The Anderson is an exhibition and program space for the VCUarts community. It supports experimentation, professional development and work across disciplines.
*Holiday and other closures are determined by the VCU Academic Calendar and, in the case of inclement weather or emergency, as dictated by university administration. This may included extended closure over the Winter, Summer and Spring breaks.
2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition
The MFA Thesis Exhibition is a signature event in the VCUarts annual student exhibition calendar. As in years past, the 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition will showcase ambitious and challenging works by some of the most talented emerging artists and professionals in the country. Participating Departments: Craft and Material Studies; Graphic Design; Kinetic Imaging; Painting and Printmaking; Photography and Film; and Sculpture + Extended Media.
Participating Artists: C. Klockner, Sandy Williams IV, Francheska Alcantara, Nicole Levaque, agustine zegers, Raul De Lara Guasco, Brianne Humphreys, Sara Bouchard, Ruiqi Zhang, Carl Patow, Emily Elizabeth Kuchenbecker, Hannah Bates, Hannah Shaban, Dylan Loftis, Marie Fornaro, Taylor Zarkades King, Brooks Heintzelman, Eve White, Michelle Peterein, Yixue ‘Ivy’ Li, Chino Amobi, Taylor Simone, Diana Antohe, Su Yu, Katie Barrie, Cait Porter, Wallis Cheung, Emily Wardell, Peter Cochrane, David Riley, Evie Metz, Maggie Davids, Tia Goode, Abby Barras, Jessica M. Keegan, Angeline Troilo, Rozewski Jr. Richard, Tashi Scott, Emily Laurelle Tappan.
Round 1 will run from Apr. 5 – Apr. 18, 2019 with an opening reception held on Apr. 5 from 6-9pm
Round 2 will run from Apr. 26 – May 11, 2019 with an opening reception held on Apr. 26 from 6-9pm
Announcing the 2019 Excellence in Adjunct Research Exhibition Winner: Emily Sara.
The Anderson is pleased to announce the 2019 Excellence in Adjunct Research Recipient: Emily Sara. The exhibition will take place from August 20th – September 25th of 2019 with an opening reception on August 23rd from 6-9pm.
2019-2020 Anderson Open Call
A continuation of our ongoing Open Call, the Anderson is issuing an open call to all VCUarts students and faculty for exhibition and event proposals to take place at the Anderson during the 2019-20 academic year (including Summer 2019). Proposals may include solo or group exhibitions, installations, performances, or events lasting up to two weeks.
The call is open to all VCUarts Departments at the graduate and undergraduate level, in all mediums and disciplines including dance, music, theatre, new media, film, craft, fine arts, etc.
SPACE GRANTS – SUMMER STUDIO PROGRAM
2019 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition
Announcing the 2019 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, “Home Sweet Home”
Participating Artists: Marissa Alper, Abigail Bannon, Samantha Kathleen Bantly, Davis Boshears, Megan Brooks, Shana Cave, Carissa Coy, Claire Cullen, Denver Edmonds, Laney Engle, Chase Frost, Bridget Hamel, Riley Hammond, Sarah Hudson, Menley Hunt, Abby Huston, Zouella Jarman, Da Eun Lee, Cameron Leonard, Jessica Liebers, Alexandra Mihalski, Alex Norman, Joanna Patzig, Odile Postic, Michael Robinson, Thomas Rooney, Peter Rylander, Christina Sadovnikov, Stefan ScheerCook, Tyler Shebelski, Dorothy Shipp-Alliata, Peter Skudlarek, Marisa Stratton, Caroline Thompson and Scarly Zhao.
“Perhaps home is not a place but an irrevocable condition,” contends James Baldwin in his 1956 novel Giovanni’s Room. Moving from Baldwin’s probing and nuanced provocation, this prompt creates space for a reconsideration of cultural assumptions about the home. Is home a real place, a fantasy, or something in between? Is it an ideological or economic construct, or something more? Is it about safeguarding the past, sustaining the present, or shaping the future? And how might different forms and practices of art making be brought to bear on ideas of the home, or domesticity, in a broad sense? How might we reconceive notions of homemaking and domestic labor – traditionally associated (and pejoratively so} with femininity and “women’s work” – as historically relevant forms of artmaking? To quote Virgina Woolfe and her claim for the import of carving a literal and figurative space of solitude, how might we make a room (or home} of our own? And might the making of a room be conceived as a radical form of resistance? Although embracing ideas of the decorative, this prompt is not simply a call for the decorative arts and crafts. Rather, it contends that the idea of the home is equally architectural, conceptual, societal, and mythic, and implicitly shaped by privilege and prejudice. This prompt encourages artists working across all mediums to consider and reckon with the at times conflicting, ambiguous, and intimate space of the home.
