Call for Applications: Assistant Professor in Painting + Drawing

Call for Applications: Assistant Professor in Painting + Drawing

Deadline: Jan 6, 2020

The Opportunity:

The VCUarts Department of Painting + Printmaking seeks a colleague for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The ideal candidate will be an artist, dynamic teacher, and broad thinker who is deeply connected to the practices and discourses of contemporary painting and drawing. We are seeking someone who wants to thoughtfully contribute to the progressive spirit of an established fine arts program. The successful candidate will be well versed in contemporary issues in painting and drawing and will offer students a framework through which these discourses and practices can be addressed. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to pedagogical projects and coursework that supports an inclusive, diverse, and accessible experience for all students. Additional interdisciplinary opportunities are available for an engaged colleague.


Call for Applications: MFA in Painting + Printmaking

Call for Applications: MFA in Painting + Printmaking

Deadline: Jan 15, 2020

The VCUarts Painting + Printmaking MFA provides opportunities for artists to develop their practice through intensive studio work, immersive theory and criticism courses, and teaching experience. In addition, VCUarts offers a number of professional development opportunities including research grants.

Each semester, a visiting professor teaches the Graduate Seminar course and conducts bi-weekly individual critiques. Additionally, visiting artists, curators, and critics give lectures and conduct studio visits. Recent visiting artists, curators, and critics include: Kamrooz Aram, Dan Byers, Alejandro Cesarco, Galit Eilat, Nicole Eisenman, Rochelle Feinstein, Tomashi Jackson, Stanya Kahn, Sohrab Mohebbi, Aliza Nisenbaum, Joseph del Pesco, Ulrike Müller, Kenny Rivero, Tschabalala Self, and Wendy Vogel.

Travel experiences are a crucial element of the curriculum. Students have visited curators, artists, residencies, and galleries in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, as well as Documenta 14, Sculpture Project Münster, and Berlin Art Week, The Carnegie International and art events in New York, Los Angeles, Lima, and Beijing. All MFA students can participate in regular exhibitions of VCUarts alumni in New York City. Alumni have the opportunity to participate in the Wurtzel Residency in Italy as well as a post graduate fellowship at SOMA in Mexico City.

VCUarts is one of the nation’s leading arts schools, dedicated to advancing creative expression, supporting new scholarship, sparking innovation and deepening the role of the arts in society. Its visual arts and design graduate programs have received top rankings by U.S. News & World Report. VCUarts offers degrees across 15 departments and programs.

For more information visit our website or contact Director of Graduate Studies Cara Benedetto at

Day With(out) Art 2019

Day With(out) Art 2019
Wednesday, Dec 4
601 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

The ICA, VCUarts Department of Painting and Printmaking, and VCU’s Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, are proud to partner with Visual AIDS for the thirtieth annual Day With(out) Art by presenting STILL BEGINNING, a program of seven newly commissioned videos responding to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic by Shanti Avirgan, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Carl George, Viva Ruiz, Iman Shervington, Jack Waters/Victor F.M. Torres, and Derrick Woods-Morrow.

The seven short videos range in subject from anti-stigma work in New Orleans to public sex culture in Chicago, highlighting pioneering AIDS activism and staging intergenerational conversations. Recalling Gregg Bordowitz’s reminder that “THE AIDS CRISIS IS STILL BEGINNING,”* the video program resists narratives of resolution or conclusion, considering the continued urgency of HIV/AIDS in the contemporary moment while revisiting resonant cultural histories from the past three decades.

Visual AIDS is a New York-based non-profit that utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. In 1989, Visual AIDS organized the first Day Without Art, a call to the art world for mourning and action in response to the AIDS crisis. For Day With(out) Art’s thirtieth year, over 100 institutions worldwide will screen STILL BEGINNING, recognizing the important and necessary work of artists, activists, and cultural workers who have responded to AIDS while emphasizing the persistent presence of the epidemic.

*The phrase first appeared in Bordowitz’s installation Drive (2002) and was recently displayed as a banner at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Ari Loach, Health Brigade
Zakia McKensey, Nationz Foundation
Deidre (Johnson) Speaks, Positive Women’s Network

November 2019 Faculty & Alumni News

Caitlin Cherry, Noisyboy, Lucy Gallery 2019

Professor Cara Benedetto participated in a group exhibition, Time is Thirsty, at Kunsthalle Wein in Vienna, Austria.

