Tomorrow, April 29 at 5pm, will be the opening of the second round of M.F.A. Thesis Exhibitions. The work is shown in two locations: the Anderson and the Depot Gallery.

VCU’s Photo Film MFA students Farrah Al-Sulaiman, Alex Matzke, and Matthew Warren were featured in the first round show April 8- April 24. This Friday, Abbey Sarver’s work will be exhibited in the Round Two show.

M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Round Two

Anderson and the Depot Gallery
April 29 – May 15
Opening Friday, April 29, 5 – 8 p.m.

For more information, visit this website.




3:30 Ira Eduardovna’s work reconstructs narratives of autobiographical nature and examines issues of migration and identity in flux through non-linear story telling. Her video installations examine the border of video and architecture and the influence of architecture on the experience of time and memory.
Awards include: New York State Council on the Arts grant for film and electronic media in 2015, The Ostrovsky Family Fund for experimental Film in 2012 and 2014 and Artis Exhibition Grant in 2012. Artist residencies include: Smack Mellon Residency in New York 2014-2015, Art OMI – Omi International Art Center Ghent, NY 2014, FUTURA center for contemporary Art in Prague 2013, Wave Hill workspace studio program 2016.
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The Libraro Room, Ira Eduardovna
4:30 Known for her drawings, sculpture, and architectural interventions, Beth Campbell creates works that challenge the notion of a physical world beyond our perception. Drawing upon philosophy, phenomenology and psychology, Campbell choreographs spaces, crafts uncanny objects, and maps thought.
Campbell’s commissioned projects include Following Room at the Whitney Museum of Art (2007) and Following Room (Trento) at Manifesta 7, Trento, Italy (2008); Potential Store Fronts for the Public Art Fund, New York (2007).  Recent solo exhibitions include Seomi Gallery, South Korea; Country Club, Chicago; The Sculpture Center, Cleveland OH; Country Club Projects at the Buck House, Los Angeles, and Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York. Other museum exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Greater New York, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, White Columns, the Drawing Room, London, and the Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs NY.
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Double Junk, Beth Campbell

Professor John Freyer Speaks at TEDxRVA

VCU’s photo professor John Freyer was recently one of 19 creative speakers for TEDxRVA this past Tuesday.

TED is a “nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading”, with two annual conferences bringing together the world’s leading “thinkers”. TEDx, the local, independent sibling of TED talks, is a series of “self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.” It takes close to six months and a team of 150 volunteers to organize each TEDx event.

John took part in the thread of TEDx talks known as Artful, an event more focused on creativity, inspiration and art. The event took place at the historic Carpenter Theatre in Richmond. His talk referenced his ongoing project, FREE ICE WATER. For more information, visit the TEDxRVA website, or RVAmagazine’s article on the event.

Photography/Film Students Get Courtside Seats at NCAA Tournament

The madness that is March college basketball season has come to an end for our VCU Rams, but the excitement of the tournament is still fresh for two photography/film students.

Brooke Marsh (B.F.A. ’16) and Teddy Leinbach (B.F.A. ’16) had the opportunity to follow the men’s basketball team to Oklahoma where the Rams battled it out against Oregon State and Oklahoma, who they ultimately lost to on March 20 (81-85).

Marsh is the photography editor at Commonwealth Times. She collaborates with section editors, and in the case of the tournament, the sports editor, on what type of photographs are needed with each piece.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better year to be photography editor at the CT. Especially for basketball; at the beginning it seemed like many weren’t sure how the season would go. It was great being able to document and watch the growing fan base for [Coach] Will Wade and the new era of basketball at VCU.” – Brooke Marsh

During the tournament, Marsh was assigned a specific location to photograph each game. After each half, she and her editor would work quickly to organize their assets.

“I’d photograph the first half and quickly give my memory card to the executive editor to download the photos,” said Marsh. “After each game, I’d go through, edit and select the top 10-25 images for publishing.”

The Rams haven’t made it out of round three since Shaka Smart led the team to the final four in 2011. VCU fans seem to have adjusted well to the new regime under Will Wade, a transition that Leinbach has set out to document in his senior thesis project, “AfterShak.”

“I have been making films about sports for several years, showing the parts of humanity that are only brought to light through competition,” said Leinbach. “I wanted to challenge myself my senior year and take advantage of the fact that I go to a top art school that happens to have a nationally acclaimed basketball team. It was too perfect an opportunity to pass up.”