Spring 2019 Anderson Publishing Grant
(This Application is Now Closed)
The Anderson, in collaboration with VCUarts Graphic Design and faculty member Lauren Thorson, is excited to announce The Anderson Publishing Grant. Beginning Fall 2018, The Anderson Publishing Grant is a new initiative aimed at supporting student publication within the arts.
The Anderson will provide up to $300.00 toward direct production costs associated with the publishing of a VCUarts student-designed publication. One publication project will be selected each semester through a juried, online proposal process.
Open to projects including traditional, bound publications, zines, experimental book forms, posters, audio/video media, digital and web-based publication, with an emphasis on editions and multiples.
The guest Juror for the Spring 2019 Grant cycle is independent publisher Draw Down Books, draw-down.com / @drawdownbooks (!!!!)
02/14 Submission period opens
02/26 Submission period closes
03/18 Selected project announced
05/03 Deadline for completion of publication project
All applications submitted before February 14th will not be reviewed.
BRÁULIO AMADO – “LINKING PARK”
Bráulio Amado, “Linking Park” — Jan. 18–Mar. 1, 2019
The Anderson is pleased to present “Linking Park,” an exhibition by Bráulio Amado. An opening reception will be held on January 18 from 6–9 pm.
In “Linking Park,” Amado presents a series of experimental, long-form URL “billboards.” In these large scale works, Amado–best known for his eye-catching poster designs–playfully subverts expectations of immediacy and legibility in public and commercial signage, disrupting the ease and speed of use associated with contemporary hypertext.
About the Artist: Bráulio Amado is a Portuguese graphic designer, illustrator and visual artist, currently living in NY. He worked at Pentagram, Bloomberg Businessweek and Wieden+Kennedy, and is now running BAD Studio (Bráulio Amado Design Studio). He has designed covers for Frank Ocean, Roisin Murphy, Beck and Washed Out. His illustrations have been published by The New York Times, Wired and The New Yorker. His work has been exhibited in Japan, Australia, US, Portugal, Germany and France.
Alumni Open Call Fall 2018
As VCUarts commemorates 90 years of arts excellence, the Anderson is issuing a special Alumni Open Call, for exhibition and event proposals to take place at the Anderson during the 2018-19 academic year. The call is open to all VCUarts alumni, working in all disciplines and media. Exhibitions will take place at the Anderson, will be two weeks in duration and may include solo or group proposals, installations, performances, screenings or events. Video project may also be eligible for screening on the Cabell Library outdoor screen (https://wp.vcu.edu/cabellscreen/). Projects will be selected the Anderson curatorial staff from proposals received through Google Form on the Anderson website (see “APPLY HERE” link below)
Submissions open August 13, 2018 and continue through February 13, 2019, or until all available slots are full. Programming is scheduled to run Aug. 22—Feb. 27, coincident with the VCUarts Fall 2018, and Spring 2019 semesters.
ANDERSON 2018-2019 OPEN CALL!
The Anderson is issuing an open call to all VCUarts Students and Faculty for exhibition and event proposals to take place at the Anderson during the 2018-19 academic year (including Summer 2018). Proposals may include solo or group exhibitions, installations, performances, events, screenings or other programming lasting up to one week.
Applicants are challenged to critically engage with contemporary exhibition practices and strategies in order to cultivate unique experiences for a diverse and sophisticated VCU audience. The call is open to students working at the graduate and undergraduate level in all mediums and disciplines including dance, music, theatre, new media, film, craft, fine art, etc. Submissions will be reviewed by the Anderson’s curatorial staff and projects will be selected based on strength of proposal. Applicants are encouraged to consider the expansive potential of the galleries that extends beyond using them simply as a critique space.
Accepted proposals will run one week, Wednesday – Wednesday.
Selected proposals will be distributed throughout the Anderson’s flexible-use galleries and spaces, as well as non-traditional venues created by the building’s unique eccentricities.
There is no deadline for submissions, the call is ongoing throughout the semester.
CURATORIAL RESEARCH INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
The Anderson is seeking an Art History undergraduate student to serve as our Curatorial Research Intern for Fall of 2018. This intern’s duties will include assisting with administrative and curatorial work to aid the curatorial staff; performing research on contemporary artists and artworks for exhibitions; and creating concise and compelling research documents that will give information about the works, artists, and exhibitions to gallery patrons.
The ideal candidate will be highly proficient in academic and critical writing on contemporary art; willing to work through many edits with the curatorial staff; and excited to be a member of the Anderson’s diverse team.
The internship is for credit, 3 credit hours with an anticipated commitment of 10-12 hours/week.
Interested students should send a cover letter detailing their interest in the position and a resume by July 1st.
We will notify our selection by July 6th.
