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VCUarts alumna Assil Diab selected for 10 under 10

Graffiti artist Assil Diab (B.F.A.’11/A) was honored with a 10 Under 10 award from the VCU Office of Alumni Relations. The program celebrates notable achievements by alumni who earned their first VCU degree within the past 10 years. 

In addition to this honor, Diab was also a featured speaker at a panel discussion hosted by Qatar Foundation and VCUarts in late October. Art and Conflict: A Window on the World, a Window into Us, was a timely and thought-provoking conversation on art and activism, with thousands tuning in worldwide.

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Amir Berbić, dean of VCUarts Qatar, finds identity in design

Amir Berbić, dean of VCUarts Qatar, talks with VCUarts about his latest project Sahara: Acts of Memory, his role as an educator and how design helps him understand his identity and explore concepts of memory, history and storytelling.

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Celebrating December '21 Graduates

VCUarts is pleased to host an in-person and livestreamed ceremony on Saturday, December 11, honoring August and December 2021 graduates of the School of the Arts. Graduates from 2020 are welcome to attend the in-person ceremony. 

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Step inside the new VPM + ICA Community Media Center
The VPM + ICA Community Media Center, which launched virtually in fall 2020, opened its physical doors in early November. The center, located on the second floor of the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU in the Dr. Murry N. DePillars Learning Lab, offers free workshops and resources to VCU students, local community members and VPM professionals with an interest in media content creation. It was created to address issues of access as well as the barriers diverse voices often face as they tell and promote their stories.

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Alumna's viral painting, Zoom Class, represents virtual interaction through visual art
When the COVID-19 pandemic kept classes online in fall 2020, Marisa Stratton (B.F.A.’21/A) said that creating paintings of her Zoom classes and her friends’ Instagram stories became a form of comfort.
Stratton’s painting, Zoom Class, gained popularity on Twitter in August with over 18,000 retweets and over 140,000 likes. Zoom also featured the piece on its Instagram on Oct. 25. Since then, Stratton has received commissions from Zoom employees for more paintings, and she was invited to speak to Zoom’s Art + Zoom Club, which connects Zoom employees to artists and curators.

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Wavelength lecture series: Laure Prouvost, Jan. 25

Laure Prouvost is a French multimedia artist. She studied film at Central Saint Martins and also attended Goldsmiths at the University of London. Known for her immersive and mixed-media works that combine film and installation in humorous and idiosyncratic ways, Prouvost’s work addresses miscommunication and ideas becoming lost in translation. Playing with language as a tool for the imagination, Prouvost is interested in confounding linear narratives and expected associations among words, images and meaning.

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The Department of Music's annual Holiday Gala, Dec. 10

The 34th annual Holiday Gala will feature VCU ensembles including the Jazz Orchestra II, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Commonwealth Singers and the Guitar Ensembles. Proceeds from the event benefit The Doorways, a non-profit organization that helps patients and families receiving care at the VCU Medical Center and various other Richmond-area medical centers.

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