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January 18, 2019
Sculpture professor to be featured in CAA interview series

Guadalupe Maravilla, professor of sculpture, will be a featured guest at the annual College Art Association of America Conference in New York City. Maravilla will be interviewed by author Sheila Maldonado for the 2019 CAA Distinguished Artist Interviews, a free and public event on Friday, February 15, 2019. Maravilla has performed and presented his work…

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January 18, 2019
Alumna’s dryer lint art helped her overcome cancer and save her career

Heidi Hooper (BFA ’81) was working and teaching as an award-winning metalsmith in Boston when a cancerous tumor in her right arm destroyed her ability to work. Hammering metal was out of the question, and even sculpting clay was too painful. But when a laundry accident produced a large volume of dryer lint, Hooper decided to…

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January 17, 2019
Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion

When Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s Monument Avenue Commission submitted its recommendations for the future of the city’s Confederate statues, it noted a program initiated by the VCUarts mObstudiO and Storefront for Community Design. The community partners received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to imagine possibilities for the 5.4-mile street, and…

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January 16, 2019
Music professor releases his jazz ‘time capsule’

Taylor Barnett (MM ’04), assistant professor of music and jazz trumpeter, was interviewed by WCVE PBS on his new album Loose Ends. While every track was recorded with live musicians in one room, the album spans two sessions: one from 2005, and another from 2008. They just have never gotten released for various reasons, so I…

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January 14, 2019
Alum creates sculpture for reconstructive surgery training

Morgan Yacoe (BFA ’11), a sculpture alumna, recently taught a workshop to medical residents at VCU to aid in the practice of breast reconstructive surgery. As a teaching tool, Yacoe created a cast from the torso of a woman who had undergone a mastectomy. Yacoe describes the breast as “a difficult form with lots of…

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January 11, 2019
Exploring the potentials of dance and technology

As a young dancer fresh out of art school, Martha Curtis had followed Pauline Koner and her dance company to New York City, where she taught performance at Brooklyn College. But when Koner’s company foundered in 1982, Curtis had to look for other work. That’s how, by the mid-1980s, Curtis landed on the opposite coast….

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January 09, 2019
Chasing Stokstad

In the entranceway of the Anderson stands a 50-pound table—a slab made from a blend of concrete and paper, erasers, pens and junk food. Scattered across its surface, you’ll see birthday candles, clementines, leaflets, paper plates and headphone wires embedded in small sculptures.   This is Caroline Meyers’ vision of office life: a funny and…

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January 09, 2019
Rex Richardson nominated for solo album of the year

Rex Richardson, professor of trumpet and jazz studies, has been nominated for the 2018 Solo CD of the Year award by 4barsrest, “the world’s most visited brass band website.” Iwan Fox, a co-founder of 4barsrest, calls Richardson, “one of the most dangerously thrilling soloists to enjoy in full performance flow.” The professor’s latest release, Freedom…

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January 03, 2019
Embroidered portraits by VCUarts Fashion professor Michael-Birch Pierce

VCUarts Fashion professor Michael-Birch Pierce has embroidered ornaments for the Obama White House and been featured at events at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, Quirk Hotel and Art Basel. His portraits provide a one-on-one experience between the person being drawn and the artist himself. “While I’m making the portrait, we talk about why they’re…

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January 03, 2019
Dean Emeritus Joe Seipel named 2018 RTD Person of the Year

VCUarts Dean Emeritus Joe Seipel worked with the school for over 40 years and was recently named a 2018 Richmond Times-Dispatch Person of the Year. Since retiring from VCUarts, he has served as interim director of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU. That range of…

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December 19, 2018
You graduated! What’s next?

Whether you graduated last week, last year, or it’s been too many years to count, VCUarts is here to support of your success—for life. Take these career-building and learning opportunities offered by VCU and VCUarts: HireVCURams features a job board, document manager and career-related programs, as well as online research and preparation tools. Within your…

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