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VCU Libraries connections to April 5 First Fridays abound

March 22, 2013

First Friday in April is full of VCU Libraries' connections and contributions. 

The RPI Alumni Steering Committee is sponsoring "1928-68: Forty Years of Creative Excellence," an invitational show by students and faculty of Richmond Professional Institute at the Richmond Public Library, 101 East Franklin St. The intention of the show is to showcase the far reach of Theresa Pollak (1899-2002) and her faculty, whose students went on to make many contributions to the arts. See a complete list of the participating artists here. An opening reception is set for 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, April 5, as a part of the First Friday's Art Walk. The show remains up through June 5.


  • VCU Libraries has curated an exhibition of RPI history, which will be on display in coordination with the art show. This exhibition was organized by Ray Bonis, archives coordinator for James Branch Cabell Library. The exhibits focus on three individuals and the Bang Arts Festival of the 1960s that brought modern and pop art to Richmond. The individuals featured are Theresa Pollak, who founded the School. of Arts in the 1920s; Chick Larsen, graphic artist and editorial cartoonist who graduated from RPI in the 1950s; and Richmond writer Tom Robbins, class of 1959, who was part of the Richmond Art Scene of the late 1950s and early 1960s. 
  • Assistant Head, Special Collections and Archives Yuki Hibben will also be on the walk. Students from the photography class she team-teaches with professional bookbinder, Helen Cassidy, will be running a sale of limited edition photobooks created for the class. The sale will take place in front of Candela Gallery, 214 West Broad St. Proceeds will be contributed to the 2013 Photography BFA show.
  • And, farther east at UR Downtown, 626 E. Broad  St., "Mapping RVA: Where You Live Makes All the Difference" opens. The exhibition, organized by Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia (HOME) in conjunction with Affordable Housing Awareness Week, illustrates poverty in metro Richmond. Dr. John V. Moeser, a former VCU professor and senior fellow of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, will give a  presentation at 6 p.m. Also on view are images of editorial cartoons by longtime Richmond Times-Dispatch cartoonist  Larsen. The images are from Special Collections and Archives, Cabell Library.
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