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From Disney to off-Broadway, Vanessa Leuck’s career is one of costumes and creativity

Costume designer Vanessa Leuck (M.F.A.’03/A) found herself swept up in a creative whirlwind this past fall, as New York theaters raced to open new shows after 18 months shuttered because of the pandemic.

At the time, she was simultaneously working on three new productions and is also revising her work on the musical, Emojiland, for the upcoming national tour of the off-Broadway production. 
In this article, the VCUarts alum discusses her fascinating projects, growing up in a creative household, her time at VCU and what’s next.

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VCUarts Qatar graduate’s work makes it to top five at prestigious Italian exhibition

In 2020 and 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic led to mass cancellation of commencement and graduation events. As a result, students such as Amna Yandarbin (B.F.A.’18/A; M.F.A.’21/A), a design graduate at VCUarts Qatar, lost a chance to display their creative work to the public.

To provide another venue, the Italian art and design platform, Salone del Mobile.Milano, invited graduates from the classes of 2020 and 2021 to submit their final-year art and design projects for the exhibit, Lost Graduation Show. Yandarbin’s work was subsequently chosen as one of the exhibit’s five most outstanding works.

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Faculty Lecture Series: Black AS/IS, Feb. 8

Black AS/IS is an atmospheric trace of Blackness as an examination of what Blackness is. In this lecture, Trebien Pollard, assistant professor of dance and choreography, explores the practices of refusal that illuminate Black life in and out of relation to an emergent visibility that considers geographic sites, embodied language and spatial strategies as emancipatory actions of liberation. This lecture is free and open to the public.


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Wavelength Lecture Series: Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Feb. 22

Filmmakers and artists Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige question the fabrication of images and representations, the construction of imaginaries, and the writing of history. Their works create thematic and formal links between photography, video, performance, installation, sculpture and cinema (documentary or fiction). This lecture is free and open to the public.

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Adobe Portfolio virtual workshop

Need help creating a portfolio? Adobe staffers provide tips and advice on how to use Adobe Portfolio to showcase your work, from conceptualizing the layout to building the content.

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Virtual National Portfolio Day

Meet with representatives from VCUarts Admissions, get your questions answered and receive feedback on your art!

Learn more and register

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