Ruth Bolduan China trip
Eight VCU students joined Professor Ruth Bolduan on a two-week trip to Beijing, China in early summer hosted by Tsinghua University. In addition to seeing the major sites including the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Yuan Ming Yuan Park, and Lama Temple, students participated in an experimental ink drawing class led by Tsinghua Professor Chen. A highlight of the trip was a three-day sojourn at Yeshanpo, an “artist’s village” in the magnificent mountains of Hebei Province. Students painted outdoors and shared their work with young Chinese artists. Tsinghua University featured the students’ work in an exhibition called “Keep in Touch.” Professor Bolduan hopes that students from our universities will form lasting connections, and she thanks students and professors from Tsinghua University for welcoming us into their community of artists.
Summer Studio Program
Each Summer the departments of Painting + Printmaking and Sculpture + Extended Media host a 7-week intensive post baccalaureate program. Based on our successful MFA programs, SSP combines theory and practice through: seminars, studio visits, artist lectures, group critiques, professional development and intensive studio time. For nearly a decade, this groundbreaking program has attracted artists globally to help transform and hone their work and ideas. This year the co-directors were Sara Stern and Ryan Lucero, both former Fountainhead Fellows. Participants in the program came from New York, San Francisco, Phoenix, Chicago, and elsewhere.