VCUarts 2017 Commencement

Commencement Speaker

Ashley Hawkins
Ashley E. Hawkins
BFA 2007, MPA 2013

Ashley Hawkins is the co-founder and executive director of Studio Two Three, Richmond’s nonprofit workspace for art. Studio Two Three provides artists the tools,space and resources to build successful careers. Studio Two Three began in 2008 with four artists in a tiny studio. Now, Studio Two Three is a 13,000-square-foot facility, providing over 100 artists with 24/7 access, thousands of students with art education, a retail store featuring art by Richmond artists and S23 To-Go—a mobile printmaking studio styled after an ice cream truck.

Hawkins views Studio Two Three as her ultimate creative expression; a balance of her passions for organization building, dreaming big and artmaking. She holds a BFA in painting and printmaking and a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from Virginia Commonwealth University. She lives in Richmond with her fiancée, three-year-old son Max, one-year-old daughter Zoey and a cat named Olive.


Saturday, December 9

1 pm: doors open
1:30 pm: students and faculty line up
2 pm: ceremony begins


Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 N 3rd Street
Richmond, Virginia

Previous Commencement Speakers

Michael Hearst (May 2017)
Noah Scalin (Dec. 2016)
Jarvis Jefferson (May 2016)
John Paolini (Dec. 2015)
Anne Holton (May 2015)
Eric Booth (Dec. 2014)
Andy Stefanovich (May 2014)
Stephen Nachmanovitch (Dec. 2013)
Teresita Fernández (2013)