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January 14, 2019
Alum creates sculpture for reconstructive surgery training

Morgan Yacoe (BFA ’11), a sculpture alumna, recently taught a workshop to medical residents at VCU to aid in the practice of breast reconstructive surgery. As a teaching tool, Yacoe created a cast from the torso of a woman who had undergone a mastectomy. Yacoe describes the breast as “a difficult form with lots of…

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January 11, 2019
Exploring the potentials of dance and technology

As a young dancer fresh out of art school, Martha Curtis had followed Pauline Koner and her dance company to New York City, where she taught performance at Brooklyn College. But when Koner’s company foundered in 1982, Curtis had to look for other work. That’s how, by the mid-1980s, Curtis landed on the opposite coast….

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January 09, 2019
Chasing Stokstad

In the entranceway of the Anderson stands a 50-pound table—a slab made from a blend of concrete and paper, erasers, pens and junk food. Scattered across its surface, you’ll see birthday candles, clementines, leaflets, paper plates and headphone wires embedded in small sculptures.   This is Caroline Meyers’ vision of office life: a funny and…

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January 09, 2019
Rex Richardson nominated for solo album of the year

Rex Richardson, professor of trumpet and jazz studies, has been nominated for the 2018 Solo CD of the Year award by 4barsrest, “the world’s most visited brass band website.” Iwan Fox, a co-founder of 4barsrest, calls Richardson, “one of the most dangerously thrilling soloists to enjoy in full performance flow.” The professor’s latest release, Freedom…

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January 03, 2019
Embroidered portraits by VCUarts Fashion professor Michael-Birch Pierce

VCUarts Fashion professor Michael-Birch Pierce has embroidered ornaments for the Obama White House and been featured at events at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, Quirk Hotel and Art Basel. His portraits provide a one-on-one experience between the person being drawn and the artist himself. “While I’m making the portrait, we talk about why they’re…

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January 03, 2019
Dean Emeritus Joe Seipel named 2018 RTD Person of the Year

VCUarts Dean Emeritus Joe Seipel worked with the school for over 40 years and was recently named a 2018 Richmond Times-Dispatch Person of the Year. Since retiring from VCUarts, he has served as interim director of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU. That range of…

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December 19, 2018
You graduated! What’s next?

Whether you graduated last week, last year, or it’s been too many years to count, VCUarts is here to support of your success—for life. Take these career-building and learning opportunities offered by VCU and VCUarts: HireVCURams features a job board, document manager and career-related programs, as well as online research and preparation tools. Within your…

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December 18, 2018
VCUarts on stage

The performing arts have been a staple at the School of the Arts since its inception. According to H.H. Hibbs, the first director of Richmond Professional Institute, the earliest recorded music teacher was Helen Fill Rhodes, who joined in 1930. Rhodes was a professor of voice, and was known as “a sort of welcoming committee”…

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December 18, 2018
Rising to the top

Jayanta Jenkins (BFA ’94) always wanted to be a creative problem solver, to manage the nuts and bolts of a commercial art space. Since earning his degree in fashion design at VCUarts, Jenkins has undertaken an industry-defying journey. His résumé is a tour de force, a who’s-who of the most eminent consumer brands of the…

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December 18, 2018
Liberation in illustration

“The idea of making a drawing and not having to have it be checked by a merchandiser or edited— just putting it out on the internet—was really incredibly profound and exciting.” – Richard Haines (BFA ’73), speaking to VCUarts fashion students in May. Haines, a graduate of the Communication Arts and Design program, designed for…

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December 18, 2018
Kate Sicchio guests on Freakonomics Radio Live

Movement images of VCUarts Dance student Marissa Forbes that Kinetic Imaging professor Kate Sicchio captured for a performance. Can someone read your emotions just by the way you look at your phone? Kate Sicchio, assistant professor of dance and Kinetic Imaging, thinks so. On December 12, she appeared on a recording of Freakonomics Radio Live,…

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