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.”


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.’”

Changing Times

Virginia Commonwealth University begun construction on its Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), a $35 million building at the corner of Broad and Belvidere streets.

One Building, Many Strucutres

Using multiple types of structural support systems, engineers have resolved the complexity of a new contemporary art institute that will serve as a gateway to Virginia Commonwealth University.

Best & Worst 2014

VCU Institute for Contemporary Art voted #3 in “Best in Architecture” in the category of “Game Changers.”

Arts and Culture: Portrait of Opportunity

The year’s biggest confluence of traditional power players happened at the June groundbreaking for VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art, on its way toward a fundraising goal of $35 million. Its anticipated opening in late 2017 will mark Richmond’s entry into the international contemporary art world, just as it physically reshapes the area of Broad and Belvedere with world-class architecture.

Construction of Art Institute finally underway

For months, the lot on the corner of Broad and Belvidere streets has remained vacant except for the sign designating it as the future home of the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU. Last week, nearly 350 people gathered on that lot as VCUarts Dean Joe Seipel broke ground for the ICA.

VCU Breaks Ground on Steven Holl’s Institute of Contemporary Art

Virginia Commonwealth University has officially broken ground this week on the Markel Center, the building that will house VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art. Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the Institute is sited at a busy intersection at the edge of the Richmond campus, and will serve as a gateway between city and university.

Being There: VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art Ground Breaking

Belvidere and West Broad has long been a frenetic crossroads. The old Elba and Ashland & Chesapeake railway stations were once nearby. Half a dozen city bus lines roll through regularly. And two federal highways and a pair of gas stations cater to motorists. But valet parking was a first for the neighborhood on Tuesday when Virginia Commonwealth University broke ground on its Institute for Contemporary Art, a highly-anticipated new exhibition and performance space.

institute for contemporary art by steven holl set to break ground

work is set to get underway at virginia commonwealth university‘s ‘institute for contemporary art‘ in richmond, USA. designed by internationally acclaimed architect steven holl, the multidisciplinary institution will facilitate visual art, theater, music, dance and film performances for both academic and public audiences, in collaboration with the VCU school of the arts.

Silvestri: The view from two parking lots

This month, we assembled on a perfectly good blacktopped parking lot to hear that Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art was going to happen, giving the city and the urban school a better face to welcome visitors and commuters.

A colorful start for planned VCU arts center

With a shovel of dirt and a splatter of paint, Virginia Commonwealth University’s future Institute for Contemporary Art has officially marked its territory on West Broad Street.

VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art underway

Virginia Commonwealth University on Tuesday broke ground on the Markel Center, the Steven Holl Architects-designed building that will house VCU’s new Institute for Contemporary Art

Going All the Way with the ICA

As part of the groundbreaking ceremonies at Belvidere and Broad streets for Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art, significant contributors and officials donned white Tyvek suits, resembling the founding members of Devo, and upon high-rise lifters attempted a splatter action painting demonstration.

VCU Breaks Ground on Institute for Contemporary Art

Contributors who helped Virginia Commonwealth University raise more than $31 million broke ground Tuesday for the Institute for Contemporary Art at the corner of Broad and Belvidere, expected to become “an icon for the City of Richmond.”