25 Restaurants Will Participate in VisArts’ Chili Throwdown Oct. 7

September 26, 2016 News

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond hosts its third annual chili event, the Art Junction Chili Throwdown, on Fri., Oct. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. This year’s event will feature the chili of 25 area restaurants and bluegrass music by South Hill Banks. Last year, more than 500 people attended the Art Junction Chili […]

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A Space of Her Own Gets a New Name

September 21, 2016 News

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond has renamed one of its most popular outreach programs. A Space of Her Own will kick off the 2016-17 academic year under its new name: Make Space. A Space of Her Own, often called SOHO for short, was established in 2008. The program pairs 12 sixth grade girls at […]

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VisArts Releases Craft + Design Schedule and Begins Pre-Selling Tickets

September 17, 2016 News

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond has released the schedule and ticketing information for this year’s Craft + Design Show, which will take place at the Science Museum of Virginia the weekend of Nov. 18-20, 2016. Craft + Design is a juried contemporary craft show featuring the museum-quality work of 60 nationally and internationally recognized […]

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VisArts Announces Partnership with At The Inkwell

September 07, 2016 News

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond has announced a partnership with At The Inkwell, a New York City-based non-profit, founded in 2013, that supports published writers through hosting readings at partner sites around the U.S. At The Inkwell currently hosts its reading series in Denver, London, New York, San Francisco and Seattle. Richmond is its […]

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A Space of Her Own Mentor Applications Due Sept. 9

September 01, 2016 News

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond is recruiting mentors for its yearlong mentorship program, A Space of Her Own. The program offers early- and mid-career women the chance to develop leadership skills, make art and build friendships with sixth-grade girls in Richmond’s East End. A Space of Her Own, often called SOHO for short, was […]

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VisArts Announces Group Exhibition, “Conjurers: Artists Imbue the Ordinary”

July 27, 2016 News

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond announces a group exhibition, “Conjurers: Artists Imbue the Ordinary,” which features the work of Vanessa German, Marcus Kenney and Shawne Major. “Conjurers” opens at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond on Friday, Sept. 16. Vanessa German will take the floor with a performance piece at 5:30 p.m., and an […]

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Jared Boggess Illustrates Fall Catalog

July 20, 2016 Features

Jared Boggess was raised in Hanover County where he grew up copying Sonic the Hedgehog and Star Wars characters. He’d fill oversized sheets of paper with hundreds of tiny characters that were neither man nor alien but something in between. Boggess is the second of four illustrators the Visual Arts Center of Richmond has commissioned […]

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VisArts on the Half Shell to Take Place Fri., July 22 from 4-7 p.m.

July 19, 2016 News

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond will host VisArts on the Half Shell on Fri., July 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. The outdoor event features summer specialties and bluegrass music by the Nobile Brothers. Adults will enjoy oysters and BBQ along with craft beer, Bloody Marys and wine. S’mores, popsicles by King of Pops […]

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Loosely Loaded

June 07, 2016 Features

Silk, while beautiful, isn’t an easy material to work with. It snags and stains, marks and puckers. Images, once drawn on silk, aren’t easily erased or edited. And dyes that are applied to the material frequently bleed together with unexpected results. Artist Emily Erb forgives the material all these qualities. Silk is affordable, portable and—most […]

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Art League

May 25, 2016 Features

Painter Tommy Van Auken is passionate about creating a place where self-described “art nerds” feel like they belong. “We designed Art League to be the program I wish I could have participated in in high school,” says Van Auken, who has been a longtime instructor at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. “I was this […]

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ArtVenture Summer Camp

April 26, 2016 Features

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s summer camp program, ArtVenture, launched nine years ago. In less than a decade, ArtVenture has established itself as one of the most popular day camps in the region, winning honors from publications like Richmond Magazine and Style Weekly and garnering rave reviews from both kids and parents who keep […]

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VisArts Receives $40,000 Grant from The Community Foundation

April 06, 2016 News

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond has received a $40,000 grant from The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia. The grant will support VisArts’ youth outreach programming, which includes Art After School, A Space of Her Own, Engage and Profits in Creativity. During the 2014-15 school year, VisArts provided arts education programs, free-of-charge, to […]

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Michelle Erickson

April 06, 2016 Features

In her early twenties, Michelle Erickson took two jobs that influenced the trajectory of her career as a ceramics artist. After graduating from the College of William and Mary, she spent a year working as a potter in the French-Canadian section of the Busch Gardens theme park. Tourists could watch her throw pots on the […]

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Anna Hepler

March 30, 2016 Features

Five years ago, Anna Hepler gave up a career in academia and moved with her family to Eastport, Maine to work as a full-time artist in the tiny coastal community. Her commitment to both her work and pursuing a path less taken comes across in “Push Me Pull You,” Hepler’s new exhibition, which opens at […]

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Visual Arts Center Launches Illustrator-in-Residence Program

March 22, 2016 News

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond has launched an illustrator-in-residence program and will work with four illustrators over the next year. Each illustrator will design a catalog cover for the 53-year-old arts organization and lead a workshop or give a lecture on his or her craft. Victoria Borges was selected to illustrate the summer catalog, […]

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Victoria Borges

March 22, 2016 Features

Victoria Borges grew up with a pencil in her hand, but until she began her first year as a student in VCU’s School of the Arts, where she majored in communications arts, she had never considered illustration as a viable career path. “I thought of people as artists, but I didn’t think of being an […]

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Ceramicist Michelle Erickson Begins Monthlong Artist Residency at VisArts

March 15, 2016 News

Hampton-based ceramicist Michelle Erickson begins a one-month artist residency at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond this week. Erickson is best known for analyzing contemporary culture through the use of 17th and 18th-century Colonial American ceramic history, combining traditional pottery-making methods with contemporary narratives. Her work is in the collections of the Mint Museum of […]

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EILEEN FISHER Donates Five Percent of Sales to VisArts on March 24

March 09, 2016 News

Women’s clothing and accessories designer EILEEN FISHER is partnering with Saks Fifth Avenue to support the Visual Arts Center of Richmond and its A Space of Her Own (SOHO) program again this year. On Thursday, March 24, five percent of sales of EILEEN FISHER merchandise sold at Saks’ Stony Point Fashion Park location will go […]

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Anna Hepler Exhibition Opens April 1

March 03, 2016 News

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond will open an exhibition of work by Anna Hepler titled “Push Me Pull You” on Friday, April 1. A 5:30 p.m. artist talk will be followed by an opening reception that will run from 6 to 8 p.m. A press preview will be held on March 31 from 10 […]

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February 23, 2016 Features

Most graduate students attending health professional schools don’t get enough time to sleep, let alone make art. That is, unless they’re lucky enough to get into a program called PALETTE, which is run in partnership with the VCU School of Allied Health Professions’ Department of Gerontology and always has a waiting list. PALETTE, which is […]

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The People’s Potter

January 27, 2016 Features

There’s a waiting list to get into Jeff Vick’s ceramics classes and it’s no wonder. Students call him “patient,” “committed” and “kind,” and he’s described as the type of instructor who is always teaching. This Friday, the Visual Arts Center’s clay studio manager will be honored with the 2015 Shelly Shepherd Master Teacher Award at […]

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Visual Arts Center’s Annual [work] Exhibition Opens Jan. 29

January 26, 2016 News

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond will open its annual [work] exhibition this Friday, Jan. 29 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the center’s True F. Luck Gallery. The exhibition runs through March 4. [work] features the art of faculty, staff and board members of the Visual Arts Center. Pieces were selected […]

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