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June 18, 2018
Shawn Brixey: scientist, artist, inventor and dean

After nearly a year as the dean of VCUarts, Shawn Brixey continues to draw on his knowledge in arts, design, science and engineering to pioneer a dynamic, cross-disciplinary future for the school. “[VCU] is such an extraordinary institution whose DNA is wonderfully founded on the cores of a strong medical school and a renowned art school, which…

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June 18, 2018
Kinetic Imaging and Sound Arts Richmond collaborate on summer programming

VCUarts Kinetic Imaging and Sound Arts Richmond developed a summer workshop series, “Experiments in Sound,” which explores the creative side of audio, acoustics and everyday sounds. The workshops, which range in topic from creating podcasts to building your own speakers, are held at the VCU Depot Annex, The Anderson and James Branch Cabell Library. [Chair of…

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June 18, 2018
VCUarts Sculpture alumna featured in NY Times

Sculpture + Extended Media alumna Diana Al-Hadid (MFA ’05) was recently interviewed by The New York Times discussing how she balancing her studio practice with being a wife and the mother of a toddler. Sundays used to be just regular workdays for me, but now I have a 2½-year-old and I’m married and stuff, so…

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June 15, 2018
VCUarts Alumni Featured in the ICA Shop

We are pleased to announce that there is a growing list of VCUarts alumni featured in the ICA Shop, managed by Sculpture + Extended Media alumnus Egbert Vongmalaithong (BFA ’12). The ICA Shop offers a range of art objects, mindfully considered products, and reading materials that aspire to circulate creative thought and ongoing critical discourse. The shop is…

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June 14, 2018
VCUarts Qatar professor discusses recent book with Marina Koren, Senior Associate Editor at The Atlantic

Jörg Matthias Determann, VCUarts Qatar associate professor, recently spoke with Marina Koren, senior associate editor of The Atlantic, about his new book Space Science and the Arab World: Astronauts, Observatories and Nationalism in the Middle East (published by I.B.Tauris). Marina Koren: What made you decide to leave the Golden Age behind and focus on modern-day space research in the Middle East? Jörg…

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June 12, 2018
NY Times: This ‘Othello’ is powered by women

While working on the costume design for this year’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Othello VCUarts Theatre Professor Toni-Leslie James has worked amongst a group of talented technicians, most of which are women. There’s a touch of poetic justice in the fact that a play about a man who refuses to believe his wife has so many…

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June 11, 2018
Sculpture MFA candidate receives Sculpture Center’s 2018 Outstanding Student Achievement

Sculpture + Extended Media MFA candidate Raul De Lara has been awarded the prestigious International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2018. The International Sculpture Center (ISC) established the annual “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award” program in 1994 to recognize young sculptors and to encourage their continued commitment to the field….

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June 11, 2018
Communication Arts chair used Viewpaint in art direction for Jurassic Park

To mark the 25th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, Communication Arts Chair TyRuben Ellingson was interviewed about his experience as the visual effects art director for the film. My main memory is of working very fast. I recall making use of a computer in the effects animation department — not a place I normally would have been…

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June 08, 2018
Painting alumnus debuts ‘52 Weeks’ of paintings in Tribeca

Paolo Arao (BFA ’99) came to New York in 2000 to be an independent artist. Eighteen years later, that goal is coming to fruition. After working for many different artists, including Sol LeWitt and Robert Longo, Arao decided to strike out on his own last year. Now he’s achieving success as a studio painter. Arao’s…

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June 06, 2018
VCUarts Fashion professor remembers Kate Spade

Deidra Arrington, associate professor in the Department of Fashion Design + Merchandising, remembers Kate Spade and how much joy her designs brought to the world. As her brand expanded, “the fun, colorful, bright designs she created added an element of cheerfulness others have tried to emulate.” … “She was a visionary.” One obvious measure of…

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June 05, 2018
Communication Arts alumni design mural in Northern Virginia

Communication Arts alumni Eleanor Doughty (BFA ’13) and Emily Herr (BFA ’13) have designed a mural for the Vienna Shopping Center that depicts landmarks around Vienna, Va., and the Washington, D.C., area. “Having spent the first 18 years of my life in Vienna…I grew up watching the Town change and stay the same,” said Doughty…

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