Get Involved With The ICA

Published on April 4, 2017

The Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at VCU is a new, non-collecting institution dedicated to presenting the art of our time and to providing an open forum for dialogue and collaboration across the region and throughout the world. Designed by Steven Holl Architects and located at the corner of Broad and Belvidere, the ICA will open on October 28, 2017. As the largest privately-supported arts project in VCU’s history, the ICA will be a significant cultural resource for VCU, Richmond, and the wider contemporary art world.

Student Advisory Committee
The ICA’s Student Advisory Committee will be an active group of 12 to 15 VCU undergraduate and graduate students from all fields of study. Members will advocate for the ICA and gain professional experience. Applications for 2017 closed on March 3.

Student Guides
A 3-credit UNIV 391 course taught by Erin Hanas in Fall 2017 will provide the initial training for the ICA’s student guide corps. Students will learn about museums and contemporary art, gain experience discussing and interpreting works of art from multiple points of view and facilitating conversations with diverse audiences, and develop public speaking and engagement skills. Students who successfully complete the class may be invited to become paid Student Guides starting in Spring 2018. Guides will lead interactive tours for diverse university, high school, and public audiences.

Gallery Attendants
VCU undergraduate and graduate students from all fields of study are invited to apply to join the team of ICA Gallery Attendants. Gallery Attendants will help keep the art safe and help ensure that visitors feel welcome at the ICA. Training will include information about the building, exhibitions, and art. Openings will be posted on the ICA’s website closer to the ICA’s opening.

The ICA will offer a variety of for-credit and paid internships across departments. Opportunities will be posted on the ICA’s website:

The ICA will offer a variety of work-study positions for students with federal work-study awards. Opportunities will be posted on VCU’s Career Services HireRams site in late July. For more information or to apply, visit:

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Email Erin Hanas, PhD, Associate Curator of Academic Programs, at