Category Archives: Arts and Culture

VCU Student Wins ‘Who’s Who’ Award

By Asia Stormy Holt
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.–Tiffany Jones , a Fashion Design senior,  is one of the winners for the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.”

To be nominated, students had to be in good academic standing, were involved on campus and in the community.

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VCU Fashion Week

By Asia Holt
VCU InSight

VCU’s student organization STRUT welcomed students back from spring with the annual fashion week on April 5.

With the theme of Alice and Wonderland, STRUT brought fashion and fun to students by allowing them create their own fashion pieces through competitions and games.  The events were held in VCU’s student commons and included activities like the mad hat and make-up competition, a potato sack race, and a character dress alike contest.

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Southern Film Festival celebrates Civil Rights

By Curt Dozier
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.–The first annual VCU Southern Film Festival occurred at the Grace Street Theater on February 26th and 27th.

Six movies were shown over the two-day festival featuring films about African-American culture in the segregated “Old South.” Tabbed as “Screening Civil Rights,” the festival aired films with influential black stars like Spike Lee and Sidney Poitier.

Keynote speaker Dr. Emilie Raymond chose the films and wanted to illustrate the struggle of African-Americans in the south.

“Each film is either a film from the time or a film symbolic of an event or in memory of the time of the civil rights movement. We have a pretty good mix of films from during the movement and even today,” Raymond said.

The free festival was sponsored by the VCU Departments of English and History as well as the VCU Student Chapter of the NAACP.

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VCU Student Commons Hosts Peru Art Show

By Alli Atayee
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. – For those of us not lucky enough to see the landscape and culture of Peru first hand, we can now experience the beauty of the country through the art of a group of Virginia Commonwealth University students.

The 2009 participants from VCU’s Summer Study Abroad program in Peru exhibited their art from March 1st until the 12th in VCU’s student commons.

The gallery was called Inspiration: Peru. VCU student and coordinator of the gallery, Deborah Shapiro, shared her once in a lifetime experience.

“The textiles, the landscape, the combination of Incan and Spanish architecture; the whole country was so beautiful and colorful.”

The group traveled through Lima, Cuzco, and the Sacred Valley as well as other sites along the coast of Peru for a month last summer. This visual exploration inspired artwork including photographs, paintings and more.

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VCU Professor Is A Silver Screen Effects Wiz

By Phil Karstetter and David Preut
VCU Insight

RICHMOND,Va.- Wizards may be the stuff of Canterbury and the Round Table, but Virginia Commonwealth University has one right on its campus. Matt Wallin, an assistant professor of Communication Arts, works his magic on the big screen.

Wallin began his career in special effects as a lowly intern at the legendary special effects company Industrial Light and Magic while studying at San Francisco State. Since then he’s had an extensive and lucrative career, having worked on a host of major blockbuster films including “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”, “King Kong”, “Star Wars Episode 1: Phantom Menace”, two of the “Matrix” films, and “I Am Legend.”

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‘Grand Illumination’ Lights Up Richmond for 25th Year

By Eric Blackstock and Alonna Artis
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — The annual Grand Illumination at Richmond’s James Center celebrated its 25th year on Dec. 4, when holiday lights at multiple downtown locations were lit at the same time.

Following a countdown, a 60-foot tree and 95 reindeer at the James Center, as well as more than 15 buildings in the area, were lit promptly at 6:00 p.m.

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Ukrops-Supervalu Richmond Christmas Parade Celebrates 26th Year

By Eric Blackstock
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — Despite inclement weather, the 26th annual Ukrops-Supervalu Richmond Christmas Parade went ahead as scheduled Dec. 5.

95 separate units were scheduled to appear, including floats, balloons, bands, and an appearance by the Legendary Santa.

Broad St. was closed for the parade route between the Science Museum of Virginia and Richmond Colisseum as the parade marched through the city, past Virginia Commonwealth Univeristy’s Monroe Park campus.

2009 marked the 26th year of the parade.  It is as of yet unknown if the sale of the Ukrops supermarket chain to Royal Ahold, announced on Dec. 17, will affect future Christmas parades.

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