Slant Step Inspired – A Multiples Portfolio Exchange

October 3 – October 19
Artists’ reception Thursday, October 17, 5-7pm
The Anderson
907 1/2 W. Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23284

In anticipation of the Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento, CA current exhibition, Slant Step Forward students in the classes of professors Summer Ventis at California State University, Sacramento and Brooke Inman at Virginia Commonwealth University participated in a cross-country multiples exchange inspired by the Slant Step in Spring 2019. Verge will highlight their collaborative works during an exhibition-related program on Thursday, October 17, while it is also on view at The Anderson in Richmond, VA.

The work for this exhibition was made in an edition of four:
1/4 – artist copy, 2/4 – given to the corresponding collaborative student at the other university, 3/4 – on view at California State University, Sacramento, 4/4 – on view at Virginia Commonwealth University
Kayelynn Welsh – Meighan Cahoon
Melissa Acosta – Sana Masud
Christopher Herrmann – Camara Ward
Axel Del Castillo – Ji Hwan Song
Rodney Anderson – Carly Bridges
Kellina Miller – Mai Lan Ireland
Wyatt Mathews – Yuzi Xu
Harrison Holt – Julia Trice
Kyleigh Johnson – Sam Schneider
Rebecca McIntire – Wansu Kang
Maryam Pakdel – Ella Massie
Mattie Childress – Maeve Corcoran
Renee Bullock – Kara Wilson
Allie Lown – Abbie Ertel
Erika Dominick – Jean Jang
*Sana Masud will also be displaying their Slant Step Chant screen printed table cloth & Slant Step printed cake as our main refreshment during the reception on October 17th.

Enrique Figueredo Fountainhead Fellow Lecture

October 16, 12:30pm
Fine Arts Building Room 301
1000 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23284

Enrique Figueredo is a Venezuelan-American artist who immigrated from South America at an early age. Figueredo’s work looks closely at the forces and issues affecting today’s world—economy, religion, immigration, power—and relates those incidents to the visual history of ancient civilizations, the colonization of the Americas, and mythology. Recent projects include a solo exhibition at The Re Institute (At the Edge of Lawlessness), group shows at International Print Center New York (Multilayered), ARTag Gallery (The Happiness Index) in Helsinki, and a site-specific installation on 14th Street in NYC for Art In Odd Places 2017: SENSE. Figueredo is the recipient of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Award (2019), and the Nadine Goldsmith Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center (2019). Figueredo studied at Purchase College (SUNY) earning a BFA in 2004, with a printmaking concentration, and his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in 2019.

BFA alum Chino Amobi performs at ICA

October 4, 5pm + 8pm 
October 5, 4pm
601 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Readings from his novel Eroica

Chino Amobi combines art, design, music, literature and film with a rich assemblage of styles and voices. Amobi is a co-founder of the independent record label NON Worldwide and director of EROICA. In 2016 he released the EP Airport Music For Black Folk and in 2017 released his debut album Paradiso to critical acclaim. He is a recent MFA Graduate in Visual Communication at VCU. Amobi also earned a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from VCU. Amobi has performed internationally including the New Museum New York, MOCA Los Angeles, Seoul Korea, Tokyo, Moscow, and São Paulo. His Provocations performances will combine music, fashion, and readings from his novel Eroica.

Tomashi Jackson Visiting Artist Lecture

image courtesy of Todd Turner

October 2, 7pm
601 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Painting and printmaking provide a basis for Tomashi Jackson to engage with the stories of racial injustice endemic in American history. Her material processes are inspired by histories of racialized displacement, segregation, and erasure. For Great Force, the ICA has commissioned Jackson to produce a series of site-specific drawings on its glass facade, continuing a public drawing practice which began in 2012. Jackson will finalize this drawing as a performance during the Great Force opening celebration on Friday, October 4.

This talk is co-presented with the Institute for Contemporary Art.

Summer 2019 Projects

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. 

Faculty & Alumni News

MFA alum Loie Hollowell has a solo show, “Plumb Line,” opening at Pace Gallery on Sept 14 at their new location in New York. 

Professor Hope Ginsburg received grants from both the NEA and the Warhol Foundation to support her 2020 exhibition at USF.

