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April 26, 2018
Art History doctoral candidate receives Fulbright

Art History doctoral candidate Sarah Kleinman has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year. She will be conducting research for her forthcoming dissertation, “The Curatorial Practice of Kynaston McShine, 1969–1971,” at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine campus in Trinidad and Tobago. As part of the project, Kleinman will be working…

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April 26, 2018
Bobby C. Martin Jr. to deliver VCUarts spring 2018 commencement speech

On Saturday, May 12, Bobby C. Martin Jr. (BFA ’99) will be the latest alumnus to serve as the VCUarts commencement speaker at this year’s spring ceremony at the Altria Theater. Martin is a founding partner of OCD: The Original Champions of Design, a branding agency headquartered in New York City. For eight years, Martin…

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April 26, 2018
Painting + Printmaking alumna reflects on business decisions

Ashley Hawkins (BFA ’07) talked to the Richmond Times-Dispatch about her best and worst business decisions since founding Studio Two Three in 2009. Best business decision: “Expanding and moving Studio Two Three to the Scott’s Addition neighborhood in 2015. The neighborhood is centrally located and the perfect place to grow a creative, community-driven enterprise.” Mistake you…

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April 26, 2018
Communication Arts professor receives funding from National Science Foundation

Communication Arts Associate Professor Ying-Fang Shen used funding from the National Science Foundation to produce Humanexus, an animated short film about the history of human communication. This piece has won more than 30 awards and screened in more than 200 cities worldwide. Humanexus (2014) – full movie from Ying-Fang Shen on Vimeo. Image: Still from Humanexus by Ying-Fang Shen.

April 25, 2018
Designing New Roots: Naredeen Mikhaiel

Naredeen Mikhaiel didn’t have much of a choice when she first went to college to study international business and economics. She grew up in Egypt where a person’s college major and career path are customarily dictated by their performance in certain high school subjects. Though she found economics unexpectedly interesting, she just couldn’t fathom a…

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April 24, 2018
VCUarts Fashion Show ‘Momentum’

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts Department of Fashion Design + Merchandising presents Momentum, a juried fashion show highlighting the school’s rising designers. The professional runway show and gala event is organized by fashion merchandising students and showcases knitwear, dresses, menswear, and denim collections from fashion design students. Join us for “Momentum” Thursday,…

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April 23, 2018
Painting and printmaking alum finds career in conservation and documentary film

As a painting and printmaking major, Melissa Lesh (BFA 13) spent her days painting scenes from wildlife. But come summer, she’d pack up her brushes and canvases, and set out for remote refuges like Virginia’s Great Dismal Swamp and the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Maine, where she worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife…

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April 23, 2018
Richmond to Host 2020 Menuhin Competition, ‘the Olympics of the violin’

VCU has teamed up with the city of Richmond, Richmond Symphony, Commonwealth Public Broadcasting (WCVE), and the University of Richmond to bring the 2020 Menuhin Competition to Richmond, Va. The 2020 Menuhin Competition, billed as the world’s leading international competition for young violinists, will be held in Richmond on May 14-24, 2020. The competition, for violinists…

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April 19, 2018
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April 19, 2018
VCUarts Professors Contribute to New Conversations at the ICA

The Institute for Contemporary Art‘s inaugural exhibition, Declaration, will open on April 21 and run through September 9. This exhibition features many VCUarts faculty including Distinguished VCUarts Professor Sonya Clark (Craft/Material Studies), Stephen Vitiello (Kinetic Imaging) and Hope Ginsburg (Art Foundation). VCU professor Sonya Clark’s Edifice and Mortar (2018) also sheds light on the disenfranchised. From afar, the…

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April 19, 2018
iCubed Visiting Arts Fellow Featured at TED Conference

Paul Rucker, an iCubed Visiting Arts Fellow and TED fellow, discussed ways to fight racial discrimination as part of the 2018 TED conference, which was covered by NPR. Rucker began his practice as an artist when he was working as a janitor at the Seattle Art Museum. By experimenting with found and discarded objects, he started…

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