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Alex Kitnick Visiting Art Historian Lecture

February 27, 2:30pm
Fishbowl, Fine Arts Building Room 301
1000 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23284

Alex Kitnick is Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. His writing has appeared in publications ranging from October to May.  Recently he curated an exhibition called The Critic at Matthew Marks Gallery.

Kitnick will talk about normalcy. He says, “After 2016 I started noticing that there was a lot of talk around the normal in political discourse.  This had started some time before in other contexts–there was talk of “new normals” in regards to the weather, for example; also, normcore in fashion–but it took on a new valence after Trump’s election.  Some spoke of normalization while others insisted that “this is not normal.” I started wondering what art might have to say about these questions; it struck me that much art of the 1980s–what we often describe as appropriation art–was deeply involved with ideas of the normal both in its subject matter as well as in its presentation and display.  I’m currently trying to write a small book about this idea, which touches on artists including Richard Prince, Sue Williams, Glenn Ligon, Mike Kelley, General Idea, and others. My idea is that artists, while often thought to be involved in subverting norms, often help articulate and establish them. They often try to make “new normals,” and intriguingly, frequently use old modes and established conventions to do so.”

Lavar Munroe Visiting Artist Lecture

The Most Vulnerable Amongst Us, Acrylic on unprimed canvas, 60 in x 72 in, 2019, image courtesy of Artist and Jack Bell Gallery

February 20, 12:30pm
ICA Auditorium
601 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Born in Nassau, Bahamas, in 1982, Lavar Munroe is an interdisciplinary artist whose work encompasses painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation art, creating hybrid forms that straddle the line between sculpture and painting.

He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007, and his Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art from Washington University in 2013. In 2014, he was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received the Postdoctoral Award of Research Excellence.  Munroe has exhibited widely, nationally and internationally. This year, he was included in Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of The Swamp, the New Orleans triennial curated by Trevor Schoonmaker. Munroe’s work was featured in the 2015 Venice Biennale in the International Art Exhibition All the World’s Futures, curated by the Biennale’s director, Okwui Enwezor. He represented The Bahamas at the 2010 Liverpool Biennial with a site-specific drawing project, and at the 12th Dakar Biennial in Senegal, curated by Simon Njami.

He has been awarded residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, MacDowell Colony,and the Headlands Center for the Arts and Joan Mitchell Center, and is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. Most recently, he was awarded a residency in Senegal at Thread: Artist Residency & Cultural Center, a project of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. Most recent, Munroe was named an inaugural Artist in Residence at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach Florida. 

Munroe has also shown at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Orlando Museum of Art, Nasher Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, SCAD Museum of Art, National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, among others.  

Munroe’s work is constantly in demand. He currently has an exhibition on display at Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo (MAXXI) and upcoming at the Meadows Museum, the Off Biennial in Cairo, Egypt, and the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.

Munroe lives and works between Washington, DC, and Nassau, Bahamas.  

Fox Hysen Visiting Artist Lecture

February 11, 2:30pm
Fishbowl, Fine Arts Building Room 301
1000 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23284

Fox Hysen was born in San Rafael, California, in 1982, cusp Gen-X/Millennial, received a MFA from Yale University in 2015 and BFA from New York University in 2006. Solo exhibitions include Gallery 16 in San Francisco, The Suburban in Milwaukee and Marcello Marvelli Gallery in New York. Hysen has been part of numerous group shows nationally and abroad including Capital and Et al. in San Francisco, Basilica Hudson, New York, Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Silberkuppe and Basso all in Berlin, Germany. 

Hysen’s work often oscillates between drawing, printmaking and painting via a collage modus operandi where making is shown to be thinking. Hysen’s visually and materially diverse practice allocates a space in painting for play, poetry, confidence and doubt.

Senior Seminar Show – I adore you, I adore you

Reception: February 7, 5-8 pm
FAB Gallery
1000 West Broad St
Richmond, VA 23284

I adore you
I adore you
Sensational investigation. Anticlimactic. Vulnerable. Anxiety 😛
draining (propelling) Performative. Contrived. continuous continuous
spot light. second guessing. doubt. Show and Conversate.
EmpathyApathy. The end is near. bitter sweet. Retrouvaille.

This show is about CRIT.

