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Sophia Li is December’s Commencement speaker

Multimedia journalist and alumna Sophia Li (BA ’13) will address the Class of 2019 at this month's Commencement ceremony. Li has been an independent journalist and video director since 2017; before that, she was the entertainment media editor for Her current focus is on what she calls “conscious content”—immersive, multimedia news and stories that resonate with audiences.

Learn more about Li.
Fashion senior explores masculinity in menswear

“[I want to] create clothing for a new generation of forward-thinking individuals,” says VCUarts fashion senior Keenan Ferguson. Learn how a series of internships and a summer in the Netherlands have shaped this student's design aesthetic.

Read more about Ferguson.

VCU earns designation as Adobe Creative Campus

This month, Virginia Commonwealth University will become an Adobe Creative Campus. The designation recognizes colleges for incorporating problem solving into their curricula and fostering 21st-century methods of teaching and learning.

Read the full announcement.

VCUarts celebrates Islamic art and culture

While the eighth biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art called scholars from around the world to the VCUarts Qatar campus, the Richmond campuses hosted Qatar Day and Majlis Day, featuring the sights, sounds and delicious foods of the region.

See photos from Qatar Day and Majlis Day.

How cleaning a statue became an alum’s most provocative work of art

VCUarts Sculpture + Extended Media alum Sandy Williams IV (MFA ’19) conducted a performance at 1708 Gallery's InLight last month where he cleaned a scale replica of the Statue of Liberty located in Richmond’s Chimborazo Park. “There’s an attachment to patinas,” said Williams, referring to the natural buildup of oxidized chemicals on metals. “It’s a collection of time that tells you how long something has dominated that space. By cleaning it, I felt like I was hitting the reset button on that statue.”

Read more about Williams IV.

Fashion student blends science and style with wearable technology

As a fashion merchandising major, Alice Babashak is connecting coding and athletics, designing shoes that analyze the gait and balance of track runners, and clothing with motion-activated airbags to cushion falls. Initially a kinesiology major at Indiana University, she transferred to VCUarts to pursue a career that combined her love of sports and fashion.

Read more about Babashak.

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