The ICA’s press section is available for use by working members of the media. Here you will find information on current and upcoming exhibitions, projects, programming, and more.

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Installation View of Rashid Johnson, Plateaus, 2014. Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU announces two new fall exhibitions

Projects by Rashid Johnson, Abbas Akhavan, David Hartt, Jonathas de Andrade, Julianne Swartz and Pascale Marthine Tayou will open Oct. 17.

June 23, 2018

This fall, the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University will present two exhibitions featuring leading international contemporary artists, including two new site-specific commissions. Opening simultaneously on Oct. 17, “Provocations: Rashid Johnson” and “Hedges, Edges, Dirt” explore socially and culturally specific issues in nuanced, conceptual and poetic ways. Through these, the ICA will continue presenting exhibitions that engage audiences with dynamic programming on themes of social relevance and local resonance.

Paul Rucker, iCubed Visiting Arts Fellow

iCubed Fellow and Declaration Artist Paul Rucker awarded MAP Fund grant for new performance The Power of the Narrator

May 23, 2018

On May 22, 2018, the MAP Fund announced that it will award $40k to the VCU iCubed Artist in Residence and Declaration artist Paul Rucker in support of The Power of the Narrator, an original performance piece that will premiere at the ICA in 2019.

Audience watching Paul Rucker's April 2017 performance

Institute for Contemporary Art unveils summer schedule of free public programs, including new ICA Cinema

May 23, 2018

The ICA will host a series of free, public programs this summer to coincide with its inaugural exhibition “Declaration,” on view through Sept. 9.

VCU Peppas

The new Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU opens to critical and public acclaim

April 25, 2018

Richmond’s first major contemporary art institution welcomed more than 7,000 during opening weekend. The ICA at VCU opened to the public on April 21, 2018, with a free Block Party.

Declaration, April 21-September 9

Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU will open in April with exhibition that celebrates diverse perspectives

February 15, 2018

The ICA will open with the inaugural exhibition, “Declaration,” an exploration of contemporary art’s power to respond to pressing social issues through the voices of 33 emerging and established artists from Richmond and around the globe.

Interim Director Joe Seipel

VCU School of the Arts Dean Emeritus Joseph Seipel to serve as interim ICA director

January 16, 2018

Virginia Commonwealth University announced today that Joseph H. Seipel, dean emeritus of the VCU School of the Arts, has agreed to serve as interim director of the university’s Institute for Contemporary Art.

Photo of the Reflecting Pool in the Thinking Field. Photo by Iwan Baan

New Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU Expands Curatorial Team In advance of April 2018 Opening in Richmond, VA

December 14, 2017

The Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) today announced the promotion of Amber Esseiva to Assistant Curator and the appointment of Enjoli Moon to the newly created position of Adjunct Assistant Curator of Film.

Photo of the Royall Forum. Photo by Iwan Baan

Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU Will Open April 2018

October 17, 2017

On April 21, 2018, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) will unveil the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), a new, non-collecting contemporary art institution designed by Steven Holl Architects.

Image of the I C A from Belvidere Street

New Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU Will Open in Richmond Spring 2018

June 29, 2017

Virginia Commonwealth University today announced its new Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) will open in Spring 2018.

Aerial shot of the ICA, photo by Iwan Baan

Inaugural Exhibition, Declaration, Will Examine Art’s Crucial Role in the World Today and Will Premiere Many New Commissions and Works

February 7, 2017

The ICA’s inaugural exhibition, Declaration, will explore contemporary art’s power to catalyze change, and will feature painting, sculpture, multimedia works, site-specific installations, and time-based performances by emerging and established artists.

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Media in Richmond:

Lesley Bruno
Communications Manager
Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU

Media outside Richmond:

Ilana Simon
Resnicow Schroeder Associates

Megan Ardery
Resnicow Schroeder Associates