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VCU Student Commons Theater
907 Floyd Ave. Richmond, VA 23284 United States

Upcoming Events At This Venue

October 3, 2012

The Department of Painting and Printmaking presents a lecture with Kurt Kauper

Kurt Kauper received a BFA from Boston University in 1988 and an MFA in painting from UCLA in 1995. He has had solo shows at ACME Gallery in Los Angeles and Deitch Projects in New York City. He has been featured in numerous group exhibitions in the United States and Europe, in such venues as the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston; the Stedelijk Museum in Gent, Belgium; Castello da Rivoli in Turin, Italy; the Pompidou Center in Paris; and the Kunsthalle Vienna. Among numerous awards, he has received two Elizabeth Greenshields Grants, a Tiffany Foundation Grant, and two Pollock Krasner Foundation Grants. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Oakland Museum of Art; the Weatherspoon Museum at the University of North Carolina Greensboro; and the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven. He has taught at Orange Coast College, the Museum School in Boston, and Yale University. More information at the artists website

The lecture will take place on Wednesday October 3, 11 am Student Commons Theater


Date:October 3, 2012 11:00 am

October 5, 2012

Department of Photography and Film Presents Kevin Everson’s lecture at the Student Commons Theatre on October 5th in the Student Commons Theatre at 2:30pm.

Kevin Jerome Everson (b.1965) was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. He has a MFA from Ohio University and a BFA from the University of Akron. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Everson has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, NEA, NEH, and grants from Creative Capital and the Mid-Atlantic, residencies at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Yaddo and MacDowell Colony, and numerous university fellowships. Everson was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial as well as an exhibit at the Whitney, More Than That: Films by Kevin Jerome Everson is curated by Anne & Joel Ehrenkranz Curator Chrissie Iles.

Everson works in a variety of media, including film, painting, sculpture, and photography, exploring aspects of everyday life. With a sense of place and historical research, Kevin Jerome Everson films combine scripted and documentary moments with rich elements of formalism. Some of his films are constructed from appropriated news and film footage, bringing to light forgotten details of the experiences of African-Americans.

Date:October 5, 2012 2:30 pm

October 9, 2012

Department of Kinetic Imaging presents an artist lecture with Eder Santos. More at the artist’s website.

The event will take place at the Student Commons Theatre on October 9th 2012 at 10am

Date:October 9, 2012 10:00 am

October 15, 2012

The VCU department of Sculpture + Extended Media is proud to present: Tricia Donnelly

lecture: Monday, October 15 at 2:00 pm

VCU Student Commons Theater

907 Floyd Ave

Trisha Donnelly’s ineffable body of work resists simple characterization. A lexicon of imagery and action relies on the power of suggestion: what precise, economical gesture can evoke a moment, a place, a feeling? How does sound create form? With a word, can the artist embed herself in our conscience? These potent gestures are catalysts, and this is the crux of Donnelly’s work. What unite her media-diverse work are gestures of altered time, shifters, dimensional explorations, evocation, perception, and belief structures.

Date:October 15, 2012 2:00 pm

October 25, 2012

The Department of Painting and Printmaking will host a lecture with artist Lisa Sigal. The lecture will take place Thursday October 25th at 2:30pm at the Student Commons Theatre.

Lisa Sigal brings architecture and painting into dialogue by creating a series of physically
inaccessible rooms that can only be viewed as pictorial spaces. She blurs the distinction
between actual and illusionistic space by employing construction materials
unconventionally, such as an unfinished sheetrock wall without egress, duct tape used
for texture and drawing, joint compound as a painterly mark maker and layers of
newspaper and wallpaper.
Sigal (b.1962, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) has had numerous solo and group exhibitions
since 1991. Her work has been featured at Artists Space, The Brooklyn Museum,
Frederieke Taylor Gallery, White Columns and Sculpture Center, all in New York;
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut; and Real Art Ways,
Hartford, Connecticut. Sigal lives and works in New York.
- Lisa Sigal’s practice lies at the intersection of painting, sculpture, installation, and
architecture; at once integral and site-dependent, her painted constructions insinuate
themselves into the physical and theoretical fabric of the built environment. The complex
relationship between the illusionistic spaces of painting and the physical presence
of sculpture stands at the core of her work. – JEFFREY KASTNER
For more information please visit:  www.lisasigal.net/
Date:October 25, 2012 2:30 pm

