The Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU sets opening date for April 2018

The Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU has set a new opening date: April 21, 2018. Originally scheduled for this month, the opening of the $41 million building was delayed due to construction, and the new building also needed to be acclimatized before art could be installed. “We’ve been working on this for quite some time. And now we have … the magic date.”

ET at the ICA

The hotly anticipated Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU will open in the spring of 2018, and hungry art patrons won’t have to leave the premises to grab a bite: Ellwood Thompson’s will open a cafe inside the new museum offering “healthy, locally sourced, made-in-house food,” according to a release. Expect coffee, juices and smoothies, baked goods, sandwiches and salads, and more fresh snacks and drinks.

A Cafe for the ICA from Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market

As anticipation ratchets up for the opening of the hulking yet cool metal-clad Institute for Contemporary Art, Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market has announced another reason to visit the new landmark.

Ellwood Thompson’s is opening a café inside the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU

“The ICA is excited to partner with Ellwood’s to bring locally-sourced, healthy, delicious food to our visitors and campus community,” said Lisa Freiman, ICA inaugural director, in a news release. “When we open, we will be a forum for community engagement and dialogue and those values align with Ellwood’s. We both believe good food and drink are essential to a meaningful life.”

Stephanie Smith on Mark Dion

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First Impressions: The ICA at VCU

Richmond magazine staffers toured the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU April 25; here are our early thoughts

VCU’s Artistic Addition

It’s the newest addition to the ever-growing VCU landscape downtown – the Institute for Contemporary Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University (ICA). The building itself is named the Markel Center, recognizing the incredible contributions made by that family.

Cityscape: Slices of Life and Scenes in Richmond

The new Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University continues to take shape on the southwest corner of Belvidere and Broad streets.

Opening set for ICA at Broad and Belvidere

This fall, VCU will throw a party to unveil its new crown jewel. VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, or ICA, will open Oct. 28, with a day-long festival planned for the surrounding blocks.