2011 MFA Alum, Naoko Wowsugi was just awarded Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship and is a 2014 Trawick Prize finalist.

The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition.


The Top of NYC’s One World Trade Center + VCU Photo Film = <3

Photo: Creative Commons/ 11/13/2013). by Malarie Goke

Two 2014 Alums, (Jasmine Thompson, Hunter Brumfield) and two current VCU Photo and Film students (Alexander KreherLucy Dacus) were invited to document a fashion exhibit atop the new One World Trade Center a year and half before it is officially open to the public.

 J Model Management hosted the first ever fashion phenomenon on 25 June 2014 at sunset. The highly anticipated J Summer Fashion Show is part of Jessica Minh Anh’s history making catwalks at the most iconic venues in the world including London Tower Bridge, Grand Canyon Skywalk, PETRONAS Twin Towers’ Skybridge, Seine River in Paris, Gardens by the Bay’s Skyway in Singapore, and Costa Atlantica in Dubai.



Left to right: Lucy Dacus, Hunter Brumfield, Jasmine Thompson, Alexander Kreher


Alumni Featured in Prestigious Photography Festival

image courtesy of Look3

Three alums, (Kate FowlerMark Strandquist, and Cynthia Henebry), from our BFA and MFA programs presented at Look3′LookBetween program: 75 emerging photographers were nominated by a prestigious group of international editors and curators and were invited to spend the weekend at Deep Rock Farm (30 minutes outside of Charlottesville in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains).  Each participant presented their work in slideshows projected on an enormous outdoors screen under the night sky.  During the day the participants were involved in workshops, portfolio reviews, discussions, collaborative projects, hanging out around the bonfire and swimming in the pond.


Film Shows : Senior Screening, Junior Exhibition, and Ramstock!!

Senior Screening: Saturday, April 26 @ 1 pm
@ The Byrd Theatre
2908 W. Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia 23221

Come out April 26th at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown for a FREE screening of student short films, animations and trailers by seniors of the VCU Photo/Film department.

Work by:
Hunter Brumfield (, Connor R. Burke (, Graham Ohmer (, Lauren Cronan, Troy D Grew, Kimberly McNamee, Gabby Namm (, David Reisinger, Rob P Walker Jr., Nils Westergard (

Presented by:
Tyler Kirby

Guest Critic:
Rick Alverson, Filmmaker


Juniors Film Exhibition(Come Darkly Near Premiere!) : Saturday, May3rd: @2pm- 4pm

@ The Byrd Theater

2908 W. Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia 23221
Come see Lostcat Productions’ short movie Come Darkly Near! We’ve been working on this for almost a year and want to show it to the world!We will also be screening other shorts before the main feature, so stay tuned as we will announce them down the road!Admission is free

Come Darkly Near Trailer:




RAMSTOCK: VCU Film Festival : Sunday, April 27 @ 5pm

@ Student Commons Theatre

Ramstock VCU Film Festival’s mission is to bring together filmmakers to broadcast contemporary motion images to the community and ingratiate a film culture to the Richmond population and beyond.




Visiting Faculty Member: Filmmaker Caroline Martel

VCU Photography and Film’s visiting faculty member Caroline Martel screens her documentary on the history of this relatively unkown but incredibly influential electronic musical instrument of the 1920s and beyond.  Traveling between the Old and New Worlds, Martel interviews and investigates martenot connoiseurs—musicians, composers, instrument makers—who are unique in their devotion and love for this sensitive, electronic “missing link” in musical instrument history.

For more information, visit James River Film Festival website :

VCU Photo & Film Alum: Kate Fowler writes for Oxford America’s series

2013 VCU Photography and Film Alum, Kate Fowler writes about her experience in making the film Nitor, for Oxford America’s series PORTRAYING APPALACHIA.

To read more in detail, visit the website:

To view more of Kate Fowler’s work, visit: