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 irational.org 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).

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
CSUS – VCU
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
Fishbowl
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
ICA
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
ICA
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.