Tasmeem Doha 2017, Analogue Living in a Digital World

The biennial international arts and design conference created in collaboration between VCU School of the Arts and VCU School of the Arts Qatar happened last month on March 15th and 16th in Doha, Qatar. Tasmeem, the arabic word for “design”, addresses contemporary art and design topics, bringing together international artists, academics, students, designers and industry professionals. “Analogue Living in a Digital World” featured workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, artists, and cultural leaders exploring both the collision and intersection of the traditional and digital worlds. Photo+Film students, Becca SchwartzShannon Lowe and Emma Gould’s works were accepted for the exhibition and in turn were flown out to Qatar for the conference.

Image by Becca Schwartz


Hardshake | Valet Gallery

Tonight from 6-9pm is the opening of Hardshake, a six artist collaboration between Weston Clark, Jessica Taylor, Adam DuBrueler, John DiJulio, Nick Seitz, and Kimin Kim. Through a mixed-media investigation into the relationships between imagery and objecthood, the works explore ways in which the physicality of images can be expanded to produce a more accurate representation of an idea. Through these explorations, ideas of identity, communication, disconnection, and understanding, will be presented. By showing these works together using non-traditional methods, we hope to broaden the capabilities images have to represent complex ideas. The show, presented by the Photo into Sculpture class, will include, video art, sculptural prints, and projection work.

Valet Gallery

509 E. Franklin St

Richmond, VA

Reconciliation | Valet Gallery

This Friday, March 31st from 5-9pm is the opening night for Reconciliation, a collaborative art show exploring a means of communication through the language of materials. Artists Julea Seliavski, Christina Macaulay, Cath Daly, Scott Csoke, Jarod Perry, Becca Schwartz will use material to expose truths, and speak about isolation and loss of comfort. A dialect will exist between the works in the space. The show, presented by VCUarts’ Photo Into Sculpture class, will include sculpture, photography, video art, and painting. The night of the opening at 6:30pm, there will be a live performance by artist Julea Seliavski. The show will run from March 31st to April 2nd.

Valet Gallery

509 E Franklin St

Richmond, Virginia

VCU Production Club


VCU Production Club Meeting


VCU Production Club is a way for film, theatre, dance and other performing arts majors at VCU to collaborate. In this club, started by filmmakers Connor Gillooly, Victoria Kee, and Greer Meagher, members get together to create works that would otherwise be difficult to produce. Their Facebook group “Production Club at VCU” currently has 97 members from VCU filmmaking and various performing arts departments. That is a lot of potential collaborators! The Facebook group is public and they encourage both students and faculty to join. Here they post information about meetings, shoots, upcoming film festivals and local opportunities. They also post behind the scenes images from shoots they do throughout the year. Students take initiative and work in an inclusive environment to improve their individual craft skills.


Gallery Openings Nov 4th 2016

Get ready for a busy night of gallery hopping this Friday Nov 4th! There are 3 shows opening this weekend featuring works by members of our department.

Jon-Phillip Sheridan is showing his work in part of a group show at the Reynolds Gallery opening this Friday Nov 4th from 7-9pm. The show will be on until the end of November. Be sure to check it out!

Work by Jon-Phillip Sheridan for Reynolds Gallery

Work by Jon-Phillip Sheridan for Reynolds Gallery


Current Elements

Current Elements was a pop up satellite art fair put on by Photo + Film graduate students from VCU and afar over this past weekend on Oct 22nd. The show was an extension of Richmond’s first contemporary art fair, Current. The show was held inside and around a U-haul truck and focused on ephemeral experimental works. Current Elements presented unmarketable work in a non traditional way.



Congratulations Paul Thulin!

Many congratulations to VCU Photo + Film’s Paul Thulin for winning the Renaissance Photography Prize for 2016! The Renaissance Photography Prize is an international award that showcases outstanding works by both emerging and established artists, while raising funds to support young women with breast cancer. Thulin’s work, Pine Tree Ballads won for the best series and was exhibited in London, England at the Getty Images Gallery from September 6th to September 17th.

Pine Tree Ballads is a poetic vision of land, family, and time. Thulin drew inspiration for this work through his family history, taking a specific interest in where his great grandfather settled on the coast of Maine in the 1900s. The series speaks to a subtext of struggle and hope that mirrors Thulin’s narrative sense of self and heritage. Thulin explores his family identity through this unique memoir.



Shockoe Artspace is thrilled to invite you to the opening of LAKE ELSTER, a large-scale exhibition of new and recent work from artist Will Connally. Come explore the long and mysterious history of Lake Elster through a collection of narrative photographs and correspondent objects. Connally’s work compellingly brings together, by way of narrative, curious happenings and interesting characters as life surrounding Lake Elster moves us between fiction and the real, dispersing strange visual phenomena throughout.

Come out next week and support!

Shockoe Artspace is located on,

12n 19th street Richmond, VA 23223

Stay: A Survey of Horses Think Press

Justin James Reed and Ofer Wolberger’s small independent press had it’s first survey exhibition on September 7th! The opening of the exhibition was marked with a panel discussion featuring Ofer Wolberger, Common Name, a design firm from NYC, and the curator Christopher Gianunzio. The exhibition presents a complete inventory of their publications, print ephemera, research materials, and artist’s projects. 

The exhibition is on through December 11th! Go see it!

Stay: A Survey of Horses Think Press

The College of New Jersey Art Gallery

2000 Pennington Road

Ewing, NJ 08628

September 7 – December 11, 2016


September 15th through the 18th Justin James Reed and Ofer Wolberger unvieled their new imprint, Flat Fix, at the NYABF in Queens, NY (MoMA PS1).


Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair


September 15 – 18, 2016

While We Were Gone –

We are catching up some of our news. Here are some things that happened while we were gone!

Summer Study Abroad: Berlin Program

Our first study abroad program was a smashing success! This program will be carrying over into next year, Summer 2017. Don’t miss it! This 4 week program is led by Matthew Warren. Berlin: Studio & City is a 6 credit course that immerses students into the diverse contemporary art community of the vibrant city of Berlin. Students split their time exploring their own independently driven artistic goals in the studio and exploring the city’s various museums,  art galleries, and professional art spaces. Stay tuned for future announcements on how to apply for 2017!

Summer Studio: Richmond

Another first for the department is the Summer Studio course here in Richmond. This course was for post-baccalaureate degree holders to refine their practices and portfolios. During this intense 4 week course, led by Justin James Reed, 8 SSP students engaged with artists, critics, curators and gallerists from the region and beyond. Our SSP students – from from Boston, Iowa, Brooklyn and Kentucky among other places – presented Guest Privileges, a show of new works created during the program at the VCUarts’ Depot Gallery. The show included photography, film, and multimedia works. Since then, two SSP artists Lara Mossler and Leticia Bernaus have begun collaborating and Lara’s SSP project was written about in Vice Magazine!