These “artists’ books” — or works of art that borrow from the form of the book — are all part of the Virginia Commonwealth University Book Art Collection, which contains more than 4,000 pieces housed in at VCU LibrariesSpecial Collections and Archives at James Branch Cabell Library.

Julie Chen created “The Veil” in response to the widespread confusion and anxiety felt after 9/11. 

 “It’s supposed to echo the veil covering women’s faces — the burqa — in Afghanistan,” said Prasertwaitaya. “The text on the back is the U.N. preamble from 1945. It’s not just her reaction to 9/11, it’s also about the lack of transparency of government actions.”

To learn more, read the article about our Book Arts Collection in “More Than Words” at VCU News.


i ride my bike everywhere i go. it takes me to work, shows, meetings, friends, restaurants, and adventures every day. my parents aren’t convinced that the hundreds of dollars in parking tickets, breakdowns, and gas i’ve saved over the last four years is legitimate, but there’s no way i could have afforded rent, college, my band, or the cost of living if i had a car in Richmond. my bike is a trusted friend. i’ve written songs, nearly died three individual times, met some of the best people in my life, and even started a business while riding it. it gets me where i need to go, even if i’ve yet to figure out where i’m headed.

when she isn’t shooting bands, the awesome Julie Ferguson takes photos of folks and their bikes to tell stories of what these incredible machines mean to the people of Richmond. support her work!

mural by Jerkface, as part of the Richmond Mural Project. 


Shavontae Patrick - “Nothingness” (CUPSI 2015)

“I used to be something, someone wrapped in entirety. I used to be answers, semesters of filled in bubble sheets.”

Performing for VCU during finals at the 2015 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. Subscribe to Button on YouTube!

VCU Excludes Prospective Student with a Disability from Campus Life

Zoe Allen-Lewis is an accepted student at Virginia Commonwealth University. Zoe is a prospective member of their ACE-IT program; which offers a college experience and education for young adults with intellectual disabilities. However, Zoe was recently informed by the University that she will not be provided on-campus housing (although all other freshmen are guaranteed housing), making it impossible to attend considering she lives two hours away.

The College experience is more than just books and clubs. On Campus life gives many individuals – as well as those with disabilities a chance to truly excel by developing the networks and friendships that will define their academic and professional careers.

Learn more about what you can do to help Zoe get her chance to live on campus here: https://www.change.org/p/virginia-commonwealth-university-michael-rao-dr-curtis-erwin-let-zoe-allen-lewis-live-in-vcu-campus-housing-2


Deconstructing the Confederate flag

The Confederate flag — or more accurately, the battle flag of the Confederacy, which is the rectangular version most of us are familiar with — symbolizes many things. For some, it may celebrate their Southernness. For others, it may represent the Civil War and its ties to the legacies of race, slavery and economics.

For artist Sonya Clark, the flag’s most intriguing aspect is how polarizing it is.

Clark takes an intimate look at that symbol in her latest work, “Deconstructing the Confederate flag,” debuting at New York’s Mixed Greens gallery this month as part of the “New Dominion” exhibition.

The performance is not an aggressive act, Clark says. But set against the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement, necessitated by recent events in places such as Ferguson and Baltimore, she hopes it will inspire interesting dialogue.

“The performance of it is almost a meditative kind of ‘what does it mean to undo the symbol?’” Clark said. “What does it mean to then use the raw elements that came together to make this symbol? To take them apart and potentially make something new again out of that?