The new Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU opens with a “Declaration”



The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond’s first contemporary art museum of the region, opened to the public on 21 April. Designed by Steven Holl Architects with dual entrances to the city and campus, the inaugural exhibition titled Declaration  features a cross-generational and media group of established and emerging artists such as Andrea Donnelly, Edie Fake, Hope Ginsburg, GWAR, Kate Just, Titus Kaphar, Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., Autumn Knight, Lily Lamberta and All the Saints Theater Company among many others.

“Beginning with our inaugural exhibition ‘Declaration,’ our programming demonstrates the significant role the ICA will play in our vibrant community. Given our location on a major research university campus and our commitment to free admission, the ICA is a forum for open dialogue, collaboration and the exchange of perspectives.” said Joseph H. Seipel, interim director of the ICA.

Comprising 41,000 square feet, the ICA features dynamic exhibition and programming spaces, including an inviting 33-foot entrance forum, four galleries, an outdoor green space, auditorium, café and classrooms that can support widely varied forms of contemporary art.

Image: Exterior view of the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU. Photo: Iwan Baan.