Join us friday first
for carb loading and openings
February 7
5-8 pm

Pieter Schoolwerth Visiting Artist Lecture

February 5, 2:30pm
Commons Theater
907 Floyd Ave
Richmond, VA 23284
Cosponsored with Collegiate School

Pieter Schoolwerth is a painter, filmmaker, and musician who lives and works in New York. Schoolwerth’s ‘painting in the last instance’ captures invisible flows of abstraction that structure contemporary experience, and turns them into motifs for an elaborate new kind of figurative painting. In his work, the stuff of paint itself reappears as a supplement only at the end of a complex, multi-media effort to produce a figurative picture depicting the ‘once removed’ space of the virtual. Schoolwerth has exhibited internationally since 1994, his monograph Model as Painting was published by Sequence Press/MIT in 2019, and his mid-career survey show will open at the Kunstverein Hannover in November 2020. From 2003–2013 Schoolwerth ran Wierd Records and the Wierd Party on the LES of NYC, releasing music by 46 bands and producing over 500 live music, DJ, and performance art events. 

Since receiving his BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1994, he has exhibited internationally with notable solo shows at Thread Waxing Space, Greene Naftali, American Fine Arts Co., Elizabeth Dee Gallery, and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York. His work has been included in group exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Centre Pompidou, Paris, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, 303 Gallery, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, and Friedrich Petzel, New York, and is in the permanent collections of MOCA Los Angeles, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Denver Art Museum, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst,and the Phoenix Art Museum.

Fine Art Print Publishing from the VCUarts Department of Painting + Printmaking

Support students while building your collection.

Feb. 6-7, 2020
 6-8 p.m. Feb. 6 reception
Noon-5 p.m. Feb. 6-7 open hours
Location: The Anderson Gallery, 907 1/2 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23284

For decades, the VCUarts Department of Painting + Printmaking has published limited-edition fine art prints with internationally recognized visiting artists. This event highlights some of the most notable artists from the fine art print collection and offers a selection of these prints to supporters of VCUarts. These prints, made in collaboration with VCUarts faculty, include works by Richard Artschwager, Joanne Greenbaum, Aissa Deebi, William Wegman, Keith Sonnier, Mark Dion, David Salle, Daniel Joseph Martinez and Theresa Pollak.

Call for Applications: Assistant Professor in Painting + Drawing

Call for Applications: Assistant Professor in Painting + Drawing

Deadline: Jan 6, 2020

The Opportunity:

The VCUarts Department of Painting + Printmaking seeks a colleague for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The ideal candidate will be an artist, dynamic teacher, and broad thinker who is deeply connected to the practices and discourses of contemporary painting and drawing. We are seeking someone who wants to thoughtfully contribute to the progressive spirit of an established fine arts program. The successful candidate will be well versed in contemporary issues in painting and drawing and will offer students a framework through which these discourses and practices can be addressed. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to pedagogical projects and coursework that supports an inclusive, diverse, and accessible experience for all students. Additional interdisciplinary opportunities are available for an engaged colleague.


Call for Applications: MFA in Painting + Printmaking

Call for Applications: MFA in Painting + Printmaking

Deadline: Jan 15, 2020

The VCUarts Painting + Printmaking MFA provides opportunities for artists to develop their practice through intensive studio work, immersive theory and criticism courses, and teaching experience. In addition, VCUarts offers a number of professional development opportunities including research grants.

Each semester, a visiting professor teaches the Graduate Seminar course and conducts bi-weekly individual critiques. Additionally, visiting artists, curators, and critics give lectures and conduct studio visits. Recent visiting artists, curators, and critics include: Kamrooz Aram, Dan Byers, Alejandro Cesarco, Galit Eilat, Nicole Eisenman, Rochelle Feinstein, Tomashi Jackson, Stanya Kahn, Sohrab Mohebbi, Aliza Nisenbaum, Joseph del Pesco, Ulrike Müller, Kenny Rivero, Tschabalala Self, and Wendy Vogel.

Travel experiences are a crucial element of the curriculum. Students have visited curators, artists, residencies, and galleries in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, as well as Documenta 14, Sculpture Project Münster, and Berlin Art Week, The Carnegie International and art events in New York, Los Angeles, Lima, and Beijing. All MFA students can participate in regular exhibitions of VCUarts alumni in New York City. Alumni have the opportunity to participate in the Wurtzel Residency in Italy as well as a post graduate fellowship at SOMA in Mexico City.

VCUarts is one of the nation’s leading arts schools, dedicated to advancing creative expression, supporting new scholarship, sparking innovation and deepening the role of the arts in society. Its visual arts and design graduate programs have received top rankings by U.S. News & World Report. VCUarts offers degrees across 15 departments and programs.

For more information visit our website or contact Director of Graduate Studies Cara Benedetto at