Craft / Material Studies

performance | clean slate

1708 Gallery | 5 x 5 Summer Studio Sessions

Emily McBride : clean slate

June 27 – July 9


Emily McBride‘s clean slate is a performative public sorting of personal possessions as the artist enters into a transitional phase between finishing graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University and moving to a new location. McBride will utilize 1708’s gallery to accomplish the task of sorting through all her possessions, minimizing to what is essential. This act becomes a platform to engage the public in witnessing the sorting process and the dispersal of items not kept. Visitors are welcome to take from sorted piles such as the “Free Art” pile and “To Donate” pile, assuming the obligation of ownership over these items.

Special event dates:

Friday, July 1, 5-9 pm, First Friday: The Friday Collection
Saturday, July 2, 11am-4pm, The Saturday Collection



Exhibition |MFA Thesis 2nd round

The MFA 1st round thesis exhibitions open Friday, April 29th
April 29 – May 17
Opening Reception: Friday, April 29 5pm – 8pm at the Anderson Gallery 907½ W. Franklin St. and the Depot Gallery, 814 W Broad St.

The MFA thesis exhibition is the final requirement for students in the graduate fine arts and design programs, representing the culmination of each artist’s accomplishments over a two-year period.Round one of the Graduate MFA Thesis Exhibitions begins with an opening reception April 29 at 5 p.m. and runs through May 17.


Exhibiting Artists:

M.F.A. Round 2

Craft/Material Studies
Alicia Dietz
Carli Holcomb
Ben Jordan
Jeremy Zietz

Graphic Design
Adele Ball
Alex Martin

Interior Environments
Leah Embrey
Thomas Kennedy
Nilufar Makhamatova
Merian O’Neil
Jessica Walton
Eline Warren
Sarah Webb
Ashley Whitehead

Kinetic Imaging
David Moré
Kelsey Sheaffer

Painting + Printmaking
Saulat Ajmal
Carolina Aranibar-Fernandez
Devin Harclerode
Kristen Sanders

Photography & Film
Abbey Sarver

Sculpture + Extended Media
Ryan Flores
Pallavi Sen
Shana Hoehn

Xiaolin Lan




Exhibition | 2016 Senior Show

The VCUarts departments of Craft/Material Studies, Kinetic Imaging, Painting & Printmaking, and Sculpture + Extended Media presents  – VCU Arts Senior Show
Craft/Material Studies, Kinetic Imaging, Sculpture + Extended, and Painting & Printmaking: Opens April 29 at 5:00 pm and runs through May 1
Opening Reception: Friday, April 29 from 5 – 8PM
Virginia Commonwealth University
Fine Arts Building
1000 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23284
Opens April 29 at 5:00 pm and runs through May 1
VCU’s departments of Craft/Material Studies, Kinetic Imaging, Painting & Printmaking, and Sculpture + Extended Media open their annual Senior Show this year on April 29th, showcasing the very best of 2016 graduates. The Senior Show is a varied sampling of the latest in fine art and an inspiring event not to be missed.



Exhibition | Compressed Reflections

VCUarts Craft/Material Studies + Sediment Gallery Present

Compressed Reflections

April 1, 2016 — April 30, 2016

Closing Performance | Thursday, April 28 7pm.

Through movement and music, three performers will activate the weaving Deep-Sea Oil Prospects: Northern Gulf of Mexico, #5. Their loose arrangements of gesture and sound echo the patterns of interference inherent to woven image, while also replaying the processes of reflective seismology responsible for the original data.

Performance begins at 7pM at Sediment Gallery, 208 Grace Street, Richmond, VA 


ABOUT THE PERFORMERS | John Niekrasz is a composer, performer, and writer from Chicago. In 2015 he resided at the Cité Des Arts in Paris, France. He received his MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2004. John studied percussion in Havana, drum set with Milford Graves, and classical Hindustani tabla in Varanasi, India, with Pandit Lacchu Maharaj. He bridges the musico-poetic divide through text-based arrangement and syllabic musical notation. Committed to improvisation both as a performance modality and a compositional approach, John’s work struggles with such spectra as poverty and ornament, rigor and effortlessness, justice and militancy. John Niekrasz has created work as a fellow at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the ACRE Artists Residency. He founded the Outset Music Series, directs the ACRE Orchestra, and has served as curator and vice president of the Creative Music Guild in Portland, Oregon.  Constance Yunker is a dance artist with extensive training in many forms, including ballet, modern, jazz, and competitive Scottish dance. She has a special interest in the production elements of dance, and currently works as a technical assistant at a local dance theater. Constance is pursuing her BFA in dance and choreography at VCU and plans to graduate in May 2017.  Kari Schackmann is in her second year in the Dance Department at VCUand hails from Frisco, Texas. She has been dancing for 16 years and has received many opportunities to perform in the Richmond community and beyond through VCU Dance.

