MFA Open House – October 17

We will be hosting an open house for prospective MFA students on October 17!

October 17, 2015

11 a.m. Coffee and pastries at the Depot, 814 W. Broad Street

11:30 a.m. Welcome

12-2 p.m. Department visits (Please check departmental websites to see if RSVP is required and for additional information.)

2-3:00 p.m. Open Studios

*** Please contact Holly Morrison, at prior to your visit so that we know to expect you.

Emmy Thelander – They Accrue Meaning by Being in the Foreground

Emmy Thelander  PAPR Fountainhead Fellow – Opening at Reynolds Gallery

They Accrue Meaning by Being in the Foreground

April 10 – May 30, 2015

Opening reception for the artist  Friday, April 10, 7 – 9 pm


Emmy Thelander is an interdisciplinary artist whose methods include painting, video, installation, and drawing. She is interested in the interaction between images and inhabited space, spontaneous activity within confined zones, and superficial efforts of communication. She is currently the Fountainhead Fellow in Painting and Printmaking at VCU. In 2014 she received her MFA from Yale University, and has been an artist-in-residence at ACRE (2014) and the Yale/Norfolk Summer School of Art (2009). She has previously exhibited in Brooklyn, San Francisco, Chicago, and Cambridge, and will present a new work at ITP in Jackson Hole, WY this summer.

MFA Candidacy Exhibition!

First year graduate students in PAPR : Saulat Ajmal, Carolina Aranibar-Fernandez, Eric Diehl, Mat Gasparek, Devin Harclerode, Will Matheson, Beatrice Modisett, and Jake Reller will be showing their candidacy work in the old tobacco drying warehouses at 2601 Maury Street.


Arnold Kemp – Opening at Soloway in Brooklyn



Arnold Joseph Kemp, HEADLESS

April 19 – May 23, 2015

Opening Reception Sunday, April 19, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Soloway is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Arnold Joseph Kemp. The work attempts to find the body. The objects on view are devices for a body that will navigate today’s and tomorrow’s increasingly mechanistic, efficient and brutal existences, in order to find the poetry of garbage, pesticides, ghosts, and cyber, astral and biological pollution. That is our world, isn’t it?

Some time in the 1990s, a study appeared about nostalgias elicited by aromas. It was determined that in the USA – for those born during the 1930s and 1940s – the strongest scent references were pine, roses, hot chocolate, just-baked bread and the ocean breeze. For those born during the 1960s, the smells were smoke, hairspray, nail polish, burnt rubber and old socks. HEADLESS, poised against the myriad senses and identities possible in our globalized situation, approaches the spirit of transgressing the LIMITS OF THE BODY. That feeling of suffocating? For how many years have we felt that feeling and yet we continue to try to live gorgeously with constant irritation? We wonder if this is possible.

Arnold Joseph Kemp lives and works in Richmond, Virginia and has shown at the Studio Museum in Harlem, The Berkeley Art Museum, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, The Wattis Institute, Disjecta, Rocks Box Fine Art, PDX Contemporary and the Luggage Store/509 Cultural Center. He has done performances at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California College of the Arts, and at The Banff Centre. His last solo show in New York was held at Debs & Co. and his work was included in the inaugural exhibition at Koenig & Clinton in 2013. Kemp is also a writer whose poems have appeared in Callaloo, Three Rivers Poetry Journal, Agni Review, MIRAGE #4 Period(ical), River Styx, Nocturnes, Art Journal, and Tripwire. He is a Guggenheim Fellow in Visual Arts (2012) and chairs the Department of Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University.


348 South 4th Street. Brooklyn, NY 11211

Saturday and Sunday, 12-5pm

The Bottom Needs A Shadow

PAPR alumni: Aaron Koehn and Tom Burkett have work in The Bottom Needs a Shadow at 1708 gallery in Richmond, VA.

“The catfish, a digester of cultural waste, burrows itself in the sediment of river beds and metabolizes refuse. A highly adaptive species has found it’s home in a disquiet body of water. On any given Sunday in Richmond, you can hear the barks of these 55 lb ray-finned fish as they get reeled onto the banks of the James. The same weight Kim Kardashian shed in 15 months lands itself on slips that were once filled with the mass activity of imports and exports of a city; the reeler celebrates to this sport.”

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Deadline For Application to VCU Painting and Printmaking MFA Program: January 15, 2015


VCUarts Painting + Printmaking MFA programs provide superb opportunities for artists to work, reflect, experiment, and study. Graduate students are both supported and challenged by an informed and engaging community of artists and scholars. The programs in Painting + Printmaking provide exemplary faculty, ample financial aid, intensive studio time, immersive theory and history courses, collaborative exhibition opportunities, one-on-one dialogue with practicing artists, an ever-changing roster of esteemed visitors, and professional opportunities in the field.

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