Update on the Anderson Bldg.

Dear VCUarts Students, Faculty and Staff,

It is my pleasure to share with you the news that VCUarts will be reclaiming the Anderson Building (formerly the Anderson Gallery) as a student exhibition facility. For now, thesis exhibitions and other student shows will take place in our beloved Anderson. While we hold fast to a desire for exhibition space that will serve as the primary gallery for the school, we are extremely excited to once again enliven the Anderson with the ongoing presence of students and the work of our students.

As for the coming Arts Research Institute and the Center for the Creative Economy, the revised plan, in its infancy, is to locate them both on the first floor of the Depot, building on the vision of that facility as a site for interdisciplinary activity.

Given the premium on space within the School of the Arts, it is nearly impossible to move one thing and not have to move others as a result. This plan will require some shifting. I am, however, confident that these decisions are in the best interest of the School and affected programs.

Best regards,

James Frazier, EdD, MFA (Professor)
Interim Dean, School of the Arts
Special Assistant to the Provost for VCUarts in Qatar
Virginia Commonwealth University


Interim Dean
James Frazier, Ed.D., M.F.A.


James’ Bio

James Frazier, Ed.D., M.F.A. is the interim dean for the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of the Arts, and the special assistant to the provost at the VCU School of the Arts in Qatar. He is a tenured professor and a former chair of the Department of Dance and Choreography.Frazier serves as a visiting evaluator for the dance accrediting body – the National Association of Schools of Dance, and he held the elected offices of president and secretary of the Council of Dance Administrators. He also serves as co-chair of the Diversity Task Force of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, sits on both the board of the celebrated American Dance Festival (where he served as co-dean 2010-13) and that of the American College Dance Association (ACDA). In addition, he maintains an ongoing professional relationship with the highly acclaimed New York-based performance ensemble Urban Bush Women, assisting on special projects.

Frazier’s previous academic appointments include: visiting assistant professor of Dance History, Florida State University; associate artistic director, Dance Institute of Washington (District of Columbia); publicity coordinator for the Urban Bush Women Summer Dance Institute; and adjunct appointments as a dance instructor at Florida A & M University, Florida State University, Temple University and Montgomery College.

As a professional dance artist, Frazier performed and toured with Kokuma Dance Theatre Company, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and was a founding member of Edgeworks Dance Theater. He has worked as a guest or creative collaborator with many others, performing nationally, including engagements at Jacob’s Pillow, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Dance Place, Philadelphia’s Prince Music Theater and The Joyce (SoHo), among others. He is a past recipient of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Choreographic Fellowship, and in 2009 he was commissioned to create a new ballet on the Richmond Ballet Company.

Frazier earned an Ed.D. in Dance at Temple University and both a M.F.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Marketing from Florida State University. In 2006, he was awarded the Alma Hawkins Award for Excellence in Dance Education for emerging leadership in the field by the Council of Dance Administrators.


October 5, 2016