Posts By: cablajoie

Modeling the ICA’s Markel Center

Last spring the ICA commissioned An Liu, a master’s student in the School of the Arts Department of Interior Design, to build an architectural model of the Markel Center. Liu is an expert model builder. He estimates having constructed more than 50 architectural models since he was a bachelor’s student in exhibition design at Nanjing… Read more »

Pop-Ups, Paper Architecture, and the 2015 Holiday Card

ICA gift 2015 009 150dpi

Sandy Wheeler, artist and VCUarts faculty, shares her process for creating the ICA’s very popular holiday card and limited edition pop-up gift. What was your motivation and inspiration for the holiday card and pop-up? We were tasked, by the ICA’s staff, to create a holiday card and gift that acknowledged and thanked the ICA’s supporters with… Read more »

Part 1: Chartres Cathedral and the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU, Henrico Students Compare Gothic to Contemporary

ica-chartres v2

“Gothic cathedrals immediately popped into my mind when I saw the ICA’s video, Richmond’s Missing Piece,” says Rebecca Field, Art and Art History Teacher at Douglas Freeman High School in Henrico County. “I teach a lot about far away places so I’m often looking for things happening in the community that my students can relate… Read more »

Britnie Dates—ICA Intern and Trend Spotter

BritnieWorking-Fall2015-Sq150dpi

“Just like with art, you have to break the rules sometimes,” says Britnie Dates (BFA 2016), a Fashion Merchandising major with a minor in Art History at VCUarts, when describing her retail philosophy. “Even if trends indicate customers shouldn’t be interested in books, you know your customers best. Maybe you know your customers want books.” Dates,… Read more »

New Dominion

Venue: Mixed Greens, NYC Curator: Lauren Ross, Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU Featuring the work of Richmond artists Sonya Clark, Ben Durham, John D. Freyer, Susie Ganch, Hope Ginsburg, Noa Glazer, Arnold Joseph Kemp and Richard Roth. With a subtle nod to Richmond’s history and its present, the exhibition presents works that touch on tensions…

The “Secret Garden” Project

Garden 2016

The ICA is working with a group of community members to help transform an unused outdoor space at our temporary headquarters into a “Secret Garden” that can be used for events and educational activities. ICA Director Lisa Freiman tapped a number of community members for the project, including Sally Schwitters from Tricycle Gardens, Patrick Farley of Watershed Architects, Greg Riggs from Field of… Read more »

Lisa Tells All

invite3

Have any burning questions for ICA Director Lisa Freiman? She’ll tackle them over a beer at Isley Brewing Company. All ages are welcome. VCUarts Dean Joe Seipel will act as referee. Visit ica.vcu.edu and come armed with a zinger! Can’t make it? Tweet your questions to @VCU_ICA.

Creating an ICA mOb

To help spread awareness, the ICA team has engaged Middle of Broad (mOb), VCU’s applied design studio located in Richmond Downtown Arts District. Under the guidance of faculty members, VCUarts students from VCUarts’ Interior Design, Graphic Design and Fashion Design & Merchandising departments can elect to participate in mOb and take on real-world projects in the community. We… Read more »

Nir Evron: Projected Claims

Nir Evron: Projected Claims,Fall2015. ©ICA, VCU

This fall, the ICA presents the largest U.S. exhibition of work by Israeli artist Nir Evron at VCUarts’ Depot Gallery. Through film, video and photography, Evron examines the architecture and built environment of his home country and its areas of conflict. Rather than illustrating explicit images of conflict, Evron concentrates on architectural sites and pristine landscapes…. Read more »

“Free Ice Water” Installation

John D. Freyer’s “Free Ice Water” installation can be seen in the ICA office window through March 31. Here’s a bit about the project. In 2013, VCU Professor John Freyer begun Free Ice Water, an art project in which he sits down with individuals for conversation over a Mason jar filled with ice water. Intended to… Read more »

Donor Talk: Jay Collier on the ICA

jay-collier

Can you describe your involvement with the ICA? Initially I supported the ICA with a gift, but I also wanted to help with fundraising and awareness.  Last spring I hosted a cocktail party for the ICA with Bill and Pam Royall to engage Richmond’s young professionals by creating ambassadors who can further spread the word about the ICA. Recently… Read more »

When Art Meets Fashion

when-art-meets-fashion-invite-small

Please join us at Style Weekly’s When Art Meets Fashion event at Richmond’s Saks Fifth Avenue on April 11. Reynolds Gallery generously donated fine art which will be auctioned to benefit the ICA. Guest will also enjoy a Diane Von Furstenburg fashion show, music, cocktails and more. Tickets $75-$125 available here.

Is This An Intervention?

Earlier this month, the ICA team moved to The Hive, our temporary offices at 818 W. Broad St., next to the VCUarts Depot and just a half-block west of the construction site for the ICA’s Markel Center. To help christen our space, artist John D. Freyer brought his “Free Ice Water” artist intervention in which he creates a… Read more »

Developing Signage for the ICA

One of the many things we’re working on right now is the look of the signage system or “wayfinding.” Luckily we have a resident expert: Sandy Wheeler, an alumna, and faculty member in the VCUarts Graphic Design department. Sandy has extensive experience working on museum signage, having worked with the Smithsonian and many other arts organizations. She’s put… Read more »

Welcome ICA Curator Lauren Ross

lauren_ross

We’re pleased to introduce our inaugural curator, Lauren Ross, who will begin in October and work closely with Director Lisa Freiman to conceptualize the ICA’s dynamic programming. Lauren joins us from the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK. Prior to that, she was based in New York for 18 years, where she served as… Read more »

Presenting … The ICA Video

ICA video

We’re thrilled to share our beautiful new video explaining why we need the ICA and what this “missing piece” will mean for VCU and for Richmond. Please forward it to your friends and share on Facebook to help us spread the word about this exciting new cultural resource coming in 2017. Thanks to the many Richmonders who spent time… Read more »

Steven Holl Wins Lifetime Achievement in Architecture Award

holl_groundbreaking

Congratulations to ICA architect Steven Holl who has won the Japan Art Association’s 2014 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award for Architecture. The awards recognize lifetime achievement in the arts and are one of the most prestigious international prizes awarded in architecture, painting, sculpture, music and theater/film. Holl, who received the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal… Read more »

Temporary ICA Offices in the Works

During the two-year construction, the ICA team will take up residence in the VCU Real Estate Foundation-owned former Ramekins restaurant space on Broad Street, next to the gorgeous, new VCUarts Depot building and just a half-block west of the ICA. We’ll be able to keep tabs on construction and host some small events. To help transform the temporary… Read more »

Groundbreaking

Tuesday, June 3, 2014Location: Future ICA site, corner of Broad and Belvidere streets Nearly 350 people gathered for the groundbreaking of the Markel Center, the Steven-Holl-Architects-designed building that will house the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU. Following remarks by Board of Visitors Vice Rector Bill Royall, ICA Director Lisa Freiman, Markel Corporation Vice Chairman… Read more »