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.


“Virginia’s Favorite Architecture” Exhibition at Virginia Center for Architecture

Architects across the state nominated the ICA’s Markel Center for Virginia’s Favorite Architecture, a contest and exhibition organized by the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects. After voting by the public, the ICA was ranked no. 49 out of 100 structures. An impressive feat considering the ICA’s Markel Center is the only unbuilt structure on a list that includes Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and Virginia state capitol, as well as other widely regarded structures. The exhibition runs through Oct. 19 at the Virginia Center for Architecture.

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.


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.