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A message from Interim Dean Nancy Scott

As remote teaching concludes and students complete their final exams, I am proud to see our school finishing the semester on a strong note. Creativity has flourished at VCUarts as students and faculty alike have devised new ways to make art, developed innovative methods to share knowledge outside of the classroom, and found opportunities to aid the public health effort. The determination of our community will serve us well as we prepare to return to campus in the fall.

While we remain physically distant, we are still committed to celebrating the accomplishments of our graduating seniors. I invite you all to join us for an interactive virtual commencement on May 8, and to cheer on our graduates on social media.

I have tremendous faith in the VCUarts community and our determination, resilience, kindness and care for others. I look forward to a time when we are together to enjoy all that makes VCUarts special. Until then, please take care of yourselves and one another.

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VCUarts alumni have the opportunity to create a unique gift for long-time university employees. The choice of medium is yours. Apply by May 31.

Learn how to submit your work.

Students win prestigious Windgate craft fellowship


Colin Knight and Marley White, VCUarts undergraduates in the Department of Craft/Material Studies, have each been named a 2020 Center for Craft Windgate-Lamar fellow. The fellowship awards are worth up to $15,000.

Read more about the fellowship.

Teaching in the time of a pandemic

What does a VCUarts class look like in an online environment? Theatre classes are Zooming with Broadway performers, music students are elevating their audio editing skills, and fashion design students are up-cycling their old clothes to create new garments.

Read about these classes and more.
Remembering a jazz legend

Ellis Marsalis served as Commonwealth Professor of Music at VCU and coordinator of Jazz Studies in the late 1980s. He died April 1 at 85 from complications of COVID-19.

Read the story in VCU News.
Meet the foley artist joining VCUarts

We are excited to announce that foley artist Shelley Roden has joined the VCUarts Kinetic Imaging team as an affiliate faculty member. Roden is an Academy Award winner who has created sounds for numerous films including Pixar's Toy Story 4, and Marvel's Black Panther.

Read more about Roden's work.

Look for the helpers—you’ll find the artists

A collective of skilled artists and makers known as the Richmond Arts and Cultural Workers Coalition is banding together to produce protective face masks for medical staff at VCU Health, home and public health care workers, bus drivers and other essential workers.

The coalition is supported by Studio Two Three and 1708 Gallery, in collaboration with VCUarts and with funding from the VCU da Vinci Center.

Read more about how VCUarts is helping out.

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