The ICA offers a generous, rigorous, and risk-taking curatorial program, as part of VCU’s commitment as a public urban research university to uniting diverse audiences, informing and activating the cultural landscape of Richmond as a progressive Southern city, promoting inclusion and social justice, and posing important critical and creative questions to the academic community and the ICA’s audience at large.
Beginning with our inaugural exhibition, Declaration, our curatorial program links the local and the global, and reflects a range of approaches to contemporary art that embody our commitment to researching, supporting, and sharing the socially transformative power of art. Our program includes a combination of exhibitions, commissions, residencies and community-based and public projects, artist- led performances, events, film screenings, discussions, and research initiatives.
It will be informed by ongoing evaluation and conversation with our neighbors, allies, critics, and colleagues. We intend to build long-term relationships with artists, students and scholars across all disciplines, community partners, and other citizens and institutions in Richmond and beyond who can help build and extend the reach of the ICA — and we hope to provide them, in turn, transformative encounters with great art and ideas.