Kudos to Our Staff!

Congrats to Graduate Director Paul Thulin whose work is included in two upcoming group exhibitions, at the Denver Month of Photography and the Belo Horizonte International Photography Festival in Brazil. Justin James Reed’s work with collective Piece of Cake was included in For Freedoms at the Aperture Foundation in New York; Justin was also included in Paradise Out-Front at the Southern Gallery, named one of the Ten Best Photo Exhibitions of Winter 2017 by American Photo Magazine.

Work by Justin James Reed (left) Work by Ben Alper (right)


Berlin Summer Studio and MFA L.A. trip

This summer, for the second time, artist and VCUarts tech guru Matthew Warren will bring nearly a dozen students to Germany this summer for his 6-credit Berlin: Studio & City course.  Over four weeks, students will be immersed in both expanding their studio practice and exploring the contemporary art community in this vibrant city – we can’t wait to see what they create on their return!

Berlin Summer Studio 2016 photo by Polina Vetsen

Berlin Summer Studio 2016 photo by Polina Vetsen


Shows, Screenings and Student Awards

The Dept of Photography + Film was well-represented once again in the Anderson Juried Show, featuring works by a record 22 students! Senior Kimin Kim was the recipient of the Award of Distinction in Photography.

Therefore We Exist, by Kimin Kim. Black and white Inkjet prints and Motion Sensor Lights. 2017

This spring the department awarded five Senior Project grants totaling $1700 to Amarise Carreras, Alex Coyle, Monica EscamillaShannon Lowe, Ryan Ly and Alyssa Michener for projects ranging from large-format studies of architecture to video installation; investigations of minority stereotypes, and a film exploring intimate partner violence.  Junior Christina Macauley was awarded the VCUarts Dean’s Scholarship in Photography + Film for the 2017-18 academic year, and Junior Jessica Taylor received the Etta and Bernie Edwards Endowment for the Arts in Visual Arts for the 2017-18

At the BFA Senior Thesis Photography exhibition, awards for Outstanding Sophomore, Junior and Senior were made to Alex Coyle (Photo Senior), Haley Harrington (Photo Junior) and Daniel Disgranados (Photo Sophomore).  These awards are based on faculty nominations for outstanding leadership, integrity, and involvement in the department.  Also receiving awards were Seniors Hei Hei and Devin Hein, for “Independent Spirit” and Amarise Carreras for Best in Show.  Every year also at the Senior Thesis Photography exhibition our friends at Capital One, Art Program Project Manager Francis Thompson and Art Administrator Anne Fletcher, award exhibitions to outstanding seniors.  This year the honors went to Austin Aviles, Monica Escamilla, Shannon Lowe and Becca Schwartz. 

Photo Senior, Amarise Carreras with her award Best in Show at the PHOTO Senior Thesis Exhibition, Highlights and Chateaus.


Visiting Artists, Spring 2017

We had an exciting roster of Visiting Artists this spring, especially filmmakers! Celebrated Canadian Guy Maddin, in town for the James River Film Festival, shared a sneak-preview of new work in advance of its official premiere.  With the help of the VCUarts Inclusion Infusion Initiative, we co-sponsored a visit from Oscar-winning director Ezra Edelman whose 8-hour documentary O.J.:Made in America, screened over two days.  Filmmaker Shashwati Talukdar shared her recent and ongoing work with students, including the exciting doc-in-progress Marriage Cops, supported by the Tribeca Film Institute, while local star director Rick Alverson met with students in our Revolutionary Cinema class. We also hosted Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris of the Canary Project, a collaborative, interdisciplinary team that produces art and media about ecological issues, and Philly-based photographer Shawn Theodore, whose distinct aesthetic inspired the look of Moonlight.   Finally, Margot Norton, Associate Curator at the New Museum in New York, returned this week to work with our MFA students.


VCU Green Walls

This spring Jon-Phillip Sheridan led a class of 45 Art, Biology and Engineering students exploring how artists can be leaders in fostering interdisciplinary research in the area of sustainable, and more specifically building green walls and improving urban ecologies.


VCU Alumni Jaclyn Brown – Group Show, Berlin

Photo by Jaclyn Brown

VCU Alumni Jaclyn Brown will be in a captivating group show May 18th and May 19th 2017 alongside

Victor Alcantara » Paul Cohen » Alan Huck » Emily Kinni » Molly Peters » Stuart Richardson » Ligaiya Romero » Rick Schatzberg » Marshall Scheuttle » Ernesto Solana » Antonis Theodoridis » Alex Williams »

The show, curated by Jörg Colberg, discusses this inauspicious time by hinting at a sense of unease within the societies each of the artists come from. The exhibition explores a wide range of contemporary photography – featuring quiet observations from anonymous cityscapes, portraits (staged and candid), vaguely dystopian  landscapes and more.

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End Of Year Student Events: Update

There is a lot of events to keep up with as we reach the end of the year. Here is the updated list, times and locations!


VALET Opening at 7pm, ravebaby at 8pm

Featuring work by Devin Hein and Hei Hei 


TOMORROW MAY 6TH: That’s Not Good Enough

Studio Two Three, 6-8pm

Featuring work by Emily Adamson, Olivia Budzik, Wyatt Buescher, Cora Christian, Weston Clark, Brad Eisenhauer, Riley Goodman, Ali Jones, Alli Madsen, Quinn Mehler, Natalie Moore, Calvin Moriarty, Mark Peyton, and Carolyn Todd.

MONDAY MAY 8TH: Highlights and Chateaus: PHOTO Senior Thesis Show

506 E Franklin St, 5-9pm

Featuring the work of Shannon Lowe, Alex Coyle, Becca Schwartz, Anna Gibbs, Anna Pleskow, Nick Seitz, Monica Escamilla, John DiJulio, Amarise Carerras, Kimin Kim, Scout Ries, Kathryn Wirtz, Kathryn Hartzog, Austin Aviles, Alex Mattson, Christine Campbell, Victoria Dowling, Julie Tripp, Annie Agee and Ryan Ly

FRIDAY MAY 12TH, Thesis Pieces: A Screening with Meaning. FILM Senior Thesis Screenings

Grace Street Theatre, 12-3:30pm

The VCU film graduating class of 2017 is proud to present their ‘thesis pieces.’ The screening is free, but tickets will be made available soon as seating is limited.

End of the Year Student Events


The MFA Thesis Show: Round Two
Reception April 28 5-8pm
Exhibition April 28-May 7
@ The Anderson
907 1/2 Franklin Street, RVA
Senior Thesis Show (Photo)
Friday May 5th 5-8pm
103 E. Broad Street, RVA
Junior Show (Photo) That’s Not Good Enough
Saturday May 6th 6-8pm
@Studio Two Three
3300 W. Clay St, RVA 23230
Film Screenings
Junior Film presents The Milk Man,
Sunday, April 30th 2-3pm
@ The Byrd Theatre
2908 W Cary St, RVA 23221
Senior Thesis presents Thesis Pieces: A screening with meaning
Friday, May 12th 12-3:30PM
@934 W Grace Street, RVA 23284

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