December 05, 2019
VCU earns designation as Adobe Creative Campus

This month, Virginia Commonwealth University joins the ranks of innovative, forward-thinking institutions such as Indiana, Clemson and Temple universities as an Adobe Creative Campus. The designation from the multimedia, creative-software company recognizes colleges for incorporating problem solving into their curricula and fostering 21st-century methods of teaching and learning. VCU is the first school in Virginia…

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December 04, 2019
Fashion design senior explores masculinity through menswear

For some designers, creating menswear garments can feel narrow and limiting. Keenan Ferguson isn’t one of them. Instead, the fashion design senior—who graduates this month—sees an opportunity to use the traditional craft and architecture of menswear to explore ideas of masculinity in fashion. “[I want to] create clothing for a new generation of forward-thinking individuals,”…

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December 04, 2019
VCUarts awards more than $25,000 in grants for faculty research

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts Interim Dean Nancy Scott has awarded $25,500 in grant funding for faculty research in the 2019–20 academic year. This year, the program provides $7,500 for exploratory grants, and $18,000 for research grants. The Dean’s Faculty Exploratory Grant supports research at the developmental stage, allowing faculty to conduct new…

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December 03, 2019
How cleaning a statue became an alum’s most provocative performance

In Richmond’s Chimborazo Park stands a scale replica of the Statue of Liberty, built in 1950 as part of a nationwide project by the Boy Scouts. For this year’s InLight event, held in the park, sculpture graduate Sandy Williams IV (MFA ’19) decided to conduct a performance where he would clean the copper statue. It…

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November 27, 2019
The big idea

John Nestler has always had an interest in the arts. He started playing the piano as a young child, then began writing poetry around age 13. In high school, he added photography and, in his 20s, tried his hand at pottery. “I’ve always had a love of the arts,” he says, “and whether I have…

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November 26, 2019
Theatre alum appointed deputy director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts

Governor Ralph Northam has selected Lucas Hall to join his administration as the deputy director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Hall attended VCUarts in the Department of Theatre from 1999 to 2002, and has since built his career around performance and nonprofit business management. His new position will oversee the state commission’s compliance,…

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November 26, 2019
VCUarts students get their shot at inside view of Hamilton

The hit musical Hamilton is in town and the departments of Theatre and Music didn’t throw away their shot to get a few pro-tips from Edred Utomi who plays the titular character in the touring production. Utomi dropped by VCUarts to take questions from a crowded room of students in the “Broadway Seminar” class, taught…

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November 19, 2019
Former Vogue.com editor brings consciousness to digital content

When Sophia Li (BA ’13) took on the role of Vogue.com’s first-ever entertainment media editor, she helped shape VOGUE’s social and digital voice as the publication launched its new online presence. This meant a near-constant stream of content. Li and her team were producing multiple videos and social and digital content every day. It was exciting…

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November 14, 2019
In developing wearable technology, fashion student blends science and style

Alice Babashak ran track for 12 years until she broke her back while a heptathlete at Indiana University. But in the semester she took off to recover, she applied to the VCUarts Fashion Design + Merchandising program, where she discovered a fascinating new way to navigate the sports world: wearable technology. Initially a kinesiology major…

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November 14, 2019
Painting + Printmaking alumnus explores Black narratives at InLight 2019

This year’s InLight exhibition—presented by 1708 Gallery—features the work of Malcolm Peacock (BFA ’16), who graduated from the Department of Painting + Printmaking. Peacock recently completed his MFA at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and now works and lives in New Orleans. “I am here through a best friend, Wesley…

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November 13, 2019
Faculty member challenges art world to address ableism

When Vessel opened in March 2019, Thomas Heatherwick’s honeycomb-like building featuring a lattice of staircases was greeted with equal parts criticism and acclaim. Some publications described Vessel as a bold addition to New York City’s landscape, and drew parallels to the Eiffel Tower or an M.C. Escher drawing. Others called it a gaudy monument, and…

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