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October 20, 2017
Sonya Clark Scheduled to Perform at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

VCUarts Distinguished Research Fellow Sonya Clark is scheduled to perform “Unraveling” at PAFA on Nov. 4. To create “Unraveling,” Clark starts with an intact Confederate flag and deconstructs a portion of the cloth. Her performance is Nov. 4 at PAFA. The action is part of A Forum on Art and the Election, a weekend of events hosted by the…

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October 18, 2017
Communication Arts + Design Alumnus Transforms Franklin Street Marketing

Will Flynn (BFA ’81) has transformed his business, Franklin Street Marketing, into an employee-owned company when he retires. Faced with winding down his 30-plus-year career with the company he founded, Will Flynn thought briefly about trying to sell the business. His company, Chesterfield County-based Franklin Street Marketing, has a solid reputation in the health care…

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October 11, 2017
Mohammad al-Asad Speaking at 2017 Islamic Art Symposium

Mohammad al-Asad will be one of many speakers at the 7th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art entitled Islamic Art: Past, Present and Future on Nov. 2-4. Mohammad al-Asad is an architect and architectural historian. He is the director of the Center for the Study of the Built Environment in Amman (CSBE; www.csbe.org), a private, non-profit…

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October 11, 2017
Shahzia Sikander Speaking at 2017 Islamic Art Symposium

Shahzia Sikander will be one of many speakers at the 7th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art entitled Islamic Art: Past, Present and Future on Nov. 2-4. Sikander is a Pakistani-­American artist best known for contemporizing the traditional Indo­-Persian discipline of miniature painting. Her work includes digital animation, video, performance, large­-scale murals, installation, projection, and works…

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October 10, 2017
Dance + Choreography Alumnae Receive BESSIE Awards

    Congratulations to Samantha Speis (BFA ’05) and Ligia Lewis (BFA ’05) on receiving 2017 BESSIE awards. Speis received an Outstanding Performer award for being a part of the ensemble of the skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds performed at for Danspace Project’s Platform 2016: Lost and Found. Lewis received an Outstanding Production…

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October 06, 2017
Linda Komaroff Speaking at 2017 Islamic Art Symposium

Linda Komaroff will be one of many speakers at the 7th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art entitled Islamic Art: Past, Present and Future on Nov. 2-4. Linda Komaroff has served as LACMA’s curator of Islamic art since 1995. She is the author or editor of several books and exhibition catalogues, and has written numerous…

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October 06, 2017
Hassan Hajjaj Speaking at 2017 Islamic Art Symposium

Hassan Hajjaj will be one of many speakers at the 7th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art entitled Islamic Art: Past, Present and Future on Nov. 2-4. Born in Larache, Morocco in 1961, Hassan Hajjaj left Morocco for London at an early age. Heavily influence by the club, hip-hop, and reggae scenes of London as…

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October 05, 2017
Communications Arts Student wins Burnside Watstein Award

Congratulations to Communication Arts student Lee Biggs on winning VCU’s annual Burnside Watstein Award. The Burnside Watstein Award is now in its 12th year of honoring the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual people and our allies here at Virginia Commonwealth University.  The award is named for the first two LGBT subcommittee chairs,…

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October 03, 2017
Photography + Film Alum Raises Money for Hurricane Victims

Steven Casanova (BFA ’15) is teaming up with The Anderson to host “Richmond Potluck” on Friday, Oct. 6, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Casanova is one of six recent alumni featured in the “Reach Out and Touch” exhibition, on view at the Anderson through Oct. 8. Casanova had always planned a community potluck — “the…

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October 03, 2017
Craft/Material Studies Alumna Continues Career in Ceramics

Ahnalisa Reavis (BFA ’11) discusses how VCUarts helped her begin a career in ceramics after Art Foundation. “At VCU, they make you do one year of foundation art, where you do everything and then apply to the different schools within the school of arts,” Mrs. Reavis explains. “My first choice was photography and the second…

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October 03, 2017
Photography + Film Alumnus Shows in the 106th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art: “Carceral States”

Mark Strandquist (BFA ’13) is showing in the 106th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art: “Carceral States” at The Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College. The smallest work is a series of 4×6 photos, from Virginia Commonwealth University graduate Mark Strandquist’s “Windows from Prison Project,” for which he asked prison inmates the same question: If…

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