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March 22, 2019
Dance alum Eleanor Smith featured in New York Times for her intimate duets

Eleanor Smith (BFA ’06) and collaborator Molly Lieber have been choreographing and performing intimate dances together for more than a decade. Their latest works, which incorporate nudity and verbal storytelling, confront the audience’s gaze and the objectification of women. For Lieber and Smith, introducing speech into their performances has given them tighter control over the…

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March 21, 2019
An interview with pianist Sonia Rubinsky

Sonia Rubinsky is a Grammy Award-winning classical pianist who will perform Friday at the Experiencing Villa-Lobos festival hosted by VCUarts. Rubinsky began her career as a child prodigy, performing her first recital at five and a half years old. She earned her master’s and doctorate degrees at the Juilliard School of Music, and has performed…

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March 20, 2019
Visualizing 22 Percent

As Hallie Chametzky dances in front of images of data and maps, she tells a story of shifting landscapes, of loss and of gain, of percentages and identity. It’s a story she’s wanted to explore for years, but one that has only recently been fully realized. As a Jewish American growing up in a secular…

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March 20, 2019
Leaving New York, Transforming Richmond

At 27 years old, Richard Carlyon (MFA ’63) was living in New York City with 2¢ to his name. Two pennies had arrived in the mail with a Reader’s Digest advertisement, asking him to spend the money on a subscription. It seemed like Carlyon’s dream of living as a studio artist in New York—art capital…

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March 15, 2019
VCUarts Music hosts international Experiencing Villa-Lobos festival in March

From March 21 to 23, the VCUarts Department of Music will proudly host the international Experiencing Villa-Lobos festival for the second time. The celebration showcases musicians and scholars from across the globe, coming together to honor the prolific and influential Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. In addition to performances of Villa-Lobos’ work, the festival will also…

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March 15, 2019
NEA awards $25,000 Art Works Grant to fund sculpture professor’s artwork

The National Endowment for the Arts has approved a $25,000 Art Works Grant to fund “Atmosphere,” a site-specific work by Michael Jones McKean, associate professor of sculpture. The project is part of a long-term work of art titled “Twelve Earths” that spans 12 different locations. Co-developed with scientists, “Atmosphere” (seen in a digital rendering above)…

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March 15, 2019
Art education professor appointed to Richmond History and Culture Commission

Mayor Levar M Stoney has appointed Melanie Buffington, associate professor of art education, to the city’s History and Culture Commission. The commission is tasked with advising Mayor Stoney on Richmond’s pertinent historical and cultural issues, including memorializing the legacy of slavery in Shockoe Bottom and directing proposed changes to Monument Avenue. Buffington was previously awarded…

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March 08, 2019
How suffragettes inspired the founder of VCUarts

In 1973, just four years into Theresa Pollak’s retirement, the founder and former head of VCUarts wrote, “When I was a child growing up in Richmond there was no art gallery or museum, no art in the colleges and no art school—except the Richmond Art Club, founded by Adèle Clark and her friend Nora Houston.”…

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March 07, 2019
Students become curators in a new art history class

They needed to paint the walls with crushed vegetables. They had to build a miniature luxury home out of mud and manure. They needed chickens to live in the gallery. And it had to be ready in a week. That was what graduate sculpture students Umico Niwa and Petra Szilagyi envisioned for their project as…

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March 05, 2019
Jaylin Brown | myVCUarts

Jaylin Brown, Music student, talks about her VCUarts experience as a singer. myVCUarts is a series that captures the experiences of student at VCU School of the Arts in their own words. These short videos take a candid look at the technical and conceptual work that VCUarts students undertake every semester. Learn how our students…

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March 05, 2019
Architect of National Museum of African American History and Culture to speak at Tasmeem

Sir David Adjaye, designer of the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution, will be the keynote speaker at Tasmeem Doha on March 13–15. The biennial art and design conference, hosted and organized by VCUarts Qatar, is open to the public and attracts international professionals in art, design and academics,…

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