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Art history scholar named new dean of VCUarts

Carmenita D. Higginbotham, Ph.D., an art historian whose research examines 20th century American art, has been named dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts effective Sept. 15. She currently serves as chair of the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia.

Read more about Dean Higginbotham.

Paul Rucker appointed Curator for Creative Collaboration
VCUarts Assistant Professor Paul Rucker, a visual artist, composer and musician, also recently received an Art for Justice grant from the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. His first project is the socially engaged installation “Banking While Black,” a collaboration between VCUarts, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, and Arizona State University.

Read more about Rucker's appointment.

Blue Sky to Red Skies
In the Blue Sky to Red Skies course taught by communication arts professor Sterling Hundley (BFA’98), students partner with NASA inventors to make the agency’s technology available to the public.

Read more about the class.

VCUarts welcomes Class of 2024

This fall, 707 students representing a cross-section of talent, creativity, socioeconomic backgrounds, cities, countries, interests and cultures make up the incoming first-year Class of 2024.


Get to know our new students.

VCUarts Qatar researchers study VR-based education

VCUarts Qatar researchers Sherin Karawia (BFA ’16), Mona Kassem and Mariam Rafehi (MFA ’19) have received a grant from Hamad Bin Khalifa University to develop a virtual-reality-based model of education. The project addresses challenges in the global education system and can be adapted to both blended and remote learning environments in Qatar.


Read more about the project.

Inspiring conversation through public art

The Mending Walls project pairs artists of different backgrounds to create collaborative murals, tell their story and find healing through connection. Painting + Printmaking alum Ian C. Hess (BFA 14) and Jowarnise Caston talk about their mural in the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. 

Read more about Mending Walls.

VCUarts Faculty Lecture Series: Stephen Vitiello, Sound as an Interdisciplinary Medium

In the inaugural Faculty Lecture, Kinetic Imaging Chair Stephen Vitiello will discuss the interdisciplinary power and potential of audio and visual art, especially at VCUarts. Tune in for this virtual event and watch for more throughout the year.

Learn more about the lecture.

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