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A global message of hope

On the Hope Wall located at the corner of Shields and Grove avenues in the Fan, several former faculty members have created a space for artists around the world to share their visions for a more equitable future. The wall is curated by John Malinoski and Rob Carter, both professors emeriti, and Ashley Kistler (MFA ’85), former curator at the Anderson Gallery, and features the work of more than 40 artists with ties to VCUarts. 

Read more about the Hope Wall.

A colleague reflects on former VCUarts Dean Murry N. DePillars


Former VCUarts Dean Murry N. DePillars, Ph.D., was known among his colleagues as a gracious leader who was deeply focused on supporting students. Napoleon Peoples, Ph.D., who retired in 2015 as associate dean of student affairs for VCU’s MCV Campus, talks about how he tried to emulate DePillars’ leadership style.

Read more in a Q&A with Peoples.

VCUarts faculty members receive research grants

Dean Carmenita Higginbotham, Ph.D., has awarded $30,000 in research grants, including a web-series documentary featuring stories by queer womxn; an online streaming platform for performance art; and a book exploring how Africa helps African American artists express their identity.

Learn more about the researchers and their projects.
From tech to tone, what it takes to score a film

Students in Filipe Leitão’s Film and Media Scoring class learn how musical scales, instrumentation, range and rhythm can bring a director’s vision to life through sound.

Read more about Leitão’s class.
Studying the museum experience

As art history graduate student Charlotte Torrence wanders the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, she notices who reads and who listens, who moves quickly and who lingers. Each interaction is a clue to understanding how museums might better reach their visitors.  

Read how Torrence wants to rethink museum engagement.

The spaces in between


Painting + Printmaking alumnus Joe Cortina (BFA ’76) has always walked the line between the physical and the digital. He spent 20 years working in television before founding a museum and location-based production company—but always maintained a practice in his first love, painting. Cortina explores this intersection in his solo exhibition, “Vertical Interval,” at the McLean Project for the Arts.

Find out more about Cortina's career and his latest exhibition.

In case you missed it

This fall, VCUarts launched the monthly Faculty Lecture Series, showcasing faculty members’ research and creative works. You can check out past lectures on sound as an interdisciplinary medium; facilitating a journey towards self-actualization for creative and performing artists; the power of improv; and algorithmic choreography.

Watch past lectures.
Coming up: Wavelength lectures

The Wavelength online lecture series is a collaboration between VCUarts, the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU, and VCUarts Qatar. A dynamic group of artists, designers, curators and scholars will share their work with the VCU communities in Richmond, Virginia, and Doha, Qatar, as well as the general public throughout the 2020–21 academic year. Lectures are free, but registration is required.

Register for upcoming lectures.
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