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Message from the dean

Transitioning to the role of dean at VCUarts while in the midst of a pandemic means establishing relationships from a distance, whether it’s standing six feet apart or bridging the virtual divide. I’m grateful for the interactions I’ve had thus far, from a quick greeting in the hallway, to stopping by to visit the students working in the admissions office, to attending a student organization meeting. 

These conversations offer a glimpse into the quiet ways in which we can remain connected as part of the VCUarts community.


Read more from Dean Higginbotham.

You made it real.


On June 30, VCU closed the Make It Real campaign after bringing in more than $841 million for the university. Within that, VCUarts raised more than $21 million, making it the school's largest campaign. We’re grateful to everyone who contributed, including alumni, long-time supporters, and even a few artists who are new to Richmond.

Learn more about the Make It Real campaign and our supporters.

Communication Arts alumna publishes graphic novel

In October, Shannon Wright (BFA ’16), released a new graphic novel, Twins, in collaboration with writer Varian Johnson. One reviewer calls it the “best contemporary middle-grade graphic novel you’ll read this year.”

Read more about Wright's approach to illustration.
In photos: Life on campus

Campus might look a bit different this year, but you’ll still find the ordinary rhythms of daily university life. Dance students are practicing their choreography in Monroe Park. The symphonic wind ensemble is rehearsing. Artists are designing, painting and building. In a year of so much change, these familiar sights are a portrait of resiliency. 

Get a glimpse of university life at an unusual time.
Improv instructor teaches students to roll with the punches

For Elizabeth Byland, head of improv performance for Theatre VCU, teaching improv has been an unscripted endeavor this semester. But, she says, there's plenty to learn about listening, building camaraderie and gaining the confidence to navigate the unexpected. 

Learn more about the life lessons of improv.

Get your VCUarts swag


Our Bonfire shop is now open, with several designs for short- and long-sleeved T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies. Kids’ sizes are also available. Order by Dec. 2 for delivery in time for the holidays. Your order also supports the VCUarts Annual Fund, which helps us provide scholarships, lectures and workshops from visiting artists, research opportunities, and more. It's a win-win!

Order your VCUarts gear.

‘Fernanda Laguna: As Everybody’


Now open at the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU, “Fernanda Laguna: As Everybody” is a survey of work by the Argentinian multimedia artist, investigating her aesthetic and feminist activism. “As Everybody,” Laguna’s first solo exhibition in the U.S., weaves together various facets of Laguna’s practice as a visual artist, a curator of alternative art spaces, a novelist and poet, and an activist. Curated by Dominic Willsdon, Ph.D., executive director of the ICA.

Learn more about the exhibition.

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