On Thursday, June 29, we announced that the ICA will open in Spring 2018, due to a revised schedule for the completion of construction. This is not unusual for new building projects, given the complexity of these undertakings, and it was imperative to us that we take the time necessary to create the most optimal opening experience for all of our constituents. We are looking forward to welcoming the VCU and Richmond communities when we launch the ICA this Spring, and will continue to mount initiatives and programs in the community prior to the opening that are not contingent on the building.
We are so grateful for the deep support we’ve received from all of the friends of the ICA: members, donors, artists, lenders, partners, corporate sponsors, and all future visitors. We appreciate your understanding, and look forward to sharing additional details about our opening programs and our inaugural exhibition, Declaration, later this summer.
Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with our staff with any questions. Thank you.—Lisa D. Freiman, Ph.D., Director
After years of commitment from hundreds of supporters, nothing is more important to us than a successful launch of the ICA. As information over the past few weeks began to make it clear that the building required more time, we were among the first to advocate for a change in the opening date. We remain excited for all that the ICA will bring to VCU, Richmond, and beyond. For us, the how outweighs the when. We are proud of the programs, exhibitions, and numerous opportunities for community engagement our ICA staff have developed. We have no doubt it is imperative to introduce them at a time that makes the most sense for the university and the city, once the building is ready to accommodate art, artists, and all visitors properly.—Pam and Bill Royall, ICA Capital Campaign Co-Chairs and Lead Donors
We have been involved in our share of big projects, so we understand that construction schedules are a moving target. With a fall opening, moving just a few weeks puts us into the holiday season, and then the winter months in Richmond, and that’s just not ideal for introducing a project of this magnitude to the community. We are so proud of what’s to come with ICA, we have great confidence that Richmond is going to love it, too. Our top priority is that staff have the time they need in the building to prepare the environment to receive art and create a top-notch experience for visitors.—Kathie and Steve Markel, ICA Capital Campaign Co-Chairs and Lead Donors
Past Director’s Letters:
Lisa Freiman is an internationally recognized curator and leader in the contemporary art field.