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HQ’s Garden

The ICA’s headquarters is located in a one-level storefront on Broad Street, just a block from the construction site. One of the best, yet little known, features of the space is the rear patio and box garden. Spring 2016 marks the first anniversary, and our second spring, of our staff working in the space. Last… Read more »

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

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 »

Donor Q&A: Sara Reed

Sara Reed, art and design historian 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 really see the ICA as a place for making connections, bringing our community together to make new connections through challenging and innovative works… Read more »

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

“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

“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 »

Donor Q&A: VCUarts Professor Sonya Clark

Sonya Clark, artist, educator, 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? The ICA is pure opportunity. It’s a vessel to bring the diverse populations of Richmond together around thought and action. The ICA presents a real opportunity… Read more »

ICA Digital Wallpapers

To help start the new year right — and to thank you for joining us on our journey — we’re sharing these complimentary ICA wallpapers for your digital devices and social accounts. The digital files, featuring the wireframe logo, were initially conceived as possible interior treatments for ICA headquarters. When an alternative idea was accepted… Read more »

Behind the Scenes: Installing “Projected Claims”

As a Ph.D. student in art history and curatorial intern, I spend the majority of my time researching, writing, traveling, and gazing at works of art. Sounds fun, right? (Actually, it really is!) Yet for the sake of making it sound so sublime, I must tell you there is dirty work involved. One of the… Read more »

Lauren Ross on New Dominion

For years I’ve been a fan and friend of Mixed Greens gallery in New York City so when they reached out to me in the spring and asked me if I wanted to curate a summer show of Richmond artists, I jumped at the chance.  At that point I had been in Richmond for only…

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 »

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 »

Donor Talk: Jay Collier on the ICA

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 »

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 »

Sharing the RVA Love

Richmond is having a moment. The accolades and “best of” lists just keep pouring in lately, so we’ve begun compiling them on our new About Richmond page. The latest: Virginia was declared Best Food Region of 2014 by Esquire magazine with Richmond’s Rappahannock restaurant named one of America’s Best New Restaurants. Next up: Great City for Contemporary… Read more »

Gallery Named for Bev Reynolds

Bev Reynolds ICA Groundbreaking

We’re pleased to share the news that the ICA’s first-floor gallery will be named for Beverly W. Reynolds, who has been a tireless advocate on behalf of the ICA and its capital campaign. She is a well respected gallery owner and arts advocate in Richmond who has been a longtime supporter of VCUarts and VCU…. Read more »

Welcome ICA Curator 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

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

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 »