Spring 2020 Anderson Programming Overview

Stone’s Throw: Arte de Sanación, Arte de Resistencia
Curated by Laura August
January 17–February 25
Reception: January 17 6-9pm


Artists: Hellen Ascoli (Guatemala / USA) // Leonardo González (Honduras) // Alejandro de la Guerra (Nicaragua) // Melissa Guevara (El Salvador) // Jorge de León (Guatemala) // Mario Alberto López (Guatemala) // Andrea Monroy Palacios (Guatemala) // Moe Penders (El Salvador / USA) // Abigail Reyes (El Salvador) // Adán Vallecillo (Honduras).

Curator: Laura August, PhD (USA / Guatemala)

Curatorial assistance provided by: Hannah Van Buskirk, Daisy Matias, and Abbigail Umphlet

VCUarts the Anderson is pleased to present Stone’s Throw: Arte de Sanación, Arte de Resistencia, curated by Laura August and including recent work by ten artists from Central America. Working in textile, performance, video, photography, installation, social practice, and drawing, these artists reference a regional discourse around themes of resistance and healing, responding specifically to their points of intersection. What does it look like to resist structures of power that violate human rights? How might we heal from the effects of violent systems as they impact our bodies, our communities, and the landscapes that surround us?

Full Press Release HERE

Stone’s Throw Exhibition Events at the ICA at VCU
January 17, 1pm, ICA, True Farr Luck Gallery: 

Pointing to a moment of historical conflict between their respective nations, artist Leonardo González (Honduras) creates a timely and thoughtful provocation within the setting of Guadalupe Maravilla’s (El Salvador) ongoing Disease Thrower installation. Using Ryszard Kapuscinski’s text La Guerra del Fútbol (1990) as a literal and figurative framework, González undertakes a critical de- and re-construction of the narratives surrounding the events of the “Soccer War”, a brief military episode which, despite its brevity and playful name, provides powerful parallels to ongoing, global challenges of migration, land rights, and the complex legacies of colonization. González will read and reinterpret sections of the text, while pages of the book are removed and folded into a series of ‘soccer ball’ shapes. *This performance will be in Spanish.

January 18, 1pm, ICA, Forum: 

Drawing on her experience as a museum educator and her own Guatemalan heritage, sculptor Hellen Ascoli will lead a family-friendly, bilingual weaving workshop. Participants will be introduced to the rich history and traditions of Mayan textiles; their techniques, designs, and symbolism. This all-ages workshop is free and open to the public and all materials will be provided.

Julia E. Pfaff – Artifacts: Whole-Cloth Quilts
Jan. 16–Feb. 4, 2020
Reception: Friday, Jan. 17, 5–8pm

The Anderson is pleased to present, as part of its Excellence in Adjunct Research initiative, an exhibition of new works by faculty member Julia E. Pfaff (VCUarts Department of Fashion). In this provocative and highly personal series, digital and manual methods of production come together, providing a compelling metaphor for the collision of the industrial and organic that defines our experience of contemporary medicine. 

BFA Capstone Projects
Capstone Round #1: 

  • Department of Sculpture
  • Department of Craft/Material Studies

March 3–March 9
Reception: March 3 6-9pm

Capstone Round #2: 

  • VCUarts Department of Photography and Film
  • Department of Kinetic Imaging
  • Department of Painting and Printmaking

March 19–March 21
Reception: March 19 6-9pm

NCECA 2020

In conjunction with the 2020 conference for The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, The Anderson will host a series of exhibitions including the VCUarts Ceramics Alumni Exhibition, a solo show by Sunkoo Yuh, The Clay Studio Resident Artist exhibition, and several featured shows by current MFA and BFA students. 

VCUarts MFA Thesis Exhibitions

Thesis Round #1
April 3-April 17
Reception: April 3 6-9pm

Thesis Round #2
April 24-May 9
Reception: April 24 6-9pm

Each year the MFA Thesis Exhibitions are the fittingly culminant gesture to the Anderson’s annual exhibition program. As in the past, the 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition will showcase ambitious and challenging works by some of the most talented emerging artists and design professionals in the country. Participating Departments: Craft and Material Studies; Graphic Design; Interior Design; Kinetic Imaging; Painting and Printmaking; Photography and Film; Sculpture + Extended Media.