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November 28, 2017
The Right Fit for Fashion: Justina Dambrauskaite

In the Fashion Merchandising program, Justina Dambrauskaite has taken advantage of some rare and special opportunities to gain professional experience. Through her Advanced Show Production class, she joined the production staff of this year’s VCUarts fashion show “Runway 2017: LAUNCH,” held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, an experience that allowed her to see…

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November 21, 2017
Alumni Profile: Maryam Yousuf Al-Homaid

Maryam Yousuf Al-Homaid (BFA ’10, MFA ’14) is an interdisciplinary designer and assistant professor in Graphic Design at VCUarts Qatar. She is co-curator of the recent 20/20/20 alumni exhibition in the Gallery at VCUarts Qatar, [pictured above], which celebrates two decades of art and design excellence since the branch campus was established.

November 21, 2017
Alumni Profile: Becca Schwartz

Becca Schwartz (BFA ’17) has been featured in eight exhibitions in 2017 at venues located in Richmond, Va.; Ventura, Ca.; South Korea; and Doha, Qatar. She was one of 15 recipients of the 2017 VSA Emerging Young Artists Program award, which includes a $2,000 prize. As a featured artist, Schwartz’s work Binghamton 2 will be included…

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November 17, 2017
Sharing the Joy of Dance: Taylor-Leigh Adams

Dance has been a constant in Taylor-Leigh Adams’s life. At VCUarts, her artistic skill and devotion to dance has led her to join a production of Liz Lerman’s Still Crossing before the Virginia General Assembly, and participate in student-created choreographies and performances. During her sophomore year, she was selected as an Outstanding Dance Student Leader; the following…

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November 17, 2017
Students Get a Boost from Internship Grants

VCUarts students’ best learning experiences aren’t limited to the classroom—internships can often jump-start an entire career. This past summer, VCUarts helped 13 students participate in internships across the U.S., where they did everything from shadow freelance photographers to work in corporate style firms. Craft/Material Studies senior Wing Hei Cheng headed to Colorado to intern with custom furniture…

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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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