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May 31, 2018
VCUarts Alumni utilize VisArts studios

VCUarts 2017 graduates Jonah Hacinas (Interior Design and Craft/Material Studies), Austin Miles (Communication Arts and Painting + Printmaking) and 2016 graduate Elson Bickford (Photography + Film) have continued making art in Richmond through the shop-monitoring program at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Students have always been able to work independently in VisArts studios, but…

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May 29, 2018
“Forget about Everything Else”: An interview with TyRuben Ellingson, chair of VCUarts Communication Arts

Chair of the Department of Communication Arts TyRuben Ellingson talked to Broad Street Magazine about how his life changes have affected his artistic practice throughout his nearly 40-year career. Broad Street: What were some of your other early influences, and how did you get interested in working on movies? Ellingson: I was a big movie fan very young. I…

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May 25, 2018
The passing of Assistant Professor Rebecca Tyree

Dear faculty, staff and students, It is with profound sadness that I share with you the tragic news of Rebecca Tyree’s death from a bicycle injury yesterday. She passed away at the hospital last evening in the presence of family and friends. Faculty members are on campus today to meet with students, including the music…

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May 23, 2018
Summer learning opportunities from Kinetic Imaging

The Department of Kinetic Imaging is offering a wide range of camps and workshops—for both kids and adults—this summer. Animation Camp WHAT: Campers will be led through the process of a variety of animation techniques, working with the animation camera and learning new computer skills. WHO: Open to rising 6th-8th graders WHEN: Camp will be…

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May 21, 2018
VCUarts Qatar celebrates graduates and 20th anniversary at commencement

VCUarts Qatar celebrated the class of 2018 at their May commencement ceremony, with Dean Shawn Brixey visiting as the keynote speaker. Shawn Brixey, the dean of VCUarts in Richmond and the Commencement’s keynote speaker told the students: “Be the pioneer of those discoveries. Harness the creative daring to make the world a more verdant, imaginative,…

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May 21, 2018
Bobby C. Martin Jr.’s May 2018 Commencement Address

Bobby C. Martin Jr. (BFA ’99), founding partner of The Original Champions of Design, delivered the 2018 VCUarts May Commencement address on May 12. Read what he had to say to the Class of 2018, or watch the video below. I want to start by thanking Dean Brixey. And thank you to VCU, where I…

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May 14, 2018
Music senior talks about being first in family to graduate from college

As commencement weekend approaches, VCUarts seniors have plenty to celebrate. For Ricardo Rodriguez, a music education major, the milestone is also an important one for his family, as he becomes the first person in his family to graduate from college. Rodriguez enrolled at VCU undeclared. He thought about becoming a computer programmer. He considered majoring in business. He…

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May 14, 2018
Music students participate in choir for people affected by homelessness

The Department of Music has collaborated with the School of Social Work to develop RVA Street Singers, a community choir for people affected by homelessness. Brian Donovan, a rising senior majoring in music with a vocal concentration who has volunteered with various groups in the past — including children with chronic illnesses and mental disabilities…

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May 14, 2018
Sculpture MFA graduate receives prestigious Dedalus Fellowship

Sculpture + Extended Media graduate Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik (MFA ’18) has been awarded the 2018 Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture. The Fellowship carries a $25,000 stipend. Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik’s installations are inspired by cinema and set design, creating narrative spaces that explore subjective emotional states and employ altered architecture. His works offer…

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May 11, 2018
Searching for Sound: Chet Frierson

Chet Frierson describes jazz music as a conversation, musicians and instruments trading solos and the chance to speak out, then stepping back to blend their sounds into a single harmonious voice. “It’s the way that individual expression mixes with a collective sound as a group,” he says about his love for the genre. “It’s the…

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May 10, 2018
VCUarts Fashion Show is Runway Ready

Virginia Living magazine offered a preview of the 2018 VCUarts fashion show. This year’s theme, “Momentum,” represents “taking the skills students have learned and applying them to their designs and their future careers in a way that translates their growth in the program,” says student director Maddy Murrow. This show is the culmination of the…

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