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November 17, 2017
KI Alumni Return to the Silver Screen

Kinetic Imaging alumni Allison Zigadlo (BFA ’17) and Triet Le (BFA ’17) premiered their latest collaborative animation at the Pocahontas Reframed: Native American Storytellers Film Festival. The animated short, featuring a dancing girl who sweeps away dark clouds, served as the introduction to the festival on Nov. 17 at the Byrd Theatre. In March 2017,…

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November 17, 2017
Dance + Choreography Alumna Pictured in NYT and Mentioned in Broadway World

Ronniqué Murray (BFA ’13) has been pictured in the New York Times in a review of Step Afrika! and mentioned in Broadway World as a standout. While most of the music was created on stage, a particularly memorable piece was danced to Nina Simone’s recording of “My Man’s Gone Now.” During the Great Migration of…

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November 13, 2017
VCUarts Fashion Ranks in Top 50 Global Fashion Schools

  VCUarts Fashion Design + Merchandising has been placed in the Top 50 Global Fashion Schools according to The Business of Fashion’s latest rankings. Aside from its main location in Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University also has a campus in Education City in Doha, with strong collaboration and interchange between the two sites. The school also…

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November 13, 2017
Alumnus Paves Way for Young Entrepreneurs

Jim Gregory, Chairman of Tenet Partners, is funding a new prize for creative entrepreneurship at VCUarts. Photo courtesy of Becky Friedman. Two years after graduating from what was then the Department of Communication Arts + Design, Jim Gregory (BFA ’71) put his education toward founding his own company in New York. Over 40 years, what…

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November 13, 2017
Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa | Islamic Art: Past, Present and Future

We are excited to share Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Opening Address for the 7th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art. The Islamic Art Symposium has been held in Doha, Qatar; Córdoba, Spain; and Palermo, Italy. This year it [was held] in Richmond, at the VMFA. Speaking to WCVE…

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November 13, 2017
What Makes A Photo: Amarise Carreras

Graduating senior Amarise Carreras isn’t opposed to going the extra mile for her studies—or going 300 miles. In her junior year, she poured her heart into a documentary project that proved to be equal parts exhausting and exhilarating. “I wanted to really prove myself,” says Carreras, “so I took a train to New York for…

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November 10, 2017
Veterans Engage the Healing Power of Art

Video with closed captions. Nonprofit organization CreatiVets collaborated with VCUarts and VCU Office of Military Student Services to help veterans use art to process their war experiences. Seven veterans participated in the partnership’s inaugural course, which took place last June in Richmond. The participating veterans have struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or…

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November 10, 2017
Painting + Printmaking Alumnus Author of ‘Virginia State Penitentiary: A Notorious History’

Painting + Printmaking alumnus Dale Brumfield (BFA ’81) is the author of Virginia State Penitentiary: A Notorious History which reveals the history of the Richmond prison that was built in 1800. Brumfield is the field director for Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, as well as a digital archaeologist and the author of eight…

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November 09, 2017
Dance + Choreography Faculty Member Featured in Richmond Magazine

Dance + Choreography Faculty Member Julinda Lewis was recently featured in Richmond Magazine discussing her life long career in the Richmond creative arts community. Lewis is a multi-hyphenate talent in Richmond’s creative arts community. Punctuating her four-decade-long career as a trained professional dancer, Lewis founded St. Paul’s Baptist Church’s Ayinde Liturgical Dance ministry. She teaches dance history classes…

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November 09, 2017
Art Education Alumna Discusses Her Artistic Process

Art Education alumna Ume Hussain (BFA ’05) was recently featured in HUFFPOST where she discusses how VCUarts shaped her interests and ideologies regarding art. A few years after obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in art education and teaching, both elementary and high school, while maintaining an independent art studio, Ume Hussain realized she had hit a…

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November 08, 2017
Artist of Merit: Naya Moore

In the studio, VCUarts senior Naya Moore already looks like a professional. And this year, she’s being treated like one. As one of a select few students awarded a spot in the Painting + Printmaking department’s Merit Studio course, Moore has access to the solitude and professional guidance afforded to distinguished artists. Merit Studio is…

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