Professor Caitlin Cherry’s solo exhibition Noisyboy opened at Luce Gallery in Turin Italy and runs through December 21.

MFA alum Grace Weaver has two upcoming solo exhibitions in Germany: one at Kunstpalais Erlangen and the other at Oldenburger Kunstverein

Visiting Professor Kenny Rivero had a solo exhibition The Disappearing Man open at Primary Projects in Miami.

BFA alum Mahari Chabwera curated the exhibition In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, We Made Armor, at Sediment Gallery in Richmond.

MFA New York Trip

Professor Gregory Volk took a group of MFA students to New York to visit galleries including a visit to Brennan & Griffin to speak with MFA alum Nick Irzyk; a visit with Josiah McElheney to see his show at James Cohan; and to see MFA alum Loie Hollowell’s show at Pace. 

“Take It or Leave It” – Painting + Printmaking Holiday Sale

Painting + Printmaking Holiday Sale
Take It or Leave It
Tuesday – Thursday, November 19 – 21, 11 AM – 7 PM 
Fine Arts Building Lobby
1000 West Broad St
Richmond, VA 23284
The Department of Painting + Printmaking is holding a holiday artwork sale fundraiser for PAPR Student Advisory Council Research Grants. Art from Painting + Printmaking students and faculty will be available for purchase.

MFA Open House

VCUarts MFA Open House
November 9, 11am-3pm
Fine Arts Building
1000 West Broad St
Richmond, VA 23284

Learn more about an MFA in Painting + Printmaking at the VCU Graduate Open House on Saturday, November 9. RSVP here.

Photo by Luis Vasquez during a critique in Kyrae Dawaun’s studio.

Minerva Cuevas Visiting Artist Lecture

November 7, 12:30pm
ICA Auditorium
601 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Minerva Cuevas (b.1975, Mexico City) is an artist creating research based projects that allow the audience an insight into the economic and political organization of the social sphere through site-specific actions and artworks.

She is the founder of Mejor Vida Corp. (1998) and the International Understanding Foundation (2016). Member of since 1999.

Cuevas’ solo exhibitions include: No Room To Play, daadgalerie, Berlin, DE (2019); Dissidência, Galpão VB, São Paulo, BR (2018); Fine Lands, Dallas Museum of Art, USA (2018); Feast and Famine, kurimanzutto, Mexico City, MX (2015); Minerva Cuevas, Museo de la Ciudad de México, MX (2012); Landings, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK (2012); S·COOP, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK (2010); Minerva Cuevas, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL (2008); Phenomena, Kunsthalle Basel, CH (2007); MVC Biotechnologies, Vienna Secession, AT (2001); On Society, MC Kunst, Los Angeles, USA (2007); Egalité (2007), Le Grand Café–Centre d’art contemporain, Saint Nazaire, FR (2007); Schwarzfahrer Are My Heroes, DAAD, Berlin, DE (2004); Mejor Vida Corp, Tamayo Museum, Mexico City, MX (2000).

Cuevas’s work has been part of group exhibitions in institutions including: SFMOMA, San Francisco, USA (2019); Museo Jumex, Mexico City, MX (2018); South London Gallery, London, UK (2016); MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, IT (2015); Museum Ludwig, Cologne, DE (2016); Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, USA (2013); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, AT (2013); Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM/ARC), Paris, FR (2012); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE (2010); Pompidou, Paris, FR (2010); Redcat, Los Angeles, USA (2006); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL (2005); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR (2003); PS1, New York, USA (2002) .

Her work has been present in the following Biennials: 4th Prospect New Orleans, United States (2017); Liverpool Biennial, United Kingdom (2010); 6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2010); 9th Biennale de Lyon, France (2007); Mercosur Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2007); 27th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2006); Tirana Biennale, Kompleksi-Goldi, Albania (2005); Biennale Of Sydney, Australia and the 8th International Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2003).

She studied Visual Arts at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, UNAM, Mexico (1993-1997).