VCUarts Welcomes Students with Annual Printmaking Event


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On Aug. 31, VCUarts students lined up in the courtyard behind Pollak to screen-print their own canvas bags. Now in its fourth year, the much-anticipated annual event commemorates and celebrates the beginning of another exciting semester at VCU. 

Of course, it does more than just kick off the new year – it also gives new and returning arts students a chance to meet new friends, create new connections and make something with their hands.

“This event just gets better every year, and we’re so grateful once again to partner with Studio Two Three’s printmaking truck and the Anderson,” said Jody Symula, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and event organizer. “Every year, this experience welcomes our new students and gives them a piece of functional art – a one-of-a-kind keepsake from their first few weeks of classes.”

Two students show off their custom-printed bags they created at the printmaking event.

Students were able to print one of three designs on their canvas bags, provided by VCUarts. They also had the chance to meet representatives from the Anderson as well as the Global Education Office to get answers to questions about study-abroad opportunities and explore the global possibilities of the world.

“We always see a great turnout, but this year’s event felt particularly special,” Symula said. “The music sounded great, the students were upbeat and engaged, and the vibe was really fun – I think it’s a sign of a fantastic semester to come.”