Leinbach has documented the team’s entire season, ending with the pivotal moments that were captured during the NCAA tournament. While the tournament game footage is property of Turner Sports, Leinbach ended up capturing behind the scenes footage at practice and in the locker room.

“I knew that with Shaka gone, the storyline would follow two paths. Either the season is a bust and fans are left missing Shaka, or the season is a success and everyone forgets who Shaka was. Will Wade has done an incredible job and the team has truly moved past the Shaka-era.” – Teddy Leinbach

Working up close and personal with the basketball team can come with a unique set of challenges, and Leinbach says that this process has taught him to be patient and to make his intentions known and those golden moments will eventually come out.

Photo by Brooke Marsh. VCU Rams with Coach Will Wade during the A-10 match-up with St. Joe’s in Brooklyn.

Article originally appeared on March 22, 2016.

Congratulations Photo/Film VMFA fellowship recipients!


The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) fellowship is a prestigious award given to promising artists residing in the state of Virginia. There are categories for undergraduate, graduate and professional artists, and once again VCU’s Photography and Film department had members selected as winning recipients.

Undergraduate Photography students John DiJulio and Monica Escamilla were each selected as two of the eleven recipients in their category. BFA student Kathryn Mayes received one of four Graduate Fellowships, and professor Cynthia Henebry was awarded one of thirteen professional grants.

Kathryn Mayes, Monica Escamilla, John DiJulio

Kathryn Mayes, Monica Escamilla, John DiJulio


To view the list of recipients visit the VMFA fellowship page for 2016-2017. The department continues it’s impressive streak of having at least one student/professor to receive a fellowship over the past five years. Congratulations Cynthia, Kathryn, Monica and John!

New Waves 2016 featuring VCU photo/film

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Moca, the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, has selected from 282 candidates the artists to be featured in their 2016 show, New Waves.

Of the 27 that will be shown, two are from VCU Photography and Film’s department: Department Chair Sasha Waters Fryere and MFA alumni Alex Artz.

still from Sasha's 'Our Summer Made Her Light Escape', 16mm film, 2012

Still from Sasha’s ‘Our Summer Made Her Light Escape’, 16mm film, 2012


VCU Photo students awarded Philip Beaurline Scholarship

Two VCU students, Hannah Chertock and Olivia Walthall, have been awarded the Philip Beaurline Student Scholarship from the central Virginia chapter of the ASMP.

Hannah Chertock is a fine art photographer based in MD/VA finishing her BFA in Photography at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Currently, she is leading the senior photo class exhibition to be up May 2016.  Her work has been featured at Adah Rose Gallery in Kensington, Maryland, The Anderson Gallery in Richmond, Virginia and literary arts journals such as Medical Literary Messenger and The Tulane Review.  She just received a scholarship from the American Society of Media Photographers to pursue her personal work about invisible pain.  Chertock’s work aims to heighten viewers awareness and experience of their bodies by showing disembodied limbs and objects made to look like the internal space of the body.



Photo professor featured in Book Arts Show


Photography professor, Justin James Reed, is currently being featured in the New York show, Revealed Terrain: The Semantics of Landscape.

The show is being put on by The Center for Book Arts, a group “dedicated to exploring and cultivating contemporary aesthetic interpretations of the book as an art object, while preserving the traditional practices of the art of the book.” This is done through exhibitions, classes, presentations, publications, collections, and many more opportunities for individual artists and writers.

The show is an exciting exploration of landscape and the various ways to manipulate and represent it through the artistry of bookmaking. “Revealed Terrain: The Semantics of Landscape illuminates trans-disciplinary thought—structure and content; decontextualized pure typography; printing; bookbinding; the multiple; and two‐ and three‐dimensional experimental design—as an experimental map for exploration.”

Justin is one of twenty-one amazing artists selected into the exhibit. The show will be up from now until April 2nd, 2016. For more information on the show, please visit this site.

Sarah Kaufman, Devil’s Pool

Our 2008 MFA Photo/film alumni Sarah K. Kaufman has a photography exhibition in The Carolyn and Howard Alber Gallery through Febuary 5th, 2016 called Devil’s Pool.

Devil’s Pool stems from my love for Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Park and the respite it provides,” says Kaufman in an interview with the Huffington Post. “People from all over are drawn to its urban swimming hole as a place to play and revel in physicality and nature.”


Archival pigment print from medium format film, Edition of 5, 21″ x 43″