Department, Faculty, and Alumni updates

MFA alum Loie Hollowell’s solo exhibition at Pace Gallery in London just closed.

MFA alum Beatrice Modisett is included in the next Queens International, opening Oct 7.

Prof. Reni Gower has a solo exhibition, Tiles and Tessellations, Gorevin Gallery Cabrini University, Philadelphia (Radnor Township) PA, September 5 – October 5, 2018.

There will be an exhibition highlighting alumni from the Peru program run by Prof. Javier Tapia at Sacred Heart Center in Richmond, VA on Oct. 13th, 3-7pm.

VCUarts Undergraduate Open House, Oct 6 and Oct 27, details here.

Prof. Cara Benedetto will be visiting Boston on Oct 27 and Chicago on Nov 3 for the MFA National Portfolio Day. If you are an alum in the area please let us know. Contact

Sedrick Chisom: Fountainhead Fellow Lecture

Oct 31, 2018, 12pm
Bowe Street Parking Deck, Room 535
609 Bowe St
Richmond, VA 23284

Sedrick Chisom (b. 1989, Philadelphia, PA) is a painter and writer who lives and works in New York. His paintings reference the racialized idioms of Victorian Fantasy illustration, and use the romantic landscape as a site where the apocalyptic narratives of white supremacy, Christianity, and climate change intersect — a scenario in which most of the built environment has been obliterated and transformed into a toxic, hallucinatory wasteland. He has been included in group shows at JTT Gallery (Beside Myself), Signal Gallery (GDPR), and Abrons Art Center (Leap Century). His work has been featured in New American Painters (issue 134), and he has been written about in Forbes Magazine, Artnet, and Artsy. He received his BFA from The Cooper Union (2016), where he was awarded The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation Award For Exceptional Ability, and his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (2018).

lauren woods: Visiting Artist Lecture

image: Paula Kiley, Daily 49er

Oct 25, 2018, 12pm
ICA Auditorium
601 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Lauren Woods is a conceptual artist whose hybrid media projects engage history as a lens by which to view the socio-politics of the present. Challenging the tradition of documentary/ethnography as objective, she creates ethno-fictive documents that investigate invisible dynamics in society, remixing memory and imagining other possibilities. She also explores how traditional monument-making can be translated into new contemporary models of commemoration, substituting the traditional marble and granite for new media. In 2013 Woods unveiled Drinking Fountain #1, a new media monument to the American civil rights movement, located underneath the remnants of a recently rediscovered Jim Crow “White Only” sign. Part sculpture, part intervention, located in the Dallas County Records Building in Dallas, Texas, the installation is part of the larger public artwork, A Dallas Drinking Fountain Project. Born in Kansas City, Mo. and raised in Texas, Woods has exhibited her work throughout the United States and internationally, including Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas and Miami, as well as Puerto Rico, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Mali and France. She has been the recipient of grants and awards from numerous institutions including the Creative Capital Foundation, The Tribeca Film Institute, College Art Association, Alliance of Artists Communities and The San Francisco Foundation.

Jennifer Lange: Visiting Critic Lecture

Co-sponsored: the departments of Painting + Printmaking and Photography + Film
Oct 15, 2018, 4pm
ICA Auditorium
601 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Jennifer Lange joined the Wexner Center in 2001 and is Curator of the Film/Video Studio, an artist-in-residence program which offers in-kind post-production support to filmmakers and video artists. The program hosts approximately 25 residencies each year with artists coming from around the world to work on projects ranging from documentaries to gallery-based installations to experimental videos. Through the residency program, she has worked with hundreds of artists, including Deborah Stratman, Rineke Dijkstra, Phil Collins, Jennifer Reeder, Pilar Mata Dupont, Jonathas de Andrade, Sam Green, and Josiah McElheny. In addition to leading the Film/Video Studio, Lange curates The Box, the Wexner’s dedicated video exhibition space, which rotates monthly, and has shown works by such artists as Kevin Jerome Everson, Bouchra Khalili, Bruce McCLure, Pablo Lobato, Lucia Koch, and Jiwon Choi, among many others.  

Through an initiative funded by the Mellon Foundation, Lange curated the 2014 exhibition Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil, an expansive survey of contemporary Brazilian art across all mediums, which included commissioned work and site-specific installations.  She also organized Shimon Attie: MetroPAL.IS (2013) and Sadie Benning: Suspended Animation (2007), the artist’s first-ever solo museum exhibition, which including paintings and video. She is currently working on a solo exhibition featuring recent work by Barbara Hammer that will open in the summer of 2019.

Lange regularly serves on panels and juries for regional, national, and international funding organizations and festivals. Prior to her time at the Wexner, she worked at Donald Young Gallery in Chicago. She has an M.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.A. from Connecticut College, New London, CT.

