January 27, 2020
Music faculty member named in Grammy nomination

Yesterday’s 62nd Grammy Awards included work directed by VCUarts music faculty member Erin Freeman. The Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Chorus’s recording of Mason Bates’ Children of Adam and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem is in a portfolio of recordings for Marina A. Ledin and Victor Ledin, who were nominated for Producer of the Year –…

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January 24, 2020
VCUarts awards $28,000 for undergraduate research and innovation

In the 2019–20 academic year, VCUarts awarded $28,026 in grants to 12 undergraduate teams to support research, innovation, and entrepreneurship projects. First established in 2006 with the purpose of encouraging curiosity, creativity, risk-taking and scholarly investigation, the Undergraduate Research and Innovation Grants program allows students to dive into a project or subject of interest. These…

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January 17, 2020
11 fashion students win awards from Fashion Scholarship Fund, with two landing in the top eight

VCUarts students from the Department of Fashion Design + Merchandising netted 11 wins in the annual Fashion Scholarship Fund case study competition. For the first time, two winners in the top eight ranking of students represent VCUarts, which had the second highest number of winners overall. Winners by discipline include fashion merchandising students Jane Terrell…

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January 13, 2020
Kinetic Imaging alumna Kimberly Barnes talks grad school, Boston, and life as a professional artist

Kimberly Barnes (BFA ’14) is a Kinetic Imaging alumna currently living and working in Boston. In 2018, she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. VCUarts reached out to her to learn more about what motivated her to pursue graduate school, and what…

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January 10, 2020
Award-winning collaboration brings coding and hip hop together

As the tech industry grows, a lack of diversity and inclusion in the world of computer science remains a problem; African Americans serve as only 2% of the workforce at major Silicon Valley companies. But a new interdisciplinary team at VCU is developing a strategy to change that. “Coding Beats: Learning Computer Programming by Coding…

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January 06, 2020
VCUarts photography program named Best Bachelor’s Degree

The student-focused publication Intelligent.com named the VCUarts undergraduate photography program the Best Bachelor’s Degree in its Top 24 Photography Degrees for 2020. The list is part of a comprehensive research guide based on an assessment of 1,604 accredited colleges and universities. The 2020 rankings are calculated through a scoring system that includes student engagement, potential…

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December 20, 2019
Craft project will keep you warm

A collection of quilts made by students in Hillary Fayle’s “Introduction to Textiles” will do more than warm your body—they just might warm your soul, too. In the Craft/Material Studies class, Fayle aims to teach a range of techniques like felting wool; spinning yarn for knitting, crocheting, and more complex woven structures like tapestries; and…

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December 20, 2019
Sophia Li’s December 2019 Commencement Address

  Sophia Li delivered the 2019 VCUarts December Commencement address on December 14. About Sophia Li Sophia Li is a New York-based multimedia journalist and video director. Her mission is to humanize a story, product, or character through immersive storytelling and conscious content focusing on issues such as fashion sustainability and global tech trends—redefining how…

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December 20, 2019
Art education professor selected to be a National Art Education Association commissioner

Pamela Lawton, associate professor in the Department of Art Education, was selected by the National Art Education Association to join their new Commission on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. The 10 commissioners, who join Lawton from both public school systems and universities around the country, will work to create “an inclusive art education professional community open…

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December 19, 2019
Torkwase Dyson (BFA ’99) recognized by Wein Prize, Anonymous Was a Woman

Painting + Printmaking alumna Torkwase Dyson (BFA ’99) recently received a $25,000 award from Anonymous Was a Woman, and a $50,000 Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize from the Studio Museum in Harlem, N.Y. Though she works in multiple mediums, Dyson describes herself as a painter whose compositions address the continuity of movement, climate change, infrastructure…

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December 12, 2019
Internship, technical skills and mentors are key to fashion student’s success

Fashion merchandising student Jessica Rhee has been on the fast track for a fashion career since middle school. She graduates this December—a semester ahead of schedule—and is taking time off to travel, explore her identities, and figure out where she wants her career to take her. Here, she shares the top four moments and people…

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