Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University

The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, is a non-collecting institution that showcases a fresh slate of changing exhibitions and programs. Mirroring the increasing emphasis on cross-disciplinary studies across VCU, the ICA has created a new environment for artists and scholars from around the world to test ideas. As a university-wide resource, the ICA links campus, community, and contemporary artists by supporting local creative communities, engaging an international network of contemporary artists and organizations, and encouraging collaborations with VCU departments, faculty, students, and the Richmond community. The ICA is a responsive institution that offers a broad range of artistic perspectives from across the world, with the goal of questioning assumptions and encouraging critical discourse. The VCU School of the Arts, one of the nation’s leading schools of arts and design, offers 15 undergraduate and 10 graduate degree programs in fine arts, design, performing arts, historical research, and pedagogical practice.

Above: Photo by Iwan Baan.


current faculty

Executive Director (as of December 1, 2018): Dominic Willsdon
Chief Curator: Stephanie Smith
Assistant Curator: Amber Esseiva
Curator of Education and Engagement: Johanna Plummer