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!

September 27, 2019
Singers in the hall: choir students prepare to belt ‘Carmina Burana’ in Carpenter Theatre

Everything about Carmina Burana is huge and imposing. It takes more than 100 performers to interpret it. Its libretto is written in Latin and Middle High German. And the whole production is based on medieval poetry encompassing life, death, pleasure and fate. The VCU Commonwealth Singers mastered it in a month. And for three nights…

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September 20, 2019
Dance alum influenced by a legacy of black teaching

Christine Wyatt (BFA ’18), in an interview for Dancers of RVA, said that dance has been a part of her life since she was a little girl. In embracing her identity and heritage, dance educators have been just as powerful. “All of my teachers were black—Mari Andrea Travis, Carl Pitts, Kamara Boyd, to name a…

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September 20, 2019
Catching live fish for dinner was this alum’s favorite project at Thrillist

At Zauo, New Yorkers can get a taste of Japanese fishing life in their cuisine. The new restaurant allows patrons to catch live fish to cook for their dinner, right on the premises. Graphic design alumna Jennifer Osaki (BFA ’17) ate there for work, where she grabbed a fishing pole and bait to snag her…

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September 20, 2019
VCUarts community well-represented at the NY Art Book Fair

On September 20–22, MoMA PS1 hosts the annual New York Art Book Fair, the largest of its kind in the world. Among the event’s 170 international exhibitors are a group of first-year graphic design graduate students, who collaborated on a publication about “creation, destruction, endings, beginnings and teeny tiny sunglasses.” The project, documented at the…

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