September 20, 2019
Catching live fish for dinner was this alum’s favorite project at Thrillist

At Zauo, New Yorkers can get a taste of Japanese fishing life in their cuisine. The new restaurant allows patrons to catch live fish to cook for their dinner, right on the premises. Graphic design alumna Jennifer Osaki (BFA ’17) ate there for work, where she grabbed a fishing pole and bait to snag her…

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September 20, 2019
VCUarts community well-represented at the NY Art Book Fair

On September 20–22, MoMA PS1 hosts the annual New York Art Book Fair, the largest of its kind in the world. Among the event’s 170 international exhibitors are a group of first-year graphic design graduate students, who collaborated on a publication about “creation, destruction, endings, beginnings and teeny tiny sunglasses.” The project, documented at the…

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September 18, 2019
Australia sings again: retrospective revisits immersive field recordings by Kinetic Imaging chair

In Western Australia, the wind blows dust across the mountains and gorges, waterfalls crash over cliffs and wildlife chatter to themselves. This symphony of natural sound is unique to the region, but in 2010, Stephen Vitiello transported his visitors to the Australian wilds from within a historic brick-making kiln. As part of a 50-year retrospective,…

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September 16, 2019
Studio Two Three founder has a ‘long-haul vision’ to make Richmond arts more equitable

Ashley Hawkins (BFA ’08), co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Studio Two Three, recently wrote in to Style Weekly with a new pledge to the Richmond community. Ahead of the studio’s 10th anniversary celebration on Sept. 28, Hawkins detailed her organization’s renewed commitment to equality in the arts. “Artists aren’t one color, or gender,…

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September 16, 2019
The ICA wins 2019 American Architecture Award

The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University has won the American Architecture Award for 2019. Since its launch last year, the ICA has brought internationally relevant contemporary artists to Richmond and mounted site-specific artwork, large-scale installations and participatory exhibitions with free admission and membership. The fall exhibition, Great Force, opens October 5. The…

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September 11, 2019
Alumni talk needle and ink at Richmond’s annual tattoo festival

Sept. 12 marks the 27th annual Richmond Tattoo, Art and Music Festival. Over three days of seminars, performances and competitions, artists from around the world will share their professional knowhow and celebrate tattoo art. Among them, visitors will find two VCUarts alumni: Jesse Smith (BFA ’04), who co-organized the event, and Sterling Hundley (BFA ’98),…

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September 10, 2019
Get creative to tackle health, education and poverty

The future is in your hands. As VCUarts students, you have the creative power and innovative spirit to change the world. And at VCU’s 2nd Annual Innovation Challenges event, you’re invited to submit your answers to today’s questions. How can new and emerging technology improve healthcare? What does a better digital messaging platform look like…

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September 09, 2019
A conversation with painting alumna Loie Hollowell

From September 14 to October 19, Pace Gallery in New York is hosting a solo exhibition by painting and printmaking alumna Loie Hollowell (MFA ’12). Hollowell’s autobiographical work investigates the formal and intersectional qualities of the human body, arranged on canvas in abstract compositions that utilize careful geometry, gradient colors and symmetry. She was recently…

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September 09, 2019
VoicingHan: Managing pain through avatar technology

When Semi Ryu performed Parting on Z—her work about a farewell between symbolic lovers: user and avatar—in London in 2013, something unexpected happened. She found herself sobbing in the middle of it. That’s when, she says, she found her Han—a Korean concept where one feels extreme grief coupled with great hope. Ryu, an associate professor…

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September 06, 2019
Seeking diversity in design, UX Collective recommends two VCUarts faculty

Anna Saraceno, a senior product designer at software company Atlassian, wants to see a wider range of viewpoints in design discourse. Writing for the blog UX Collective, she says she was disappointed with the lack of author diversity in “designer summer readings lists.” So, she made her own list: “10 good design reads that aren’t…

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September 06, 2019
In the studio: Chris Visions, comic artist

Chris Visions (BFA ’07) is a Richmond-based artist whose work inspired the most recent issue of Studio. He works in graphic design, game design, storyboarding, illustration and comics. In June, he released the first issue of Trust Fall, written by collaborator Christopher Sebela and published by AfterShock Comics. Here, Visions talks about the comics industry,…

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