Student Shows Up Next at the AG

RICHMOND, VA- Work by students from VCU’s top-ranked School of the Arts will be featured in the Anderson Gallery’s annual series of Spring exhibitions:

Juried Fine Arts,
Design & Kinetic Imaging Exhibitions
March 31 – April 17
Opening reception: Thursday, March, 5-7pm

MFA Thesis Exhibitions: Round 1
April 22 – May 1
Opening reception: Friday, April 22, 5-7 pm

MFA Thesis Exhibitions: Round 2
May 6 – May 15
Opening reception: Friday, May 6, 5-7 pm

The undergraduate juried exhibitions–Fine Arts, Design, and Kinetic Imaging–will be on view concurrently for two weeks. Faculty members from VCU’s Departments of Communication Arts, Fashion Design, Graphic Design and Interior Design will select student work for the Design Exhibition. The Kinetic Imaging Exhibition, also selected by the department faculty, will include sound art, animation, and video.

Dominic Molon, who recently became chief curator at the Contemporary Art Museum in St Louis will serve as juror for this year’s Student Fine Arts Exhibition. In his previous position at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, he curated the major thematic exhibitions Production Site: The Artist’s Studio Inside-Out (2010) and Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967 (2007), as well as solo exhibitions of work by Liam Gillick (2009), Wolfgang Tillmans (2006), Gillian Wearing (2002), and Sharon Lockhart (2001). Molon has contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues and magazines including Art Review; Whitewall; Vitamin D: New Perspectives on Drawing; Art on Paper; Contemporary Magazine; Trans; and Tate: the Art Magazine.

The MFA Thesis Exhibition is the final requirement for students pursuing a master’s degree in the fine arts and design departments at VCU. Each student will exhibit work that represents the culmination of his or her two-year program.

Students exhibiting work in the first round are: Craft/Material Studies Courtney Dodd, Gian Pierotti, Mary Elkins Kinetic Imaging Nathan Halverson, Jason Robinson; Painting & Printmaking Catherine Brooks, Luther Kroman; Photography and Film Jeff Kenney, John Petrenko, Jamie Lawyer; Sculpture + Extended Media Andrew Brehm, Ana Esteve-Llorens, and Will Machin.

The first round will also include work by Interior Environments students Sarah Beth Basinger, Emily Shea Beck, David Tyler Bland, Jr., Erin Brunner, Kate Canale, Michael Kanasink, Kate Magee, Lauren E. Miller, Angela Newton Roy, and Kelly Halligan Sekely.

In the second round, students showing work are: Craft/Material Studies Lauren Abrams, Amanda Briede, Kristoff Kamrath, Laina Seay, Jacob Sorenson; Kinetic Imaging Ferwa Ibrahim, Spencer Neale; Painting & Printmaking Michael Kennedy Costa, Wesley Friedrich, Keith Varadi; Photography and Film Alma Leiva, Jon Philip Sheridan, Naoko Wowsugi; Sculpture + Extended Media Ashley Lyon, Oscar Santillan, and Jennifer Smith.

In addition to the exhibitions on view at the Anderson Gallery, student work will also be shown at other venues throughout the spring. The Department of Graphic Design will host their MFA exhibition (on view Friday, May 6, 5-8 pm) and Senior Show (on view Friday, May 20, 5-8 pm) at 1509 West Main Street. Work by students in VCU’s Art Foundation Program will be on view April 11-17 in the lobby of the Fine Arts Building, 1000 West Broad Street; a reception will be held on April 13, 5-7 pm. The Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising will hold their annual fashion show at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday, May 8 at 7:30. Beginning April 1, tickets can be purchased by calling 804-828-1699.

The Anderson Gallery is free and open to the public, Tuesday – Friday, 10-5, and Saturday & Sunday, noon-5. During the student exhibitions, the Gallery will also be open Mondays, 10-5.

Located at 907½ West Franklin Street, the Gallery is free and open to the public, Tuesday – Friday, 10-5, and Saturday & Sunday, noon-5. During the student exhibitions, the Gallery will also be open Mondays, 10-5.

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