The ICA commissioned 13 past collaborators to record brief video stories and performances to share with the public. Beginning May 7, a video will be released each Tuesday and Thursday through mid-June on the ICA’s IGTV channel and YouTube, as a tribute to all essential workers including our colleagues at VCU Health.
The ICA is partnering with Studio Two Three and the Valentine Museum to provide micro-residencies for local artists. Six local artists will have full access to Studio Two Three’s workspace and supplies to create work in response to COVID-19. The work produced will be displayed weekly in the windows of the ICA, starting May 18. After the completion of this project, the Valentine Museum will archive the work, preserving Richmond’s artistic response to the pandemic.
Virtual Studio Visits
In an effort to support VCUarts students and faculty who have missed in-person opportunities to collaborate, the ICA is participating in virtual studio visits for this year’s graduating MFA students in Painting + Printmaking, Graphic Design, Sculpture, Kinetic Imaging, and Photography + Film. The students are being paired with curators from a great range of institutions, including ASU Art Museum; the Hammer Museum; Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania; Irish Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto; National Museum of African American History and Culture; THEOR/éTica in Costa Rica; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; and the Walker Art Center.
Soul n’ Vinegar, cafe operator at the ICA, has graciously partnered to provide food to artists in residencies, including Studio Two Three, 1708 Gallery and essential ICA staff still reporting to the building.
ICA staff are volunteering time to support Oakwood Arts and the Visual Arts Center as they package and give away art kits to RPS students at all ten local RPS food distribution sites. These Creativity Kits are designed to provide students with ways to engage with the visual arts at home and remain connected to their school and peer communities.