In my 35-plus years at VCUarts I’ve never been more optimistic about the potential of our school and our community than I am at this moment.
The Institute for Contemporary Art will become an extension of the cross-disciplinary approach that’s been so successful at VCUarts. The building itself was designed to minimize barriers among artistic mediums, to act as an incubator for collaborations across the university and to showcase the most-current visual and performing arts from around the country and the world.
Richmond is a wonderfully diverse community and we intend to engage the entire city at the ICA with exhibitions and performances that will challenge and excite conversations amongst our students, faculty, and the greater community.
Our number one ranked art school will now have a first class venue for art, performance and new ideas. The excitement about the ICA is palpable and all involved know we’re on the cusp of something great. I can’t help but sometimes flash to the future, where I imagine us asking, “can you even remember Richmond before the ICA?” It will be that much of a force in this city. This truly will change Richmond as we know it.
Joe H. Seipel
Dean, School of the Arts
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