Get Your Front Row Seat

Tickets are on sale now for The Art of Fashion, the April 11th ICA fundraiser at Richmond’s Saks Fifth Avenue. The evening will include an auction of artwork donated by the Reynolds Gallery, including pieces by Ron Johnson (above), Leigh Suggs, Jason Keith and Teresa Pollak Estate; plus a Diane von Furstenburg fashion show, shopping, music and more. Tickets $75-$125. Join us!

Donor Talk: Jay Collier

Collier, at left, pictured with ICA Campaign Committee co-chairs Pam and Bill Royall.

Why do you think it’s an important project?

I see the ICA as important for both cultural and economic reasons. I’m in finance and don’t consider myself artistic, but I’ve developed a great appreciation for the arts. Many times I think people don’t have a broad enough understanding of how the arts support a thriving community and how much we benefit on a daily basis from the artistic community. The ICA will be an incubator for the creative mind. The next best artist or design might just be born in that building.

Read the rest of Jay’s interview on the ICA Blog.

ICA Construction Update

Construction of the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art has been temporarily delayed while the architect, general contractor and VCU revisit design and construction issues that have emerged given the complexity of the project.

The ICA is the most unique building ever constructed at VCU and is presenting challenges that are being addressed collaboratively by the university, the contractor, Gilbane Building Co. and the architect, Steven Holl Architects.

Geothermal well installation is complete and foundations work will begin once the design and construction matters are resolved.

All parties are committed to the successful completion and opening of the ICA, which currently is about eight weeks behind schedule.

Lookout for a mOb on Broad

We’re working with a group of students through VCUarts interdisciplinary design studio, Middle of Broad, to promote the ICA in some unexpected ways. The “ICA mObsters” led by graphic design professor Sandra Wheeler are planning a number of “moments” throughout the city to spread the word about the ICA and call attention to our new storefront at 818 W. Broad Street. Don’t be surprised if you see a Tyvek suit or two in the next month. Watch Facebook for updates.

ICA Welcomes Carol Anne Baker Lajoie as Director of Development

The ICA is delighted to welcome Carol Anne Baker Lajoie as its first Director of Development.

Prior to joining the ICA, Carol Anne served as the Chief Development Officer for the YWCA of Richmond, where she led fund development and marketing efforts including major gifts, annual fund, grants, foundations, corporations, and special events. Included during her tenure was the successful submission and presentation of an Impact 100 grant award in 2013, which radically transformed the YWCA’s emergency housing program. She went on to lead a staff of three to meet and exceed annual fundraising goals in excess of $1M.

Carol Anne has worked for Richmond area nonprofits for more than fifteen years. She spent eleven years at the Virginia Historical Society before moving to the YWCA. At the VHS, she secured the last Save America’s Treasures grant to restore the at- risk Charles Hoffbauer Military Memorial Murals on display in the Battle Abbey portion of the building as well as sponsorship support for major exhibitions, collections, and capital improvements.

In addition to raising money, Lajoie also spends time as a patient advocate for the Regional Hospital Accompaniment Response Team (RHART) collaborative. She currently serves on the board of the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives and volunteers with the Marketing Committee for Nonprofit Learning Point. She is a member of the leadership team of Impact 100, an all-female grant making collaborative that gives away as many as two, $100,0000 annual grants to transform area nonprofits. She delivered a TedEx RVA Women talk in November of 2013.

Welcome Dr. Hackett

The ICA is pleased to welcome Gail Hackett, Ph.D., as VCU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Show Your ICA Spirit

Just in time for Spring, we’ve launched a t-shirt fundraiser with Bonfire Funds. We’re selling 100 shirts from now through April 5th. Get one before they sell out, then take a selfie and tag it #ICARadTee and we might just feature you on Facebook.