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November 27, 2018
‘Gavagai’ placed in top ten films by Metacritic

VCUarts Cinema professor Kirk Kjeldsen and Rob Tregenza, program director, have been receiving fantastic reviews of their collaborative feature Gavagai. The film was recently placed in the top ten movies of the year by Metacritic. Metacritic’s mission is to help consumers make an informed decision about how to spend their time and money on entertainment. Their Metascore system is unique and merits…

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November 26, 2018
John Freyer’s Free Hot Coffee Bike

VCUarts Photography + Film professor John Freyer continues to offer free hot coffee to people who are coping with addiction as a part of his Fifty/Fifty Art Project. WCVE took a closer look at the project through a conversation with Freyer himself. John Freyer: When I went into recovery I started to listen to people. And spent hours…

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November 26, 2018
Movement, Voice and Character: Drea George

The way Drea George tells it, Kinetic Imaging practically called out her name. Before attending VCUarts, she visited campus multiple times to tour the KI studios and classrooms. “It had this sort of underground, analog-tech kind of feel,” she says, “which felt really familiar and comfortable for me. I had grown up around all kinds…

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November 20, 2018
Photography + Film alum talks advocacy, education, and Puerto Rican realities

At 1708 Gallery’s annual InLight exhibition, Steven Casanova (BFA ’15) used a broken street lamp, a tarp-covered house, solar powered lights, and footage of protests and a speech from Congressmember Luis Gutiérrez to give voice to Puerto Ricans in his installation, 1898 N. Colonial Ave. Below, he explains the genesis of his work. I’ve been…

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November 20, 2018
In the 1960s, the BANG festival brought the art world to RPI

The 1960s was a transformative period for the School of the Arts. At the beginning of the decade, the school was housed under Richmond Professional Institute—then an affiliate of William & Mary. By 1970, RPI had merged with the Medical College of Virginia to become Virginia Commonwealth University. In the intervening period, students and faculty…

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November 19, 2018
Priscilla Franklin’s study grant experience in China

This summer, VCUarts Theatre student Priscilla Franklin was awarded a Dean’s International Study Grant to travel to Shandong University of Arts in Jinan, China, to explore and practice Chinese traditional ink painting, language and theatre. This experience allowed her to become versatile and skilled in Chinese painting to use in theatre scenes, as well as practice…

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November 19, 2018
Black Art Student Empowerment at VCU showcases at the Anderson

Black Art Student Empowerment at VCU (otherwise known as B.A.S.E.) recently held their fourth annual showcase at The Anderson. Many VCUarts students participated, including Photography + Film students Daniel Diasgranados and D’Anna Johnson, as well as Art Foundation student Charles Stapleton. VCU student Charles Stapleton revealed an intimate part of his life in his piece…

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November 16, 2018
Then-and-Now: The Anderson

Since the birth of the School of the Arts, the Anderson has been a fixture in Richmond. Launched in 1931 in a former carriage house just behind Lewis Ginter’s mansion, the Anderson Gallery of Art—named for its chief benefactor “Colonel” A.A. Anderson—was the first modern art gallery in the city. Its inaugural show, featuring paintings…

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November 15, 2018
Twenty VCUarts graduates to exhibit at VisArts’ 54th annual Craft + Design, Nov. 16-18

Now in its 54th year, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s Craft + Design showcases the work of more than 150 artists from across the nation. This year, 20 of those artists have ties to VCUarts. These VCU grads are skilled craftspeople who will bring a variety of museum-quality craft to VisArts’ weekend-long shopping event. Several…

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November 13, 2018
VCUarts alumnus one of 10 Under 10 at VCU

VCUarts Craft/Material Studies alumnus Gabriel Craig (MFA ’09) was one of ten alumni honored with the prestigious VCU 10 Under 10 Award. The award celebrates the noteworthy and distinctive achievements made by alumni who earned their first VCU degree (undergraduate, graduate or professional) within the past 10 years. Craig and his wife Amy Weiks co-founded…

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November 12, 2018
Stacey Sharpe | myVCUarts

“Part of the beauty of music is being able to share it with other people.” VCUarts Music student Stacey Sharpe talks about her VCUarts experience as a performer and an educator. 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…

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