpture + Extended Media alumna Lauren DeSimone (BFA ’08) received a $10,000 grant from the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation. DeSimone, who earned a bachelor’s degree in sculpture and extended media from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, is one of six artists and collectives who each received a $10,000 grant from the Richmond Memorial Health…

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September 05, 2017
Professor Emeritus Elizabeth King Showing at MASS MoCA

Elizabeth King, Professor Emeritus, Sculpture + Extended Media, received a review in the New York Times on Radical Small, her current exhibition at MASS MoCA. At nearby MASS MoCA, the question is what makes figuration go live, raised by Elizabeth King in work that marries exacting handcraft and digital technology. No stranger to cutting-edge technology, Ms. King…

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August 23, 2017
VCUarts Welcomes Class of 2021

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts Welcomes Class of 2021 Richmond, Va.—Over 670 students have joined the incoming freshman Class of 2021 at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts). As a group, the class represents a cross-section of talent, creativity, socioeconomic backgrounds, cities and countries, interests, and cultures that VCUarts values. “We’ve…

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August 02, 2017
New Initiative on Racial Equity, Arts and Culture

Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts, new Institute for Contemporary Art, and Department of African American Studies Announce Visiting Artists Meghan K. Abadoo and Paul Rucker and Visiting Scholar Onaje X. O. Woodbine To Lead New Initiative on Racial Equity, Arts and Culture RICHMOND, Va.—In Fall 2017, VCU School of the Arts (VCUarts), one…

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July 14, 2017
VCU Fashion paints the town

Three Fashion Design students, Caitlyn Sharlette, Keanna Kogut and Shelby Herndon just completed a mural at the corner of Broad and Gilmer streets under the direction of department chair, Patricia Brown. “Fashion murals seemed to me to be a great way to make a statement about Richmond as not only a place where art and…

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July 13, 2017
Veterans process trauma through art

Nonprofit organization CreatiVets collaborated with VCUarts and VCU Office of Military Student Services to help men and women whose lives were scarred by war use art to help process their experiences. Eight veterans participated in the partnership’s inaugural course, which took place June 12-30. The participating veterans have all struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder or…

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July 11, 2017
Communication Arts alumnus a leader in museum exhibit design

If you ask Lonny Schwartz what makes a museum exhibition great, he’ll offer up a clear-eyed design philosophy. A visitor, he says, should be able to walk through an exhibit without reading a word and leave understanding one key concept. Exhibits succeed not when they show off a cabinet of curiosities, but when they bring…

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June 30, 2017
VCUarts on view at Page Bond Gallery

Through Friday, July 7, Page Bond Gallery hosts “Emerge,” an exhibition of work by VCUarts students and recent graduates. “Ambitious, bold, fearless,” says Page Bond, “these artists are driving something playful and smart.” Mounted annually since 2011, the show is a fantastic opportunity for art lovers in Richmond to see the impressive skill our current…

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June 29, 2017
VCUarts Leads Initiative to Reimagine Richmond’s Historic Monument Avenue

The School of the Arts harnesses the power of design for dialogue, healing, and education RICHMOND, VA ⎯ mOb (middle Of broad) studio, the experimental design lab of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts (VCUarts) and its community partner, Storefront for Community Design (Storefront), are organizing a national competition for design submissions that reconsider…

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June 19, 2017
Sculpture student receives Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship

Anthony Iacono (M.F.A. ’17), who has just graduated from VCUarts, was recently awarded the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, a $10,000 stipend to be used at his discretion.  The fellowship is given out annually to M.F.A. students who are poised to graduate from a fine arts program. “Iacono has worked tirelessly over the past two years,”…

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