Tireless Arts Leader, Beverly Reynolds, Has Died

Beverly Ward Reynolds, owner and director of the Reynolds Gallery and a longtime supporter of the local arts scene, passed away on Sunday due to complications from cancer. She was 68.

Over the past 30 years, Reynolds brought important artists to Richmond from Sally Mann to Jasper Johns, and she was heavily involved with the upcoming Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University. Recently it was decided that the first-floor gallery in the Markel Center of the ICA would be named in her honor.


VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art and its Dynamic Director, Lisa Freiman

The ICA will be a non-collecting museum for the art of the now. Lisa has been described as hugely ambitious and incredibly driven. I would say she is a force of nature. She has a vision for the ICA and she’s relentless in realizing that vision. she is also warm, funny and very smart.


On Elite Campuses, an Arts Race

Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, is that rare public research institution that has put the arts front and center. It hired Mr. Holl to design a 41,000-square-foot building for a new Institute of Contemporary Art that will extend an arts-led downtown revitalization. Mr. Holl anchors the museum with a 72-foot-high torqued metal tower as a billboard for art. A tall glass-walled entrance invites visitors to a forum within for public events.


Today’s Top Opinion: The arts contribute to a Dynamic Dominion

“You can be a museum or you can be modern, but you cannot be both,” quipped Gertrude Stein. New York’s Museum of Modern Art proved her wrong. Countless other arts institutions suggest that museums are not sepulchres but repositories of life.


ICA Gallery Named After Bev Reynolds

The first-floor gallery in the Markel Center of the Institute for Contemporary Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University will be named in honor of Beverly W. Reynolds.

“It is appropriate and wonderful that one of the most prominent spaces in the ICA be named for Bev Reynolds, one of the most prominent supporters of the arts in our city’s history,” said VCU President Michael Rao.


VCU Stamps Reynolds Name on Upcoming Gallery

With $3 million in donations given on her behalf, a local arts supporter will now lend her name to part of VCU’s new Institute for Contemporary Art. The school announced Tuesday that the first-floor art gallery in the new $35 million building will be named for Beverly Reynolds, founder and director of Reynolds Gallery in the Fan.


Slow Build

Try as hard as you like, Lisa Freiman will not be rushed into naming an opening date for Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art. Though an excavator pierced asphalt at the intersection of Broad and Belvidere streets in Richmond last June, Freiman, the director of the $35 million, 41,000-square-foot institute, is more interested in doing it right than doing it fast.


ICA announces curator, still under construction

The [ICA] announced earlier this month that Lauren Ross has been chosen as curator, and will begin her new position Oct. 6. Ross said her responsibilities as curator will include designating the museum’s opening programs, organizing exhibitions and actively collaborating with people in the education departments who are in charge of producing appropriate programs for a variety of audiences with things such as lectures, tours or workshops.


Lauren Ross named inaugural curator of VCU Institute for Contemporary Art

Virginia Commonwealth University announced it has appointed Lauren Ross as curator of the new Institute for Contemporary Art, opening in 2017. Ross is currently the Nancy E. Meinig Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was previously the first curator of arts programs at the High Line in New York.


Lauren Ross named inaugural curator of VCU Institute for Contemporary Art

Virginia Commonwealth University announced it has appointed Lauren Ross as curator of the new Institute for Contemporary Art, opening in 2017. Ross is currently the Nancy E. Meinig Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was previously the first curator of arts programs at the High Line in New York.


VCU’s Upcoming Arts Center Names Curator

As VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art begins to rise at the corner of West Broad and Belvidere streets, its director is building her staff.

Lauren Ross has been hired as curator of the ICA following an international search to fill the position, VCU announced Wednesday.


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Richmond’s ICA Nabs Lauren Ross as First Curator

The Philbrook Museum of Art’s modern and contemporary curator Lauren Ross is set to head east to be the very first curator at Virginia Commonwealth University’s still-under-construction Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA). Though the ICA doesn’t open until 2017, Ross is set to begin working on its programming next month. This isn’t the first time Ross has been an institution’s inaugural curator — she was the High Line’s first curator from 2009 to 2011.

 


Lauren Ross Named Curator of VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art

Lauren Ross has been named the inaugural curator for the Institute for Contemporary Art, set to open at the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017. Ross was the first curator of arts programs at the High Line, and most recently served as the Nancy E. Meinig curator of modern and contemporary art at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the ICA will be a noncollecting art institution in Richmond, Virginia. It will focus on encouraging a cross-disciplinary approach to art making.


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New Art Museum Names Curator

The curator of the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Okla., has been tapped as curator of Virginia Commonwealth University’s new Institute for Contemporary Art, a 46,000-square-foot complex scheduled to open in 2017.

A native of New York, Lauren Ross spent the first 18 years of her career there, including positions at the Brooklyn Museum, alternative space White Columns and the High Line.

After working in the city’s world-leading and often spoiled art scene, she says Oklahoma was “a real eye-opener.”


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Lauren Ross Named Inaugural Curator at Virginia Commonwealth University’s ICA

Lauren Ross will serve as curator under director Lisa Freiman at Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Contemporary Art, which will open in 2017.

Formerly a White Columns director, Ross was the first arts curator at New York’s High Line park. She comes to the ICA from the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she was curator of modern and contemporary art.

The ICA, a non-collecting institution designed by Steven Holl Architects, will be a major undertaking at the school.


VCU names ICA curator

Virginia Commonwealth University has appointed Lauren Ross as the inaugural curator for the Institute for Contemporary Art.


The missing piece: What the ICA will mean for VCU and the Richmond community

“Boldly fastened at one of the busiest intersections in Richmond — the corner of Belvedere and Broad streets — the ICA will link VCU’s two campuses and be a key component of Richmond’s Downtown Arts District. The ICA will feature both exhibitions and performances, serving as a laboratory and incubator for the presentation of visual art, theater, music, dance and film by nationally and internationally recognized artists.”


Fall Arts Preview – Richmond’s arts scene helps put the city on the map

“Beyond new and ongoing exhibitions at the VMFA, museum director Alex Nyerges is looking forward to continuing to strengthen ties with Virginia Commonwealth University artists and administrators now that the Institute for Contemporary Art has finally broken ground downtown. ‘It’s fabulous for Richmond and Virginia,’ Nyerges said. ‘It’s another reason to visit the city and to live here.’”