Dear VCUarts students,

Welcome back for the start of the spring semester. VCUarts continues to excel because of the collaborative and innovative work you pursue every day—the VCUarts story is, in fact, your story. You make VCUarts a dynamic and engaging place. Your commitment to your education and to your practice helps move our school forward and is crucial to the culture of research and innovation that we are building within the School of the Arts, at VCU, in our community, and abroad.

As a community, we look forward to helping you achieve your goals, supporting your work, and celebrating your successes. This semester, I’m very pleased to announce the winners of the Undergraduate Research and Innovation Grants and the James R. Gregory Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship—please join me in congratulating your peers. I am also looking forward to this March, when five Richmond students (Rama Duwaji, Addie Johnson, Emily Kuchenbecker, Ivy Li, and Fiona Penn) will travel to VCUarts Qatar to host workshops at the biennial Tasmeem Doha conference. Here in Richmond, we have the undergraduate juried exhibition, Home Sweet Home, to look forward to in March, as well as the MFA Thesis Exhibitions (Round 1 and Round 2) in April. May will be just as exciting, beginning with the 50th anniversary of the fashion show. We’ll also welcome American artist, sculptor, and MacArthur Fellow Elizabeth Turk as our May commencement speaker. You can keep up-to-date on everything happening at VCUarts on our events calendar.

I will continue to host lunches with the dean this year, and I hope you’ll sign up to join me in these informal conversations. They give me an opportunity to learn more about your experiences at VCUarts and, I hope, are a chance for you to get to know me better.

Warm wishes for the coming semester and let’s work to make 2019 the best year yet for VCUarts.

Shawn Brixey

Dean Shawn Brixey

Shawn Brixey
Dean | School of the Arts
Special Assistant to the Provost for the School of the Arts in Qatar
Professor | School of the Arts
Affiliate Professor | College of Engineering



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January 14, 2019