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Read the latest issue of Studio

The 2020 issue of Studio is out, featuring stories and news about VCUarts students, faculty and alumni from Richmond and Qatar. Learn how we navigated a year of change, from the COVID-19 pandemic and a pivot to remote instruction, to conversations about systemic racism and how alumni and faculty are using their platforms to tackle pressing social issues. You'll also find stories of students who studied abroad, updates from alumni and how one faculty member is bringing students’ creative thinking to NASA’s patent office.

Read Studio online.

Fall deadlines for grants and fellowships

A number of grants and fellowships for faculty and students—including several VCUarts grant programs—are currently accepting applications. Check out opportunities for full-time faculty, adjunct instructors, undergraduates and graduate students. 

See upcoming grant deadlines.
'Life is choreography'

MiKayla Young sensed the feeling of community in the VCUarts dance department from the moment she auditioned. “I plan to use my time at VCU to continue making an impact and creating art,” she says. 

Read more about Young.

The commonalities of Commonwealth


After two years of research and community engagement, Commonwealth has opened at the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU. The exhibition was curated by Noah Simblist, chair and associate professor of the Department of Painting + Printmaking, and Stephanie Smith, past chief curator at the ICA, along with colleagues from partner organizations at the Philadelphia Contemporary and Beta-Local in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In a Q+A, Simblist discusses how the exhibition explores the historical concept of ‘commonwealth’ and its legacy in each of the three locations.

Read more about Commonwealth.

A cycle of 'Karma'


Valeria Mazzei, a first-year student at VCUarts Qatar, is the founder and manager of Venus Karma, an online fashion retail outlet that specializes in home décor and streetwear. While Mazzei is now an entrepreneur and social media influencer, she says her move to Qatar in her teens wasn’t always easy.

Read how Mazzei became a successful teen entrepreneur.

Faculty Lecture Series

This fall, VCUarts launched a new monthly Faculty Lecture Series, highlighting the research and creative works of our faculty. You can watch previous lectures from Stephen Vitiello, Kinetic Imaging department chair, on sound as an interdisciplinary medium, and theatre professor Tawnya Pettiford-Wates, Ph.D., on reclaiming racial and cultural identity in performing and arts education. You’ll also find details about upcoming lectures. 

Learn more about the Faculty Lecture Series.
'She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms'

Right now, when it seems our lives are happening through the Zoom lens, the Department of Theatre is rising to the occasion with its production of She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms. Playwright Qui Nguyen released a new adaptation of the play specifically for performances on video conferencing platforms. Coming virtually to VCUarts, Oct. 28–Nov. 6. 

Purchase tickets and learn more about virtual performances.
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