MFA Alum Claire Krueger featured in Louisville

Claire Krueger is featured in a video art show titled Cinema Killed The Video Star in Louisville, KY and was featured in the local paper The Courier Journal. It’s being exhibited from January 16 – February 21, 2015.

And because of the show, Krueger was the chosen artist of the day on Friday for Artebella, a mailing list featuring a Louisville based artist 5 days a week. Check out the article here.


Made In Church Hill exhibition at The Valentine

In Fall 2014, VCU offered a service learning course titled Social Practice in the Museum, which was taught by VCUarts alumni Michael Lease and Traci Garland. The course brought together twelve students from the VCUarts departments of Art History and Photography & Film to work with the local Church Hill community. These students partnered up with students from University of Richmond and Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT) and its Academy, and The Valentine Museum.

With the two university classes and students from the Academy working together, they explored their own creative ambitions as they captured residents’ stories of Church Hill and how its transformation over the years has impacted them personally, and their community as a whole. The end result is Made in Church Hill.

These stories are being exhibited at The Valentine Museum from January 22nd-June 28th 2015. There’s an opening reception Thursday January 22nd from 6-8pm. Free to the public.



MFA Alum Cynthia Henebry acquired by VMFA

The VMFA recently acquired a photograph from Cynthia Henebry that is on display until July of this year. The work, entitled “Mavis in the Backseat” (2013) is one photograph of Henebry’s most recent series The Marriage Oaks. Definitely go check out the work and all of the other recent VMFA acquisitions!

Her work was featured in Photo District News’s January 2015 issue. To see her and others featured in this month’s issue, click here.

She has also been showing internationally recently, as her work was recently included in “The Ones We Love”, a photography show at the Camden Image Gallery in London.

MFA Alum Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa lands prestigious residency.

Our own Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa will be participating in the annual Light Work Art-In-Residence program in Syracuse, NY. The residency offers a $5,000 stipend, along with a fully furnished living area and 24 hour access to studio space. The residency carries on for one month, and the work that is created will be published in a special edition of Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual. 

New Waves 2015 featuring two Photo/Film professors

Photography and Film professors Justin James Reed (above) and Shannon Castleman (below) are included the annual New Waves 2015 exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This year’s exhibition is curated by Lisa Dent, Director of Resources & Award Programs for Creative Capital.

New Waves is in it’s 20th year, on view from January 31st-April 19th, 2015.  MOCA will host their Winter/Spring 2015 Exhibition Opening on Friday, January 30th from 6-8pm.

Pine Tree Ballads Featured on Numerous Online Publications

Photography and Film’s Graduate Director Paul Thulin and his series Pine Tree Ballads has gotten recognition from three online publications recently.

Pine Tree Ballads is a poetic vision of land, family, and time. In the early 1900s, my great-grandfather settled on the coast of Maine because it resembled his homeland of Sweden and my family has returned to Gray’s Point each summer for over a century. This photographic sequence resonates with a subtext of struggle and hope that mirrors my narrative sense of self. In this place, stories have arisen from the mouths of both the young and old that over time have become the essence of my family’s identity. These images construct a unique memoir weaving the magical aura of an ancient, shared, historical record with the mysterious dreams met on dark moonless nights when one does not know if their eyes are open or closed.

He was featured by Anti-Bad MagazineFraction Magazine, and Flakphoto.


Jon-Phillip Sheridan featured in Exhibit and Symposium at U of R

Jon-Phillip Sheridan is featured in Anti-Grand: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape exhibition, which will be on display from January 15th-March 6th, 2015, in the Harnett Museum of Art at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts. The exhibition features 24 contemporary artists whose work examines, challenges, and redefines the concept of landscape while also drawing attention to humanity’s attempts to relate to, preserve, and manage it.


Residual #34, Summer, 2005

On Wednesday January 14, 2015, there will be a panel discussion and opening reception of the exhibit. The panel discussion will be from 6-7:30pm at Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Center for the Arts. Jon-Phillip Sheridan is one of the panelists. The Reception and Preview of the exhibit will be taken place right afterwards until 8:30pm. (more…)

Brittany Nelson Wins Prestigious Creative Capital Grant

Visiting Artist Brittany Nelson was recently awarded the Creative Capital Grant for her project Alternative Process:

Alternative Process involves removing the silver from darkroom paper, using photographic chemicals to create form without a subject or a camera, finding the integrity in an unrecognizable material, and transforming the metallic properties of historical photographic processes. For this body of work, Nelson selects excerpts from her experiments with photographic materials, then creates hi-res scans to capture the highly toxic and constantly changing state of the material. The results are large-scale images presented in a tableau style. Processes such as Tintype, Daguerrotype, Mordancage and Halochrome will be explored thoroughly and in a way only allowable through the merging of chemical and digital technologies.

Creative Capital funds innovative moving image and visual art projects and artists from across the country. This year, Creative Capital funded a total of 46 projects selected from a pool of 3,700+ proposals. More than half of the recipients are women and more than half identify as non­-European American. Each project can receive up to $90,000, making the organization’s total 2015 investment more than $4,370,000!

To see all of this year’s recipients and their projects, click here! Congrats Brittany!



Open Night this Friday, 5:30 – 8PM @ Pollak

This Friday the Pollak building is hosting it’s annual Open Night to show off what everyone in our departments has been working on for the semester, and for finals. Theres Photo, Film, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Fashion Merchandising and Design, and much, much more (this is untrue, it’s only the majors I listed)!!! It’s going to be a grade “A” hoot, so make sure you pop by this Friday after finals to cool off with a long sip of old fashioned, American art that is neither old fashioned or necessarily affiliated with the United States.

Don’t be a square.

Help-Portrait RVA – Dec. 6 2014

Undergrad Alex Kreher is organizing an event coming up in early December

Help-Portrait RVA is a nonprofit that takes professional portraits of people in need, prints the photo, and then delivers it – free of charge. 

We are looking for photographers, makeup and hair stylists and general volunteers.

Help-Portrait RVA’s mission is about giving people who otherwise couldn’t afford photography, a chance to capture a moment, a memory…and a whole lot more. If interested, we will provide a make-up artist and hairstylist to the attendees on site. There will also be food donated from Mama J’s, Martin’s, Vita Coco, Red Bull, and Christian’s Pizza for attendees and volunteers.

The event will be on Saturday, Dec. 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at VCU’s The Depot (814 W. Broad St.). Upon arrival, attendees will sign up, be assigned to a photographer, get their portrait taken, and enjoy food and refreshments while they wait for their photo to print. Help-Portrait RVA is also the same day as the Christmas Parade, so we and they can enjoy warm food and watch the Christmas Parade from the best spot on Broad St.


If you are interested in attending or volunteering, please email on your availability on Saturday, Dec. 6 so they can assign you for a certain time of the day. Help-Portrait RVA is expecting the process to be around 30 minutes for each attendee and hope to take portraits of 200-300 people that day. SO THE MORE PHOTOGRAPHERS AND VOLUNTEERS WE HAVE THE BETTER FOR EVERYONE!