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.
In April the MFA Thesis exhibitions were held at the Anderson Gallery. The show was comprised of incredible work that all the MFA students at VCU had been working on and refining for 2 years. Congratulations to all of our Photo and Film MFA graduates!
Work by Patrick Harkin
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!
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.
This spring the department awarded five Senior Project grants totaling $1700 to Amarise Carreras, Alex Coyle, Monica Escamilla, Shannon 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.
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.
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 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.
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!
TONIGHT MAY 5TH: TR 6009
VALET Opening at 7pm, ravebaby at 8pm
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.
@ The Anderson
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 Schwartz, Shannon Lowe and Emma Gould’s works were accepted for the exhibition and in turn were flown out to Qatar for the conference.