July 01, 2015
VCU School of the Arts professors receive prestigious NEA grants

Two Virginia Commonwealth University professors and a local nonprofit with strong VCU ties have been awarded National Endowment of the Arts grants. VCU professors Sasha Waters Freyer and Ryan Patton received NEA grants worth $20,000 and $30,000, respectively, while the Storefront for Community Design, of which professors Kristin Caskey, John Malinoski and Camden Whitehead and…

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June 19, 2015
Art Education Grad Student Receives First PAGE Fellowship for VCU

A big congratulations to Department of Art Education MAE student Supriya Manandhar on being named one of this year’s Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) Fellowship recipients. PAGE is a network for “publicly engaged graduate students in humanities, arts and design” supported by Imagining America (IA). Through this fellowship opportunity, Manandhar will participate in the IA…

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June 17, 2015
Art Educators Team up with Nurses in Research Project

Have you heard of the Art of Nursing project? Another example of a health-related research initiative from VCUarts, this project is led by Department of Art Education Chair Sara Wilson McKay, with Art Education graduate students and faculty. The team works with VCU’s School of Nursing to develop a program that explores the usefulness of…

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June 15, 2015
Comm Arts Assistant Professor Reminisces about Jurassic Park

Department of Communication Arts Assistant Professor TyRuben Ellingson was the visual arts director on the original Jurassic Park film. It’s been 22 years since Spielberg’s film hit the big screen, and in light of the latest re-boot of the dinosaur franchise, Ellingson interviewed with FilmSchoolRejects about his experiences on the film that started it all….

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June 15, 2015
VCUarts Artists to Perform in Site-Specific Installation / NYC

In the Glow of a Breathing Sphere June 25 – July 31, 2015 Fridman Gallery New York Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 24, 6 – 8 p.m. Summer Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 12 – 6 p.m. “In the Glow of a Breathing Sphere” is a site-specific LED installation conceived and built by the interactive design…

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June 12, 2015
Comm Arts Alumni Get Their Comic On

Comic illustrators from the Department of Communication Arts have been busy! Department alumnus Chris Visions, graphic designer and illustrator with Boom! Studios, worked on a comic project with State Farm Insurance called “Agents of the Assist.” Through Boom!, Visions is also working on the comic “Dead Letters” with Chris Sebela. Fellow alumnus Rielly Brown was…

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June 08, 2015
Sculpture’s NYC MFA Exhibition was a Success

Congratulations to the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media for a successful MFA exhibition during Bushwick Open Studios. The exhibition, at The Vazquez Building (93 Forrest St @ Central Ave, Brooklyn, NY*), will run through June 27, 2015. Artists featured include: – Jake Borndal – Tal Gafny & Perrin Turner – Morgan Pearse – Andrew…

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April 28, 2015
Sonya Clark Awarded Honorary Degree

Department of Craft/Material Studies Chair Sonya Clark is one of six to be awarded honorary degrees from Amherst College during its 194th Commencement ceremony on May 24, 2015. Other recipients include Eric Carle, Jim Ansara, Alice Rivlin, Pardis Sabeti and Paul Smith. Clark received her BA from Amherst College.

April 15, 2015
Professor Stephen Vitiello Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Department of Kinetic Imaging Professor Stephen Vitiello will receive the 2015 Distinguished Alumni award from Purchase College, SUNY at an upcoming commencement ceremony. Vitiello received a BA in Literature as a member of the Purchase College class of 1986. During his senior year, Vitiello interned in a video program at MOMA where he realized his…

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March 13, 2015
Buffington named NAEA’s Teacher of the Year

The National Art Education Association has named Virginia Commonwealth University’s Melanie Buffington, Ph.D., the 2015 National Higher Education Teacher of the Year. Buffington, assistant professor and graduate programs coordinator in the VCU School of the Arts’ Department of Art Education, has current research interests that include museum education, emerging technologies, culturally responsive pedagogy, contemporary art,…

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March 03, 2015
Associate Dean Dr. James Frazier Joins American Dance Festival Board

The American Dance Festival announced that Dr. James Frazier has joined the ADF Board of Directors. Frazier serves as a Visiting Evaluator for the dance accrediting body, the National Association of Schools of Dance and he held the elected offices of President and Secretary of the Council of Dance Administrators. He also serves as Co-chair…

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