July 15, 2019
Guadalupe Maravilla wins 2019 MAP grant for live performance

Guadalupe Maravilla, assistant professor of sculpture, has received a grant from the MAP Fund for his performance “3 Twelves (12/12/12),” to be held at Knockdown Center in Queens, New York. MAP selected Maravilla among dozens of grantees who seek to “interrogate marginalizing structures in the United States while asserting new possibilities for thriving interdependence.” Maravilla…

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July 15, 2019
Kinetic Imaging program among the ‘most unique’ in the South

In a guide to the most outstanding animation and game design programs in the South, Animation Career Review declared VCUarts Kinetic Imaging to be distinctive among its peers. VCUarts was listed alongside five other universities in the region. “If you’re looking for a unique animation program in Virginia,” says the site, “look no further than…

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July 12, 2019
Catch the 27th annual Guitar and Other Strings Series

VCUarts Music hosts the Guitar and Other Strings Series every July, featuring a wide variety of musical styles from jazz, bluegrass and folk to Celtic, flamenco, classical and blues. Celtic Masters, featuring Maggie Sansone, Paul Oorts, and Andrea Hoag, kick off this year’s performances with their 7:30 pm show on Friday, July 19. Their dynamic…

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July 11, 2019
At ICA, Corin Hewitt digs deep into Richmond’s history

Associate professor of sculpture Corin Hewitt has been doing some independent archaeology, and his new show “Shadows Are to Shade” at the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU showcases the history he’s unearthed. Hewitt began excavating underneath his two-story home and studio in the Fan last year, and he’s since discovered that his 1915 house…

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July 11, 2019
A dinner with Ron Howard, Jeff Bezos and Mark Hamill

It almost sounds like a dream: Matt Wallin, associate professor of communication arts, sits down at a dinner table, surrounded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, filmmaker Ron Howard, actor Mark Hamill and two astronauts. Only the dinner wasn’t a dream. It happened while Wallin was attending Bezos’ annual MARS conference in Palm Springs, California. The…

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July 09, 2019
Alum’s new store features handmade crafts from dozens of contemporary artists

Alma’s RVA, a retail and gallery space, only opened in April and it’s already caught the attention of Style Weekly and Richmond Magazine. Owned and operated by glass artist and craft alumna Sarah Mizer (MFA ’07), Alma’s provides contemporary artists a space to showcase and sell their work. Handmade crafts available in-store and online include mugs, jewelry…

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July 09, 2019
Communication arts professor celebrates Walt Whitman’s birthday at Library of Congress

Sterling Hundley (BFA ’98), associate professor of communication arts, was invited to a spectacular birthday party on June 1—but the “guest of honor” was the monumental American poet Walt Whitman, who was born 200 years ago on May 31, 1819. To mark the occasion, the Library of Congress invited Hundley and author Robert Burleigh to…

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July 08, 2019
Catch the Arts Research Institute’s latest exhibitions throughout July

There’s still time to see the Arts Research Institute faculty-led exhibitions “Swirling” and “Beautiful Words are Subversive.” Both are free and on view until the last weeks of July. “Swirling” is a multichannel video with sound created by Hope Ginsburg, associate professor of painting and printmaking, and collaborators Matt Flowers and Joshua Quarles. The project,…

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July 08, 2019
‘I’m very proud of what we’ve done here’—Toni-Leslie James tells her story on CBS 6

Theatre professor Toni-Leslie James has designed costumes for 20 Broadway shows—including productions with actors Patrick Stewart and Tom Hanks. She’s used her technical expertise and industry know-how to train a generation of theatre students at VCUarts, helping them get a foot in the door on Broadway. Her recent work on Bernhardt Hamlet was nominated for a…

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July 08, 2019
‘Do it for love and money will follow’: Alum reflects on 25 years as a professional painter

Tom Tartaglino (BFA ’94) always loved to draw and paint, but didn’t pursue a degree in the arts until he was married with children. His friends and family expressed doubts that a career in the arts was sustainable, yet his desire to pursue his dream of being a painter eventually inspired him to enroll in…

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July 01, 2019
David Ashton’s retro-cool ballpark changed baseball forever

When David Ashton (BFA ’62) stepped into Oriole Park at Camden Yards in 1991, the Baltimore baseball stadium was just steel beams and brick. In a controversial move, the city was preparing for the Orioles to leave the aging Memorial Stadium behind and settle into a new home downtown at Camden Yards. Standing with Ashton…

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