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July 20, 2018
VCUarts Theatre Prepares for Upcoming School Year

VCUarts Department of Theatre has big plans for this upcoming year starting with The Wolves in collaboration with Cadence Theatre Company. This is just the start of many partnerships Sharon Ott, chair of VCUarts Theatre, is excited for. “We’re looking at more partnerships with places like Virginia Rep and Richmond Triangle Players, too,” Ott said. “I’ve…

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July 18, 2018
Roberto Jamora Celebrates the Lives of Immigrants

VCU’s arrival in the Final Four of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament inspired many artful responses among the university’s student and alumni communities. For Roberto Jamora (BFA ’09), the competition was invigorating for an entirely different reason: the various formal elements used in tournament brackets, team colors, drills and court markings got him thinking…

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July 18, 2018
Brass students reminisce about trip to Colombia

In May, a group of music students ventured abroad to Cartagena, a Caribbean city on the northern coast of Colombia. There, they visited local schools and universities to teach and collaborate, eat, dance, and take in the city. At night, they performed for energetic crowds. This year, students also attended the International Brass Festival, relaxed…

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July 13, 2018
Alumnus paints mural in hometown

Since graduating from the Painting + Printmaking Department, Ed Trask (BFA ’92), has been busy painting murals around Richmond. But his latest work is bringing him back to his hometown of Purceville, Va. Trask is one of five Richmond-based mural artists who have been commissioned to paint the back of the Alamo Drafthouse Theater at…

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July 10, 2018
Painting + Printmaking alumna works as botanical illustrator at Smithsonian

Painting + Printmaking alumna Alice Tangerini (BFA ’72) is the first and only botanical illustrator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, where she illuminates the biology of plant life through detailed artwork. She has contributed over 1,000 scientific illustrations to various institutions over the span of her 46-year-long career. “I’d always been interested in drawing, even…

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July 09, 2018
Photography + Film Professor completes School of Business Residency

VCUarts Photography + Film professor Alyssa Salomon recently completed a yearlong artist-in-residence program at VCU’s School of Business. Throughout her residency, she participated in several interactive art projects in which she collaborated with participants to determine the exchange rate for various objects. “I have used the basic idea of saying we’re making all the time: We…

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July 05, 2018
Johannes James Barfield receives Toby Devan Lewis fellowship

We are pleased to announce that Johannes James Barfield (MFA ’18) is the recipient of this year’s Toby Devan Lewis fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to one student from each of the top 10 art schools in the country and is accompanied by a $10,000 stipend. “My Eyes Due See” focuses on internal and external…

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July 03, 2018
Fashion Merchandising Program Ranked in Top 50 in US

We are pleased to announce that VCUarts Fashion Merchandising has been named one of the top 50 programs in the U.S. by Fashion Schools. This is in the top 20% of schools considered for the 2018 rankings. Program highlights include optional membership in The VCU Stiletto Club, internship opportunities in the U.S. and overseas, and…

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June 29, 2018
A VCUarts professor takes his recovery program across the pond

As VCUarts associate professor John Freyer’s weeklong Tate Exchange residency continues, Style Weekly covered his plans for bringing his Fifty/Fifty project to London. He invites pairs of people to have often personal conversations over a Mason jar of ice water about a turning point in their lives. A personal memento is sealed in the jar at…

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June 25, 2018
John Freyer brings his Free Hot Coffee bike to London

John Freyer and his bright red coffee bike are a familiar sight around VCU’s campus. The assistant professor in the Department of Photography + Film has been using the free pour-over coffee—as well as jars of ice water and community suppers—to strike up conversations about addiction recovery. All three are components of Freyer’s Fifty/Fifty project….

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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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