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August 22, 2018
da Vinci Center Receives $1M grant for collaborative project with Lighthouse U

The da Vinci Center, a collaboration between VCUarts, the School of Business, and the colleges of Engineering and Humanities and Sciences, has received a $1 million grant from GO Virginia for a collaborative project with Lighthouse Labs. The project aims to train and support entrepreneurial college students across Virginia interested in launching startups. Beginning this fall, Lighthouse…

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August 22, 2018
#myVCUarts: Emma Whitaker

Emma Whitaker talks about working on the film “Too Close to the Sun” with VCUarts Cinema this summer. The crew working on the film had a woman at the head of almost every department. “This is a very female run film, which is super cool,” she says. #myVCUarts is a series that captures the experiences of students at VCU…

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August 15, 2018
#myVCUarts: Ceejay Renner-Thomas

Ceejay Renner-Thomas, Craft/Material Studies student, talks about his VCUarts experience. #myVCUarts is a series that captures the experiences of students 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 devise innovative ways of making, discover new ideas…

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August 15, 2018
Telling Theresa Pollak’s story

By Sarah Kleinman (MA ’16) As a graduate student at VCUarts, I received a fellowship to research the life of the school’s founder, Theresa Pollak. At the time, Pollak seemed more symbolic than actual, her legacy reinforced by the Pollak Fine Arts Building and her namesake Prize for Excellence in the Arts. With each visit to…

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August 15, 2018
90 years of creative daring

America is changing. Technological innovations are revolutionizing how we communicate, how we travel and where we get our news in ways that would seem like a fantasy a few years earlier. Social mores are shifting as new notions of gender, sexuality and mental health take hold. As Wall Street booms, celebrities in sports and film…

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August 14, 2018
Fountainhead Fellows lead Summer Studio

Preparing to apply for an MFA can seem daunting, leaving artists with a lot to consider: What are they expected to know as an applicant? What skills should they possess? How can they make a strong, representative portfolio? VCUarts offers aspiring graduate students a chance to ask all of these questions in the Summer Studio…

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August 14, 2018
Music alum expands on the classics while composing for Star Wars

After listening to the “Star Wars” soundtrack on repeat for much of his childhood, Gordy Haab (BM ’00) has found his way to put his own spin on the  John Williams classic. Haab, a Los Angeles composer, has scored more than 17 hours of music for the “Star Wars” video games. Most recently, he was…

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August 10, 2018
Q&A: Eric Rivera

Eric Rivera’s professional dance career has taken a number of twists and turns, from ballet companies to Broadway shows to modern dance and back to ballet. He has performed with the Minnesota Ballet, Ballet Theater of Pennsylvania, Danza Jazz de San Juan and in the European tour of West Side Story. During his performing career…

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August 06, 2018
Painting + Printmaking professor discusses 37 years of teaching

Reni Gower has been teaching in the Department of Painting + Printmaking for 37 years. Throughout that time, she has learned a lot from her students, including how to creatively craft an excuse for being late to class. Gower and four other longtime faculty members were recently profiled by VCU News. The following Q&A with…

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August 02, 2018
Sculpture alum depicts human anatomy with masking tape and an X-Acto blade

One of Walko’s works, “Galatea.” Image courtesy of the artist. Ten years ago, Nickolai Walko (BFA ’14) was a high school student sitting in Virginia Van Horn’s mixed media sculpture class at the Virginia Beach Governor’s School for the Arts. One day, Van Horn brought in rolls of masking tape and said to her class,…

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August 02, 2018
Five things you should be doing your senior year

Summer is almost over and the school year is right around the corner. You’ve gone through 12 years of school to make it to the best one of them all: senior year. Sure, you can spend your days wishing class would end. But don’t fall prey to senioritis now! Let’s talk about the things you…

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