“Rhythm” a Fall Line Fest Juried Exhibition

ICA Director Lisa Freiman curated an exhibition of work by 20 emerging and established Richmond-area artists at Gallery 5 in conjunction with the annual Fall Line Fest. “Rhythm” runs through Sept. 25.

  • ICA Director Lisa Freiman welcomes the crowd of nearly 350 gathered for the groundbreaking.

  • Steve Markel, Kathie Markel and VCU President Micheal Rao at the June 3, 2014 groundbreaking for the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • VCU President Micheal Rao speaking to the crowd of donors, university leadership, Richmond area arts leaders, students and faculty at the June 3, 2014 groundbreaking.

  • Markel Corporation leadership participate in a paint performance marking the future site of the Markel Center at the Institute for Contemporary Art.

  • Steve Markel (left) and Richie Whitt, leadership from the Markel Corporation, participate in a paint performance marking the future site of the Markel Center at the Institute for Contemporary Art

  • Mike Crowley (left) and Gerry Albanese, leadership from the Markel Corporation, participate in a paint performance marking the future site of the Markel Center at the Institute for Contemporary Art

  • The ICA logo is revealed.

  • VCUarts Dean Joe Seipel operates the backhoe to officially break ground on the ICA.

  • VCUarts Dean Joe Seipel after just breaking ground.

  • Members of the ICA Campaign Committee with architect Steven Holl, ICA Director Lisa Freiman, VCUarts Dean Joe Seipel and VCU President Michael Rao.

  • ICA Director Lisa Freiman, architect Chris McVoy, VCUarts Dean Joe Seipel, architects Steven Holl and Dimitra Tsachrealia

Groundbreaking

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Location: 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 Steve Markel, and VCU President Michael Rao, the groundbreaking festivities began. Leaders from Markel Corporation rode two scissor lifts 30 feet up and poured paint in the ICA colors down on a mural created by VCUarts alumnus Ed Trask. Then a giant stencil was pulled back to reveal the ICA logo. Afterwards, VCUarts Dean Joe Seipel broke ground with a giant backhoe to cheers from the crowd of donors, arts and community leaders, students and faculty gathered.

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VCU Institute for Contemporary Art Pavilion at the Fall Line Fest

The VCU Institute for Contemporary Art presents Aziz + Cucher’s video installation, Synaptic Bliss, on the site of its future home during the two-day Fall Line Fest along Broad Street, Friday, Sept. 6 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 7 from 12-8 p.m. Prior to the festival, artists Aziz + Cucher will speak at the Grace Street Theater on Friday, Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. All events were free and open to the public. Special thanks to Altria whose generous support made this event possible.

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2012 Windmueller Artist Lecture Series Presents: Steven Holl

The 2012 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal recipient, Columbia University professor, and architect of the VCU ICA shared his insights on designing for the arts. The lecture was free and filled with a standing-room-only crowd.

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The Pollak Society Luncheon with Steven Holl

The Pollak Society, a group of arts enthusiasts and community supporters for VCUarts, were invited to a luncheon with Steven Holl at the Virginia Center for Architecture, where his exhibition “Forking Time” was mounted. Holl made remarks, as did several key supporters of the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art.

Steven Holl Architects: Forking Time: Opening Exhibition

An exhibition featuring Steven Holl Architects watercolors and study models of the new VCU Institute for Contemporary Art. Steven Holl Architects Senior Partner Chris McVoy gave remarks. VCU students and the community responded to the question “What do you hope to experience at the VCU ICA?” via social media. See their thoughts here. Read a review of the exhibition from Style Weekly.

Steven Holl: Forking Time Exhibition Opening, Private Reception

An exclusive unveiling of architect Steven Holl Architect’s original watercolors, sketches and models of the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art with alumni and friends of VCUarts.