Posts Categorized: Blog

A TED Fellow Among Us

Declaration artist Paul Rucker will speak at the 2018 TED Conference, joining a class of 20 young innovators from four continents. Amazing news! Cellist and Visual Artist Paul Rucker, an iCubed Visiting Arts Fellow embedded here at the ICA, has been selected as a 2018 TED Fellow. He joins a class of 20 change-makers from… Read more »

ICA Q&A: Egbert Vongmalaithong

Retail Manager Egbert Vongmalaithong sat down to answer a few questions about his work at the ICA. What’s your role at the ICA? I’m overseeing the ICA’s retail. Before the opening there’s a lot of research to do, and I’ve modeled the shop to be more like a concept store. Once we are open I’ll… Read more »

Behind the ICA’s Christmas Parade Float

If you have ever attended the annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade in downtown Richmond, you have probably seen the handiwork of Craig Hott. He’s been making floats for the event for the past 19 years. “It’s enjoyable stuff, but very challenging and a lot of work,” he says. “It’s not rocket science by any means,… Read more »

Elementary Students Team Up with the ICA for InLight Festival

  “Take your eight pieces of paper and use the crayons on your table. Make these pieces of paper beautiful. Add a little pattern, maybe some polka dots, maybe write your name a bazillion times in pretty block letter art work. Be creative.” Those were the first lantern construction directions provided by teacher Stephanie O’Dell… Read more »

How involved would you like to be?

COMING SOON The Institute for Contemporary Art membership program is unlike any other currently offered in Richmond. Coming later this November, our simple three-tiered program will be easy to join and uses a unique loyalty system to reward member engagement and attendance at lectures, programs, and exhibitions. Check out the benefits below to find the… Read more »

ICA Welcomes Back VCU

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

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

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

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

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.

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)

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

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

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


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

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

March on Monument 2017

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

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 »