August 07, 2019
Women’s Wear Daily follows fashion merchandising student to New York

Katelyn O’Neal, a fashion merchandising major and two-time recipient of a YMA fashion scholarship, was profiled by Women’s Wear Daily as she’s spent the summer navigating the fashion industry in New York City. As a buying intern at Bloomingdale’s, O’Neal has valued the hands-on experience of working in America’s fashion capital. “YMA helped me land…

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August 06, 2019
The Anderson hosts opening receptions and PechaKucha event this Thursday

This Thursday, August 8, the Anderson hosts a slate of evening events: two opening receptions of artwork and a PechaKucha presentation. The first reception opens Home Base, an exhibition of recent works by craft MFA candidate Laura Boban. Curated by art history alumna Haley Clouser (MA ’19), the reception takes place from 6–8 pm. From…

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August 05, 2019
David Hall | myVCUarts

Photography + Film major David Hall has diverse passions: Lego, Star Wars and filmmaking among them. When he’s not in class, he’s busy developing a successful new career recreating stunning film scenes in miniature form—and they’re a hit on social media. myVCUarts is a series that captures the experiences of student at VCU School of…

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August 01, 2019
What it takes to be a conductor

Lida Bourhill came to VCUarts to be a conductor—but she never expected to be standing in front of the Richmond Symphony Chorus before she was out of school. The experience was the fulfillment of a dream she’s had for years: “I want to be the person who turns notes into music.” Bourhill, a music education…

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July 31, 2019
Two artists from Craft/Material Studies featured in SECCA furniture and sculpture show

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has mounted the exhibition “Furnished,” which features the work of craft major Colin Knight and craft alumnus William Lenard (MFA ’18). The show—which is on view through January 5, 2020—showcases “furniture-based sculpture to sculptures that function as furniture” by 15 contemporary artists in the…

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July 29, 2019
‘Toy Story 4’ was shaped by a VCUarts alumna

If you stick around for the credits at the end of Pixar’s Toy Story 4, you’ll see the film’s story credited to Valerie LaPointe (BFA ’03). LaPointe, who graduated from VCUarts’ Communication Arts & Design program, has been a full-time story artist at Pixar animation studios since 2007. She’s helped sculpt the stories for Brave, Inside Out,…

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July 26, 2019
Photo alum’s book reconsiders our interactions with screens

In FLAT PICTURES (YOU CAN FEEL), the collage of images that flash across video billboards and cell phone screens thousands of times a day are separated from their source and printed as individual photos. The new book by photography and film alumnus Will Douglas (BFA ’12), out now through independent publisher Ain’t Bad, takes moving…

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July 25, 2019
Get to work with these job-finding resources

Many undergraduate students take on work while studying at VCUarts, either to gain some professional experience or earn a steady income. Whether you’re a new student or returning to campus this fall, you can take advantage of the following resources to find exciting jobs on campus and around Richmond. • Become a VCUarts tour guide!…

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July 24, 2019
Savannah Knoop is ready to sweep you off your feet

Savannah Knoop (MFA ’16) is a self-described “intimacy hound.” Their performances recall and conjure interactions between relative strangers—from chatty bathhouse patrons to dancers at an after-hours club. And in the artist’s next exhibition, they’ll be inviting visitors to a tussle in Knoop’s own personal wrestling gym. A graduate of the VCUarts Sculpture + Extended Media…

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July 22, 2019
Music alumna recognized by American Prize in Vocal Performance

Zarah Brock (BM ’15), soprano, tied for third place in the 2019 American Prize in Vocal Performance competition for women in opera (college/university division). Also known as the Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, the prize recognizes the best classically trained vocal performance of the past year based on recordings submitted to the judges. Brock…

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July 16, 2019
Design expert Amir Berbić named dean of VCUarts in Qatar

Amir Berbić, a design expert who has worked in the United States, Europe and the Middle East, has been appointed dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar, effective Aug. 1. Berbić, a professor of graphic design at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has served as associate dean for faculty…

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