Press Releases

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

March 15, 2012 – VCU School of the Arts Ranked Top Public Graduate Arts Program in the U.S.



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

VCUarts Dean Joseph H. Seipel Backgrounder


A selection of high- and low-resolution images are available for download here

Press Contact

Media in Richmond, please contact:
Carrie Culpepper
VCU Institute for Contemporary Art

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

Isabel Sinistore
Resnicow Schroeder Associates