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February 11, 2019
Nicole Killian on “Queering Design Education”

Nicole Killian, professor of graphic design, is using her classroom to reconsider what design education looks like. In an interview with Eye on Design, she offered some insight into her pedagogical methods, from showcasing queer artists and artists of color, to creating new conversations amongst students. Design education has been stale for a really long…

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February 11, 2019
Richmond became an indie music hotspot with the help of VCUarts alumni

From packed house shows to beloved local clubs, the power of independent music has electrified VCUarts’ campus for decades. Richmond has long nurtured a thriving creative community for local musicians in every genre, but some truly iconic independent acts have come straight out of VCUarts. And students have been essential to their early success—both onstage…

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February 11, 2019
VCUarts Qatar team wins merit award from CIDA

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation has announced that Erik Johan Granberg, associate professor of interior design, Mohammad Nabil Suleiman and Haithem El Hammali are the winners of a $2,000 merit award. The VCUarts Qatar-based team were recognized with the Award of Excellence for their entry “Meta Studio,” an interdisciplinary meeting of three classes: Design Studio,…

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February 09, 2019
The gig that went to the Grammys

On a Sunday night in January 2018, Jason Arce (BM ’07) was in Los Angeles for the last night of the National Association of Music Merchants annual conference. Across the country in New York City, the 60th Grammy Awards were just getting started. Nearly three years had passed since Arce, a saxophonist, had recorded with…

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February 08, 2019
Something Wonderful

The hills of Austria might have been alive in The Sound of Music, but on a Friday in February, it was the Singleton Center that filled with the sounds of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Something Wonderful: A Rodgers and Hammerstein Concert was a first of its kind for VCUarts: a collaborative performance featuring…

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February 07, 2019
Tara Donovan’s Denver show gives Hyperallergic ‘goosebumps’

Tara Donovan (MFA ’99) just wrapped up her latest solo exhibition Fieldwork at Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Her massive “uncanny” artwork gave Hyperallergic writer Kealey Boyd the chills. Donovan’s imposing “theatrical” sculptures, says Boyd, echo the lasting impact of consumer waste and art production. Her sculptures translate our actions into aesthetic gestures. “Transplanted” (2001/2018) made…

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February 05, 2019
Alum sculpts entire human nervous system

Sculpture grad SV Randall (MFA ’16) has created an epoxy sculpture of the human nervous system, which is now on display at the Hudson D. Walker Gallery, where he is a work center fellow, in Provincetown, Mass. He says it’s the first time he’s made a sculpture based on the human body, but as a project, it…

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February 04, 2019
Wes Taylor and collective win $50,000 fellowship

Wes Taylor, professor of graphic design, is the recipient of the 2019 United States Artists fellowship in theatre and performance. The fellowship recognizes those who have influenced their creative fields. Taylor shares the $50,000 unrestricted award as a member of the artist collective Complex Movements. Based in Detroit, Complex Movements develops interactive performance work that integrates…

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January 31, 2019
Craft department launching veteran workshops program Craft+Works

Craft/Material Studies will launch a new program in March that enables, inspires and teaches technical skills to veterans through craft. The Craft+Works program aims to use craft as a means of communication, and to create a safe learning environment for veterans to learn how to work with clay, glass, metals, fiber and wood. Participants can…

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January 30, 2019
How Nell Blaine survived polio and reclaimed her painting career

At age 37, a social worker told Nell Blaine (BFA ’42) that she would never paint again. Blaine had spent the last five months in an iron lung, confident that she could overcome polio. She told the social worker to get out. Blaine contracted polio in 1959 while spending a summer in Greece. She painted…

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January 30, 2019
Savannah Knoop featured in BOMB interview

BOMB magazine reached out to sculpture alum Savannah Knoop (MFA ’16) to learn about the inspiration behind their latest show, Screens: A Project About “Community.” Interdisciplinary artist Clifford Owens visited Knoop’s Brooklyn apartment and studio space, where they discussed East Village bathhouses, privacy screens, using newsprint in art making, and Knoop’s alter ego JT LeRoy….

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