July 01, 2019
Learn more about Pamela Lawton, VCUarts’ 2019 Tate Exchange associate

Pamela Lawton is an associate professor of the VCUarts art education department, and this summer she serves as the school’s second Tate Exchange Associate at Tate Modern in London. During her residency, running July 16–21, Lawton is sharing her long-running project Artstories, which brings disparate members of communities around the world together through art. You…

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June 26, 2019
Communication Arts student wins Tombow scholarship

VCUarts Communication Arts student Bailey Wilson has been awarded a Tombow Create Your Best Work Art Scholarship for the 2019–2020 academic year, worth up to $5,000. As a winner, Wilson also receives approximately $500 worth of Tombow brand art supplies. Wilson submitted three works with his application: “Oh, It’s Monday, Again,” a still life in…

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June 24, 2019
VCUarts Music choral director to lead 2019 Wintergreen Music Festival

Erin Freeman, director of choral activities, will serve as the artistic director of this year’s Wintergreen Music Festival in Nellysford, Va, as well as the associated Wintergreen Music Academy. This year’s festival features concerts of a wide variety of genres, from pop to classical and jazz, along with cooking classes and events at neighborhood breweries….

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June 24, 2019
AIGA Eye on Design highlights assistant professor Nontsikelelo Mutiti

The American Institute of Graphic Arts, the oldest and largest professional design association in the United States, has featured Nontsikelelo Mutiti, assistant professor of graphic design, in their publication Eye on Design. Much of Mutiti’s work has been influenced by her research into the colonial history of her home country Zimbabwe. Eye on Design interviewed Mutiti…

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June 21, 2019
‘Improv saved my life’

Elizabeth Byland, director of VCU Improv, believes that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in improvisational theatre. Byland’s class is open to any VCU student who wants to try improv, which she considers a transformational experience. It requires teams to work together spontaneously, build on diverse strengths and bring to life a scene that…

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June 20, 2019
Embodied Empathy: Bringing virtual reality from the classroom to health care

What happens when you use virtual reality (VR) to understand what it’s like to be in someone else’s body? Can VR create empathy? These are the core questions being asked by Embodied Empathy, an interdisciplinary lab at VCUarts founded by assistant professors Jill Ware and John Henry Blatter. They’ve discovered that empathy can come in…

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June 18, 2019
The art of looking

Observation is a nurse’s most important skill. No matter which hospital unit they work in, nurses must be attentive to patients’ needs, sensitive to their symptoms and aware of their emotional state. While nurses typically undergo clinical training in medical centers, VCU’s students further hone their critical eyes at an art museum. That’s the thinking…

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June 17, 2019
VCUarts professors chosen for 2019 Faculty Success Program

Elissa Armstrong and Karen Kopryanski are two of the seven faculty members chosen from across VCU to join the summer cohort of the Faculty Success Program from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. Armstrong is program director and an assistant professor of Art Foundation, while Kopryanski is an assistant professor in theatre. The…

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June 12, 2019
Art Education grad students and alumni teach summer classes

Graduates and current students from the VCUarts art education master’s program are teaching in the summer program at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond this year. The ArtVenture Summer Camp is a series of weeklong sessions for children age 5–14. This summer, the center offers new classes in the fiber studio, taught in part by…

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June 10, 2019
Recent MFA grad premieres show at Page Bond Gallery

Peter Cochrane (MFA ’19), an alumnus of the photography and film program, debuts his latest body of work, “The Wild Beasts,” at Page Bond Gallery on June 6. The solo exhibition, which will hold its opening reception at 6pm, will be on view through July 3. Cochrane’s still life photos render natural, symbolic imagery as…

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June 10, 2019
Alum’s documentary profiles his father, the baseball fan who became a ‘free agent’

Michael Volpe was a die-hard New York Giants fan—even after they moved across the country to San Francisco. But when they traded away his favorite player, third baseman and shortstop Matt Williams, that was the last straw. Volpe mailed his memorabilia back to the Giants and declared himself a “free agent fan,” open to root…

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