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Bridging the arts and health

As dean of the VCU School of Arts from 1976-95, Murry N. DePillars, Ph.D., fostered innovative collaboration between VCUarts and the university's medical campus. His great influence and prodigious leadership led to the formation of one of the first hospital arts programs in the country- a program which is now led by his former student P. Muzi Branch (B.F.A. '80/A; M.A.E. '86/A).

The VCU Board of Visitors has voted to recognize DePillars by naming the fine arts building on West Broad Street in his honor. The commemoration will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30. As part of an ongoing celebration to take place throughout 2021-22, we're speaking to alumni, colleagues and artists about his lasting legacy.

Read the Q&A with Branch.

Welcome the Class of 2025

This fall, the VCU School of Arts (VCUarts) would like to extend warm greetings to the incoming first-year Class of 2025! As a group, the class represents the dynamic cross-section of talent, creativity, socio-economic backgrounds, cities, countries, interests and cultures that VCUarts values. 

Learn more about the incoming class

The subject of a new comic? The world's oldest ham. 
In fall 2020, communication arts student Maggie Colangelo and professor Bernard Means, Ph.D., created “Founding Monsters,” a comic book that chronicles how Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin and George Washington were obsessed with prehistoric megafauna. Now the duo has put together a new comic, this time about a ham that has miraculously survived almost 120 years.

Read and learn more about the comic

Someone's Missing ... and I think it's Me, through Sept. 29

The Anderson and VCUarts will present Someone's Missing ... and I Think it's Me, an exhibit conceived by artist Joan Gaustad (B.F.A. '75/A) and curated by Michael Lease (M.F.A. '05/A). A companion to Gaustad's book of the same title, the exhibit presents art, photographs and artifacts from Gaustad's late husband, painter and long-time VCU professor Gerald "Jerry" Donato, as well as artwork by Gaustad and their mutual friends.

Visit the Anderson

Kick-starting your job and internship search

VCUarts and VCU Career Services are co-hosting a series of virtual workshops to help arts students and alumni crafting professional portfolios and websites and searching for opportunities in creative industries. The first workshop on Oct. 1, will discuss how, where and when to search for jobs and internships. 

Register for upcoming workshops

Wavelength lecture series returns for second season

Wavelength is a collaborative online lecture series among VCUarts, ICA, and VCUarts Qatar. The series features a dynamic group of artists, designers, curators and scholars who share their work with the VCU communities in Richmond and Doha and the public.

View Wavelength events

VCUarts mobile print truck, Sept. 14

Meet campus partners, VCUarts leadership, and screenprint a tote, bandana, or tee-shirt with the VCUarts logo! Studio Two Three will be rolling up in their mobile print truck with all that you need to pull a print. Come by, print some gear and say hi!

Learn more


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