Community News from Craft/Material Studies: February 2023

The American Craft Council featured recent alum, Mattie Hinkley (BFA ’20) in their October issue.

Sarah Briland’s (MFA ’13) work was featured at the exhibition A Well to Draw From at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. 

Eric Anthony Berdis (MFA ’20) was a recent artist in residence at Kutztown University and has an exhibition on view at Miller Art Gallery.

These students had art on display at the 2022 VCUarts Undergraduate Juried Exhibition at The Anderson:

Caroline Barry (Graphic Design / Craft & Material Studies)

Victoria White Berry

Brianna Capelli

Justin Cockrell

Eric Couture (Graphic Design / Craft & Material Studies)

Mia Donalson

Novilee Imperio

Molly Leraris

Eileen Morley

Hope Ollivant

Kristen Wheatley

BFA major Mia Donalson received an award of distinction from Lauren Haynes, juror of the 2022 VCUarts Undergraduate Juried Exhibition.

BFA major Eileen Morley received the Best in Show award from Lauren Haynes, juror of the 2022 VCUarts Undergraduate Juried Exhibition.

VCUarts students, faculty, and alumni were among the participating artists at the 2022 Monster Drawing Rally at 1708 Gallery!

[…], an exhibition of BFA Craft/Material Studies Seniors enrolled in Prof. Cindy Myron’s Fall Senior Critique Course, opened at The Anderson Gallery.

Caroline Branch

Olivia Brassing’ram

Brianna Cappelli

Kate Cordle

QiuQiu Dempsey

Ambrose Devine

Mia Donalson

Chrissie Hackmer

Ethan Heagney

Mars Marston

Jessie Oblon

Alyssa Riley

Roman Ross

Hannah Westman

Victoria White Berry

Jing Zhou

Jewelry maker Shauna Cardone (MFA ’13) spoke on the impact of a VCUarts graduate experience in an interview with VCUarts.

MFA student Abi Ogle received an honorable mention for the work ‘Barren Landscape’ at the MFA Online Exhibition Here, There, Nowhere through the University of Montana.

To Keep You Warm is a collaborative project by students in the Craft/Material Studies Department. The artists used the skills they’ve learned over the course of the semester to design and create full sized quilts. Scraps of fabric, upcycled clothing and domestic materials were carefully considered, dyed, cut and brought together through the work of many hands.

These quilts were donated to patients in palliative care at the VCU Massey Cancer Center upon the closing of the exhibition. The focus of this care center is to improve the quality of life for patients of any age in grappling with a serious illness. The students were proud to connect with these patients and give back to their community.

MFA student Paul van den Bijgaart had the exhibition Liquid Landscapes opening with the Alberta Craft Council at Discovery Gallery Edmonton.

BFA alum Rachel Rader had the exhibition Galactic Selfies and Iconic Discoveries of Archer Adler that opened at ALMA’S RVA. 

Congratulations to MFA alum Victoria Ahmadizadeh Melendez! She will be an Artist in Residence at the Corning Museum of Glass in November 2023.

Prof. Hillary Waters Fayle’s exhibition Remnants and Echoes opened  with an artist talk at the Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art in Reston, VA.

Prof. Elissa Armstrong has been elected to the NCAA board of directors.
Prof. Jason Hackett has the exhibitionLapse Grasp on view at the Art Gallery at Brightpoint with a reception on Feb 16th from 5-7.

Image: Documentation from To Keep You Warm by students in Craft/Material Studies