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ArtVenture Summer Camp Kicks Off At VisArts With Supersized Fun

June 29, 2022 Features News

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond (VisArts) commenced the 2022 ArtVenture Summer Camp season with a new class that brought larger-than-life puppet making to the classroom taught by the director of All The Saints Theater, Lily Lamberta. Students made a 15-foot high paper-mache puppet named Jerry. “Jerry” pronouns they/them was made as a penguin swamp […]

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VisArts Annual [Work] Exhibition Opens Friday June 17, Showcasing Over 65 New Works by VisArts Faculty, Staff, and Board Members

June 15, 2022 Features News

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s annual [Work] Exhibition opens on Friday, June 17, 2022, with an opening reception in VisArts’ True F. Luck Gallery beginning at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit features over 65 pieces of art created by VisArts faculty, staff, and board members.   “VisArts hires close to two hundred teaching artists each […]

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Meet the Curator: Caroline Wright discusses “Mira, Miru,” the 2022 VisArts Resident Artist Exhibition

April 22, 2022 Features

Caroline Wright is the consulting curator behind the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s resident exhibition, “Mira, Miru.” Caroline is no stranger to VisArts — she worked as Director of Exhibition Programming at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond from 2011-2016. In this role, she curated contemporary art exhibitions in an extensive range of media and […]

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Q&A With Writer & Illustrator James Callahan

February 28, 2022 Features

Richmond-based writer and illustrator James Callahan graduated from VCU’s Communication Arts and Design program with a focus on Illustration in 2001. Over the years he’s created thousands of drawings for comics, records, clothing, skateboards, and every other imaginable printable surface, including the cover of VisArts’ Spring 2022 class catalog. Each year, the Visual Arts Center […]

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Q&A With Matt Cricchio, Author and Instructor of VisArts’ Yearlong Novel-Writing Class

November 29, 2021 Features News

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond is giving aspiring novelists the perfect opportunity to kick-start their writing careers in 2022. VisArts’ yearlong novel-writing class kicks off again this January. In this special class, writers will have the chance to spend an entire year workshopping their writing with Richmond-based author, Matt Cricchio. Cricchio is a Navy […]

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Over 500 Guests Attend “Of Mud & Blood” Opening; Pieces Up for Auction Until Dec. 20

November 12, 2021 Features News

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond (VisArts) hosted over 500 guests at the opening for “Of Mud & Blood,” an exhibition that features collaborative works by Central Virginia-based ceramicists and tattoo artists. The exhibition explores these centuries-old crafts through various vessels, sculptures and many other forms. Known for their own traditional styles and techniques, the […]

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The Royal Pig and Curbside Café win top prizes at the 8th Annual VisArts Chili Throwdown

October 08, 2021 Features

The Royal Pig and Curbside Café were declared chili champions at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s 8th Annual Chili Throwdown on Friday, Oct. 1. More than 500 people attended the event that benefits VisArts, making this year’s fundraiser the most successful yet. The Cary Street Ramblers performed traditional string band music as guests picked out handmade ceramic bowls made and donated by local clay […]

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Over 150 Handmade, Ceramic Bowls and Mugs are Ready for the VisArts Chili Throwdown, Thanks to Resident-artist, Kourtenay Plummer

September 23, 2021 Features

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond will host its eighth annual  VisArts Chili Throwdown on Friday, October 1. Adult admission to the event includes a handmade ceramic bowl—made and donated by local clay artists—a drink ticket and a bowl of delicious chili chosen from over 20 local restaurants.   In the months leading up to this popular VisArts fundraiser event, Chili Throwdown Clay Art […]

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Craft + Design Online Jewelry Guide 

November 23, 2020 Features

By Karen Kelly Craft + Design Online features a variety of museum-quality craft from artists across the country. The largest featured media is jewelry, with nearly 50 artists represented in this year’s show! From classic materials such as fine metals and precious stones to clay, newspaper, and wood, Craft + Design Online’s jewelry artists create truly […]

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Craft + Design New Artist Highlights

November 23, 2020 Features

Craft + Design is always evolving, growing and bringing in as many new artists as possible. While the 56th year of Craft + Design looks a little different due to COVID-19, we are continuing to welcome new artists and are proud to virtually host 46 of them for Craft + Design Online!   Stefanie Fedor, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s […]

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How to Navigate Craft + Design Online

November 23, 2020 Features

by Chris Hairston-White Welcome to Craft + Design Online, Presented by the Visual Arts Center of Richmond! As chair of the Craft + Design Committee this year, it’s my pleasure to share a how-to guide for navigating and enjoying this year’s virtual event.  With over 120 artists (including over 40 new artists) to shop and learn from, you’ll need to prep and plan your approach. Feel […]

