The Anderson

The Anderson is an exhibition and program space for the VCUarts community. It supports experimentation, professional development and work across disciplines.



Submissions Open Call

THE ANDERSON is announcing an ‘Open Call’ to all VCUarts students for exhibition and event proposals. See above flyer for a general description – click on the “APPLY HERE” link below for complete details and online application!


[Text from image] The Anderson is issuing an open call to all V C U arts students and faculty for exhibition and event proposals to take place at the Anderson during the Spring 2018 semester. Proposals may include individual or group exhibitions, installations, or curatorial projects lasting up to two weeks; As well as performance, screenings, ‘happenings’ or other experimental short programming lasting up to 72 hours. Through these projects the Anderson staff seeks to bring new energy to this historically significant venue.

Applicants are challenged to critically engage with contemporary exhibition practices and strategies in order to cultivate unique experiences for a diverse and sophisticated V C U audience. The call is open to students working at the graduate and undergraduate level in all mediums and disciplines including dance, music, theatre, new media, film, craft, fine art, etc. Submissions will be reviewed by the Anderson’s curatorial staff and projects will be selected based on strength of proposal. Applicants are encouraged to consider the expansive potential of the buildings galleries, as well as its non-traditional and outdoor spaces. Use of the building simply as a ‘Critique’ space is discouraged.

Submissions open: November 28, 2017

Spaces are available: January 15th-May 12th, 2018

There is no deadline for submission applications will be ongoing.

Wafaa Bilal: "The Thing's I Could Tell..."
Azra Akšamija: "Mosque Manifesto"
"Global Perspectives on Contemporary Muslim Life" Juried by Hadeer Omar
Newsha Tavakolian: "Ocalan's Angels"


Closed Monday
Tuesday-Friday: 12-7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 12-5 p.m.

Reach Out and Touch

THE ANDERSON is pleased to present “Reach Out and Touch,” featuring recent alumni from MFA and BFA programs at VCUarts. The six artists in Reach Out and Touch are presenting work in a group show that includes painting, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, digital media and film. The exhibition is on view from August 4 through October 6, 2017 at the Anderson, 907 ½ West Franklin Street, Richmond. A free, public reception will be held on Friday, August 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. and all are invited to attend.

Bringing with it a host of pop-cultural allusions, the exhibition title “Reach Out and Touch” provides a multifaceted lens through which both the exhibition as a whole and individual works can be viewed: It functions as a sentimental nod to the gesture of reconnecting with old friends (it’s an alumni show…); As a tongue-in-cheek enticement to transgress the number one rule of all gallery and museum space (‘Don’t touch the art!’); As an acknowledgement of the haptic appeal and assertive materiality of works like Nick Fagan’s bas-relief wall sculpture “Stigmata Bond”; As an invitation to a more personal and meaningful community engagement as posited in works like Steven Casanova’s “The Richmond Cookbook”; Or, more darkly, as shorthand for the desires, powers and violence that drive hidden economies in Eva Rocha’s works addressing human trafficking.

Each of the artists in “Reach Out and Touch” participated in the Anderson’s 2017 Alumni Summer Studio Residency, which provided selected VCUarts alumni (2011 – 2016) with studio space from June 1 through August 31, 2017. The six artists were chosen from a pool of applicants based on strength of proposal in response to an open call that was issued in May.


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Location + Parking

907 1/2 W. Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia

Metered on-street parking is available. Parking is also available in VCU’s W. Broad Street Deck, located at 1001 W. Broad Street.


Chase Westfall, Curator of Student Exhibition and Programs