Submissions should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org, attn. Chase Westfall
Please use the subject line “Curatorial Research Intern”
Congratulations to the 2018 SPACE GRANT Participants:
Announcing 2018 Space Grants—Summer Studios Program at the Anderson
VCUarts and the Anderson are pleased to announce an opportunity for VCUarts students, alumni, full-time and adjunct faculty to receive free summer studio space at the Anderson. Spaces are available June 4—August 15th. Open to all Departments / Areas.
Who is eligible:
- Current full-time and adjunct VCUarts faculty
- Current and graduated VCUarts students
How to apply:
Submit an online application via Google Form with the following:
- Your name, contact information, degree and date of graduation (if student), or department and faculty position.
- A short statement on your work; A short ‘statement of intent’ regarding your planned use of the Space Grant; A short description of your space and time requirements; A short description of any outcomes related to your use of the space (exhibition, graduate school application, grant application, completion of research objective, etc.)
- Up to 5 jpgs of recent work, and/or links to digital/audio work online. Attachments must be smaller than 5 MB each.
- Application deadline—May 14
- Notification of Acceptance—May 21th
- Studios Available for Use—June 4th through August 15th
1) Space Grant spaces are offered unfurnished and “as is.” Participants must be self-sufficient. Participants must return their assigned space to the condition in which they received it, no later than the established final day of their residency period. 2) Please be aware that the Anderson is not equipped with an elevator and may be difficult to access for persons with limited mobility. If you have questions or concerns about building access please contact us directly at email@example.com and we’ll work with you in any way that we can! 3) No housing or stipends are being offered to participants. 4) 24 hour studio access is available to participants with a working VCUid. Participants without a VCUid will only be able to access the building during open hours. A VCUid may be issued to participants for a modest administrative fee may. 5) The Anderson reserves the right to terminate any individual participant’s Studio Grant residency period at any time and at its sole discretion.
2018 MFA Thesis Exhibitions
MFA THESIS EXHIBITIONS – The MFA Thesis exhibitions are the signature events in the VCUarts annual student exhibition calendar. As in years past, the 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibitions will showcase ambitious and challenging works by some of the most talented emerging artists and designers in the country.
Participating Departments: Craft/Material Studies; Graphic Design; Interior Design; Kinetic Imaging; Painting+Printmaking; Photography+Film; Sculpture + Extended Media; Theatre Design.
April 6 – MFA Thesis Exhibition, Round 1 Opening Reception, 5-9PM
Participating Departments: Craft/Material Studies; Painting+Printmaking; Photography+Film; Sculpture + Extended Media.
Round 1 will take place at the Anderson.
The exhibition runs Apr. 6 – Apr. 19, 2018
April 27 – MFA Thesis Exhibition, Round 2 Opening Reception, 5-9PM
Participating Departments: Craft/Material Studies; Graphic Design; Kinetic Imaging; Painting + Printmaking; Photography + Film; Sculpture + Extended Media
Round 2 will take place at the Anderson.
The exhibition runs Apr. 27 – May 12, 2018
May 10 – MFA Thesis Exhibition, Interior Design Opening Reception, 5-8PM
Participating Departments: Interior Design
Interior Design will be presenting their MFA candidate exhibition at the VCUarts Depot.
The exhibition runs May 7 – May 20, 2018
May 10 – MFA Thesis Exhibition, Theatre Design Opening Reception, 5-8PM
Participating Departments: Theatre Design
Theater Design will be presenting their MFA candidate exhibition at the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design. branchmuseum.org
The exhibition runs Apr. 30 – May 14, 2018
2018 UNDERGRADUATE JURIED EXHIBITION
OPENING RECEPTION – Friday, 3/16 5-9pm
Sic Semper Tyrannis – The 2018 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition
3/16 – 3/30 @ The Anderson
Opening Reception – Friday, Mar. 16, 5-9 pm
Juror’s Remarks – 5 pm
Dean’s Remarks / Award Ceremony – 5:40 pm
Student Performances – 6, 7, and 8 pm
The Anderson, VCUarts student-centric gallery and performance space, is pleased to present the 2018 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition – Sic Semper Tyrannis. The exhibition will be on view from March 16 through March 30, 2018 at the Anderson, 907 1⁄2 West Franklin Street, Richmond. A free, public reception will be held on Friday, March 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. with a lecture by Juror Alex Klein at 5 pm and opening remarks given by VCUarts Dean Shawn Brixey at 5:40 p.m., all are invited to attend.
An established highlight in the VCUarts calendar, the annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition showcases the best of undergraduate creative production at VCU. In a departure from past years, for the 2018 exhibition students submitted works in response to a themed call. Issued by juror Alex Klein, this year’s call Sic Semper Tyrannis asks students to engage critically with historical and contemporary implications of the famous Virginia state motto (see the call below.) The introduction of a call brings additional focus, purpose and urgency to what is already an exciting annual exhibition.
