Photo/Film sweeping up VMFA Fellowships

The recipient’s list for 2015-2016′s VMFA Fellowships are in, and the Department of Photography & Film had 5 winners, receiving a total of $28,000!

Congratulations to our two Professional level winners: professor Sonali Gulati and MFA Alum Will May!

And our Undergraduate level winners: Cody Huff (work featured above), Scout Ries, and Sara Joachim!

To see who else won, The Times Dispatch published an article here.

Assignment: Happy Birthday

MFA Alumna and Hamiltonian Fellow Naoko Wowsugi is having a performance based exhibition titled Assignment: Happy Birthday:

From: Naoko Wowsugi
To: Students
Assignment: Happy Birthday
Please celebrate my birthday with a performative/experiential project. I don’t need more material possessions. You don’t need to butter me up. I want experiences as my birthday gifts. They can be happy, strange, surprising, sweet, mysterious, disturbing, or cause mixed feelings. I will be very open-minded and flexible as I receive your gifts.

This exhibition’s purpose is to showcase pieces by Wowsugi’s students that “challenge traditional hierarchies between teacher/student and the boundaries of the public and the private while poignantly revealing the vulnerability, humor, empathy and playfulness with which Wowsugi teaches with her students”. It includes work from current and former students from her Time Based Studio Fall 2013 and Fall 2014 classes at American University; Time Studio Fall 2011 and 2012 classes at Virginia Commonwealth University; and Digital Photography I Fall 2011 and 2012 classes at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The exhibition will be at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington DC from January 10th-February 14th. Wowsugi will be hosting an afterhours viewing of the exhibition Assignment: Happy Birthday Hour on Wednesday, February 4th from 6-8pm and Wednesday, February 11th from 6-8pm.

The exhibition has gotten press from Washington City Paper and The Washington Post.

To download the free “Assignment: Happy Birthday” Special Audio Guide Podcast on iTunes for an artist-narrated tour of the exhibition, click here!

Department Research Grant and other opportunities

Many ways to earn grants and scholarships!

The Department of Photography and Film is calling for submissions from current full time Junior and Senior Undergrads to receive the annual Department Project Support GrantsGrants will be between $250-$500 each. Deadline is February 16th, 2015 11:59pm.

New this Year! The Fourth Wave Grant for Feminist Photo/Film/Media Arts projects
Students applying for an Photography and Film Project Support Grant may request that their proposals be considered for the Fourth Wave Grant.  Please let us know at the top of your proposal outline if you would like to considered for this grant.

MFA Alum Claire Krueger featured in Louisville

Claire Krueger is featured in a video art show titled Cinema Killed The Video Star in Louisville, KY and was featured in the local paper The Courier Journal. It’s being exhibited from January 16 – February 21, 2015.

And because of the show, Krueger was the chosen artist of the day on Friday for Artebella, a mailing list featuring a Louisville based artist 5 days a week. Check out the article here.


Made In Church Hill exhibition at The Valentine

In Fall 2014, VCU offered a service learning course titled Social Practice in the Museum, which was taught by VCUarts alumni Michael Lease and Traci Garland. The course brought together twelve students from the VCUarts departments of Art History and Photography & Film to work with the local Church Hill community. These students partnered up with students from University of Richmond and Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT) and its Academy, and The Valentine Museum.

With the two university classes and students from the Academy working together, they explored their own creative ambitions as they captured residents’ stories of Church Hill and how its transformation over the years has impacted them personally, and their community as a whole. The end result is Made in Church Hill.

These stories are being exhibited at The Valentine Museum from January 22nd-June 28th 2015. There’s an opening reception Thursday January 22nd from 6-8pm. Free to the public.



MFA Alum Cynthia Henebry acquired by VMFA

The VMFA recently acquired a photograph from Cynthia Henebry that is on display until July of this year. The work, entitled “Mavis in the Backseat” (2013) is one photograph of Henebry’s most recent series The Marriage Oaks. Definitely go check out the work and all of the other recent VMFA acquisitions!

Her work was featured in Photo District News’s January 2015 issue. To see her and others featured in this month’s issue, click here.

She has also been showing internationally recently, as her work was recently included in “The Ones We Love”, a photography show at the Camden Image Gallery in London.

MFA Alum Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa lands prestigious residency.

Our own Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa will be participating in the annual Light Work Art-In-Residence program in Syracuse, NY. The residency offers a $5,000 stipend, along with a fully furnished living area and 24 hour access to studio space. The residency carries on for one month, and the work that is created will be published in a special edition of Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual. 

New Waves 2015 featuring two Photo/Film professors

Photography and Film professors Justin James Reed (above) and Shannon Castleman (below) are included the annual New Waves 2015 exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This year’s exhibition is curated by Lisa Dent, Director of Resources & Award Programs for Creative Capital.

New Waves is in it’s 20th year, on view from January 31st-April 19th, 2015.  MOCA will host their Winter/Spring 2015 Exhibition Opening on Friday, January 30th from 6-8pm.

Pine Tree Ballads Featured on Numerous Online Publications

Photography and Film’s Graduate Director Paul Thulin and his series Pine Tree Ballads has gotten recognition from three online publications recently.

Pine Tree Ballads is a poetic vision of land, family, and time. In the early 1900s, my great-grandfather settled on the coast of Maine because it resembled his homeland of Sweden and my family has returned to Gray’s Point each summer for over a century. This photographic sequence resonates with a subtext of struggle and hope that mirrors my narrative sense of self. In this place, stories have arisen from the mouths of both the young and old that over time have become the essence of my family’s identity. These images construct a unique memoir weaving the magical aura of an ancient, shared, historical record with the mysterious dreams met on dark moonless nights when one does not know if their eyes are open or closed.

He was featured by Anti-Bad MagazineFraction Magazine, and Flakphoto.


Jon-Phillip Sheridan featured in Exhibit and Symposium at U of R

Jon-Phillip Sheridan is featured in Anti-Grand: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape exhibition, which will be on display from January 15th-March 6th, 2015, in the Harnett Museum of Art at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts. The exhibition features 24 contemporary artists whose work examines, challenges, and redefines the concept of landscape while also drawing attention to humanity’s attempts to relate to, preserve, and manage it.


Residual #34, Summer, 2005

On Wednesday January 14, 2015, there will be a panel discussion and opening reception of the exhibit. The panel discussion will be from 6-7:30pm at Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Center for the Arts. Jon-Phillip Sheridan is one of the panelists. The Reception and Preview of the exhibit will be taken place right afterwards until 8:30pm. (more…)