Faculty and Alumni News

VCUarts Alumni and Friends event:
CAA alumni event
Friday, February 15, 2019
5–6:30 pm at Copper Johns
160 West 54th Street, New York City, New York

Prof. Cara Benedetto’s solo exhibition, Blood from Stone, at Chapter Gallery in New York was featured in Artforum as a Critics Pick

Prof. Caitlin Cherry has two exhibitions up right now:  Dirtypower at the Providence College Galleries and Threadripper at Luis de Jesus in Los Angeles. She also has an interview in BOMB Magazine.

2018-19 Fountainhead Fellow Sedrick Chisom’s exhibition, The Ghost of White Presidents Yet to Come, just closed at ADA Gallery in Richmond

Jamie Felton (BFA 2009) has a solo exhibition at Steve Turner Gallery in Los Angeles

MFA alum Leah Beeferman is in an exhibition at The Anderson at VCUarts that opened Feb 1, 2019

BFA alum Nikki Painter has a solo exhibition, Shape Shifting at Shockoe Artspace in Richmond until Feb 23, 2019

VCUarts MFA Open Studios

Feb 22, 5-8pm

VCUarts Fine Arts Building
1000 W Broad St
Richmond, VA

VCUarts Pollak Building
325 N Harrison St
Richmond, VA

Featuring MFA students from: Craft/Material Studies, Kinetic Imaging, Interior Design, Painting + Printmaking, Photography + Film, Sculpture + Extended Media, and Visual Communications.

*Postponed* Aissa Deebi: Visiting Artist Lecture

POSTPONED – Stay tuned for the new lecture date

Aissa Deebi is a Palestinian-American Artist based in Geneva, Switzerland. His early work investigated the complexity of daily practices in post-1948 Palestine. Later, Deebi’s work tackled the theme of immigration, alienation, and an analysis of Diaspora as a creative space. His work has been exhibited globally including Art Dubai, The Palestinian Art Court – Al Hoash, (Jerusalem), Birzeit University Museum (Palestine), Çanakkale Biennale (Turkey), Kunsthalle Osnabrück (Germany), The 55th Venice Biennale (Italy), Art Lab Gnesta (Sweden) Berlin Art Laboratory (Germany), Art Space Gallery at Sang Myung University (Seoul, South Korea) Darb 1718 (Cairo, Egypt), The Queens Museum of Art (New York), Haus am Lutzowplatz (Berlin), Tanit Art Gallery (Beirut, Lebanon), Beirut Art Fair (Lebanon), Asia-Pacific Triennial (Taipei, Taiwan), and The Gallery at VCUarts, Qatar (Doha). Deebi has held several leadership positions teaching art and design at a number of institutions including the Winchester School of Art, the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, Centro de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Design, Mexico and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok Thailand, The American University in Cairo, Montclair State University and currently Deebi is Visiting Reader in Contemporary Art of the Middle East at Birmingham City University, United Kingdom (UK).

Devan Shimoyama: Visiting Artist Lecture

Feb 7, 2019, 2:30pm
ICA Auditorium
601 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Devan Shimoyama (b. Philadelphia, PA) received his BFA from The Pennsylvania State University in Drawing/Painting (2011) and his MFA from Yale University School of Art in Painting/Printmaking (2014). Shimoyama has exhibited throughout the United States, including at De Buck Gallery, Lesley Heller Gallery, and Kravets Wehby Gallery in New York, NY; Kavi Gupta in Chicago; Samuel Freeman Gallery and Zevitas Marcus Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; and internationally at Frieze London and in Realities in Contemporary Video Art at the Fondation des Etats Unis, in Paris, France. Shimoyama has been featured in publications such as The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, New American Paintings (Volume 105 & 116), Vice, Creators Project, Filthy Dreams, and Saatchi Art’s ‘Best of 2014’. His debut solo museum exhibition at The Andy Warhol Museum entitled Cry, Baby runs through March 17, 2019. Devan is currently full-time faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, and lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA.

Parallel Play

FAB Gallery
1000 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA

Closing reception Feb 1, 5-9pm

Parallel Play is an exhibition that eschews a hierarchical organization strategy, and prioritizes provisional and reactionary participation. The name of the game is “No, but Yes.” Each of the 14 MFA students in Painting + Printmaking installs, creates, or de-installs their work in the space in whatever way they see fit, in defiance or in sympathy to the work in place. Each artist has agreed to document their participation in an exhibition log to create an archival record of the exhibition in reverse.

The Painting + Printmaking department welcomes new faculty in Spring 2019: Caitlin Cherry, Joseph del Pesco, and Lia Lowenthal

Caitlin Cherry: Dirtypower, December 5, 2018 – March 2, 2019, Providence College Galleries (PC–G). Installation view image courtesy PC–G. Photo: Scott Alario.