November 6, 2012

The VCU department of Sculpture + Extended Media is proud to present:
Ellen Driscoll
lecture: : Tuesday, November 6 at 12:15 pm
VCU Student Commons Theater
907 Floyd Ave
“My work in sculpture, drawing, and public art  is drawn from  diverse sources such as architecture, the ancient memory arts, and primitive imaging techniques such as shadow play.As an artist I am drawn to making things through bricolage, and the happy unpredictable chances that materials, sites, and social histories can suggest. Through this process, I set up unpredictable encounters in which viewers are asked to make an imaginative whole out of disparate parts, in the way that the protective architectural form of a  magpie’s nest is built from a scrap of cloth, a shiny piece of wire, and selected twigs.
 I am also fascinated by cycles of decay and regeneration. For example, the strange phenomenon of a phantom limb still feeling sensation,  is evidence of our brain circuitry re-wiring itself to compensate for loss. I see my work as an imaginative parallel to this biological phenomenon.. I am also interested in different forms of paradox;  motion and stasis, weight and weightlessness, light and dark, wholeness and fragmentation are all held in tension in the physical act of encountering my work.
 Using materials as disparate as LEDs, Roman style mosaic, cloth,  newspaper, steel, and glass, my work presents an ancient idea borne out by the most recent research into genome mapping– that underneath what is seemingly “unlike” is a more profound affinity. In the words of Italo Calvino in Six Memos for the Next Millenium
‘Knowledge of the world tends to dissolve the solidity of the world, leading to a perception of all that is infinitely minute, light, and mobile… But these are only the outward appearances of a single common substance that …if stirred by profound emotion…may be changed into what most differs from it.’  Italo Calvino    Six Memos from the Next”
Date:November 6, 2012 12:15 pm

November 15, 2012

Thursday November 15th
The department of Craft/Material Studies and the American Craft Council presents:
Hand-Crafted Entrepreneurship: a making meaning in the marketplace symposium
An examination of the paths that take art from the studio to the patron
Alex HibbittModerator, Assistant Director, Graduate Chair and an Associate Professor of Art at Ohio University
Daniel MichalikPanelist, Artist, Founder of DMFD
Heather Mae EricksonPanelistArtist, Craftsperson and Designer
Amy TavernPanelist, Metalsmith/Studio Jeweler
Panel Discussion: Thursday, November 15th from 12:00pm -2:00pm
Student Commons Theatre
Reception: Thursday, November 15th from 2:30-4:30pm
Fine Arts Building Lobby
Crafts/Material Studies and the American Craft Council present The Hand-Crafted Entrepreneurship a Making Meaning in the Marketplace Symposium.  This symposium brings together four talented, ambitious artists working in traditional craft media to discuss their experiences and ideas surrounding the business side of their art practice.

Every maker who has supported themselves (and often their family) with their craft has built a business in a unique and often innovative way.  There is no single, unified model to follow for a successful career in the arts. Makers by necessity must forge a business and a professional path in a way that makes sense and plays to their strengths.  For anyone interested in, or curious about a career the arts, this symposium will offer fertile insight into the business side of the arts. 

Each panelist will present an overview of their work and journey followed by a discussion panel that will investigate the highlights, successes, pitfalls, and requisite tenacity that encompass a career of making, marketing, and selling handmade products.  

This symposium is possible through the support of the American Craft Council.
Date:November 15, 2012 12:00 pm

January 30, 2013

Andrea Fraser
Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 4:00 pm

VCU Student Commons Theater
907 Floyd Ave

“Andrea Fraser’s work has been identified with performance, video, project-based art, context art, and institutional critique.

Major projects include installations for the Berkeley Art Museum; the Kunstverein Munich; the Venice Biennale (Austrian Pavilion); the Whitney Biennial; the Generali Foundation, Vienna; the Kunsthalle Bern; the Sprengel Museum Hannover; the Bienal de São Paulo; and Tate Modern. She has also created performances for the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; inSITE, San Diego/Tijuana; and the MICA Foundation, New York. She has performed solo work at the Whitechapel, London; the Dia Art Foundation, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, Vienna; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, among other venues.

Surveys of her work have been presented by the Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia; the Kunstverein Hamburg; the Kemper Art Museum, Washington University; the Franz Hals Museum in Haarlem; and the Carpenter Center, Harvard University.

Her essays and performance texts have appeared in Art in America, Afterimage, October, Texte zur Kunst,Social Text, Critical Quarterly, Documents, Artforum, and Grey Room. Books include Andrea Fraser: Works 1984-2003, published by Dumont, and Museum Highlights: The Writings of Andrea Fraser, released by MIT Press in 2005.

Fraser was a founding member of the feminist performance group, The V-Girls (1986-1996); the project-based artist initiative Parasite (1997-1998); and the cooperative art gallery Orchard (2005-2008). She was also co-organizer, with Helmut Draxler, of Services, a “working-group exhibition” that toured to eight venues in Europe and the United States between 1994 and 2001.

Fraser has received grants from Art Matters, Inc., the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.”

Presented by: The VCU Graduate Artists’ Association along with the VCU departments of Sculpture + Extended Media and Painting & Printmaking

Date:January 30, 2013 4:00 pm

February 12, 2013

Lecture will take place on Tuesday, February 12 at 12:15 pm at the VCU Student Commons Theater.

More information can be found here.

Date:February 12, 2013 12:15 pm


More information found here. 

Date:February 12, 2013 2:00 pm