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May 23, 2018
Summer learning opportunities from Kinetic Imaging

The Department of Kinetic Imaging is offering a wide range of camps and workshops—for both kids and adults—this summer. Animation Camp WHAT: Campers will be led through the process of a variety of animation techniques, working with the animation camera and learning new computer skills. WHO: Open to rising 6th-8th graders WHEN: Camp will be…

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May 21, 2018
VCUarts Qatar celebrates graduates and 20th anniversary at commencement

VCUarts Qatar celebrated the class of 2018 at their May commencement ceremony, with Dean Shawn Brixey visiting as the keynote speaker. Shawn Brixey, the dean of VCUarts in Richmond and the Commencement’s keynote speaker told the students: “Be the pioneer of those discoveries. Harness the creative daring to make the world a more verdant, imaginative,…

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May 21, 2018
Bobby C. Martin Jr.’s May 2018 Commencement Address

Bobby C. Martin Jr. (BFA ’99), founding partner of The Original Champions of Design, delivered the 2018 VCUarts May Commencement address on May 12. Read what he had to say to the Class of 2018, or watch the video below. I want to start by thanking Dean Brixey. And thank you to VCU, where I…

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May 14, 2018
Music senior talks about being first in family to graduate from college

As commencement weekend approaches, VCUarts seniors have plenty to celebrate. For Ricardo Rodriguez, a music education major, the milestone is also an important one for his family, as he becomes the first person in his family to graduate from college. Rodriguez enrolled at VCU undeclared. He thought about becoming a computer programmer. He considered majoring in business. He…

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May 14, 2018
Music students participate in choir for people affected by homelessness

The Department of Music has collaborated with the School of Social Work to develop RVA Street Singers, a community choir for people affected by homelessness. Brian Donovan, a rising senior majoring in music with a vocal concentration who has volunteered with various groups in the past — including children with chronic illnesses and mental disabilities…

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May 14, 2018
Sculpture MFA graduate receives prestigious Dedalus Fellowship

Sculpture + Extended Media graduate Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik (MFA ’18) has been awarded the 2018 Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture. The Fellowship carries a $25,000 stipend. Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik’s installations are inspired by cinema and set design, creating narrative spaces that explore subjective emotional states and employ altered architecture. His works offer…

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May 11, 2018
Searching for Sound: Chet Frierson

Chet Frierson describes jazz music as a conversation, musicians and instruments trading solos and the chance to speak out, then stepping back to blend their sounds into a single harmonious voice. “It’s the way that individual expression mixes with a collective sound as a group,” he says about his love for the genre. “It’s the…

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May 10, 2018
VCUarts Fashion Show is Runway Ready

Virginia Living magazine offered a preview of the 2018 VCUarts fashion show. This year’s theme, “Momentum,” represents “taking the skills students have learned and applying them to their designs and their future careers in a way that translates their growth in the program,” says student director Maddy Murrow. This show is the culmination of the…

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May 08, 2018
da Vinci Center works with community groups to break Guinness World Record for piñatas

After five months of gathering piñatas, the da Vinci Center (a collaboration of VCU’s schools of the arts, business,  and engineering and the College of Humanities and Sciences), the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Hispanic Foundation showcased 1,000 piñatas at the annual ¿Qué Pasa? Festival. The collection broke the previous Guinness World Record of 504…

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May 08, 2018
VCUarts competition aims to re-think Monument Avenue

General Demotion/General Devotion, a program initiated by VCUarts’s Middle of Broad studio, is hosting an international ideas competitions aimed at re-imagining Monument Avenue. The competition seeks input from architects, landscape architects, planners, designers, artists and individuals. The program, as well as a mural on a new bowling alley, were featured in a story in Richmond Magazine covering…

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May 08, 2018
After eight years away, fashion student is back in style

Nearly a decade after Christi Owens left VCUarts, she decided it was time to finish her degree. “I knew I wanted something more for my life,” she says. “It was time to come back.” Owen left VCUarts in 2009, and spent eight years as a business owner and costume designer. This May, she’ll earn her…

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