Posts Categorized: Blog

ICA Welcomes Back VCU

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School is back in session, and the ICA was there during the first week of classes to welcome new and returning students, pass out some swag, and educate curious-minded individuals on all things ICA. “We have new and returning students coming back to campus, and we want remind them we’re here,” said Erin Hanas, Associate… Read more »

ICA Q&As: Meredith Carrington

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Senior Graphic Designer Meredith Carrington sat down to answer a few questions about her work at the ICA. What’s your role at the ICA? I’m the gatekeeper of the visual brand for the ICA. There’s an amazing visual identity that was created by a number of folks, including the VCUarts staff and John Paolini, a… Read more »

Digital Swag: Summer in the City

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Celebrate summer in Richmond with our ICA-branded digital swag! Update your desktop and mobile devices with wallpapers featuring the ICA’s ignition color palette and the Richmond skyline—along with some notable VCU landmarks. And yes, that’s the Markel Center, three buildings from the left. Download Instructions: Right click / Ctrl + click and select “Save Image… Read more »

Pam and Bill Royall Receive VCU’s 2017 Edward A. Wayne Medal

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The Edward A. Wayne Medal is one of the highest honors awarded by VCU, and is given in recognition of extraordinary generosity and service to the university and the community. And in May of 2017, during commencement, the medal was presented to Institute for Contemporary Art supporters Pam and Bill Royall. In her speech recognizing… Read more »

Marketing Students Use the ICA for Experiential Learning

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Since its inception, VCU School of Business students have worked on a myriad of different projects with the ICA, and in spring 2017, Associate Professor Jodie Ferguson, Ph.D. gave her Experiential Marketing (MKTG 430) class the opportunity to participate in some experiential learning with us. “We’ve been very fortunate to have a great relationship with… Read more »

Guest Blogger Deb Sokolow: Research for an Idiosyncratic Visitor’s Guide

“In all fictions, each time a man meets diverse alternatives, he chooses one and eliminates the others; in the work of the virtually impossible-to-disentangle Ts’ui Pen, the character chooses—simultaneously— all of them. He creates, thereby, ‘several futures,’ several times, which themselves proliferate and fork.” – The Garden of Forking Paths, Jorge Luis Borges When the… Read more »

Green Guide to the Building (Part 3)

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Upon completion of construction in 2017, the ICA will submit for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a non-profit organization committed to sustainable practices in building and construction. State buildings in Virginia are required to consider sustainability and must pass one of the following three standards: LEED Certification at… Read more »

Guest Blogger Randi Korn: Intentional Planning at the ICA

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Whenever I receive an invitation to work with an arts organization in my home state (I live and work in Alexandria), it is nearly impossible to turn down. I am so excited about having a new contemporary arts organization close by, that when longtime colleague Johanna Plummer, Curator of Education and Engagement, called to gauge… Read more »

Impact Planning: Letter from Lisa Freiman and Johanna Plummer

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Dear ICA Supporters and Friends, After many months of intensive conversations, we are thrilled to share our new mission and impact statements with you: MISSION: (what the ICA will do) The Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University presents the art of our time and provides an open forum for dialogue and collaboration across the… Read more »

Inaugural Exhibition, Declaration, Will Examine Art’s Crucial Role in the World Today and Will Premiere Many New Commissions and Works

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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) will unveil the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), a new, non-collecting contemporary art institution designed by Steven Holl Architects in partnership with BCWH Architects in Spring 2018. The ICA’s inaugural exhibition, Declaration will explore contemporary art’s power to catalyze change, and will feature painting, sculpture, multimedia works, site-specific installations, and time-based… Read more »

Behind the Scenes: Building Interdisciplinary Relationships

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Erin Hanas, associate curator of academic programs, shares her goals for coordinating faculty and student engagement. 1. What is a typical day for you and/or your team?   Planning meetings and conversations — often related to programming ideas we are developing — but every day brings something new and different and creatively challenging. This ranges… Read more »

Marching on Monument

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Today we join Richmond’s March on Monument, and we stand, in solidarity with those who believe in the power of equality and justice. As we march past monuments to Confederate soldiers, I am reminded that Richmond is also a place where creative expression and alternative voices reveal a history of pride in our differences and… Read more »

Winter 2017 Audience Survey

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Please complete the following survey so that we may better understand our audience’s preferences for receiving information in the digital sphere. All responses are strictly confidential and will only be used to inform the communications strategy for the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Thank you for your support. Launch Survey… Read more »

Inventing ICA: Process and Transparency

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Our goal is to bring transparency to the process of creativity in all its facets — from architecture to technology and from planning to programming. As we onboard a growing team that will make the ICA a reality, we aim to bring a number of thought leaders to Richmond to discuss topics integral to our development and… Read more »

Wrapping the ICA’s Headquarters

Inspired by a commitment to creativity, our staff decided earlier this year that the façade of the ICA’s temporary headquarters at 818 West Broad Street should undergo a bold, vivid makeover. Based on the ICA’s brand identity, a once stark white brick storefront now features a bright color palette of red, pink, and purple. Using… Read more »

A Forum of Ideas — A Collaborative Program with VCUarts Interior Design

This past spring, 38 undergraduate and 8 graduate VCU interior design students were given the opportunity to take their studies beyond the studio and into the real world. In a joint collaboration between ICA staff, School of the Arts Interior Design (IDES) faculty, and BCWH Architecture colleagues, students were asked to examine design challenges presented… Read more »

Digital Wallpapers — Design Studies for the ICA

In light of our recent collaboration with VCUarts Interior Design and BCWH Architects, we’re sharing select works by participating VCUarts interior design students as digital wallpapers for your desktop and mobile devices. Download Instructions: Right click/Ctrl + click and select “Save Image As…” to download the image file. Desktop (horizontal): An Liu, Forum Interior, digital sketch >>… Read more »

The ICA Auditorium

As construction crews removed the scaffolding and support systems around the exterior of the Markel Center last summer, the sloping plane that supports the auditorium seating was revealed. In keeping with the ICA’s mission to be ever-changing, Steven Holl Architects designed the auditorium to be a flexible and dynamic space that can accommodate the broadest possible range of… Read more »

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

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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 »