Press Contact

Media in Richmond, please contact:
Roberta Oster Sachs, Interim Director of Communications
Institute for Contemporary Art, VCU

Media outside Richmond, please contact:
Ilana Simon
Resnicow Schroeder Associates

Megan Ardery
Resnicow Schroeder Associates

Press Releases

February 7, 2017 – Inaugural Exhibition, Declaration, Will Examine Art’s Crucial Role in the World Today and Will Premiere Many New Commissions and Works

September 27, 2016 – Stephanie Smith Named Chief Curator of New Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU; ICA at VCU Will Open in Richmond, VA in Fall 2017

September 30, 2015 – Nir Evron: Projected Claims is on view at VCUarts’s Depot Gallery Nov. 6, 2015—Jan. 17, 2016

April 14, 2015 – Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU presents Nir Evron’s largest U.S. exhibition, a multimedia exploration of his native Israel and its areas of conflict

October, 14, 2014 – ICA gallery named for arts leader Bev Reynolds

September 10, 2014 – Lauren Ross Named Inaugural Curator of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art

June 4, 2014 – Virginia Commonwealth University breaks ground on Institute for Contemporary Art

May 9, 2014 – Virginia Commonwealth University will break ground on new
Institute for Contemporary Art this Summer

Aug. 21, 2013 – Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art to Exhibit Video Installation During Fall Line Fest, Sept. 6-7

May 15, 2013 – Dr. Lisa Freiman Named Inaugural Director of VCU’s New Institute for Contemporary Art

September 12, 2012 – Virginia Commonwealth University Surpasses $20 Million Raised for new Institute for Contemporary Art

August 7, 2012 – Architect Steven Holl’s Lecture at VCU Rescheduled for Oct 15

July 31, 2012 – “Steven Holl Architects: Forking Time” Follows the Design Process for VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art

April 24, 2012 – VCU Unveils Design For New Multidisciplinary Arts Institution Designed By Steven Holl Architects



The ICA’s correct name is The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University (or VCU ICA). Thanks to a generous gift by the Markel Corporation, the building has been named The Markel Center.


Project Backgrounders and Bios

ICA Director Lisa Freiman Biography

Richmond Arts and Culture Backgrounder

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts Backgrounder


High resolution images, renderings, and headshots are available upon request.

Please contact Carol Anne Baker Lajoie, Acting Director of Communications, or 804-828-2777, with your project topic and deadline.