Through seismic stratigraphy, we are able to render images of cross-sections of the earth. By visualizing certain algorithms, we can create believable fictional landscapes. Heather MacKenzie’s solo exhibition, Compressed Reflections, collects stratified, constructed, extrapolated, and deconstructed landscapes that are mediated by the grid of the handwoven textile. Drawing from seismic stratigraphy used in oil prospecting, algorithmically-derived virtual landscapes, and elemental geometries used to process these data, Heather expands on the capacity of weaving technology and of cloth itself.

Heather MacKenzie is an artist, writer, and educator currently living in Richmond, Virginia as the Fountainhead Fellow in Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. In her work, Heather looks to the textile as a foundational piece of human technology that is sensual and material while simultaneously embedded with complex mathematical information. In two- and three-dimensional work, as well as performance, she examines other, equally foundational systems that span the material world and the abstract one: platonic mathematics, Euclidean geometry, and standardized measurement. For the academic year of 2014-15, Heather was a Fulbright Fellow in Paris, France, where she produced work and had a solo installation as artist-in-residence at l’École des Arts Décoratifs. She has studied traditional textiles in Ecuador, Ghana, India, Zimbabwe, as well as in Europe, and she has exhibited work recently at venues including the Mission Gallery and Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago, and PointDom in Toulouse, France. Heather received her BA from Brown University and her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sediment Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday 1-7pm and by appointment.

Exhibition |MFA Thesis 1st round

The MFA 1st round thesis exhibitions open Friday, April 8th
April 8 – April 24
Opening Reception: Friday, April 8 5pm – 8pm at the Anderson Gallery 907½ W. Franklin St. and the Depot Gallery, 814 W Broad St.

The MFA thesis exhibition is the final requirement for students in the graduate fine arts and design programs, representing the culmination of each artist’s accomplishments over a two-year period.Round one of the Graduate MFA Thesis Exhibitions begins with an opening reception April 8 at 5 p.m. and runs through April 24.


Exhibiting Artists:

M.F.A. Round 1

Craft/Material Studies
Victoria Ahmadizadeh
Morgan Babic
Emily McBride
Kathleen O’Connor
Timothy Woodbrey
Zena Zakanycz

Graphic Design
C. Alex Bailey
Ben Evjen

Kinetic Imaging
Eva Rocha

Painting + Printmaking
Eric Diehl
Mathew Gasparek
William Matheson
Beatrice Modisett
Jake Reller

Photography & Film
Farrah Al-Sulaiman
Alex Matzke
Matthew Warren

Sculpture + Extended Media
Savannah Knoop
Steven Randall
Levester Williams

Devario Simmmons




The VCUarts department of Craft/Material Student presents
VCUhall a mobile exhibition during the NCECA’s 50th anniversary conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

An exhibition of VCU ceramic faculty, ceramic graduates, and ceramic undergrads.

Location | 2001 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO 64108

Gallery hours:

March 15th 9am-5pm
March 16th 9am-5pm
March 17th 9am-5pm
March 18th 9am-5pm

Visiting Artist | Kim Harty

Lecture | Wednesday, March 23rd at 1pm

Location | the Depot, 814 West Broad St

 Skin Landscape7

image: Old Venetian Glass, 2014, 36″ x 48″, digital print with slow exposure images and leds

BIO | Kim Harty is an artist, writer, and educator. Her work investigates the connection between craft and technology through sculpture, installation, video, and performance. She is heavily informed by her training as a glass blower, and draws on her personal history as a craftsperson to explore how kinetic knowledge can be tracked, embodied, and performed.



EXHIBITION | Craft/Material Studies NASAD Show

The VCUarts department of Craft/Material Student presents
F. FEB 12 – W. FEB 16
1000 W. Broad Street, Crit Rooms 238 and 217
image: Emily Wicks, BLOOM, porcelain slip, fabric dye, body, 2015

Visiting Artist | Fred Wilson

Lecture | Wednesday, December 2nd at  11am

Student Commons Theater, 907 Floyd Avenue
Cosponsored by VCUarts Departments of Art History, Craft/Material Studies, Painting + Printmaking, and Sculpture + Extended Media


BIO | Fred Wilson has created site-specific installations in collaboration with museums and cultural institutions throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. His work encourages viewers to reconsider social and historical narratives and raises critical questions about the politics of erasure and exclusion. Beginning with the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed exhibition Mining the Museum (1992-93) at the Maryland Historical Society, Fred Wilson has juxtaposed and re-contextualized existing objects to create new installations, which alter their traditional meanings or interpretations. In 2003, Wilson represented the United States at the 50th Venice Biennale with the solo exhibition, Fred Wilson: Speak of Me as I Am. His many accolades include the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.