Tag: School of the Arts

VCU programs retain top U.S. News & World Report rankings

The VCU School of the Arts ranked in the top 5 of the 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings, and its Sculpture program retained its No. 1 spot.

Finding art in the every day: A conversation with artist and entrepreneur Earl Morris

In a recent interview, Morris talked about his passion for art and the meaning of, and story behind, his brand.

Intersectional inspiration

When Honors College student Dylan Halpern (B.F.A.’15/A) asked his Art Foundation adviser, Brad Birchett, about minoring in computer science, Birchett suggested considering something more complementary to pair with his major in graphic design.

A VCU alum’s scientific approach to music

Whether he’s penning instrumentals for his solo work or developing tracks with his band Butcher Brown, Devonne Harris (aka DJ Harrison) builds his songs methodically by researching and experimenting with new sounds.

Alumni return to perform a gala of opera scenes

Each fall, VCU Opera delights fans with a fully staged gala of scenes from famous operas. The annual production of opera’s “greatest hits” features the talents of student singers from the School of the Arts Department of Music, providing valuable experience and preparing them for future success as opera singers.

Arts alum is blurring historical lines with ‘Great Force’

A person standing in an art gallery space. Various paintings hang on the walls behind them.

Ten years after graduating from VCU, Amber Esseiva is curating her first solo show at the Institute for Contemporary Art.

Entertainment powered by alumni producer

Jennifer Osaki (B.F.A.’17/A) is a New York-based video producer for Thrillist, an online media website covering food, drink, travel and entertainment. She recently took over the VCU Alumni Instagram account to show us the latest trends and stories from around the world.

Design expert Amir Berbić named dean of VCUarts in Qatar

Amir Berbic, a design expert who has worked in the United States, Europe and the Middle East, has been appointed dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar, effective Aug. 1.

David Ashton’s retro-cool ballpark changed baseball forever

The sign with clock that reads "The Sun" overlooking Camden Yards.

David Ashton delivered designs for a baseball stadium so unique that franchise owners around the country were soon clamoring for one just like it.

The art of the unraveled

A photograph of Heidi Hooper sits in the foreground. In the background is a partial view of her work "Catatonic."

Heidi Hooper (B.F.A.’81/A) was a metalsmith working and teaching classes in the late ’90s in Boston before a cancerous tumor destroyed the strength of her right arm. She searched for a way she could still create but even working with material such as soft clay was painful. “In order to keep from getting too depressed, each day I gave myself something new to try, whether it was artistic or just cooking an egg,” Hooper says. This experimentation led her to the artistic medium that has made her famous: dryer lint.