October 23, 2019
An activist artist’s quest for spectacular failure

Eric Millikin approaches his work with an outlandish, utopian vision. The activist artist begins with questions like, “If I were to make artwork that ended racism, what would that be? How could I do that?” He knows failure is likely inevitable—but that’s precisely the point. In aiming to change the minds of 6 or 7…

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October 22, 2019
KI chair collaborates with music professor on new releases

Sound artist and chair of the Department of Kinetic Imaging Stephen Vitiello has a new collaborator: Justin Alexander, director of percussion studies in the Department of Music. Alexander has played on a few of Vitiello’s projects recently, including a limited edition single, A New Glow/Simple Interference, and the upcoming LP, I  D R E W…

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October 16, 2019
Craft and art history graduate students join forces for exhibition

As a fiber artist, Laura Boban often uses clothing and interior textiles—like sports jerseys, bed sheets, garden flags and pillows—to explore intersections between the home and sports, and blur familiar identifiers for femininity and masculinity. In one work, abstract figures constructed from effeminate fabrics convey images of hockey fights, while another stacks objects from home…

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October 14, 2019
Join Disney and Adobe for a drop-in creative jam this weekend

From October 18 to 21, you and your friends can challenge colleges across the nation in a two-part creative competition to win prizes! Adobe has partnered with Disney Channels to organize the Adobe Rush Creative Jam, where students form small teams to solve a Disney video challenge with Adobe Premiere Rush. Here’s how it works:…

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October 11, 2019
Dance professor E. Gaynell Sherrod joins Philadelphia Dance Company as interim executive director

Elgie Gaynell Sherrod, associate professor of dance, has joined the Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco) for its 50th anniversary season as interim executive director. In her new role, Sherrod serves as a business and strategic leader for the nonprofit dance organization. This fall, Philadanco received a $420,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a…

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October 10, 2019
International Research Grant: Noah Thompson, Svalbard

Each year, the Dean’s International Research Grant program awards $2,500 to up to 10 students to fund independent travel that informs their research and provides an experience related to their creative or intellectual trajectory. Noah Thompson, a student in the Department of Communication Arts, received a grant to travel to Svalbard, a group of islands about 600…

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October 08, 2019
Passion and discipline: how Rex Richardson masters the trumpet

Rex Richardson could not shake his cough all summer. No matter where he went—a residency in France, a jazz club in Austria, a festival in Spain—he wrestled with a respiratory ailment that was fighting for center stage. Not an ideal scenario for a trumpet player. “After 25 years of touring, it’s the first time I’ve…

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October 07, 2019
International Research Grant: Samuel Lo, Hong Kong

Each year, the Dean’s International Research Grant program awards $2,500 to up to 10 students to fund independent travel that informs their research and provides an experience related to their creative or intellectual trajectory. Samuel Lo, a senior in the Department of Photography + Film, received a grant to travel to Hong Kong. Here, Lo…

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October 04, 2019
How a virtual reality startup wants to end bullying and harassment

Founded by VCU alumni, PeerSpective has a singular goal: to leverage VR to snuff out bullying in all its forms, from schoolyard discrimination to workplace harassment. To do this, they’ve built an interactive bullying simulation with more than 20,000 unique storylines.

October 02, 2019
VCUarts Theatre praised for technical and design training by New York theatre blog

The VCUarts Theatre program was included among “The Top 30 College Theatre Design and Tech Programs for 2019-2020” by the New York-based outlet OnStage Blog. The theatre program’s technical track was singled out for its balance of training in scenic, costume and lighting design, as well as its courses that cover practical techniques in sound…

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September 30, 2019
Go behind-the-scenes with Cinema students

VCUarts Cinema students Sam Labella (writer/director) and Kat Docalovich (producer) received a VCUarts Research and Innovation Grant for their film “Here Lies Beatrice.” Take a look behind the scenes!