Fall 2019 Anderson Programing Overview


Paloma McGregor

Visiting Artist - Dance Research Residency

August 19–31, October 8–17

Public Programs TBA


VCUarts Dance Visiting Artist / Artist in Residence Paloma McGregor will host a series of research workshops, performances and screenings at the Anderson over the course of two residency periods. Information on participatory programs, student opportunities, and public events will be made available soon!

*Carmen Winant - Fire on World

August 20–October 23

Closing Reception: Oct. 18, 6–9pm


In Fire on World 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Carmen Winant creates a space for the emergence of latent meaning(s) within carefully curated archives of historical imagery.  

Carmen Winant is an artist and writer based in Columbus, OH.

Elizabeth McGrady and Matthew Speedy - Barycenter

August 20–September 18

Reception: Aug. 30,  69pm



Works by current VCUarts Photography and Film graduate student Elizabeth McGrady and Philadelphia artist Matthew Speedy come together in consideration of the role that civic and occult authorities play in maintaining centers of secular and cosmic power.

Emily Sara

2019 Excellence in Adjunct Research Exhibition

August 26–September 24

Reception: Aug. 30, 6–9pm


VCUarts Art Foundation and Graphic Design adjunct faculty member Emily Sara, recipient of the 2019 Excellence in Adjunct Research Exhibition, presents a new body of work addressing the complex societal and practical realities of persons battling long-term or chronic illness. 

*Liz Cohen - Hydro Force

September 20–October 23

Closing Reception: Oct. 18, 6–9pm


Liz Cohen’s 2012 video work Hydro Force draws suggestive parallels between two radically transformed bodies: that of her one-of-kind custom car the “Trabantimino” (which the artist painstakingly modified over a ten year period) and her own body, which appears in the video during the ninth month of Cohen’s first pregnancy.

*Juried Student Photography Exhibition

Juror: Maggie Flanigan

September 25–October 22

Closing Reception: Oct. 18, 6–9pm

In connection with the 2019 Society for Photographic Education Southeast Regional Conference hosted by VCU, The Anderson will present a juried selection of student photographic works. Additional details and information on how to apply TBA.

VCUarts Qatar Design MFA - Kalimat

VCUarts Qatar Design MFA Student Exhibition

October 23–November 20


Kalimat is a radical design project in which students of the VCUarts Qatar Design MFA program undertook a collaborative reconsideration of the relationship between imagery and content. Inverting standard strategies for design, in which content often drives visualization, students began with a set of images and worked through strategies of collection, organization and presentation to map out the emergence of content. This exhibition is the outcome of the MFA in Design's Visual Communication course at VCUarts Qatar. Prior to traveling to Richmond, the exhibition was presented as part of the Contemporary Arts Qatar exhibition in Berlin.

B.A.S.E. - Showcase

Black Art Student Empowerment Annual Member Exhibition

November 1, 6–9pm

https://arts.vcu.edu/tag/base-at-vcu/ (article on last year’s event)

The annual one night B.A.S.E. Showcase features exciting artwork, music, fashion and performance by the members of B.A.S.E., VCU’s student-led organization for the amplification of black student voices within the arts.

Philadelphia: A Survey of Emerging Visions and Voices

Applied Curatorial Practices, Student Curated Exhibition

November 6–December 11

Reception: Nov. 11, 6–9pm

The culminating gesture of the Anderson’s annual Applied Curatorial Practices course, this student-curated group exhibition will offer a thematic survey of some of the most relevant, challenging and exciting work being made in Philadelphia today. Artists (TBA) will be selected through student research and a series of site and studio visits made during the Fall semester.


For more information contact Chase Westfall, cawestfall@vcu.edu, 352-339-3905

* Designates programs coordinated in collaboration with VCUarts Department of Photography and Film as part of the 2019 Society for Photographic Education Southeast Regional Conference, Richmond, Virginia, October 17–20, 2019. https://www.spenational.org/chapters/southeast/conferences