September 05, 2019
Sculpture alum featured in Indiana exhibition, with portions of sales for charity

Edwin Shelton (BFA ’78) joins artist Laurel Izard in the new exhibition Layered, open September 8–27 at Chesterton Art Center in Chesterton, Indiana. Both artists will pledge 25% of the sales of their artwork to Hey, U.G.L.Y., an anti-bullying nonprofit based in Chicago. While Izard’s work focuses on mass extinction in the animal kingdom through…

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September 05, 2019
Dance and Kinetic Imaging hybrid professor featured in new MIT Press book

In the new book From Fingers to Digits: An Artificial Aesthetic, published by MIT Press this summer, authors Margaret A. Boden and Ernest A. Edmonds interview Kate Sicchio, assistant professor of dance and Kinetic Imaging, to learn about how her work blends choreography and technology. Sicchio’s multimedia art has incorporated coding into live performance, integrating…

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September 04, 2019
Medicine in motion

The problem started as many do, with a gap in the marketplace. To distribute medications to patients, hospitals typically choose between expensive robotic carts or basic plastic tubs on wheels that anyone could purchase at a home improvement store. VCU Health hospitals use the latter, but the carts require workarounds to secure controlled substances and…

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September 03, 2019
NEA grants $35,000 to a Florida exhibition of faculty work

The National Endowment for the Arts has approved a $35,000 Art Works grant to the University of South Florida’s Contemporary Art Museum, to assist in mounting an exhibition by Hope Ginsburg, associate professor in VCUarts’ Art Foundation Program and Department of Painting + Printmaking. The show, titled Sponge Exchange, continues the artist’s exploration of sea…

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August 30, 2019
New exhibition features Kinetic Imaging alum’s ‘familiar and alien’ visuals

Beginning September 6, the Cody Gallery at Marymount University in Arlington, Va. will feature the work of Emma Cregan (BFA ’17), Kinetic Imaging alumna, whose animations create distorted realities that reveal new perceptions of the world’s traditions and environment. Emma Cregan’s work explores the space between the digital and intangible. Cregan studied animation at Virginia…

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August 29, 2019
Alumni transform a forgotten shed into an art gallery

Noah Hook (BFA ’19) and Kim Peters (BFA ’19) weren’t content to let an old shed lie unused. Over the summer, the two cleaned out and refurbished a dilapidated shed in South Highland Park, transforming it into the charming Rump Gallery. The public art venue will be up and running soon, with the intention of…

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August 28, 2019
Students can launch their next big ideas with Adobe Creative Cloud

Mary Metzger is a communication arts major who was selected as a Top Talent in illustration for the 2019 Adobe Design Achievement Awards. She was honored for her work “But You Don’t Look Sick!”, an illustrated zine she made with Adobe that focuses on the experiences of students who live with chronic illnesses. Along with…

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August 28, 2019
Fiona Penn | myVCUarts

Recent Kinetic Imaging graduate Fiona Penn (BFA ’19) talks about the archaeological inspiration behind her latest projects, connecting the excavation of Pompeii to researching digital archives. myVCUarts is a series that captures the experiences of student at VCU School of the Arts in their own words. These short videos take a candid look at the technical…

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August 28, 2019
Adjunct professor tackles ableism in the art world for ‘Hyperallergic’

Emily Sara, adjunct professor of art foundation and graphic design, recently took to arts blog Hyperallergic to address the obstacles that disabled and neurodiverse audiences face as they navigate the art world. In this open letter, Sara draws from controversy surrounding the New York City monument Vessel—a massive work comprised of 154 staircases—to illuminate the…

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August 23, 2019
Sketchbooks from Italy

In June, 20 students traveled to Italy for a global education program that challenged them to engage with the country’s cultural heritage through their own artwork. Led by Stephen Alcorn, assistant professor of communication arts, “Florence Revealed: Drawing from the Wellspring of Renaissance Thought and Vision” took students on a monthlong journey to the streets…

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August 23, 2019
From researching Batman’s sidekick to landing a DC Comics internship

Thea Cheuk is a communication arts major whose research last spring investigated the coded sexuality of Batman’s “Boy Wonder” sidekick, Robin. Their work involved several trips to the enormous comic arts collection at VCU Libraries, and led them to a coveted internship at one of the largest comics publishers in the world. Cheuk applied to…

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