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January 28, 2019
Hajr Avant | myVCUarts

Hajr Avant, Cinema student, talks about her VCUarts experience as a filmmaker. myVCUarts is a series that captures the experiences of student at VCU School of the Arts in their own words. These short videos take a candid look at the technical and conceptual work that VCUarts students undertake every semester. Learn how our students…

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January 25, 2019
Harold E. North, former sculpture chair, dies at 89

Harold E. North (MFA ’67), who served as chair of the sculpture department for 30 years, has passed away at the age of 89. North became chair in 1968, overseeing the hire of beloved faculty members José Puig, Myron Helfgott, Chuck Henry, Lester Van Winkle and Joe Seipel, as well as department secretary Connie Brown. His…

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January 25, 2019
Rethinking Monument

Jurors are reviewing project submissions for a competition that asks participants to reimagine Monument Avenue, and 20 finalists will have their work displayed at The Valentine museum throughout 2019. “Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion”—a competition hosted by VCU’s mOb (Middle of Broad) Studio and the Storefront for Community Design—was made possible by a $30,000 National Endowment for the…

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January 24, 2019
Ruthie Edwards: game designer and accessibility advocate

Ruthie Edwards (BFA ‘10) is an experience designer and animator who’s dedicated herself to developing more accessible digital interfaces and experiences for disabled users. In her spare time, she’s also an enthusiastic video game designer who’s led panels on accessibility at VCU and MAGfest, the Music And Gaming Festival. In May, she’ll graduate from the…

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January 24, 2019
A day at Fallingwater

The interior design students gather at 4 a.m. outside a darkened Pollak Building. October’s storm had knocked the power out overnight; the only sources of light are Pollak’s backup fluorescents and the headlights of a charter bus waiting on Harrison St. The James River bus waits outside Pollak. By 5 a.m., they’ve hit the road,…

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January 23, 2019
Collaborative concert reaps shared benefits

For five years, the VCUarts Department of Music has held a jazz concert with an unlikely partner: the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation. The annual concert is part of Jazz4Justice, a program that pairs university jazz programs with local legal entities for a joint benefit concert. This year’s event, to be held on Feb. 8, will…

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January 23, 2019
HP hires Jayanta Jenkins as new Executive Creative Director

Tech company HP has tapped fashion design alumnus Jayanta Jenkins (BFA ’94) to fill a new corporate role as Executive Creative Director. With HP’s chief communications officer, Jenkins will work across the company’s various divisions and product lines to further develop a unified international brand. Formerly the first-ever Global Group Creative Director at Twitter, Jenkins’ move to…

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January 18, 2019
Sculpture professor to be featured in CAA interview series

Guadalupe Maravilla, professor of sculpture, will be a featured guest at the annual College Art Association of America Conference in New York City. Maravilla will be interviewed by author Sheila Maldonado for the 2019 CAA Distinguished Artist Interviews, a free and public event on Friday, February 15, 2019. Maravilla has performed and presented his work…

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January 18, 2019
Alumna’s dryer lint art helped her overcome cancer and save her career

Heidi Hooper (BFA ’81) was working and teaching as an award-winning metalsmith in Boston when a cancerous tumor in her right arm destroyed her ability to work. Hammering metal was out of the question, and even sculpting clay was too painful. But when a laundry accident produced a large volume of dryer lint, Hooper decided to…

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January 17, 2019
Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion

When Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s Monument Avenue Commission submitted its recommendations for the future of the city’s Confederate statues, it noted a program initiated by the VCUarts mObstudiO and Storefront for Community Design. The community partners received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to imagine possibilities for the 5.4-mile street, and…

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January 16, 2019
Music professor releases his jazz ‘time capsule’

Taylor Barnett (MM ’04), assistant professor of music and jazz trumpeter, was interviewed by WCVE PBS on his new album Loose Ends. While every track was recorded with live musicians in one room, the album spans two sessions: one from 2005, and another from 2008. They just have never gotten released for various reasons, so I…

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