The Call: Sic Semper Tyrannis
The prompt for this exhibition takes its title from the Latin motto for the state of Virginia, Sic Semper Tyrannis, or “thus always to tyrants.” Underwritten by a complex, highly charged set of historical and political associations, the phrase raises the fundamental issue of how artworks grapple with questions of power. These can range from the personal to the geopolitical and from humor and satire to critique and protest. The prompt thus invites you to think in broad terms about power at the level of content, media, and form. For example, on the one hand, one might consider how techniques of abstraction seek to overturn the “tyranny of the image.” On the other, one might consider the ways that artistic representation has been used to “speak truth to power” and to amplify marginalized voices. How can your work be understood to reflect on the many ways that this phrase might resonate in our contemporary moment?
Poster by Junyun Chen
NOW OPEN FOR SPRING 2018
THE ANDERSON is announcing an ‘Open Call’ to all VCUarts students for exhibition and event proposals. See above flyer for a general description. Follow the link below for complete details and online application!
[Text from image] The Anderson is issuing an open call to all V C U arts students and faculty for exhibition and event proposals to take place at the Anderson during the Spring 2018 semester. Proposals may include individual or group exhibitions, installations, or curatorial projects lasting up to two weeks; As well as performance, screenings, ‘happenings’ or other experimental short programming lasting up to 72 hours. Through these projects the Anderson staff seeks to bring new energy to this historically significant venue.
Applicants are challenged to critically engage with contemporary exhibition practices and strategies in order to cultivate unique experiences for a diverse and sophisticated V C U audience. The call is open to students working at the graduate and undergraduate level in all mediums and disciplines including dance, music, theatre, new media, film, craft, fine art, etc. Submissions will be reviewed by the Anderson’s curatorial staff and projects will be selected based on strength of proposal. Applicants are encouraged to consider the expansive potential of the buildings galleries, as well as its non-traditional and outdoor spaces. Use of the building simply as a ‘Critique’ space is discouraged.
Submissions open: November 28, 2017
Spaces are available: January 15th-May 12th, 2018
There is no deadline for submission applications will be ongoing.
After (the sun drenched neutral that goes with everything)
February 2 – March 3
Photo Credit: Image courtesy of Patron Gallery, Chicago. 2017.
The Anderson is pleased to present “After (the sun-drenched neutral that goes with everything),” an exhibition by Chicago-based sculptor Alex Chitty. The exhibition will be on view from February 2 through March 3, 2018 at the Anderson, 907 1⁄2 West Franklin Street, Richmond. A free, public reception will be held on Friday, February 2 from 5 to 9 p.m., and all are invited to attend.
Informed by her early experience studying biology, Chitty’s work enacts a search for moments of aesthetic and resonant order—achieved through a series of meticulously crafted visual and material arrangements. In “After (the sun-drenched neutral that goes with everything)” Chitty presents a revision of her 2016 Patron Gallery exhibition “The sun-drenched neutral that goes with everything.” Originally conceived as a meditation on the passage of time, objects and images from that exhibition reemerge, now two years later, bearing traces of the slippage, displacement and fading of the transpired interval.
About the Artist
Alex Chitty is represented by Patron Gallery in Chicago and began her career as an artist in a college biology lab. She still collects and documents information, except it’s no longer of the living variety. Her still-life sculptures often find visual relationships between objects (for example, she pairs a speckled espresso cup and a rock with a similar pattern), suggesting themes of domesticity and design, of objects made important because they’re put on display.
For more, visit: alexchitty.com
Source Fold Compositor
January 26 – March 3
Photo Credit: Image courtesy of photographer Walter Wlodarczyk. 2017. https://www.walterwlodarczyk.com
The Anderson is pleased to present “Source Fold Compositor,” an installation and performance by art collective MSHR. The exhibition will be on view from January 26 through March 3, 2018 at the Anderson, 907 1⁄2 West Franklin Street, Richmond. A free, public reception will be held on Friday, January 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. with a performance at 6 p.m., and all are invited to attend.
Currently based in NYC, MSHR’s multimedia installations use audio and photo sensitive feedback systems to generate sculptural compositions of light and sound. Hand built synthesizers and other unique interfaces create an immersive, interactive experience of what the artists have called “cybernetic resonance.” For their exhibition at the Anderson, MSHR will create a new, user-activated light and motion responsive Virtual Reality environment.
About the Artists
MSHR is the collaborative project of Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy. Originating in Portland, Ore., MSHR emerged from the art collective Oregon Painting Society in 2011. They have recently performed at MoMA PS1,The Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Winterthur, Switzerland. Their work meshes digital sculpture, analog circuitry and ceremonial performance.
For more, visit: mshr.info
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