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Meet Carmenita D. Higginbotham, Ph.D., dean of VCUarts

Today, we welcome art historian Carmenita D. Higginbotham, Ph.D., as the new dean of VCUarts and special assistant to the provost for the School of the Arts in Qatar. In a Q&A, Dean Higginbotham talks about her research on race and representation, why the arts are more important than ever, and why she's excited to come to VCUarts.

Read the interview with Dean Higginbotham.

Graphic designer finds a home in Interior Design

Designing a custom home gave Sarah Kincaid the confidence to make a career change, and pursue a master's degree in Interior Design at VCUarts. Now, she blends her experience in graphic and interior design as she considers how a business’s brand is reflected in its interior environments. 

Read more about Kincaid's change of direction.

Creating space for necessary conversations

Aaron Douglas Estrada (MFA ’20), a recent graduate from Sculpture + Extended Media, and members of the 3B artists' collective recently installed a Black Lives Matter mural in the courtyard behind the Fine Arts Building. Estrada calls the mural “a first step towards committing to the difficult, yet urgent, work that everyone at VCU should be doing.”

Read more about the mural and other action steps VCUarts is taking to address systemic racism.

Faculty news: promotion, tenure and new appointments

This fall, eight VCUarts faculty members have received promotion and tenure, and two are taking on new appointments within the school.

Read more about our faculty.

VCUarts Faculty Lecture Series: Tawnya Pettiford-Wates, Ph.D., Oct. 6

We're pleased to welcome Tawnya Pettiford-Wates, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Theatre, as the second speaker in the fall series. She will discuss reclaiming racial and cultural identity within the study of performance and arts education.

Register for the lecture.

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