August 22, 2019
Composer brings sound design expertise to music and cinema programs

Filipe Leitão—an award-winning Brazilian-born composer, music producer, sound designer and orchestrator—recently joined the VCUarts Department of Music as an assistant professor. He will focus on composition and sound design for cinema, games and motion media, and will also teach for the Cinema program. In the following Q&A, Leitão talks about his experience in composition and…

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August 21, 2019
Kinetic Imaging chair invited to city-wide French exhibition

Stephen Vitiello, chair of Kinetic Imaging, will join Korean artist Kimsooja for the Traversées exhibition, which opens this October in Poitiers, France. Set in venues across the historic city, a group of 12 artists will present works that take visitors on a journey through iconic locations such as the Palace of Poitiers, Église Notre-Dame-la-Grande, and…

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August 21, 2019
‘Shadows Are to Shade’ artist and professor to deliver talk at ICA

On Wednesday, August 28, from 6–8pm, the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU will host an artist lecture by Corin Hewitt, associate professor of sculpture. Hewitt’s latest solo exhibition, Shadows Are to Shade, is on view at the ICA through September 1. Hewitt conducted independent archaeology to create his new show, excavating underneath his two-story…

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August 19, 2019
VCUarts welcomes Class of 2023

RICHMOND, Va. (August 20, 2019) – This fall, 716 students join the incoming first-year Class of 2023 at VCU School of the Arts (VCUarts). As a group, the class represents a cross-section of talent, creativity, socio-economic backgrounds, cities, countries, interests and cultures that VCUarts values. “This year’s incoming students are a fantastic group,” says Erin…

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August 19, 2019
Kinetic Imaging professor explores tech-fueled relief for cancer patients

Semi Ryu, associate professor of Kinetic Imaging, was recently featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch for her project VoicingHan, which employs virtual avatars to help medical patients self-reflect and manage pain. VoicingHan is the next iteration of Ryu’s earlier project, Voicing Elder, which she developed with medical professionals and computer scientists. Both programs enable a user…

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August 16, 2019
Sam Beam of Iron & Wine returns to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series

Sam Beam (BFA ’96), better known as Iron & Wine, has performed on the NPR Music series Tiny Desk Concerts several times, and his recent set at the Washington, D.C., studio is just as spirited as his first. Labeled a “Tiny Desk veteran,” Beam is an accomplished recording artist whose most recent solo album peaked…

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August 16, 2019
New York Times consults interior design alum on feng shui

For the New York Times article “Seeking a Harmonious Life With Feng Shui,” writer Dinah Eng tapped interior design alumnus Wei Dong (MFA ’88) for his expertise on the Chinese philosophy of arranging a harmonious home. Dong, who teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, integrates traditional methods and cutting-edge technology into his work, incorporating mediums…

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August 15, 2019
Congratulations to Bill Martin on 25 years at the Valentine

William “Bill” Martin, director of the Valentine, celebrates 25 years with the Richmond, Virginia, museum on August 15. Martin, who joined the Valentine in 1993 as director of marketing and public relations, has transformed the institution and expanded the role it plays in telling the history of Richmond. He has also forged powerful partnerships with…

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August 14, 2019
Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts Welcomes 10 New Faculty Members

RICHMOND, Va. (August 15, 2019) — This fall, 10 new faculty members with expertise in areas ranging from design and choreography to inclusive creative practices and sound design will join the VCUarts faculty on both the Richmond and Qatar campuses. Assistant professors Filipe Leitão, Jonathon Molina-Garcia and Yiwen Wei will teach in the departments of…

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August 13, 2019
Fashion design student competes on the world stage

A year ago, Kylie Carroll was Googling the word “sustainability,” trying to figure out how exactly to define the ubiquitous, but vague, term. Now the concept is shaping her future as a fashion designer. Carroll, a junior fashion design student, is currently a semi-finalist in an international design competition, REMIX, hosted by the International Fur…

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August 07, 2019
See exhibitions by Craft/Material Studies faculty this summer

Looking for some new exhibitions to check out? Faculty members from the Department of Craft/Material Studies are busy showing their work all over the country, and the world. Here are a few of the exhibitions open this summer and through the end of the year. Bohyun Yoon, associate professor in glass, is included in Beyond…

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