What is the Institute for Contemporary Art?

Innovative.

Ever-changing.

Always challenging.

Poised to become a cultural linchpin for the city of Richmond, the ICA will be a non-collecting museum that showcases a fresh slate of changing innovative exhibitions, performances, films and special programs.

The Specifics

VCU’s 43,000-square-foot Institute for Contemporary Art will be an incubator for interdisciplinary experimentation for the entire university while simultaneously providing opportunities for collaboration both locally and internationally.

  • It will be in direct dialogue with the #1 public art school in the country set within a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research.
  • It will be centrally located on the East Coast in a city with a top-10 museum and a region with few venues for the latest contemporary art.
  • The building, which was designed by one of the world’s most important living architects, Steven Holl, will become an iconic gateway for the city of Richmond.
  • It will become a conduit for global collaboration, not only because of VCUarts’ campus in Qatar, which connects us directly to the Middle East, but it will also help bridge the distance to artists working in other regions internationally.

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Watch our Progess

Construction began on the ICA in June 2014 and it should take approximately two years to build. Follow our progress here.