AFO GIF COMPETITION: 11/2/2017 – 12/2/2017

We’re so excited to announce the finalists whose work will be playing 11/2 – 12/2 at the Cabell Library’s big screen aka the Vitrine. All finalists will be eligible for award consideration. Award recipients and prizes will be announced 12/2 at the Closing Reception, more on that to come soon!

Big super extra special THANK YOU to Kelsey Sheaffer, VCU Library’s Multimedia Production Specialist, for being this year’s juror.


Tatyana Bailey
Amanda Gill & Destiny Wright
Adam Lockett
Rowan Martin
Yi Park
Hana Pearlman
Hannah Sahr
Kristina Sharp
Camryn Simms
Julia Smith
Emily Sontheimer
William Stacy
Madison Sterner
Gabrielle Sullivan
Alyssa Sutherland
Madison Swogger
Tiffany Kong
Isabelle Tovar
Alyx Ward

Sarah Mizer – “Blame it on the Rain” and more

Sarah Mizer will be among the many talented VCUarts faculty setting up this week over at Current Art Fair. She’ll be showing with Page Bond Gallery.

Also this week- Sarah is installing Blame it on the Rain with Amy Chan and collaborative team Val Molnar & Matt Spahr at Open Space Gallery in Baltimore, MD.

Once all of this is mounted she will be in Brooklyn, NY leading a panel discussion titled The Relentless Pursuit at the 2017 Robert Minkoff Foundation Academic Symposium at UrbanGlass.

Finally – rounding out November- Sarah will be at the Chrysler Museum. Since July she has been a Visiting Professional Artist working with the Glass Studio. This November she’ll be mounting a show in the Glass Studio’s Vestibule Space.

Justin James Reed – “The Rock’s Rotation”

Untitled, 2013 (from “The Rock’s Rotation”)
Archival pigment print in hand-polished aluminum frame
44 x 36 inches (111.76 x 91.44 cm) print w/ border ; 44.25 x 36.25 inches (112.4 x 92.1 cm) framed

Beginning Friday, September 1st, Justin James Reed will be showing 7 pieces from his body of photographic work “The Rock’s Rotation” at Candela Gallery in Richmond, Virginia as part of the exhibition “Theory of Place.” A discussion with the artists will take place on Thursday, September 7th from 5 – 8PM.

2016-2017 Award Winners

Congratulations to all our AFO Award Winners this year!

6 AFO students were nominated by their faculty to receive our AFO Outstanding Achievement Awards:
Caroline Meyers
Audrey Stemann
Aliyah Decker
Jisoo Shin
Matthew Johnson

10 students were nominated by their major admitting departments to be considered for 2, $2000 Dean’s awards.
Congratulations to the nominees :
Quetzal Arevalo
Marley White
Nicole Brooks
Nicholas Gerson
Andrea Carey
Madeline Denton
Abigail Deluca
Keenan Ferguson
Thomas Rooney
Abigail Ehmcke

Congratulations to the two Dean’s award winners (in photo):
Marley White
Madeline Denton

Other awards this year:
James Foley: Arissa Lopez
Michael B. Huntley Merit Scholarship in the Arts: Caroline Meyers
Anderson Student Show: Caroline Nelson
Black History in the Making Award: Morgan Woody
Doris Lansing: Samuel Richardson

Planet Nine

Dear Cosmonauts, Moon Walkers, and Terrestrial Beings of all sorts,

It is our pleasure to invite you to join us in observing a performance welcoming Planet Nine. Planet Nine is an illusive hypothetical planet in the far outer reaches of our solar system beyond Neptune. Julie Malen and Carli Holcomb have combined three Art Foundation Space Research classes, to perform for the unseen, yet massive primordial planet. The performance envisions a post-discovery future.
Monday May 8th, 7:30 pm,
The Depot, 814 West Broad Street
Second Floor

Cobi Moules and Cupid Ojala Artist Talk

The VCUarts Art Foundation Program is pleased to announce an artist lecture by Cobi Moules and Cupid Ojala, both NYC-based transgender queer artists. This lecture is funded by the VCUarts Inclusion Infusion Initiative.

Cobi Moules received his BFA from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA in 2004 and his MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA in 2010.

Cupid Ojala is a VCUarts alumnus and received his BFA in 1999 and his MFA from Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY in 2012. He is currently the Program Coordinator for The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art Prince Street Project Space.