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A conversation with Pixar director Valerie LaPointe

When Valerie LaPointe (BFA ’03) was a student in the Communication Arts and Design program, she avidly absorbed all she could about animation. Now she’s a director at Pixar, where she’s worked on features including BraveInside OutThe Good Dinosaur and Soul.

Read more in a Q&A with LaPointe.

Memories and Milestones: The legacy of Dr. Murry N. DePillars


VCUarts and the VCU Alumni African American Alumni Council recently co-hosted a virtual event celebrating the legacy of past School of the Arts Dean Murry N. DePillars, Ph.D. The program featured reflections from former students and colleagues, and a virtual tour of the newly renamed DePillars building at 1000 W. Broad St.

Watch the program.
Share your memories of Dr. DePillars

Dr. DePillars was renowned among students and colleagues for his accessibility. His door was always open and many sought his advice for concerns large and small. As we commemorate his legacy, we invite you to share your memories of his influence on the VCUarts community.

Submit your stories.

VCUarts launches new visual effects programs


The Department of Communication Arts has launched new programs in visual effects. The six-course sequence combines art and technology to provide students with broad experience in the artistic, technical and narrative production of digital effects, preparing them to enter the fast-evolving field.

Learn more about the visual effects programs.
Senior finds confidence and future path in piano program

“Music creates a safe space for me, and I always believed that I could find my own value in the world of music,” says Zhiqian Mona Wu, a senior music performance major. Wu was introduced to VCUarts when she attended the Global Summer Institute of Music in 2015. Her story came full circle when Wu interned with GSIM while attending VCU.

Read more about Wu.
Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021 goes online

After a one-year delay, the Menuhin Competition, which welcomes exceptional young violinists from around the globe, is set for May 14-23. The competition has moved primarily online, with prerecorded performances by the competitors, as well as master classes, performances by guest artists, an in-person concert by the Richmond Symphony and a conversation about equity and inclusion in the arts.

See the full schedule of events.
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