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The Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art: The Environment and Ecology in Islamic Art and Culture

The Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art is the leading international conference on Islamic art and architecture. Co-sponsored by VCUarts, VCUarts Qatar and Qatar Foundation, this year’s symposium will be virtual, with programming taking place Nov. 8-15. The event is free, but registration is required. 

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Richard Woodward, curator of African art, describes the artistic legacy of Dr. Murry N. DePillars, Ph.D.

In 1975, Richard Woodward arrived at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts where he soon began building the museum’s African Art collection. At the same time, Murry N. DePillars, Ph.D., was assistant dean of VCUarts and just one year away from stepping into the role of dean. Throughout the years, DePillars and Woodward held intersecting positions in the city’s arts community and influenced the city’s arts culture in their own ways. 

Woodward also studied DePillars’ art and has curated two exhibitions featuring his work, including the recent exhibition, Dr. Murry N. DePillars: The Dean and More, which coincided with the commemoration of the Murry N. DePillars Fine Arts building in September. 

In this Q&A, Woodward reflects on the significance and symbolism of DePillars’ art and discusses curating multiple exhibitions of his work.

Read the Q&A with Richard Woodward

VCUarts x VCU Career Services workshop
VCUarts is teaming up with VCU Career Services to provide a series of workshops to help students and recent alumni with their internship and job searches. Check the calendar frequently as new events are added continually.

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Alum's artwork featured in Candyman
VCUarts alum, Cameron Spratley (B.F.A.’16/A) recently contributed his talents to the feature film, Candyman. Spratley, who majored in painting and printmaking, was one of two artists selected to create the artwork featured in the film. Spratley's work on Candyman has been highlighted in various news publications including Variety and the Chicago Tribune

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Fall Dance + Choreography Senior Project: Seniors Set the Tone

The Senior Project concert serves as a capstone experience in both performance and choreography for graduating Dance majors. This fall's concerts will feature performances in The Anderson gallery spaces and on the Grace Street Theater stage.

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Nov. 9 Faculty Lecture Series: Honoring the Feminine

Attend a screening of the short film AFRI, by Moroccan American screenwriter and director Yossera Bouchtia (B.A.’11/A; B.S.’11/H&S), assistant professor of cinema at VCUarts, followed by an audience Q&A session. The film, which has been screened at international film festivals, follows a sister’s search for her ostracized brother after a rare natural occurrence overtakes a mythical desert village. Join us at the ICA or register to watch the livestream.

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Nov. 16 Featured in Forbes: A Conversation with Alumni Entrepreneurs

These bright young minds building businesses — all VCU alumni — have caught the attention of the leading business magazine, Forbes. The panel discussion includes VCUarts alum Laura Colagrande (B.F.A’13/A), co-founder of Chippin, a company that produces natural dog treats and food. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to hear about what drives their vision, the grit it takes to succeed and what's next. 

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VCUarts Theatre: Men on Boats, Nov. 11–14

VCUarts Theatre presents Men on Boats, a gender-expansive reimagination of the 1869 expedition of the Green and Colorado rivers to the Grand Canyon as documented by John Wesley Powell. This production marks the department’s return to Raymond Hodges Theatre since the pandemic closed theatres worldwide in spring of 2020.

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