November 14, 2019
Painting + Printmaking alumnus explores Black narratives at InLight 2019

This year’s InLight exhibition—presented by 1708 Gallery—features the work of Malcolm Peacock (BFA ’16), who graduated from the Department of Painting + Printmaking. Peacock recently completed his MFA at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and now works and lives in New Orleans. “I am here through a best friend, Wesley…

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November 13, 2019
Faculty member challenges art world to address ableism

When Vessel opened in March 2019, Thomas Heatherwick’s honeycomb-like building featuring a lattice of staircases was greeted with equal parts criticism and acclaim. Some publications described Vessel as a bold addition to New York City’s landscape, and drew parallels to the Eiffel Tower or an M.C. Escher drawing. Others called it a gaudy monument, and…

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November 11, 2019
Alumni shine at InLight 2019

The annual open air art exhibition InLight Richmond, presented by 1708 Gallery, returns on the evenings of November 15 and 16 with a sizeable roster of VCUarts alumni participating. This year at Chimborazo Park in Church Hill, see the work of graduates Victor Haskins (BM ’13), Malcolm Peacock (BFA ’16), Eva Rocha (MFA ’16), and…

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November 07, 2019
At the Anderson, a team of students curated a showcase of Philadelphia artists

Students have become curators for the next big show at the Anderson. The space, which typically features artwork created by students, will instead be exhibiting work by Philadelphia-based artists that have been personally selected and installed by a class of six art majors. The show, titled “When the Whirlwind Begins,” will be on view from…

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November 06, 2019
Q&A with Bob Kaputof, associate professor of Kinetic Imaging

Bob Kaputof, associate professor of Kinetic Imaging, joined VCUarts for a conversation about his recent work in Greece with faculty from VCUarts Qatar. In their VCU Presidential Research Quest funded project, the team has interviewed people on the island of Kefalonia who lived through a WWII-era massacre of prisoners of war. Their hours of footage…

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November 05, 2019
Alumna organizes powerful show on race and representation

Art history alumna Amber Esseiva (BA ’12) curated “Great Force” at the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU, her first exhibition as sole organizer. The ICA’s assistant curator, Esseiva lent her expertise in art history and curatorial studies to mount a show The New York Times says should not be missed this fall. In “Great…

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October 31, 2019
VCUarts graduates to be honored in fall alumni award events

VCU School of the Arts alumni will receive two awards this November in recognition of extraordinary achievements in their careers. VCU Alumni’s 10 Under 10 awards will honor Othman Khunji (MFA ’15) on Nov. 2, while Charles Larry Horne (BFA ’69) will be celebrated at the 2019 Alumni Stars ceremony on Nov. 7. Khunji graduated…

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October 30, 2019
“Top Talent” winner wants to increase awareness of chronic illness

When Mary Metzger (BFA ’19) watched her younger sister navigate college, she noticed a few differences in their experiences. Her sister was diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and lupus at age 16, and her chronic illness raised challenges that Metzger had never considered. She soon started wondering if other students had the same experiences….

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October 30, 2019
BASE calls on all of VCU to celebrate Black art at their annual showcase

This Friday, Nov. 1, Black Art Student Empowerment holds their fifth annual Art Showcase at the Anderson. Starting at 7 pm, visitors can experience art across the gallery’s second floor, which will also be host to live performances and complimentary food. “We want this to be more personal,” says Shayne Herrera, painting and printmaking sophomore…

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October 29, 2019
VCUarts Qatar interior design alumni earn honorable mention in international competition

Amna Al-Hardan (BFA ’19), Luma Mansi (BFA ’19) and Yasamin Shaikhi (BFA ’19), graduates from the interior design program at VCUarts Qatar, won an honorable mention for their senior studio project “Nest” in the 2019 International Interior Design Association Student Design Competition. “Nest” is a reconsideration of the typical hospital clinic as a more comforting…

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October 24, 2019
Qatar is calling: inside an interior design major’s semester abroad

It only took a few weeks for Margarita Aleixo to fall in love with Qatar. This semester, the interior design junior signed up to be an exchange student at the VCUarts Qatar campus in Doha. Aleixo’s months overseas have introduced her to new friends from around the world and stunning architecture that’s influencing the way…

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