Professor Caitlin Cherry was in a group show in Los Angeles at Luis de Jesus Gallery, “I’ve got a good mind to give up living and go shopping instead,” July 13- Aug 17 and in a group show at Deitch Gallery in Los Angeles curated by Nina Chanel Abney.

BFA alum Chino Amobi was included in a group show in Los Angeles curated by David Hartt at Philip Martin Gallery July 13 – Aug 24 and was invited to perform at SESC Pompeia in São Paulo July 5.

BFA alum Roberto Jamora (BFA ‘09) presents “An Inventory of Traces” at Page Bond Gallery from September 6–28.

BFA alum Roberto Jamora was in a group exhibition, The Unusual Suspects: A View of Abstraction, June 13 – August 9, curated by Richard Kalina at DC Moore Gallery in NYC.

“I want to be your sister, your mother..” Kyrae Dawaun in Montespertoli

Sept 16-29
FAB Gallery
Fine Arts Building 1st Floor
1000 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23284

Reception Sept 27, 5:30-8pm

Each year the Department of Painting + Printmaking (PAPR) awards the opportunity to live and work in Montespertoli, Italy to 1-2 MFA students. This summer Kyrae Dawaun spent three weeks exploring a few capital cities around Italy, exploring great works from the western art historical canon. Dawaun found evidence of the convergent empires that built Italy and was introduced to its acclaimed people and culture. This experience was just the tip of the iceberg with regard to the context of Italy, but it has informed his practice moving into his second year in the PAPR MFA program. This exhibition includes work that sketches out the trace of this experience and its impact on his practice moving forward.

Joshua Simon: “Don’t Hate The Meme, Hate The Algorithm”: The Mesoscopic, The Metastable and The Curatorial

Visiting Curator Lecture
Sept 24, 12:30pm
601 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Joshua Simon, curator and author. Former director and chief curator at MoBY-Museums of Bat Yam (2012- 2017), now based in Philadelphia, PA. Co-founding editor of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa based Maayan publishing. Author of Neomaterialism (Sternberg Press, 2013), and editor of United States of Palestine-Israel (Sternberg Press, 2011), Ruti Sela: For The Record (Archive Books, 2015), Communists Anonymous (with Ingo Niermann, Sternberg Press, 2017), and Being Together Precedes Being: A Textbook for The Kids Want Communism (Archive Books, forthcoming 2018). Recent curatorial projects include: The Kids Want Communism (MoBY-Museums of Bat Yam and Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien, Berlin, 2016-2017), Second Nature (International Photography Festival, Tel Aviv 2017), and In The Liquid (PrintScreen Media Art Festival, Holon 2018). Simon holds a PhD from the Visual Cultures department, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK. 


“Don’t Hate The Meme, Hate The Algorithm”: The Mesoscopic, The Metastable and The Curatorial

2018 might be remembered as the year of graphic cards shortage. The price for the cards soared since the beginning of that year, parallel to the price of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies. Their strong processing capabilities made graphic cards an ideal tool for amateur crypto-mining. Interestingly enough, the graphic card is usually used for rendering visual plans and programs (from architectural plans to videogames), but here it was used for something that has no visual presence as far as human vision is considered. This is a telling example of where power is today – unattainable by the human eye. Therefore, we who are working in the field of the visual, are compelled to renegotiate our understanding of vision and power. In this talk,we will look at the exhibition as a model which allows for relations to be assessed and measured, while asking what kind of relations and connections are available in contemporary art. Working with notions of structural physics and optics such as the mesoscopic – the field of vision we inhabit, between the microscopic and the telescopic, so to speak; metastability – an assembled structure which holds through minimum points of contact with maximum intensity; homophily – “love of the same,” which became the architecture of the “real existing internet,” from ad-based search engines to social media outlets – this talk will venture into curatorial strategies, cinematic and artistic projects, histories of ideas and technologies, theoretical and mechanical positions, to address the relations of vision and power today.

Painting + Printmaking MFA Pecha Kucha

Please join us for the MFA Painting and Printmaking Pecha Kucha 
6 pm Thursday, September 12th
The Fishbowl, 3rd floor, Fine Arts Building

Presentations by: 

Raul Aguilar
Damien Ding
Ellen Hanson
Kelley-Ann Lindo
Hanaa Safwat
Connor Stankard
Bryan Castro
John Chae
Kyrae Dawaun
Paul Finch
GM Keaton
Seren Moran
Luis Vasquez La Roche