Caitlin Cherry joins the Painting + Printmaking department full time as Assistant Professor of Art, starting in spring 2019.  Cherry received her MFA from Columbia University in 2012 and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Providence College Galleries, Providence, RI (2018); Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2018); University Museum of Contemporary Art at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (2017); and at The Brooklyn Museum as part of the Raw/Cooked series curated by Eugenie Tsai (2013). Group exhibitions include A Wild Ass Beyond: ApocalypseRN (2018) at Performance Space, New York; Punch (2018) curated by Nina Chanel Abney at Jeffrey Deitch, New York; Touchstone (2018) at American Medium, New York; The Sun is Gone but We Have the Light (2018) at Unclebrother/Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Hancock, NY; Soul Recordings at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; Object[ed]: Shaping Sculpture in Contemporary Art (2016) at UMOCA, Salt Lake City, UT; Banksy’s Dismaland Bemusement Park (2015) in Somerset, UK; This is What Sculpture Looks Like (2014) at Postmasters Gallery, New York; and Fore (2012) at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Cherry is a recipient of a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Fellowship Residency (2016) and Leonore Annenberg Fellowship (2015), among other awards and honors.


Joseph del Pesco joins the department as a visiting professor for spring 2019, working with MFA students.  He is a curator, writer and publisher. Since 2009 he’s been Director, and in 2016 became International Director of KADIST (Paris & San Francisco). At KADIST in San Francisco del Pesco established a fast-paced program that positioned art as a vehicle for discussion about global social and political issues, and started the first residency for international art magazines. Previously he was adjunct curator at Artists Space (NYC), a fellow at the Banff Centre and assistant curator at the UC Davis Museum. As an independent curator he’s organized exhibitions, projects and publications at The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Temple Contemporary, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts,  among others. He’s been in residence on Fogo Island, SOMA in Mexico City, Beta-Local in Puerto Rico, The Luminary in St. Louis and ArtPort in Tel Aviv. His recent collection of short stories, The Museum Took a Few Minutes To Collect Itself, was published by Art Metropole, Toronto in October of 2017. His website: www.delpesco.com.


Lia Lowenthal joins the department as a visiting professor for spring 2019. Lowenthal is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York City. Lowenthal’s practice is examines the evolutionary exchanges between design, historic conditions, and the production of subjectivity. Lowenthal received her BA from UCLA in visual art and German, and her MFA in Photography from Bard College in 2014. She has held solo exhibitions at Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles; Art in General, New York; and 321 Gallery, Brooklyn, and has exhibited at Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens; the Swiss Institute, New York; Southfirst, Brooklyn; and Cleopatra’s, Brooklyn. In 2018, Lowenthal was Artist-in-Residence at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). She is also founder and principal at LL, LLC, a design company. Her work has been written about in The New Yorker, Hyperallergic, Architectural Digest, and Palatten.

Visual AIDS | Day With(out) Art

Visual AIDS: Alternate Endings, Activist Risings
Dec 3, 2018, 12-2pm
Bowe Street Parking Deck, Room 535
609 Bowe St
Richmond, VA 23284

ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS highlights the impact of art in AIDS activism and advocacy today by commissioning compelling short videos from six inspiring community organizations and collectives—ACT UP NY, Positive Women’s Network, Sero Project, The SPOT, Tacoma Action Collective, and VOCAL NY. The program represents a wide range of organizational strategies, from direct action to grassroots service providers to nation-wide movement building, while considering the role of creative practices in activist responses to the ongoing AIDS crisis.

ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS seeks to reflect the persisting urgencies of today’s HIV/AIDS epidemic by pointing to pressing and intersecting political concerns, including HIV criminalization, Big Pharma, homelessness, and the disproportionate effects of HIV on marginalized communities. At a moment of growing interest in the histories of AIDS activism, ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS foregrounds contemporary engagements between activists, artists, and cultural workers on the front lines.

This program will include a 1 hour screening and a 1 hour discussion with Christine Cynn, VCU Dept. of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Ari Laoch, Health Brigade; Rodney Lofton, Diversity Richmond; and Noah Simblist, VCU Dept. of Painting + Printmaking. The panelists will respond to the screening, speak to local AIDS activism and advocacy and elucidate its relationship to other national communities.

Eugenie Tsai: Visiting Curator Lecture

Nov 5, 2018, 2:30pm
ICA Auditorium
601 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Eugenie Tsai joined the Brooklyn Museum in the fall of 2007 as John and Barbara Vogelstein Senior Curator of Contemporary Art. She has presented a number of exhibitions highlighting the contemporary collection. She has also organized exhibitions including Sanford Biggers. Sweet Funk – An Introspective; Lee Mingwei: The Moving Garden; LaToya Ruby Frazier: A Haunted Capital; The Bruce High Quality Foundation: Ode to Joy, 2001-2013; Valerie Hegarty: Alternative Histories; Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond (organized with Ru Hockley); and Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic.

Previously she was Director of Curatorial Affairs at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens, New York. She held several positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art prior to becoming Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs. Among the exhibitions and installations she has organized are the mid-career survey Threshold: Byron Kim, 1990-2004; the prize-winning Robert Smithson; and for Princeton University, Shuffling the Deck: The Collection Reconsidered.