Stanya Kahn: Visiting Artist Lecture

Co-sponsored: the departments of Painting + Printmaking and Sculpture + Extended Media
Oct 4, 2018, 2:30pm
ICA Auditorium
601 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Stanya Kahn is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in video with a practice that includes drawing, sound, writing, performance and sculpture/installation. Humor, pathos and the uncanny emerge as central modes in a hybrid media practice that seeks to re-work relationships between fiction and document, the real and the hyper-real, narrative time and the synchronic time of impulse. In a long-term investigation of how rhetoric gains and loses power, Kahn’s projects often situate language in the foreground of works that are dialectically driven by the demands and of the body.

Recent solo exhibitions include shows at the New Museum/NY, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Marlborough Chelsea/NY, Weiss Berlin, Cornerhouse/Manchester, UK. Kahn is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow in Film/Video. Select group exhibitions include the Gwanju Biennial (’18), Hammer Museum, New Museum, MOCA/SD, Fernley Astrup/Norway, The California Biennial (’10). Her collaborative work with Harry Dodge has shown at Elizabeth Dee Gallery/NY, the Whitney Biennial (08), Sundance Film Festival, MOCA/LA, MoMA/NY, ZKM/Karlsrüh, among others. She was a contributing writer and actor in feature film By Hook or By Crook. Her writings and drawings appear in multiple publications including Die Laughing (2nd Cannons), Moving Image (MIT Press), It’s Cool, I’m Good (Cornerhouse), and Abstract Video (UC Press.)

Caitlin Cherry: Gallery Talk

Sept 27, 2018, 12pm
The Anderson, VCU
907 1/2 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284

Caitlin Cherry will talk about her exhibition Etherpaint at The Anderson (Sept 7-Oct 26).

“Etherpaint” features figurative paintings that explore the solarization and inversion effect of Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitor technology that occurs with a malfunctioning or tilted screen. This image distortion that is furthered in the painting process becomes a metaphor for the overexposure and colonization of black female bodies that persists in popular culture, music, and pornography. – Caitlin Cherry

Caitlin Cherry was born in Chicago in 1987; she now lives and works in Brooklyn. In a practice that combines painting, sculpture, and installation with reference to history and present-day politics, she connects diverse categories and methods. Cherry received her MFA from Columbia University in 2012 and graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. She had her debut solo exhibition, titled Hero Safe, in 2013 at the Brooklyn Museum. She has participated in group exhibitions, including Fore, 2012, Studio Museum in Harlem; This is What Sculpture Looks Like, 2014, Postmasters Gallery, New York; Banksy’s Dismaland Bemusement Park, 2015, in the UK; and Object[ed]: Shaping Sculpture in Contemporary Art, 2016, UMOCA in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2016 she completed a residency at The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva, Florida and recently a solo exhibition “Monster Energy” at the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst.

Kamrooz Aram: Lecture

Sept 19, 2018, 2:30pm
ICA Auditorium
601 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Kamrooz Aram (b. 1978, Shiraz, Iran) is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Aram received a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD, in 2001, and an MFA from Columbia University, New York, NY, in 2003. His work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions including: FOCUS: Kamrooz Aram, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX  (2018); Ancient Blue Ornament, The Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA (2018); Ornament for Indifferent Architecture, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (2017); Recollections for a Room, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2016). Recent group exhibitions include Lack of Location is My Location, Koenig & Clinton, Brooklyn, NY (2017); The Intimate Enemy, Pelagica, Milan, Italy (2017); The Arch of My Eye’s Orbit, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY (2016). Aram’s work has been the subject of articles and reviews in publications including Artforum, ArtReview, ARTnews, Art in America, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, among others.

Raque Ford: Lecture

Sept 11, 2018, 12pm
VCUarts Fine Arts Building, Fishbowl (room 301)
1000 West Broad St
Richmond, VA

Raque Ford (b. 1986, Columbia, Maryland) lives and works in New York. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute (2010) and her MFA from Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University (2013). Recently awarded the 2017 The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award. Recent solo exhibitions include Your Biggest Fan at CAPITAL in San Francisco, Con•fi•dence at Williamson and Knight in Portland Oregon, Carolyn at Shoot the Lobster in New York, and It’s All About Me, Forget About You at Species in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work has been included in group shows at Sculpture Center (NY), 321 Gallery (NY), Galerie Division (Montreal), AALA Gallery (LA), and the Mcdonalds in Chinatown (NY).

THE OTHER SIDE: Opening Reception

Sept 7, 2018, 6-9 PM
Anderson Gallery, VCU
907 1/2 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284

An exchange portfolio printmaking exhibition featuring prints made by Annie Albagli’s Screen Printing class at California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA and Brooke Inman’s Print Practice & Theory class at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. Opening reception on Friday, September 7th, 2018 from 6-9 PM.

Exhibition will be on view September 6th – September 11th, 2018:
Mon-Fri, 12pm-7pm
Sat, 12pm-5pm
Closed Sunday