VMFA named artist-in-residence at the VCU School of Business

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Using pop art as a foundation, the VMFA's Maggie McGurn (on screen) guides VCU students through a series of exercises that allows them to explore the differences between linear thinking and abstract thinking. (Photo courtesy VMFA)

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business has named the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as its 2019-20 artist-in-residence.

Now in its fourth year, the artist-in-residence program was developed as part of the school’s EPIC strategic plan to drive the future of business through the power of creativity. The program is unique to the business school and has been recognized by AACSB International, the worldwide accrediting body of business programs. 

“We are thrilled to have the VMFA as our artist-in-residence this year,” said Ed Grier, dean of the VCU School of Business. “With its expansive collection and educational mission, the VMFA is an inspirational partner to help our students, faculty and staff expand their creativity and gain new perspectives on problem-solving.” 

“VMFA and VCU’s School of Business look forward to this partnership which will enable business students, faculty and staff to exchange ideas with museum educators, curators and staff in order to build new perspectives together,” said Michael Taylor, VMFA’s chief curator and deputy director for art and education.

“VCU School of Business’ mantra of ‘Creativity at Work’ aligns perfectly with VMFA Education’s goals.  We have a mutual vision of helping students, faculty and the public integrate creativity into their lives and are delighted to collaborate this year to exchange ideas and learn from one another,” said Celeste Fetta, VMFA’s director of education. 

The partnership kicked off informally this summer with a pilot of VMFA’s distance learning program in a graduate-level supply chain innovation course. The museum’s distance learning program allows classrooms anywhere in the commonwealth to tour the galleries and participate in sessions led by a VMFA educator in real time. The pilot was a success, and throughout the year, the VMFA distance learning educator will meet virtually with VCU classrooms for student-directed, interactive explorations of works from the museum’s collection, based on each course’s context and learning objectives. In addition, students will visit VMFA and staff from VMFA will be guest speakers at VCU classes.

Further opportunities for collaboration are being discussed, including a potential campus visit from the museum’s new artmobile, VMFA on the Road, which debuted in October 2018 and has been touring the state for the past year. 

About Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia, is one of the largest comprehensive art museums in the United States. VMFA, which opened in 1936, is a state agency and privately endowed educational institution. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret art, and to encourage the study of the arts. Through the Office of Statewide Partnerships program, the museum offers curated exhibitions, arts-related audiovisual programs, symposia, lectures, conferences and workshops by visual and performing artists. In addition to presenting a wide array of special exhibitions, the museum provides visitors with the opportunity to experience a global collection of art that spans more than 6,000 years. VMFA’s permanent holdings encompass nearly 40,000 artworks, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside of Russia, the finest collection of art nouveau outside of Paris, and one of the nation’s finest collections of American art. VMFA is also home to important collections of Chinese art, English silver, French impressionist, post-impressionist, British sporting, and modern and contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its history. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is the only art museum in the United States open 365 days a year with free general admission. For additional information, telephone 804.340.1400 or visit www.VMFA.museum.

About VCU and VCU Health

Virginia Commonwealth University 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 217 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Thirty-eight of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 11 schools and three colleges. The VCU Health brand represents the VCU health sciences academic programs, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, MCV Physicians and Virginia Premier Health Plan. For more, please visit www.vcu.edu and vcuhealth.org.