May 21, 2019
Communication arts professors talk illustrating history books for children

VCU News interviewed two communication arts professors who have illustrated pages upon pages of children’s books, and asked them how they translate difficult histories into images for younger audiences. Stephen Alcorn and Sterling Hundley (BFA ’88) shared their memories of how they first began drawing, and how they navigate topics such as racism and war…

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May 21, 2019
Saxophone student learns to love coding

Thomas Levine, a sophomore music major, was recently featured in an article by the VCU College of Engineering that highlighted his newfound passion for computer technology. Though Levine spends much of his time playing saxophone in local venues with fellow jazz students, joining the class Introduction to Computing made him just as interested in learning…

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May 15, 2019
Meet the students who made the 2019 fashion show happen

The annual VCUarts fashion show is a titanic collaborative exercise, a project that calls on the talents of fashion juniors and seniors in design and merchandising to succeed. It’s a tradition that’s persisted for 50 years, but the effort and passion students pour into the event has only grown in caliber. In Style Weekly‘s latest…

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May 14, 2019
Diana Al-Hadid named ‘trailblazing’ first-generation immigrant in new children’s book

Sculpture alumna Diana Al-Hadid (MFA ’05) appears as one of 36 inspiring Americans in the new children’s book First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great. Written by Sandra Neil and Rich Wallace, with illustrations by Agata Nowicka, First Generation highlights Al-Hadid’s monumental sculptures in addition to her traditional Syrian upbringing. Diana’s family…

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May 13, 2019
Another Tony for Toni

Toni-Leslie James has earned a third Tony Award nomination for her Broadway costume designs. Her work on the play Bernhardt/Hamlet will be considered for Best Costume Design of a Play at the 2019 Tony Awards alongside The Ferryman, Torch Song, To Kill a Mockingbird and Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus. James, associate professor and head…

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May 10, 2019
Senior spotlight: Kyle Artone

When Kyle Artone applied to VCUarts’ costume design program, he wasn’t a theater novice. He had performed as an actor, and helped with prop and scene design. But during his senior year of high school, he decided to try something new: costume design. “I had no budget, and I was sewing up until the last…

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May 10, 2019
Thank you for being part of VCUarts’ 90th anniversary

Nine decades have passed since the first year of art classes at Richmond Professional Institute concluded. From the seeds of a single painting class, founder Theresa Pollak and the faculty members she invited to campus grew a small program into a leading southern art school. In the half-century since her retirement, VCUarts has expanded its…

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May 07, 2019
Senior spotlight: Claudia Vincent, LaRissa Rogers and Zifan Wang

In the Painting + Printmaking program, three young artists are drawing from their own personal narratives to investigate how heritage, culture and environment guide their lives. Claudia Vincent, LaRissa Rogers and Zifan Wang each create striking images on canvas and paper that in turn confront the power dynamics of gender, the biracial experience, and the…

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May 07, 2019
Punk rock professor brings new perspective to Kinetic Imaging

Rebecca Gates’ band The Spinanes broke into the mainstream music scene in the early ’90s, when a tidal wave of punk bands from the West Coast flooded the airwaves. Alongside Nirvana, Sonic Youth, and Green Day was The Spinanes, who signed with indie label Sub Pop and released three records. She’s since pursued a solo…

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May 03, 2019
The ‘modest impresario’ and his humble laundromat

Ephraim “Ed” Steinberg (BFA ’86) had his most recent solo exhibition in 2016 at the age of 96. At the Weinstein Jewish Community Center, his paintings, prints and photos were celebrated by the local press, and he even sold 12 original works. It was affirmation that the art community he’d once beckoned to his little…

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May 03, 2019
RVAmag previews 50th VCUarts fashion show ‘Shimmer’

The annual VCUarts fashion show, entitled “SHIMMER,” marks 50 years of the program’s spectacular student showcase. Fashion design and merchandising majors will take the Train Shed at Main Street Station again on Wednesday, May 8. In addition to the many students and excited onlookers in attendance, special guest Richard Haines (BFA ’73),  alumnus and fashion…

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