VCUarts is charting a new landscape of global integration through arts and design.

We are a vibrant, engaged community of artists, designers, performers and scholars dedicated to pursuing creative excellence and expanding the frontiers of artistic discovery. It’s no wonder that we’re the #1 public arts and design school in the country—and second overall—according to U.S. News and World Report.
Our faculty members are working artists who are leading creative practices around the world and who are empowering our students to collaborate across disciplines to create work that feeds the soul and serves society.
Students at VCUarts experience international opportunities, from academic connections with our campus in Doha, Qatar, to projects funded by the Dean’s International Research Grant program and exchange programs in China, Italy, Colombia, Senegal and more.
Our students emerge as internationally engaged changemakers who will shape the frontiers of research and discovery at the boundaries of what the arts mean today and how they will be inspired, sustained and lived tomorrow.


A dinner with Ron Howard, Jeff Bezos and Mark Hamill

Matt Wallin, associate professor of communication arts, sits down at a dinner table, surrounded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, filmmaker Ron Howard, actor Mark Hamill and two astronauts.
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Pamela Lawton on bringing Artstories to the U.K.

Associate professor of art education brings project to Tate Modern London and the University of Edinburgh
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VCUarts Qatar student designers awarded at ‘EDGE’ fashion show

Hundreds joined VCUarts Qatar’s fashion students in April for the 2019 edition of the “EDGE” Fashion Show, held on the Ooredoo Stage at the Mall of Qatar.
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‘Swirling,’ a coral reef narrative, opens at the Arts Research Institute

Hope Ginsburg, associate professor of painting, has created an audio and video installation that places visitors at the center of a project to restore a Caribbean coral reef.
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Anyone can code

Fiona Penn, a senior in Kinetic Imaging, lead the sold-out workshop “Music, Coding and Community.”
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VCUarts Qatar professor redesigning the abaya to increase health benefits

Khaled Saouda works with students to redesign the abaya to absorb light rich in vitamin D while also blocking the sun’s more harmful rays.
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Guggenheim Fellowship awarded to Guadalupe Maravilla, assistant professor of sculpture

Maravilla creates performances, drawings, videos and sculptures that examine both his personal displacement as a Salvadoran American immigrant, as well as the shifting landscapes and settlements of indigenous peoples.
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John Freyer brings his Free Hot Coffee bike to London

The assistant professor in the Department of Photography + Film has been using the free pour-over coffee—as well as jars of ice water and community suppers—to strike up conversations about addiction recovery.
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