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Collaborative course showcases innovative student work in 'Portrait as Community' through Dec. 9 at Anderson Gallery

November 26, 2013

A collection of student multimedia projects documenting communities in and around Richmond runs Nov. 30-Dec. 9 at Anderson Gallery.

"Portrait as Community" is the culmination of a special course inspired by Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers, a project organized by the Anderson Gallery with South African photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa and American Studies scholar Laura Browder. Students from the VCU Departments of Photography and Film and Art Education examined historical examples, research methodologies, ethical concerns and artistic strategies related to the representation of communities. They selected and worked with Richmond communities over the semester to create their projects. 

This collaborative course was offered by the Department of Photography and Film, VCU Libraries and the Anderson Gallery. Teachers were Yuki Hibben, assistant head, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, and Michael Lease, head of exhibitions and design, Anderson Gallery. 

The show is on view during regular gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 

The opening reception, Friday, Nov. 30, 5-8 p.m., is free and open to all. 

Student projects on display are by: 

  • Jaclyn Brown
  • Casey Collier
  • Kate Fowler
  • Lauren Lyon
  • Jessica Overcash
  • Mark Strandquist
  • Breonca Trofort
  • Michael Weinheimer

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