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About the 90th Anniversary

In 1928, Theresa Pollak was approached by H.H. Hibbs, dean of the School of Social Work at Richmond Professional Institute, about developing an art program at the school. If she could get five students to enroll, he said, Pollak could teach an art course on a trial basis. Pollak called on her network of Richmond artists and 20 students showed up for her first class.

Theresa Pollak in Class with a Student (1969) Theresa Pollak in Class with a Student.

In the years that followed, Pollak and fine art professor Marion Junkin built a school—literally, through new studios and remodeled buildings, and figuratively, by establishing common principles that shaped a new model for teaching the arts. They saw a place where students could get a comprehensive, yet highly tailored, arts education. Where learning experiences encourage advanced independent thinking. And where fundamental skills merge with innovative thinking, challenging artists to respond to a constantly changing world.

Ninety years later, these principles remain our core, our DNA. They drive us ever forward as we shatter boundaries—by pioneering research and serving society, electrifying the imagination and leading the global creative practice.

Stay with us as we reflect on our past, and chart a course for the future of VCUarts.

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    90th T-shirts

    Join us in celebrating 90 years of creative daring with our special edition anniversary tees, now available on Bonfire.

    Alumni Resources

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    Access the job board and interview research and preparation tools at VCU Career Services. Within your first year after graduation, you may schedule career advising appointments.

    Continuing Studies Scholarships

    You may apply to scholarships available exclusively to alumni, such as the Fulbright program.

    The VCU National Scholarship Office provides helpful information sessions and essay-writing workshops for applicants.

    Attend Events

    Check our events calendar which regularly posts information on upcoming VCUarts performances, exhibitions and visiting artists.