Posts By: mbscanlon

Behind the Scenes: Building a Donor Base for a New Institution

Carol Anne Baker LaJoie, director of development, shares the challenges and rewards of fundraising — from the potential to the planning — for a new art institution. What is your favorite aspect of fundraising for the ICA? Being with donors, hands down. I have a deep belief in the power of philanthropy because I’ve seen… Read more »

Market Research: Profiling the ICA’s Audience

Over the summer, we teamed up with two VCU graduates to research the ICA’s followers to develop audience profiles and understand their motivations. Collaboratively managed by Joseph Baumgardner (BS Marketing ’16) and Christian Marchant (BS Creative Advertising ’15), the project began with a survey developed to identify those most likely to support and engage with the ICA.  The survey was… Read more »

October 2016 Construction Update

Fall is finally here and with it, the Markel Center enters an exciting new phase of construction. Over the past few weeks, the building was dramatically transformed with the removal of scaffolding and reveal of the torqued exterior walls above the auditorium. Concrete work for the lower level, first-floor gallery, cafe, and shop have all been completed; remaining are the third-floor… Read more »

Conversation: A Forum of Ideas

During the Spring 2016 semester, graduate and undergraduate VCU interior design students took their studies beyond the studio and into the university’s most high-profile construction project, the Institute for Contemporary Art’s (ICA) Markel Center. In this collaboration among ICA staff, VCU School of the Arts Interior Design (IDES) faculty and BCWH Architecture colleagues (the ICA’s… Read more »

Q&A with Rahim Hassan: Teen Programming at the ICA

Last summer, the ICA and VCUarts Department of Sculpture + Extended Media jointly hosted four high school interns from area schools participating in the Cochrane Summer Economic Institute. The interns were tasked with conducting research on local arts programming for teens and providing recommendations for the creation of teen programs at both the ICA and… Read more »

Current Art Fair: Panel Discussion

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Lisa Freiman, Director of the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU, will moderate this discussion on how to start and build an art collection at Try-me, home of Pam and Bill Royall’s museum-quality collection. Panelists include Ted Elmore, Ashley Kistler, Jane Knox, Jennifer Sisk, and Woody Woodruff. Location Try-me 1623 West Main Street Tickets Free… Read more »

When Art Meets Fashion

Join your friends at the second annual “When Art Meets Fashion” event presented by Style Weekly in partnership with the ICA, Saks Fifth Avenue, and SPARC, on October 6, 2016. The evening will include a fashion show featuring an exclusive Saks designer and an art auction organized by local galleries. Proceeds benefit the ICA’s capital… Read more »

A Forum of Ideas

September 26 – November 20, 2016 During the Spring 2016 semester, graduate and undergraduate VCU interior design students took their studies beyond the studio and into the university’s most high-profile construction project, the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at the Markel Center. In this collaboration among ICA staff, VCU School of the Arts Interior Design faculty and BCWH Architecture colleagues… Read more »

Donor Q&A: Carole Harrell

Carole Harrell, Richmond-based artist and recent graduate of VCUarts Graphic Design department, discusses her expectations and hopes for the ICA. What does the ICA mean to you and why do you support it? Having lived in Richmond for nearly four years while earning my BFA in graphic design, I witnessed enormous growth and expansion in the urban… Read more »

Design in Real Time

In a joint collaboration between ICA staff, School of the Arts Interior Design faculty, and BCWH Architecture colleagues (the ICA’s architect of record), interior design students were asked to examine design challenges presented by the ICA’s forum, a space defined by a 36-foot ceiling, a curving wall, and a sweeping grand staircase. A focal point… Read more »

A Green Guide to the Building (Part 2)

VCU and the ICA are committed to building a greener and more sustainable campus. We spoke with the ICA’s Interim Director of Facilities, Installation, and Exhibition Design Michael Lease to explore the positive environmental impact of key construction materials and the site’s landscape. One of the most visible green elements will be the zinc panels… Read more »

Current Exhibitions

Sorry! There are no exhibitions scheduled at this time. We’re busy planning for the official opening in 2017. Receive Exhibitions Updates and Announcements Sign up for our e-news to receive updates about future projects and the opening exhibition. Exhibition Highlights Explore our past projects and learn more about the ICA’s curatorial program. A Forum of… Read more »

Attention and Seeing: Shaping New Museum Experiences

Attention and Seeing: Shaping New Museum Experiences

Phillip Long and Koven J. Smith University of Texas, Austin Every visitor to a museum brings with him or her a unique way of seeing and understanding shaped by his or her upbringing and selective concentration. Ten visitors to the same exhibition will, in effect, “see” 10 different exhibitions. And yet, museum experiences are still… Read more »

Museums and Big Data — Supporting Exploration, Innovation, and Audience Engagement in the Cultural Sector

Today’s museums are awash in data. With so many sources of information available, an organization can be drowning in numbers, but starved for real insight. Robert Stein, former Deputy Director of the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), will examine how museums can begin to collect and analyze data to illuminate their practice and enhance their impact on visitors…. Read more »

Artist Talk: Nir Evron

Hear artist Nir Evron discuss his work on view in the exhibition Nir Evron: Projected Claims.  Free and open to the public About the artist Nir Evron lives in Tel Aviv. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); The International Center of Photography Triennial in… Read more »

First Friday with the ICA

Add the ICA to your First Friday art walk and join us in celebrating the opening of Nir Evron: Projected Claims. Free and open to the public   Image: Nir Evron, In Virgin Land (still), 2006. Digital video, stereo sound. Running time 12 min. Courtesy of the artist and Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv  

Art as Language: a panel moderated by Lisa Freiman

The Chrysalis Institute launches their fall theme, Creativity: The Soul Speaks, with a panel moderated by ICA Director Lisa Freiman, who has assembled a panel of creative arts professors discussing how their art enables them to “speak” in different languages. A group of musicians, visual artists, writers, and dancers will demonstrate how their art forms… Read more »

A Green Guide to the Building (Part 1)

VCU and the ICA are committed to building a greener and more sustainable campus. Maximizing the opportunities of a new construction project, the ICA is incorporating technologies that ensure building operations will have a limited environmental impact. We spoke with the ICA’s Interim Director of Administration Jaime Baird about three engineering features — geothermal wells,… Read more »

Let the World Finally be Reached (First Contact: Nir Evron)

I was excited when the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) announced Israeli artist Nir Evron’s exhibition, Projected Claims, at VCUarts’ Depot Gallery, and, even more excited when I learned he would teach a seminar. I was intrigued by many aspects of Evron’s work: the reclaiming of history and poetic imagery, reviewing the Holy Land as… Read more »

Donor Q&A: Sally Bowring

Sally Bowring, artist, public art advocate, and ICA supporter, discusses her expectations and hopes for the ICA. 1. What does the ICA mean to you and why do you support it? I came to Richmond for the first time in 1978, arriving on the opening night of 1708 Gallery, an amazing addition to Richmond! I… Read more »