VCU @ CAA – Art Happens: New Models For DIY Initiatives

Reni Gower is co-moderating the session Art Happens: New Models For DIY Initiatives  at the 2016 College Art Association Conference in Washington, DC  Feb 3 – 6. Rhys Himsworth (VCUQ / PAPR) will present as well.
With amazing dexterity, artists juggle many roles to maintain creativity and to make innovative things happen. With projects driven by desire, but limited by resources and a changed economy, DIY strategies have become an essential norm. However, artists who take control are not unique to the 21st Century. A rich history of artist advocacy can be traced from the Dadaist through Happenings to Alternative Art spaces and many of today’s highly respectable galleries and cooperatives had humble beginnings as artist founded DIY initiatives. This session brings together artists/arbiters to share their projects and hybrid practices. Topics include curatorial/new exhibition platforms, artists’ communities, collaborations, and social practice. Presentations will offer blueprints for success and serve as models for future happenings. 
Their session takes place in ARTspace, so it is free to the public.
Thursday, February 4.  9:30 am – 12:00 pm
ARTspace will be located in the Thurgood Marshall Ballroom South/East, Mezzanine Level of the
Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC  20008

Pulped Under Pressure – Opening 1/21

Co-curated by PAPR Faculty Reni Gower and PAPR Alumna Melissa Potter, Pulped Under Pressure features the work of seven artists with hand papermaking at its core.
Pulped Under Pressure
Visual Arts Center
340 High Street
Portsmouth, VA
January 16 – March 3, 2016
Opening Reception, Thursday, January 21, 7 – 9 pm
Gallery Talk with Reni Gower at 6:30 pm.

Painting + Printmaking Faculty Brook Inman Performing at InLight


At InLight Richmond Brooke Inman will be performing, NOTE TO SELF, an ongoing presentation of writings and drawings this weekend.

Organized by 1708 GalleryInLight Richmond is a public exhibition of light-based art and performances.  Each year, InLight invites artists to respond to a particular section of our diverse city, and this year the setting for this free event is the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  Here, visitors will see video projections illuminating the building facades, light-based sculpture that bridges the walkways, performances on the front lawn, interactive projects where visitors help create that artwork, and a Community Lantern Parade that winds its way through the entire grounds.

VCU In Mexico City!

A week in Mexico City with VCU MFA Painting + Printmaking Graduate Students, Oct. 11 – 17, 2015. An in-depth look at contemporary art, artists,galleries and project spaces set in the context of Mexico City’s incredible history and culture.

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