Art is intended to prompt interaction and discussion, to evoke emotion and drive experiences. As a non-collecting institution, we will showcase an ever-changing slate of exhibitions, performances, films, and special programs that translate our world into every medium. Admission is free and open to all.

About VCU and VCUarts

VCU is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 222 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences, and humanities. One of the nation’s leading schools of arts and design, VCU School of the Arts offers 15 undergraduate and 10 graduate degree programs in fine arts, design, performing arts, historical research, and pedagogical practice. Distinguished faculty members are internationally recognized in their respective fields, contribute significantly to the stature of VCU, and are committed to mentoring the next generation of artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, scholars, and engaged citizens of diverse communities around the world. Its campus in Qatar provides students and faculty with a direct tie to the Middle East, and underscores the school and university’s commitment to global education and experience.

About Richmond

Frommer’s said it best: “While you weren’t looking, Richmond got cool.” The region known for its Civil War history has evolved into one of the hottest travel destinations in the country. There’s history around every corner here, and we plan to make some of our own. Find out more at

Q: Why was the ICA created?
A: According to U.S. News & World Report, VCUarts is the #1 public university art and design program in the United States. Given this, VCU administrators, arts faculty, and community members decided that VCU should have an arts institution that complements the level of extraordinary work produced both at VCU and in the community beyond. The ICA is intended to inspire students, faculty, and the general public by bringing nationally and internationally respected artists and scholars to the city of Richmond.

Q: What kind of programming is expected?
A: As a non-collecting institution, the ICA will feature changing exhibitions of visual art and design, experimental performances, films, and programs that encourage in-depth consideration of the central issues of our time. Specific exhibitions and programs will be developed by a curatorial team in consultation with the ICA’s director.

Q: Will the ICA show work from VCU faculty and alumni?
A: The ICA will feature the highest quality of art being created by artists and designers internationally, which may include our talented alumni and faculty.

Q: How is the ICA being funded?
A:  Contributions came from corporations, foundations and individuals around the country, raising more than $37 million for the initial capital campaign. The Richmond community was extraordinarily supportive throughout the campaign, recognizing the need for this kind of resource for our university and broader community. An endowment campaign to help support the operations of the ICA is ongoing.

Q: Will the VCUarts Anderson Gallery be replaced by the ICA?
A: The Anderson Gallery has been an important venue for VCUarts for more than 35 years. Reopened in 2016, the Anderson is dedicated to student exhibitions and programs, while the ICA will serve as a showcase for contemporary artwork and performances from around the world.