April 10, 2019
Guggenheim Fellowship awarded to Guadalupe Maravilla, assistant professor of sculpture

Guadalupe Maravilla, assistant professor of sculpture, is the recipient of a prestigious fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Maravilla creates performances, drawings, videos and sculptures that examine both his personal displacement as a Salvadoran American immigrant, as well as the shifting landscapes and settlements of indigenous peoples. Maravilla has exhibited his work at…

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April 10, 2019
A look back at VCUarts’ student publications

For decades, VCU students have planned and printed original magazines that capture the voice and style of their generations. Today, students from the School of the Arts collaborate with writers and editors from across the university to publish regular issues of Poictesme (also known as Pwatem), Ink Magazine, Amendment and Emanata. Each year, these captivating literary,…

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April 08, 2019
Using virtual reality to promote empathy

Can artists use virtual reality to train doctors to be more empathetic? That’s one of the questions being answered by Embodied Empathy, a new interdisciplinary project lab at VCUarts. The lab is led by VCUarts assistant professors Jill Ware and John Henry Blatter. In Embodied Empathy projects, participants wear an Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR)…

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April 08, 2019
Former Sculpture professor talks latest Reynolds Gallery show

Carlton Newton, former professor of sculpture, welcomed the Richmond Times-Dispatch to his Church Hill studio to chat about his career before the April 5 closing of his Reynolds Gallery exhibition “Drawings for Sculpture.” The show collected his steel sculptures, which weave through the air like undersea plant life, along with Sumi ink drawings that envision…

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April 05, 2019
The sound of Star Wars

Music alumnus Gordy Haab (BM ’00) has built a career composing for films, television shows and video games. Haab is particularly known for his sweeping symphonic works—deeply influenced by his musical hero John Williams—that provide a soundscape for gamers as they navigate worlds from Star Wars to The Walking Dead. Here, he talks about getting…

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April 05, 2019
‘Performance Today’ names choral director a finalist for Classical Woman of the Year award

Erin Freeman is both the director of choral activities at VCUarts Music and the director of the Richmond Symphony Chorus, and her extraordinary leadership has earned her national recognition. Performance Today, the most popular classical music radio program in the United States, asked its listeners to nominate living women in the genre who inspire them…

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April 04, 2019
Theatre students chat with Chad Coleman of ‘Walking Dead’ and ‘Orville’ fame

“Self-mastery makes you a better actor.” That was just one core lesson that Chad Coleman wished to impart on his student guests. On March 29, VCUarts Theatre majors gathered at the Shafer Street Playhouse for an intimate Q&A with the successful television and voice actor known for his roles as Tyreese in AMC’s The Walking…

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April 03, 2019
‘Swirling,’ a coral reef narrative, opens at the Arts Research Institute

Hope Ginsburg, associate professor of painting, has created a four-channel audio and video installation for the Arts Research Institute that places visitors at the center of a project to restore a Caribbean coral reef. The 13-minute-long piece “Swirling” mixes vignettes that capture the tragic destruction of climate change and the optimistic pursuit of regrowth. “Swirling”…

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April 02, 2019
Listening in on the secret music of insects

In order for bugs to communicate with potential mates, they move rapidly across plant leaves to create vibrations decipherable only to the insect world. A new show at Sediment Arts offers listeners a rare opportunity to hear these hidden songs for the first time. Stephen Vitiello, professor and chair of Kinetic Imaging, collaborated with St….

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April 01, 2019
VCUarts announces annual fashion show, “Shimmer”

Honored guests include Manhattan-based designers Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough of Abasi Rosborough, and fashion illustrator Richard Haines RICHMOND, Va. (April 1, 2019) – Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts) Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising presents “Shimmer,” the annual fashion show. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 8, at 7:30…

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March 29, 2019
Three alumni chosen as artists-in-residence at NYC arts center

The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council has announced this year’s artists-in-residence—which includes three VCUarts alumni—who will work in the newly renovated Art Center at Governor’s Island when it opens this September. Painting alumni Colleen Billing (BFA ’13), Ander Mikalson (MFA ’12) and Leah Raintree (BFA ’03) will join 16 other artists, in addition to many more yet…

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