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How to Style Contemporary Crafts in Your Home by Marissa Hermanson Moomaw

November 23, 2020 Features

From dressing your dinner table to arranging an artful collection, here’s how you can incorporate handmade wares into your home. By Marissa Hermanson Whether it be wood furnishings, metalwork or woven fibers, contemporary craft blends age-old artistry with modern aesthetics to create pieces that are functional and beautiful for you to use at home. Handcrafted […]

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Q&A With Richmond Author, Lana Krumwiede, Teacher of VisArts’ Yearlong Novel Writing Class

December 20, 2019 Features

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond is giving aspiring novelists the perfect opportunity to kick-start their writing careers in 2020. VisArts’ yearlong novel writing class kicks off again this January. In this special class, writers will have the chance to spend an entire year workshopping their writing with Richmond-based author, Lana Krumwiede. Krumwiede is the […]

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Richmond-Based Artists Lily Cox-Richard and Michael Jevon Demps Present walking with, an Exhibition Rooted in Responses to their Walks Along Richmond’s James River

November 11, 2019 Features

Richmond-based artists Lily Cox-Richard and Michael Jevon Demps forged a connection during walks along the James River and those experiences inspired the artists to create walking with, an exhibition of work that opens in the True F. Luck Gallery at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond on Friday, Nov. 15. Both artists are professors at […]

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Over 500 Handmade, Ceramic Bowls and Mugs are Ready for the VisArts Chili Throwdown, Thanks to Local Potter, Jess Hardin

October 01, 2019 Features

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond will host its sixth annual VisArts Chili Throwdown on Friday, October 4. Adult admission to the event includes chili from over 25 local restaurants and a handmade ceramic bowl—made in VisArts’ clay studios. In the months leading up to this fall fundraiser, Chili Throwdown Resident Artist, Jess Hardin, has […]

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Jeweler Hilary Hertzler Brings Vibrant Collection of Handmade Jewelry to Richmond as Craft + Design Featured Artist, November 22-24

August 29, 2019 Features

Philadelphia-based jeweler Hilary Hertzler started her career in interior architecture and now she’s a full-time jeweler, selling her work all over the U.S. The Visual Arts Center of Richmond has chosen Hertzler as the featured artist for its 55th Annual Craft + Design Show, making her work the focal point of the event’s promotional materials. […]

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ArtVenture Summer Camp Teachers Introduce 6 New Fiber Art Classes

May 23, 2019 Features

At the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s ArtVenture Summer Camp, kids get the chance to make art alongside professional artists in a variety of art media. This summer, VisArts is offering a slew of new classes in the fiber studio, many of which are being taught by graduates of Virginia Commonwealth University’s art education masters […]

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North Carolina-Based Illustrator Kristen Solecki is the Artist Behind VisArts’ Cat-filled Summer Catalog

April 16, 2019 Features

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s summer class registration opens on Wednesday, April 17 and VisArts recently released a special catalog, illustrated by North Carolina-based artist Kristen Solecki, the center’s current Illustrator-in-Residence. Solecki said the concept for VisArts’ catalog came from an idea about her own studio space. “The inspiration for the summer catalog is pretty much my dream studio,” she […]

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Solo Exhibition by Susan Iverson Explores the Complexity of the Word “No”

April 08, 2019 Features

An exhibition of work by Susan Iverson titled “The Color of No” opens at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond on Friday, April 12. “The Color of No” showcases over 40 colorful tapestries produced by Iverson over the last five years, each emblazoned with the word “no.”   An established, Richmond-based artist and master weaver, Iverson taught in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Craft […]

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VisArts to Honor Former Board Member Brian Jackson with Distinguished Service Award at 33rd Annual Collectors’ Night

March 01, 2019 Features

Local attorney Brian Jackson will join the ranks of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s past Distinguished Service Award winners on March 16 when he is honored for his contributions to the community arts center at its 33rd annual Collectors’ Night art auction. During the seven years he served on VisArts’ board, Jackson led the way on […]

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Kids Make Art with Professional Artists at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s Summer Camp

February 14, 2019 Features

At the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s ArtVenture Summer Camp, kids make art with the help of professional, working artists. Each summer, VisArts brings in painters, woodworkers, potters, photographers, graphic designers, filmmakers and other creative educators who design classes specifically for kids. These artists often have decades of experience in their medium or a bachelor […]

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